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Universal Credit Cut of £20 to go ahead in the autumn.

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We are questioning Dr Thérèse Coffey MP
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Watch live on Wednesday 7 July at 9.30am

“Ahead of October we will start communicating with current claimants who receive £20 to make them aware that will be being phased out and they will start to see an adjustment in their payments”.

The result of the meeting?

Covid: Universal credit £20 top up to be phased out

BBC

The £20-a-week increase to universal credit will be “phased out” in the autumn, the government has confirmed.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told MPs the boost – introduced in April last year to help deal with the economic effects of Covid – would face an “adjustment”.

Six former work and pensions secretaries have urged ministers not to end the uplift.

Ms Coffey said the change had been a “collective decision” by ministers.

Universal credit is claimed by more than 5.5 million households in the UK.

The top up was extended by six months in March and Labour has called for it to continue beyond the autumn.

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Campaigners say the extra money – which is worth around £1,000 a year – has made the difference for some families between getting by and falling further into poverty.

Ms Coffey told the Commons Work and Pensions Committee that it would change this autumn alongside other measures put in place to help those affected by the pandemic.

“Ahead of October we will start communicating with the current claimants… to make them aware that will be being phased out and they will start to see an adjustment in their payments,” she said.

“We will be recognising that this was brought in with the temporary measures to support [people] during the pandemic.”

The ‘I’ carries the same story:

Universal Credit: Emergency £20 payment will be withdrawn in September, Therese Coffey confirms

Speaking at the Work and Payments Committee, she said: “Ahead of October we will start communicating with current claimants who receive £20 to make them aware that will be being phased out and they will start to see an adjustment in their payments.

“I think it will largely start to kick in during October but it will be September for some people.

“The current proposal is that we will be recognising this was brought in in line with temporary measures to support people during the pandemic. It’s being phased out in line with all the other temporary measures.”

Tory MP for Amber Valley, Nigel Mills, pressed the Secretary of State on whether she had lobbied Chancellor Rishi Sunak for the top up to be kept but she said the decision to end it had been collective.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the Government announced it would be increasing Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits by £20 a week to support households.

Universal Credit is currently claimed by more than 5 million households in the country and the uplift if estimated to be worth around £1000 a year.

Campaigners have argued that the extra money has been the difference between falling into poverty for some families.

And there are concerns that coinciding the end of the payment at the same time as the furlough scheme comes to an end would hit households in need hard.

But the Secretary of State argued that there would be no need for the £20 uplift because more people will be able to enter the workforce after lockdown is lifted.

Ms Coffey said her focus was on jobs and “all the things we can do to help people work more hours”, she added.

Mr Mills argued that the Department did not yet have data to prove that families would no longer need the top-up payment, accusing the Government of basing the decision on “dates not data”

Written by Andrew Coates

July 7, 2021 at 12:03 pm

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  1. Not surprised but it would have been a compassionate gesture if families with children, who will probably feel the loss most, were able to keep the uplift permanently for obvious reasons. Mind things like electricity tariffs seem to have shot up well above inflation, or at least mine has, meaning having to fork out a lot more towards utilities if you want to continue eating the same number of hot meals, have the same number of hot showers/baths and keep at least one room warm (if you heat using electricity) when during the winter. How can you be proud of your country when its government stands by and does nothing, or at the very least doesn’t do enough, to stop food and fuel poverty spreading throughout society like a malignant cancer?

    Aleister

    July 7, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    • That’s not the way universal credit works. You get a pot of money for yourself/partner and a separate pot of money for your kids. If Coffee did as you suggested you may as well say for your first child here is another 20 nicker a week – no questions asked 😀 Far from being compassionate it would have been a bleedin’ kick in the teeth for single people/couples with no kids. Like claimants without kids don’t face steep rises in gas/leccy, the price of avocados? 😀 Show some bleedin’ compassion 😀

      fred

      July 7, 2021 at 2:06 pm

  2. Therese Coffey is so revolutionary & will be sacked soon.

    Popular saying for Tory MP’s & Voters.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 7, 2021 at 1:23 pm

  3. Why do people only care since the £20 a week uplift has gone & now it’s back to normal !! The DWP newbies are saying it’s not fair. You voted for Work For Your Benefits & Sanctions voting Tory.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 7, 2021 at 1:27 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

    A6er

    July 7, 2021 at 1:42 pm

  5. Deliberately plunging millions of people into poverty en masse at the same time as an expected huge rise in unrestricted Covid infections is a recipe for disaster. Foodbanks can’t be expected to continue plugging the gap forever, all of which is as a result of ideologically-driven Tory policy.

    trev

    July 7, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    • Plunging millions of people in poverty 😀 You been reading the bleedin’ Mirror again, trev? 😀

      fred

      July 7, 2021 at 2:10 pm

      • Are you a bleedin Working Class Tory Fred?

        trev

        July 7, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      • You haven’t answered the bleedin question fred 😒

        trev

        July 7, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      • The ones who will feel it most will be the ones forced to claim Universal Credit because of the Covid pandemic. They say that what you’ve never had you don’t miss but believe you me what you’ve had that gets suddenly taken away, like a rug being pulled out from under your feet, hurts like hell and there will be big repercussions when UC recipients suddenly lost £80.00 a month in one fell swoop. What will be interesting is to see how much this will hurt the “red wall” Tories; I can’t believe that this will go through on the nod and not be damaging to Conservative long-term interests.

        Aleister

        July 7, 2021 at 4:36 pm

      • Those who voted Tory deserve all they get. No sympathy.

        trev

        July 7, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    • Class War at the Food Banks.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 7, 2021 at 2:21 pm

  6. DWP to write to millions confirming £20 benefit cut – while pensions set to rise 8%
    Six million Universal Credit claimants will start getting messages from the Department for Work and Pensions within weeks – despite pensions being tipped to rise 8%

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-write-millions-confirming-20-24477892

    superted

    July 7, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    • It’s bleedin’ ridiculous, trev. JSA claimants will be lucky if they get another 35p a week 😀 Yet trev keeps telling us that pensioners are queuing around the block at his foodbank. A bleedin’ pension would feel like at King’s Ransom to a JSA claimant. I will tell you something for nothing, what these pensioners trouser is the minimum you need for a semi-decent standard of living, that is what HM Gov is telling you by the back door. All benefits should be triple-locked with a dead bolt to what pensioners get 😀

      fred

      July 7, 2021 at 2:16 pm

      • fred you know nothing about the DWP & it shows. Go back to work fred or is that Furlough.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        July 7, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      • @ fred

        I have never mentioned Pensioners queuing at the foodbank. In fact for the last 16 months or so throughout the pandemic no one has been queuing at the foodbank as the centre has been closed to the public and referrals taken by phone with food packs delivered to clients’ doorstep.

        trev

        July 7, 2021 at 2:50 pm

  7. Universal Credit: DWP addresses moving to benefit as end of legacy benefits confirmed

    https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1459499/Universal-Credit-UK-DWP-legacy-benefits-changing-Therese-Coffey-payments

    superted

    July 7, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    • Yeah right by 2024 more like 2034.

      All the DWP’s New ESA – New Income Support & New others they introduced in 2021 are legacy benefits.

      Shambles.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 7, 2021 at 2:20 pm

  8. The original full cost of the full roll out of Universal Credit was meant to be £12bn that has now gone above £120bn & Universal Credit is still far away from its full roll out. A lot of the money has gone on DWP Lawyers which keep falling by the wayside in losing more & more court cases & tribunal as well as Human Rights Abuses. Can the DWP keep within a £500bn cost for Universal Credit’s full roll out. Let’s take a political gamble with Human Rights & Covid.

    No more joking about, time to get serious. Political High Risk Gambling comes under Pre Meditated State Sponsored Murder.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 7, 2021 at 3:08 pm

  9. Get people into work, will these be zero hours jobs

    I only known one person who had to use foodbanks when I went to the adult I attended late 2019/early 2020 before covid19 started. and her experiences were not very good

    my_final_username

    July 7, 2021 at 6:36 pm

  10. Dying benefit claimants could have to wait to Autumn to axe cruel ‘6 months to live’ rule

    Dying Brits could be forced to wait until Autumn for a cruel benefits regime to be axed.

    It is two years this week since ministers vowed to change the Special Rules on Terminal Illness – which force fast-track welfare claimants to show they they have just six months to live.

    But today, Tory welfare chief Therese Coffey refused to promise the long-delayed change will happen before MPs’ six-week summer break.

    She told MPs on the Work and Pensions Committee: “We’re trying to… address the issue, bring the policy together.

    “And I anticipate that we will be able to hopefully update parliament before we rise for the summer – if not, as soon as possible thereafter about where we are heading.”

    Charities blasted the delay, which comes despite minister Justin Tomlinson saying last week a change would be announced “very, very soon”.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dying-benefit-claimants-could-wait-24481276?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mirror_politics&fbclid=IwAR3BtXcpItHSYj_4zNH6YTX0x-2KSPhadCAD63T9Dqipqd9n7XhuHbEJoqE

    Andrew Coates

    July 7, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    • Justin Tomlinson feels he needs to being do something since his Disability Strategy White Paper in the Disability Unit has failed & has been an utter failure & will not happen. The announcement of Justin Tomlinson’s sacking would be announced “very, very soon”.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 8, 2021 at 6:14 am

    • The DWP must have known when it made this rule that it’s pretty much impossible to calculate prognosis for a terminally ill person to the month. I mean, seriously, even the most expert doctor can only give a “ball park” figure based on precedent, statistics and personal experience: some people will die quicker than expected and some will survive much longer. The infamous “rape clause” and six month rule relating to the terminally ill getting support and benefits more quickly are examples of how mule-headed, cruel and dumb the designers of Universal Credit actually were and the coalition government who implemented it.

      Really, really nasty stuff thought up by ignorant and nasty people.

      Aleister

      July 8, 2021 at 10:41 am

  11. Those vile, crawling wretches at Caxton House. Miserable worms of pathetic envy and petty spite, stewing in a foul juice of their abhorrent practices.

    Jeff Smith

    July 7, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    • well good luck being a work coach it will be hell on earth with there demands or else from upper management on all the new work coaches with 32 days training.

      buy November 70% of them will be off sick with mental problems because they cant handle reality when your job is to make them comply or else pmsl.

      superted

      July 7, 2021 at 10:11 pm

      • People might aswell face it that nothing is going to realistically change under this government towards welfare. Suspicion, a desire to cut costs and put an inanimate country before its people has replaced care and well being.

        Its sad to see our so called welfare reform tailored to accommodate business needs over public needs.
        Without a workers reform its hard not to see UC becoming the stable diet for the ups and downs of doing business, its claimants kept on or below the breadline even when working with only the perk of having a modicum of control over their time as a reward.

        An extra £20 a week isnt as important as a work allowance for single people with no dependents or afflictions. An extra £20 a week isnt as important as making business taxes instead of personal taxes foot the welfare bill for those able to work. An extra £20 a week isnt as important as disconnecting housing benefit, tax credit from UC and or its conditionality.

        Doug

        July 8, 2021 at 8:40 am

    • And then some Jeff !!……

      George M

      July 8, 2021 at 3:08 pm

  12. Andrew Coates

    July 8, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    • DWP sanctions be sticking with the rules. Universal Credit Designed.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 8, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    • “Right way to help people” into hunger, destitution and homelessness, welcome to the hunger games chaps.

      Cloverleaf

      July 8, 2021 at 1:45 pm

      • Billionaire Rishi Sunak the wealthiest man in Government says cutting the income of poor and vulnerable people pushing them from poverty to destitution is the right way to help them. Hope all you Tory voters out there are proud of yourselves.

        trev

        July 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    • Thanks Andrew, that article in the mirror made me laugh.

      As someone who has level 3 qualifications not to mention tons more i can assure the public it wont in all likelihood increase your earnings because just like pre covid its an employers market, even more so post covid.

      Employers only look at what they are specifically for and not the abilities they afford you. If employers were so impressed by them then why do they often still carryout basic English and Math tests prior to even contemplating and interview ?
      Kickstarter is a government ploy to produce below min wage persons to address struggling businesses who cant afford the min wage but need the coverage to be able to stay in business and or produce some sort of taxable profit.
      It would be dependent on qualification trade, years before any claimant could actually begin to benefit from them.
      Probably most importantly the level 3 trade qualifications that actually are worth something have one of two requirements inorder for the applicant to e accepted and they are either already be in the trade or hold its level 2 counterpart.
      So i have to wonder what level 3’s are actually on offer and or are we talking apprenticeships meaning £4.30 an hour (at least for a year if the person is over 21). To put this into context by using a paid 7.5 hours a day, 52 weeks a year your only making £8’385 while a shelf stacker working the same hours at min wage makes 17’374.50 in that same year meaning a loss of £8’989.50 a year.
      He claimed your be better of by about £3,500 with one when the truth is dependent on age, when youve paid back your yearly losses and lets not forget he didnt mention whether it was before or after tax and NI.
      If it is after assuming youve already hit the 12’500 allowance already only actually £2’362.50 which means only £9.08 better off a day over a 5 day week, 52 weeks of a year or £1.21 an hour. If hes talking after then its £4’637.50 (£2.37 an hour)

      I wonder if i demand at an interview i want either increase ontop of nat min despite job being non skilled because my level 3 says im worth it and the employer says get stuffed, will sunak and DWP back that play and will he be willing enough for enough of us to do that before employers expect to pay what we are as he claims worth ?

      Laslty while talking min wage your need to work at least 45/46 hours a week with break deductions or make around £20/21000 a year to survive reasonably ok.
      If we talk considerable expenses then it would be longer.

      I would like to see a better future but sadly reality clouds it.

      Doug

      July 9, 2021 at 7:56 am

  13. There are so many jobs on offer so the Tories keep banging on about, but no one wants them. Working Tax Universal Credit seems to be in the way.

    The Work Coach says you got to work harder & work for 36 hours a day. Don’t question it you will get sanctioned. There are not 36 hours in a day. Sanctioned. That’s impossible. Everything is possible on Universal Credit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 8, 2021 at 1:36 pm

  14. Universal Credit claimants asked to pay back thousands in DWP crackdown

    A crackdown by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on Universal Credit could affect private renters in precarious living situations, with some asked to pay back more than £5,000

    https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/universal-credit-claimants-repay-dwp-20999739

    superted

    July 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    • And how the F are they supposed to pay that back? The mind boggles!

      Cloverleaf

      July 8, 2021 at 2:19 pm

      • they will take it from there uc payments so a 10 year sanction.

        superted

        July 8, 2021 at 2:22 pm

      • Overpayments
        An overpayment is an amount which has been paid to you that you were not entitled to.

        You will pay back any overpayments at a rate of up to 15 percent of your Standard Allowance (the basic amount of Universal Credit you are entitled to before extra money for things like childcare and housing costs is added).

        If you are part of a joint claim and your household earnings are above a certain level, up to 25 percent can be taken from your Universal Credit payments. You can speak to your work coach at your local Jobs & Benefits office to find out more.

        https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/when-money-can-be-taken-your-universal-credit-payments

        superted

        July 8, 2021 at 2:38 pm

  15. Low-income Brits forced to repay £28m in DWP crisis loans that ended 7 years ago

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/low-income-brits-forced-repay-24479361

    superted

    July 8, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    • They can be total bastards on this. Someone I know had repayments taken back from over 10 years ago !
      He was unemployed for a few months back then, took out one of those loans. He thought he’d paid it all back, then he got a job, so forgot about it. Then 10 years later he’s unemployed again for a few weeks. Suddenly he’s on £30 a week for 6 weeks, because they calculated he still owes them £180.
      He says there is no way he owes that much. But couldn’t do anything about it. They just take the money off the payment. Just like the law courts.

      Jeff Smith

      July 8, 2021 at 3:16 pm

  16. The Cult of Employment, where work is worshipped as the be all and end all of life. Where jobs are sanctified by suffering, misery and low pay.

    Jeff Smith

    July 8, 2021 at 3:21 pm

  17. and millions or billions will be wasted on the next work programme.

    Some people don’t even get a work allowance, and when you do go over your work allowance so every pound you earn 63p get docked off your UC

    I live with my parents and I want to work, I have a disability

    I am looking forward to the fun and games when furlough ends, and more people could/will be out of work.

    my_final_username

    July 8, 2021 at 4:56 pm

  18. The DWP have not realize some people are unemployable since they were found fit for work at the WCA. That my be Mental Health issues – bi-polar – suicide risk etc. No employer is going to hire these people yet they were found fit for work. How are they going to live with no money DWP suicide.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 8, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    • Because the disabled are not classed as disabled & the ones who are are MP’s little puppy dogs in MP PR with no job at the end of smile for the people you disabled puppy dog.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 8, 2021 at 5:15 pm

  19. Are there any disabled people left after the Tory DWP culling in disability genocide?

    A Tory spokesperson said “We hope not”.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 8, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    • Why because we as the disabled can hold you to account.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 8, 2021 at 5:19 pm

  20. I’ll tell you what, me and the missus would love to see Coffee on that Naked Attraction TV programme 😀

    fred

    July 8, 2021 at 8:39 pm

  21. DWP silence over figures suggesting 50 deaths inquiries in just six months

    By John Pring [DNS] on 8th July 2021

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to explain why it appears to have launched more than 50 secret reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants in just the first six months of this year.

    This would be a huge increase on recent years, which have previously seen an average of less than 30 completed reviews a year.

    Figures released by the department in response to a parliamentary question showed it had started 97 internal process reviews (IPRs) into the deaths of claimants in the two years since July 2019.

    But figures previously released to Disability News Service (DNS) by DWP have shown that it completed 40 IPRs in the 2019 calendar year and another 20 in 2020, as well as just 17 in 2016, 29 in 2017 and 18 in 2018.

    Although these new figures do not allow for exact calculations, they do suggest that DWP probably started about 20 IPRs in the second half of 2019, 20 across the whole of 2020 and may have begun more than 50 so far in 2021.

    But when asked why the number of IPRs appeared to have rocketed in the first six months of 2021, a DWP spokesperson refused to offer any explanation.

    He also declined to comment on whether the increase could have been due to a change of policy on IPRs, an increase in the number of deaths of claimants linked to DWP’s actions, or DWP taking new steps to find out about more suicides and other deaths of claimants so that it could investigate them through IPRs.

    The new figures were released by Justin Tomlinson, the minister for disabled people, to Labour’s shadow work and pensions secretary, Jonathan Reynolds.

    Reynolds told DNS: “The sharp increase in internal process reviews is deeply troubling. Behind every number is a family who deserve answers.

    “The government’s cruel assessment processes are having devastating consequences and questions need to be answered.

    “How many reviews does it take before lessons are learnt and disabled people are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve?”

    Last December, DNS reported how new analysis suggested that DWP was failing to investigate the suicides of hundreds of benefit claimants every year, despite the vital lessons it could learn from such inquiries.

    Labour’s Debbie Abrahams, who has led parliamentary efforts to hold DWP to account on deaths linked to its actions, told work and pensions secretary Therese Coffey this week that she believed “we are really only scratching the surface of understanding both the scale and the causes” of such deaths.

    She called on Coffey again to explain why she was refusing to set up an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP’s actions.

    Coffey told the Commons work and pensions committee this week (watch from 10.47am onwards) that inquests provided an independent process to investigate such deaths.

    And when pushed again by Abrahams over the need for an inquiry, she said: I don’t feel the need to undertake that.”

    Asked if she thought “everything is fine in terms of the process”, Coffey said: “We are motivated as a department to help improve the quality of life.

    “It’s a key feature of our departmental plan.”

    But when Coffey said DWP was continuing to make improvements, for example to the benefit assessment process, Abrahams highlighted the DWP barrister who told last month’s high court hearing into the call for a second inquest into the death of Jodey Whiting that her suicide had not been part of a “systemic” DWP problem.

    Abrahams said: “Your lawyer said in the high court two weeks ago: ‘There are no issues.’ Do you not see the absolute contradiction?”

    Coffey replied: “No, I don’t. I suggest that we want to continue to make continuous improvements, like any process.”

    Her response comes despite DWP saying on its own website that it has set up a serious case panel, which first met in September 2019, to make recommendations “to address systemic issues identified from serious cases to prevent similar cases occurring in the future”.

    Only last week, DNS reported how a young disabled man took his own life in June 2019, just weeks after DWP slashed his benefits, despite being warned he was severely depressed, malnourished, could not face leaving his flat, and had made several suicide attempts.

    Coffey’s claim of “continuous improvements” comes 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.

    Despite not commenting on the new IPR figures, DWP did state this week that it had taken steps to improve how it learned from serious cases, including increasing the size of its investigation team, improving what it described as the “visibility” of IPRs, and setting up the serious case panel.

    It said that IPRs were intended to examine whether processes were followed correctly and how it could learn from the deaths of claimants.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 9, 2021 at 8:28 am

    • How does a contradiction stand up in a court of law DWP !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 9, 2021 at 8:31 am

    • @Stepping Razor – This is why Coffey is a safe pair of hands for the DWP. She does as she’s told, and keeps to the party line. And is tone-deaf to any criticism whatever of policy or procedure.

      Jeff Smith

      July 9, 2021 at 12:40 pm

  22. Not sure if this July 19th thing is going to be safe. Why have 122 doctors and scientists from SAGE tried to stop it ? Perhaps another 6 months lockdown, to be on the safe side ?

    George M

    July 9, 2021 at 12:23 pm

  23. ‘George M – It does seem a bit drastic George. One minute it’s all masks and distancing, the next it’s do as you like. Typical Tory zig-zag. They have made a total fuck up of the pandemic, and now they want to sweep it all under the carpet, and get back to harassing the unemployed.

    Jeff Smith

    July 9, 2021 at 12:36 pm

  24. superted

    July 9, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    • I was under the impression that such powers already existed, and for good reason.

      trev

      July 11, 2021 at 11:00 pm

  25. Serco, Mitie win contract extensions for UK COVID-19 test centres

    https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uks-serco-wins-contract-rebid-covid-19-test-centres-2021-06-28/

    you watch buy September when the emergency powers get passed again everyone will be back in there box because of cases as we are testing ten times what other country’s are doing.

    Councils hiring Covid marshalls to enforce rules into 2022

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/uk-news/councils-hiring-covid-marshalls-enforce-20480057

    so as long as these testing centers are still open it will never end.

    superted

    July 9, 2021 at 1:04 pm

  26. superted

    July 9, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    • @superted – Vultures.

      Jeff Smith

      July 10, 2021 at 8:36 pm

  27. Rolling shortages of food? UK’s meat tax and food riots.

    Cloverleaf

    July 9, 2021 at 2:48 pm

  28. 9 July 2021
    PCS condemns end of Covid restrictions and sets out safety demands
    PCS believes Boris Johnson’s decision to end Covid restrictions in England on 19 July is wrong and we have made a series of demands to the Cabinet Office with the aim of ensuring staff and workplaces are safe.
    Given the rising numbers of cases caused by the Delta variant of the various and because the vaccination programme is incomplete we believe it is premature to end restrictions.

    At a meeting with the Cabinet Office yesterday (8) we made the following demands:

    National law and guidance in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland must be followed
    There must be no arbitrary targets or dates for staff to return to workplaces
    Departments and agencies must consult the unions in advance of any plan for staff possibly returning to the workplace
    Social distancing must remain in place; face coverings should be used in communal areas and in any setting they are currently being used; existing screens should remain in place

    Proper ventilation is vital in buildings and unions must be reassured on this before any return to the workplace
    Vulnerable employees, including those not vaccinated, should remain working at home unless on the balance of risk it would be better for them to return to the workplace
    Risk assessments, both individual and collective, should include travel to work and must be undertaken in advance of staff returning to the workplace
    That in multi-occupied buildings/sites, health and safety arrangements must be put into place to ensure that unions are properly consulted at a building/site wide level as to all aspects of health and safety regarding a return to the workplace.
    We are expecting more information from BEIS and the UK Government next week about the effects of easing Covid restrictions and we will publish further guidance.

    There is a meeting of senior lay officials next week to take stock of the situation and agree necessary actions to protect members.

    superted

    July 9, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    • @superted – What can you say about the PCS ? They condemn…. and the DWP just ignore them.

      Jeff Smith

      July 10, 2021 at 8:34 pm

      • lol watch the ersa video ai work coaches are not far away it is digital buy default yet no mention of consent of use of personnel data and them processing this data for profit given buy the dwp computer system as a means of you gaining employment why i do not give them email address or phone numbers as will give it to 3rd party’s and digital contracts via web sites and accepting there terms and conditions to use said provider site.

        imo the dwp front line staff could strike and they could sack all of them as the last year has shown there a waste of money and just conditionality officers at the end of the day not 1 has helped me in to employment ever! same as every provider i have been sent to.

        superted

        July 10, 2021 at 9:29 pm

  29. trev

    July 10, 2021 at 4:24 pm

    • This is a serious error by the Tories, with 6 million people about to lose £20 a week. Many of whom are working-class Tory voters.

      Jeff Smith

      July 10, 2021 at 8:32 pm

      • The situation is being discussed at management level at my local foodbank and extra supplies are being bought in to build up stock in preparation for this and the end of furlough combined effect.

        trev

        July 10, 2021 at 9:08 pm

  30. How did your phone number end up for sale

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-57443597

    Systemic failure of data protection bodies, regulations, that either fail to keep up or aid and abet the ever growing problems in the worlds largest currency.

    Its said it keeps much on the internet free but how long should the data subject receive trinkets while others make livings beyond belief.

    Why are some allowed to make rockets for space trips while millions struggle and starve to exit.

    Doug

    July 11, 2021 at 5:46 am

  31. Funny how the Tory Party & their voters wanted to scrap Unions. Now all the workers want to join a Union for Workers Rights. The PCS Union which represents Civil Servants are getting very busy at the moment & need to put their foot down & act like a Union with Unions Actions. Let’s wait & see what their members think with more ballots for strikes.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 11, 2021 at 9:16 am

  32. NHS worker fuming as DWP cuts Universal Credit to zero after £500 Covid bonus
    The extra cash is counted as income when working out benefit payments

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-worker-fuming-dwp-cuts-21020781

    superted

    July 11, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    • AND GUESS WHAT ?

      https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20097/elections_and_voting/1080/members_of_parliament

      Most all Birmingham’s Members of Parliament are LABOUR (80%)

      There is no way this council didnt know this would happen, could have awarded extra paid holiday leave so at least they got some time and no further deductions on their benefits than they normally get instead of essentially being forced to watch the reward for all their selfless and tireless efforts ripped away to feed an ideology that does not reward those that work.

      A further negative indictment to the slogan “make work pay”.

      Doug

      July 12, 2021 at 9:45 am

      • To be fair though it’s not really a Council issue, and it’s up to individuals to contact their MP about a matter.

        trev

        July 12, 2021 at 9:51 am

      • Lol, just realised it was a welsh story transferred to the Birmingham mail.

        Still, the welsh government could have gave it out as holiday as a business, even a government owned one can give extra holiday a year to any employee instead of as they said, the health worker should contact the British government.

        Doug

        July 12, 2021 at 5:05 pm

  33. What have they done? UK government release 23rd report on adverse reactions to the CoV-19 vaccines.

    https://dailyexpose.co.uk/2021/07/10/what-have-they-done-uk-gov-release-23rd-report-on-adverse-reactions-to-the-covid-19-vaccines/

    Cloverleaf

    July 11, 2021 at 2:09 pm

  34. Possible monthly doses now in UK!

    Cloverleaf

    July 11, 2021 at 2:41 pm

  35. Boris Johnson & the Tory Party don’t give a shit about Covid or their voters. Not Fit For Purpose & Liability.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 11, 2021 at 4:07 pm

  36. this is a reply to my rights of access request for the data on the lms yet look what it says on the bottom right hand side to time limits and data being deleted over 7 years old and phone call data only after 14 months.

    DSC_0110_03

    https://secure.dwp.gov.uk/personal-information-request/name

    takes 5mins to do and free bog roll sent to your door recorded delivery 😉

    superted

    July 11, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    • My coach told me a month ago that if you send the DWP an email now, they delete it after a month because they have a legal time limit as to how long they can store your personal data. What nonsense!

      jj joop

      July 12, 2021 at 6:21 am

    • That means the DWP should delete your your email address as well.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 12, 2021 at 10:32 am

  37. Of possible interest and relevance to some…

    June 2021: ESA underpayments: Numbers affected, expenditure and final update on checking

    https://www.beingtheboss.co.uk/june-2021-esa-underpayments-numbers-affected-expenditure-and-final-update-on-checking/

    trev

    July 11, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    • Thanks Trev

      Much appreciated.

      Doug

      July 12, 2021 at 9:48 am

  38. Woman who has never been to Oldham ordered to pay £3,000 to council with probe launched

    https://www.theoldhamtimes.co.uk/news/19433401.woman-never-oldham-ordered-pay-3-000-council-probe-launched/

    superted

    July 12, 2021 at 7:06 am

  39. went to sign on and doors was closed as cant open as got no cleaner told to bugger off and ring them what a fkn joke yet all the g4s staff are just looking out the windows doing fuck all!

    its all gone to shit in less than 2 weeks of face to face meetings as the job center cant get a cleaner what a fkn joke.

    superted

    July 12, 2021 at 9:25 am

    • That’s ridiculous, why didn’t they ring you and tell you not to come? As for keeping doors closed for lack of a cleaner, that’s either very careful adherence to Covid regulations or possibly an unofficial ‘work-to-rule’ ?

      trev

      July 12, 2021 at 9:56 am

      • a job center full of work coaches to help ppl find work cant even get a cleaner for there own office lmfao.

        superted

        July 12, 2021 at 10:11 am

    • The DWP have asked the Work Roaches & G4S to do the cleaning but they won’t because they will go on strike. The DWP have nowhere to go. How about getting Serco to get the cleaning contract !!! Oh dear that will cost too much !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 12, 2021 at 10:35 am

  40. The UK is left behind the rest of the world in Boris fuck ups. Says it all.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 12, 2021 at 10:36 am

    • The Only Way is Essex Boris.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 12, 2021 at 10:37 am

      • Then Failed Tory Politicians Sleaze Love Island.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        July 12, 2021 at 10:38 am

      • Tory Party Brexit’s Got Talent.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        July 12, 2021 at 10:39 am

  41. Logs of calls to claimants

    DWP Response

    I can confirm that we hold the information you have requested. Please find the attached guidance
    on Claimant History and Right of Access request, regarding keeping a record of calls made to
    claimants by Work Coaches.

    In response to your question regarding Jobcentre (staff and agents) having the ability to record
    outbound phone calls made to claimants. For example:

    Any inbound/outbound call from a Work Coach in a jobcentre would not be recorded as they
    would be using either IPT (Internet Protocol Telephony) handsets or Microsoft Teams.
    Outbound/Inbound calls from a Service Centre by a Case Manager would be recorded on the
    Next Generation Contact Centre (NGCC) telephony platform and a message is covered in
    the IVR (Interactive Voice Response) and guidance also instructs agents conducting an
    outbound call to relay the same message:

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/logs_of_calls_to_claimants#incoming-1831797

    superted

    July 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm

  42. If this goes ahead you can bet that every unemployed person in the whole of West Yorkshire will be told to apply or sent for the agency interview….

    Appeal to new MP Kim Leadbeater over ‘monstrous’ Amazon warehouse near Cleckheaton

    https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/appeal-new-mp-kim-leadbeater-21029831

    They already have one same size near Barnsley and I knew someone who worked there for 3 months, said it was horrendous. I got sent for the interview but managed to fail it and was rejected by the agency thank fuck.

    trev

    July 12, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    • @trev – This is the risk of Universal Credit, a forced interview and then dragged reluctantly onto the warehouse floor.

      Jeff Smith

      July 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm

      • Yes and even though places like (in this case) Cleckheaton are out of the way for many people the agencies are laying-on mini-buses to transport workers to and fro. The one I was sent for interview for was based in the Grimethorpe area, ex-coal mining area decimated by the pit closures, about 20 miles away from where I live, but minibus provided. The shift was 3.00pm – 11.00pm, with no tea breaks, just a 30 min. lunch break. You are expected to walk 10 miles on each shift whilst picking orders and pushing a cart full of products as fast as possible. People are collapsing on the job every day and stretchered out of the building by ambulances that are in constant attendance, just like in the textile mills of the 19th Century but that was without the ambulances. Basically, unless you are young and physically fit you’re guaranteed to get Sanctioned because you won’t be able to do it.

        trev

        July 12, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      • @trev: Bloody Hell Trev, that sounds bad. And you’re right, what if you physically can’t do the job after a few weeks. ? Older workers and people off ESA that have been shoved into it ? You could get a 6 month sanction even if you’ve worked your guts out.

        George M

        July 12, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    • Just tell whoever at the interview that your not very good at keeping to tight deadlines, often run short of targets and or your worried your frequency of going to the toilet might discount you,

      Amazon are all about time management and these two are red flags.

      Even if the agency ignore it, amazon wont and your be told your not required anymore and the nightmare is over.

      Doug

      July 12, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      • They require applicants to complete a health questionnaire and last time I failed on that. Very specific questions too, so if you’re able to tick anything on that they don’t want you. Waste of time jobcentre sending me. My mate who did get employed got sack after 3 months then put on to UC. He only got the job because he didn’t declare his heart condition. He’s dead now, was same age as me, knew him at junior school.

        trev

        July 12, 2021 at 6:00 pm

      • Amazon are punishing employers and often demand 12 hour shifts from staff walking 12 or 13 miles during them picking stock for orders, packing items and dispatching them super-quickly. You get monitored all the while all the time; if you don’t meet demanding targets you get sent for “consultation” where you get bullied and/or sacked for not being athletic enough to keep up. There’s plenty of material on YouTube submitted by young and fit ex-Amazon workers who ended up exhausted by their duties as employees of that company. For example:

        To be honest Amazon seems and sounds hellish… literally!

        Aleister

        July 13, 2021 at 8:12 am

      • So this will be a test case for new Labour MP Kim Leadbetter. Will she side with the environmentalists who don’t want such a monstrous eyesore on Greenbelt, or will she side with the Tories and Capitalists who favour big business and who want to create jobs to make more profit, or with the local workers who want meaningful and equitable labour, good quality jobs with Union representation and reasonable hours/working conditions??? Not that Ms. Leadbetter has the power to stop it anyway.

        trev

        July 13, 2021 at 10:11 am

  43. The Tories are one big high risk gamble. It’s not political football. Boris has relieved himself of all responsibility for being Prime Minister. When it all goes wrong Boris says “I gave the people the choice to be free”.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 12, 2021 at 6:38 pm

  44. Bicker bicker divide & rule.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 12, 2021 at 6:39 pm

  45. Freedom Of Information Request

    When was the so & so Job Centre’s carpet last cleaned?

    Sorry we do not have that information.

    Says it all.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 12, 2021 at 6:42 pm

  46. ‘The committee was told that the number of claimants in the “intensive work search” UC group has seen a “steady reduction” down from just under 2.5 million in March this year to 2.1 million.
    But Ms Coffey acknowledged that there is a difference between this number and the three-quarter of a million job vacancies.’ – Evening Standard
    And these are just the ones in the notorious All Work Requirements group, where they can virtually make you apply for anything. There are another 4 million on Universal Credit. So how are 6 million people going to get a job, when there are only 750,000 mostly zero-hour vacancies ?
    And we still have the end of the furlough scheme to come, which is supporting another 4 Million jobs.

    Jeff Smith

    July 12, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    • more job centers and more work coaches that dont have a clue is the plan and a rebranded work programme to shove you in to any job to start there job outcome payments or sell you off on mandator work activity in the amazon warehouse for your benefits for a 6 month stint.

      mwa is still part of the restart programme providers wont care if you drop down dead as will still get paid!

      so do not sign there contracts it is as simple as that and do not use there job portals either and create digital contracts with any provider via there terms and conditions of use on there web sites they cant force you to use any of them.

      superted

      July 12, 2021 at 9:47 pm

  47. On Universal Credit your are a in work job figure. On Legacy Benefits you are a unemployment figure. Fast track everyone from Legacy Benefits & you have Zero Unemployment. That is the joy of Universal Credit to make Zero Unemployment. I know it sounds daft but that’s how Universal Credit works. Fantastic goes Iain Duncan Smith & Lord David Fraud.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 12, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    • Fraudulent Slip.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 12, 2021 at 9:55 pm

  48. You don’t have to sign their papers anymore it’s all done over the phone or the internet, effing poverty pimp tosspots 🤑.

    Cloverleaf

    July 12, 2021 at 10:04 pm

    • A legally binding enforceable contract by law no matter the medium Cloverleaf still requires lawful consent of free will.

      What these poverty pimps as you put them are engaging in is whats termed assumed consent.
      Regulations are a breakdown of acts and a summary is a breakdown of regulations. They may sound like they are just talking but really concealed within this discussion is contractual terms.

      The trick is with any such discussion over the phone to ask the person before they get a chance to up sell is does any part of this discussion form the basis for a contractual agreement. Record this conversation (have to inform them by law prior to) and announce while your happy to talk, you at no point over the phone will engage, nor agree of freewill with any conversation relating to terms and conditions towards forming any contracts.

      Over the internet is trickier for them as by law they must inform you prior of any contractual negotiations that what your entering into is such. If there is any doubt, simply abandon the website and contact them direct.

      Doug

      July 13, 2021 at 7:45 am

      • @Doug

        Excellent advice Doug.

        jj joop

        July 13, 2021 at 3:14 pm

  49. Six fully vaccinated people caught covid, five lived.

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/6-fully-vaccinated-people-caught-154610774.html

    Yet again more news proves while a vaccination cant prevent catching the infection, it can prevent hospitalization and especially death.
    The one fail was by a vaccine not offered in this country although worth a mention that one other person had this vaccine and was ok.

    The sad news in this however is how testing is still failing to pick up the issue sooner rather than later. If anything though it proves masks and distancing is still much the correct course of action until at least we can revisit the topic again when everyone who can is vaccinated regardless of age or illness.

    Doug

    July 13, 2021 at 8:03 am

  50. To all resident members of the British Governments alphabet agencies.

    Cloverleaf

    July 13, 2021 at 1:26 pm

  51. One should question why Universal Credit is paying peoples mortgage payments. The Welfare State was not set up to pay people mortgage payments. It shows Universal Credit has a class structure & no class system. Yet again the contradictions are rife.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 13, 2021 at 3:24 pm


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