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This was a really hard-hitting and to-the-point report last night:

23 Jul 2021

Universal Credit: what it’s like to lose £20 a week

By Jane Dodge

The UK is heading towards the “biggest overnight social security cut” since the modern welfare state was founded, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

They’ve been investigating the impact of the decision to cut Universal Credit payments by £20 a week from October, and they say it could plunge half a million more people into poverty, as well as putting millions of low income families under further financial strain.

UK ‘heading for biggest overnight social security cut since Second World War’

Written by Andrew Coates

July 24, 2021 at 10:03 am

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  1. I’ll have to catch the repeat. Good that the issue is gaining publicity.

    trev

    July 24, 2021 at 10:10 am

    • Oh the video has loaded, thanks for posting it, everything is a tad slow on this old phone…

      trev

      July 24, 2021 at 10:13 am

    • So I’ve watched the report, and yes it is a worrying situation, absolutely heartbreaking for the vulnerable people and poor families affected. Tories should hang their heads in shame. Their policies have created the poverty and need that lead to the existence of foodbanks in 21st Century Britain.

      trev

      July 24, 2021 at 10:22 am

  2. superted

    July 24, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    • Just finished watch David Ickes live speach 🥰 Brilliant!!!

      Cloverleaf

      July 24, 2021 at 3:22 pm

      • How did Icke get to London? I thought he was stuck on the bleedin Isle of Wight becuase he wouldn’t wear a bleedin face nappy on the bleedin ferry?

        fred

        July 24, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      • Cloverleaf, Icke and his co-conspirators are part of a Fascist movement. This is what their nonsensical ill-informed rhetoric leads to;

        https://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com/2021/07/24/france-attacks-against-vaccination-centres/

        trev

        July 24, 2021 at 4:09 pm

      • @Cloverleaf – He is a deluded individual, don’t fall for his nonsense. First it was aliens, then he was the Son of God, now it’s anti-vax conspiracy.

        Jeff Smith

        July 24, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      • Me and the missus don’t trust Icke. He is a tosspot milking this covid scam for all it’s worth like the rest of ’em appearing with him. But we don’t need Icke to fink for us – we can bleedin well fink for ourselves 😀 No one is ‘anti-vax’, so give that tired old trope a rest for the love of sweet Mary. We are ‘pro-choice’. We believe that we should have autonomy over our own bleedin bodies. We are against forced medical procedures. We have all had vaccine by CHOICE, like tetanus, yellow fever and Christ knows what. We take medicine if we are ill, but we don’t empty the contents of some other geezers’ medicine cabinet into our own bleedin stomach. And don’t give us that ‘for the greater good’ or ‘for the many’ like that movie – The Colony. If you want to go down that road I suggest getting rid of the ‘useless eaters’ like dole claimants 😀 That would suit the many (the taxpayer) I will tell you what for nothing, you are a bleedin yellow-bellied coward, trev. I bet you jump through every hoop the jokecentre sets up for you like a performing bleedin seal 😀 What are you afraid of? Death? 😀 Death comes to us all you bleedin coward. You would throw anyone else under the bus to save your own skin. Well, me and the missus will be saving our own skins 😀 I will tell you something for nothing, trev. Me and the missus did have some goodwill at the beginning of this covid charade. We didn’t mind wearing those stupid face-masks if it made some yellow-bellied trev ‘feel safe’ but tell you what matey you abused that goodwill, you and the lying politicians and the media. Just because we wore a silly facemask doesn’t mean we are OK with forced vaccinations and vaccine passports. If you want to live in Commie Russia or Nazi Germany go get a time machine and live there but we sure as hell don’t. Me and the missus are hell-bent on not ‘aving this concoction injected into us voluntarily. We would rather die first! If we ever find ourselves forced into taking this concoction we will be living into a totalitarian craphole of the country. And Stalin’s Russia and Hitler’s Germany had no room for dolies 😀 Anyway, me and the missus are watching Neil Oliver on GB News. He agrees with us on this covid malarkey 😀

        fred

        July 24, 2021 at 9:04 pm

      • I don’t expect you to understand this “fred” but it’s about doing your bit for Society to help reduce infections and protect others, you fucking selfish numbskull.

        trev

        July 24, 2021 at 9:46 pm

      • Funny how you can’t see a doctor, dentist or get a bleedin ‘ospital appointment, or get treated in A&E yet there are bleedin ‘vaccine’ tents all over the bleedin place like that bleedin film, Contagion 😀 How long are doctors, dentist and the rest going to hide behind this bleedin covid malarkey?

        fred

        July 24, 2021 at 9:18 pm

      • i went to the dentist 5 times last year and my step dad has been to hospital 3 times to have surgery as had to have abscess and boils removed from his legs balls and ass hole lol.

        tho the dentist did close the doors for the first 3 months and it was taken over buy bupa and first time i went the fkn builders were ripping the place to bits and stank of gloss paint that gives me headaches.

        superted

        July 24, 2021 at 9:25 pm

      • Is that you back on your ‘collectivism’ hobby-horse, trev? ‘For the greater good, ‘For the Many’ 😀 Where is this? Bleedin Stalinist Russia? 😀 Communism was a abject failure, trev, and don’t give me that ‘Communism has never been given a chance’ load of old bleedin cobblers. You can call me and the missus all the names you like, trev, we still ain’t ‘aving no bleedin ‘vaccines’ 😀 No a snowball’s chance in Hell of us rolling up our sleeves 😀

        fred

        July 24, 2021 at 10:18 pm

      • Tell you what, trev, you should watch GB News, you might learn something 😀 There are a lot of intelligent commentators on there: Kirsty Gallacher (phwoar! 🙂 ), Michelle Dewberry (phwoar! 🙂 ), Alex Philips (phwoar! 🙂 ) You also have intellectual powerhouses such as Nigel Farage, Neil Oliver and Dan Wooton. And fellow Commie Katie Hopkins pops up regularly 😀 What more could you ask for? 😀

        fred

        July 24, 2021 at 10:25 pm

      • It was Mrs T who said there was no such thing as Society, and tell you wot, she was bleedin well right 😀

        fred

        July 24, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      • rna vaccines are a flawed technology and was abandoned in 2017 as it was meant to cure cancer ect ect yet to little does and it did nothing and to much it was toxic to human beings it never had human trials because of this and has never had a licence for use in humans so if it is that good for flu, corona viruses then why has it never been used. because it wont work yet was developed in the 1990s.

        they have had 90 years to find a cure for corona viruses when they was first discovered and this is not going to change because of the way they mutate and have done for millions of years.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RNA_vaccine

        Lavishly funded Moderna hits safety problems in bold bid to revolutionize medicine

        https://www.statnews.com/2017/01/10/moderna-trouble-mrna/

        In order to protect mRNA molecules from the body’s natural defenses, drug developers must wrap them in a protective casing. For Moderna, that meant putting its Crigler-Najjar therapy in nanoparticles made of lipids. And for its chemists, those nanoparticles created a daunting challenge: Dose too little, and you don’t get enough enzyme to affect the disease; dose too much, and the drug is too toxic for patients.

        superted

        July 24, 2021 at 10:42 pm

      • I don’t bleedin well know wot you went to the dentist for ted. Me missus has a loose crown. She gave the dentist a bell on the old dog n bone. There is a message saying that they will only see you if you are in unmanageable pain, ‘ave severe swelling too your face you can book an emergency appointment. This is bleedin ridiculous. One of me missus mates nearly died a month ago when a tooth infection spread to her brain. She ended up in A&E ‘aving emergency brain surgery. She said she had never been so scared in her life. All because she ‘adn’t been to the dentist because of this bleedin covid malarkey. This is a bleedin disgrace. A mate went to A&E with chest pains. Told to go home and phone that bleedin NHS 111 and some geezer will phone ‘im back in 5 bleedin hours. This bleedin covid cobblers is killing more people than bleedin covid. And to top it all these greedy lazy feckers are being awarded huge pay increases for their ‘hard work’ and we are supposed to clap for ’em.

        fred

        July 25, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      • @ fred

        Anyone who refers to NHS workers as “greedy lazy feckers” has to be a Rightwing Troll. Do one Fred, your sort are not welcome round here.

        trev

        July 25, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      • i went for fillings as fell out xrays and last time i went was for root canal and took fkn 2hrs.

        superted

        July 25, 2021 at 6:40 pm

      • The missus was just saying, you know wot’s really funny, fred, we can get a bleedin covid jab but we can’t see a bleedin dentist. I heard somewhere that dentists were making £1000+ nicker per bleedin covid jab shift. I also heard that seriously ill people are being denied live-saving cancer treatment yet can be ‘double-jabbed’. The more this goes on the more I form the conclusion that this bleedin covid is a scam. If there is no way the missus can see a dentist there is no bleedin way we are taking a jab. The NHS has just proven that they don’t give a bleedin monkeys about us. Useless bunch of overpaid, lazy, greedy tossers. And imagine taking that jab and then comimg down with severe headaches or chest pains. I tell you what you ain’t getting no bleedin treatment. Like the used car lots around here once they have got your money (jab) they couldn’t give a bleedin monkeys.

        fred

        July 25, 2021 at 6:56 pm

      • imo you could get a private dentist but then you will have to pay for it but still cant see the doctor or i call them drug dealers cos thats all they fkn do.

        i had a so called doctor at the hospital a and e and could not even take a blood sample, there was more blood on the floor then in the fkn syringe and gave up and got a nurse to come and do it.

        superted

        July 25, 2021 at 7:08 pm

      • Anyone that calls me a right-wing troll has to be a far-left Commie. It’s you that ain’t welcome trev, so do one. Half the NHS staff are bleedin managers. Me and the missus sat next to one on a flight and ‘ad a right bleedin good chuckle reading his papers. The only people who do any work in the NHS are the auxiliary nurses. The staff nurses sit in their ‘station’ all day on their fat arses eating chocolates popping out eery once and a while to tick a checkbox. And what about the greedy overpaid surgeons that encourage you to go to their private practice to skip the endless NHS queue. Who paid for their long and expensive training? We did – the taxpayer, ‘trev’ excepted because you ain’t no bleedin taxpayer 😀

        You should stop watching that bleedin BBC News. Reporting live from the mortuary. A ‘conveyor belt of bodies’. That film crew will have been in that ‘busy’ hospital at least the whole day and probably a week 😀 Watch some REAL news on GB News.

        And seriously trev, how can you say that dentist sat on their arse drawing a fat salary and leaving patients to end up in A&E ‘aving emergency brain surgery are not lazy, useless feckers? They are useless – what use is a dentist who won’t treat you? Leave off the bleedin trolling, you bleedin Commie 😀

        fred

        July 25, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      • Yeah ted, that’s a doctor is another thing that you can’t see 😀 Not that they are any bleedin use anyway 😀
        Missus said that the practice nurse knows more than the bleedin doctors 😀 The NHS is a bleedin danger to your health 😀 If that covid jab messes you up you are screwed, one more reason for avoiding it 😀
        The missus says that she hopes the NHS staff enjoy their well-earned pay rise for all the ‘ard work they ‘ave down during this plandemic (spell checker changed pandemic to plandemic would you Adam & Eve it :D)
        The missus wants us all to clap for the NHS. I fink she is ‘aving a bleddin laff 😀

        fred

        July 25, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    • Should have turned a water cannon on the lot of ’em. Or declared Martial law and forcibly cleared the streets. Get these nutjobs locked up.

      trev

      July 24, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      • Spoken like a true bleedin fascist 😀

        fred

        July 24, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    • ‘This video is unavailable’ What the bleedin hell ‘appened?

      fred

      July 24, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      • superted

        July 24, 2021 at 8:54 pm

  3. Really surprised to hear Bridgen saying the the UC uplift should continue if not indefinitely then for a decent while longer. If somebody that right-wing can “come out” an say such a thing publicly that indicates that many, many Tory MPs must be worried about the effect of removing the uplift, if not on the people affected than on their own chances of keeping their seats. To be honest, given the government’s track record of reversals and U-turns, I wouldn’t be surprised if the duration of the uplift were extended or even made permanent due to the furore that removing it in one fell swoop would be bound to cause. Could go either way I reckon. Kind of pathetic though that the most effective opposition to making the cut comes from backbench Conservatives rather than the front bench of Labour.

    Aleister

    July 24, 2021 at 12:46 pm

  4. DWP Universal Credit cuts will leave 215,000 West Midlands families worse off
    Many of them are key workers in the NHS, social care and supermarkets who need Universal Credit as a top-up to boost low wages

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/dwp-universal-credit-cuts-leave-21132144

    superted

    July 24, 2021 at 1:11 pm

  5. The Tories just got the starkest warning about Universal Credit yet

    The Tories are still going to cut Universal Credit by £20 a week. Now, a think tank has given a stark warning about the effect this will have. But will the government listen? And was the £20 uplift really adequate in the first place?

    https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2021/07/23/the-tories-just-got-the-starkest-warning-about-universal-credit-yet/

    superted

    July 24, 2021 at 1:13 pm

  6. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

    A6er

    July 24, 2021 at 2:28 pm

  7. Channel 4 News – is that still on? Didn’t they pull that crap ages ago? D Anyway, who the hell in their right mind watches bleedin Channel 4 News? 😀 Is this the 1980s? I bet it is on in the common room of mental institutions up and down the country 😀 You should be watching Nigel Farage over on GB News 😀 Talking of GB News 😀 , I see that the gorgeous Kirsty Gallagher is back on, Kirsty, Michelle Dewberry, and Alex Philips, now wouldn’t that be a four-some from Heaven, but don’t tell the missus 😀

    fred

    July 24, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    • Fuck Farage and GB fucking News you moron.

      trev

      July 24, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    • Well the new laws will soon be with us and with it comes Internet laws.

      Xclausx

      July 24, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      • What new bleedin laws? No one told me or the missus 😀

        fred

        July 24, 2021 at 9:23 pm

  8. I don’t buy that Trev, David Icke is apolitical he supports neither right nor left so how on earth can he be part of a fascist movement? Have you any proof to back up your allegations? 🍀

    Cloverleaf

    July 24, 2021 at 5:26 pm

  9. Lose £20 per week, I’ll let you know what it s like to lose £400 – £500 per month in a few months 😎

    Xclausx

    July 24, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    • Ya right, when £20 uplift gets taken away people won’t be able to eat anymore it’s going to be hellish I can tell you.

      Cloverleaf

      July 24, 2021 at 7:48 pm

      • For half a million yes

        Not all

        July 24, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      • well there is going to be loads of work coaches having mental breakdowns with 6 million pissed pll that has lost 1k a year all screaming at them for 8hrs a day 6 days a week.

        those screens on the desk are not for any virus there to stop someone trying to knock out there work coach.

        but killer coffey dont give a shit about that and will demand targets are met and sanctions are given out even if it kills ppl the dwp has no duty of care to the public.

        superted

        July 24, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      • How are JSA claimants managing to eat then? Or ‘av they all starved to death? 😀

        fred

        July 24, 2021 at 9:11 pm

      • if you want to starve to death go to hospital i doubt a dog would eat it , and you cant even jump out the windows anymore as only open 2inc.

        have to walk a fkn mile just to get out side for a roll up that has been proven to kill me but it is taxed so ok just no adds on f1 cars.

        superted

        July 24, 2021 at 9:19 pm

  10. Can I put in a word here for the Legacy Claimants ?
    Not only have we not had the £20 uplift and the backpay, but we seem to be the invisible claimants.

    George M

    July 24, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    • I wonder what happened to that Court case then? Has Boris Privatized the High Court?

      trev

      July 24, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    • superted

      July 24, 2021 at 10:18 pm

  11. superted

    July 24, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    • Who is this bleedin Hugo Talks geezer? He pops up a lot 😀

      fred

      July 24, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    • I remember reading an IT article that went into depth what the governments app is capable of doing.

      You have to wonder if the digital covid passport (no plans for paper version) about to be used to gain access to venues such as concerts, nightclubs, football matches, etc is acting as a test bed to see how much the public is wiling to put up with in order to get what they want.
      This social engineering app will completely change how we all live with those looking to shun it well and truly left out in cold.
      Considering how very successful the food industry has been with its app for order online and deliver, shop by phone, you just know its just a small matter of time before we become cashless completely.

      They say time is a matter of perception and relativity and it would seem so as what was once a ways is now just up the street from your doorstep.

      Doug

      July 25, 2021 at 7:11 am

      • Have you read the latest bleedin news. Vaxceen passports for footie matches would you Adam & Eve it. If we aren’t careful we will soon need one to enter a bleedin jokecentre. Like ‘trev’ – bet it’s not his real name 😀 – wants 😀 But as long as it make scaredy-cat ‘trev’ ‘feel safe’ me and the missus are just going to have to put up with premature death from blood clots, heart inflammation and whatnot 😀 A small price to pay for ‘trev’ and the ‘collective’ 😀 It is for ‘the greater good’, ‘for the many’ 😀 Bleedin Commie!

        https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-57958278

        fred

        July 25, 2021 at 7:59 am

      • fred

        July 25, 2021 at 8:01 am

      • You are spot on the money though, doug, they are just seeng how far they can push it. A blind person can see where this is going 😀

        fred

        July 25, 2021 at 8:04 am

      • And as you can see the option of a negative test, paper versions have been removed 😀 That is how they suck you in 😀 Say NO to this crap before we all end up in a digital medical prison… unless you are ‘trev’. I tell you wot though, me and the missus ain’t ever going to another footie match 😀

        fred

        July 25, 2021 at 8:08 am

      • I can see the cashless society coming, I wonder if it will be a crypto currency and blockchain technology? I remember reading an article last year saying the UK might be getting a digital pound, with a digital wallet!

        Cloverleaf

        July 25, 2021 at 9:19 am

  12. superted

    July 24, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    • Some good advice there, trev, don’t talk to your neighbours and, whatever you do DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT browse in the supermarket 😀

      fred

      July 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm

  13. 😉

    superted

    July 25, 2021 at 12:49 am

  14. COVID-19: How the pandemic has led to a rise in ‘the working homeless’

    https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-how-the-pandemic-has-led-to-a-rise-in-the-working-homeless-12362730

    Doug

    July 25, 2021 at 6:59 am

  15. @ fred

    If Conservative and/or Neoliberal policies are so great why have we got 15 Million people living in poverty? At least 2 Million having to rely on foodbanks? whilst 1% of the population possess 80% of the wealth? You think that is a desirable situation? I don’t give a fuck what Thatcher said, of course Society exists, and one proof of that is foodbanks, run by volunteers and stocked by charitable donations from the public and others. As for Vaccine Passports, I can’t think of a situation where I might need one, and I will not be able to install any App for such purposes, but I will carry a printed plastic hologram photo ID card if the State sees fit to issue me with one.

    trev

    July 25, 2021 at 11:07 am

    • The ‘Trickle-Down’ Economy doesn’t work fred

      trev

      July 25, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    • Ha! What’s the point? For a majority of people life is pretty much already cashless with people paying for things with cards and exchanging massive amounts digitally every day. Plus as Britcoin would be issued and managed by the Bank of England it wouldn’t offer the privacy and anonymity associated with Bitcoin, say, so what real need for it in the real world is there? Can’t see that happening any time soon if ever. The Express has run pretty much the same article but included a poll giving readers the chance to approve/disapprove of Britcoin and when I read it 87% of respondents did NOT support digitising the pound.

      https://www.express.co.uk/finance/city/1467341/Britcoin-poll-rishi-sunak-cash-digital-currency-crypto-bitcoin-britcoin

      If anything like that happens during Sunak’s – or even his children’s – lifetime I will be very surprised.

      Aleister

      July 25, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      • I hope you are right Aleister.

        Cloverleaf

        July 25, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      • I don’t think it would make much difference to me, I never have any money anyway, no disposable income, just State Benefits to spend on essentials. I don’t have any social life or go on holidays, don’t buy cars or houses, I pretty much live hand to mouth.

        trev

        July 25, 2021 at 2:20 pm

      • Trev

        Your looking at it in too simplistic terms. From a money management prospective a digital currency would enable those controlling it to be able to ear mark it in various ways. For instance it or parts of it could be made to be only spent in certain places or on certain things.
        You could effectively make an individual spend on certain things they usually didn’t (ie you walk to sign on but part of benefit is earmarked for bus travel only). Also imagine this for rent or how about certain funds earmarked for electricity but tied into how you use the power meaning funds from other areas of your money could be reallocated to cover the use.
        How about being made to save when you usually wouldn’t with the funds you have and as a direct result you have to cutback on power,heat,water use.

        The benefits of physical cash grant freedom of choice to spend, a choice that could be decided for you quite easily with digital currency.

        Doug

        July 26, 2021 at 7:12 am

      • trev can’t help finking simplistically – it is hard wired into his fick skull 😀 I wos reading on ‘ere about some blockchain the dwp trialled in the UK. It limited wot you could spend on, so no booze, fags or weed 😀
        Like you say, they put your money in ‘jam jars’, so trev would ‘av a jam-jar for his gas/leccy, bus fare to the job centre, stationary for cvs, interview clothes, haircurts, grooming products, soap.. but no wonga in the kitty for booze, fags and weed 😀 What is it with trev always finking these totalitarian control measures like cashless society, forced vaccinations are a good fing 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 9:17 am

      • The other fing about these digital bleedin currencies that they can be set wif an expiry date, so if u ‘adn’t spent your benefit money it would expire after one week, so not only would trev not be able to spend any wonga on booze, fags and weed he wouldn’t even be able to save for a bleedin motorbike like by walking to the bleedin jokecentre, but as trev say this digital currency wouldn’t make any bleedin difference to ‘im 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 9:29 am

      • @ Cloverleaf

        The government have only recently introduced new polymer £5, £10, £20 and £50 notes which will be around for years, even after the death of our current Queen. (The new £50 was only put into circulation last month on the 23 June 2021.) The lifespan of these new notes is roughly the same as their denomination and so the new £20, commonest and most numerous notes, could have almost a 20 year lifespan! Tangible currency in the form of notes and coins will be with us for many decades, too many for anybody reading these words to worry about anyway!

        Aleister

        July 26, 2021 at 3:37 pm

  16. Government disability strategy risks becoming a ‘car crash’, says Tory peer

    Lord Shinkwin warns PM he must listen more to views of people with disabilities before releasing report

    Guardian – Kevin Rawlinson Fri 23 Jul 2021 19.21 BST

    Government disability strategy risks becoming a ‘car crash’, says Tory peer
    Lord Shinkwin warns PM he must listen more to views of people with disabilities before releasing report

    Justin Tomlinson arrives at Downing Street.
    Campaigners have said Justin Tomlinson should step down over the review. Photograph: Rex/Shutterstock
    Kevin Rawlinson
    Fri 23 Jul 2021 19.21 BST

    The launch of the government’s long-awaited disability strategy risks becoming a car crash if ministers do not do more to listen to the views of people with disabilities before releasing it, a Conservative peer has said.

    Lord Shinkwin warned the prime minister that releasing a report that is roundly rejected by people with disabilities would greatly undermine his levelling-up agenda, after campaigners complained bitterly that the consultation process that informed it was seriously flawed.

    “It gives me no pleasure to say that if the strategy is launched next week, the government will be looking at another car crash that will make the launch of the recent ethnicity and racial disparity commission report look like a PR triumph,” he said.

    Shinkwin, chair of the Centre for Social Justice’s disability commission, said that while he did not feel the Tory minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, should lose his job, he did feel he should hand over more control for drawing up the strategy to people with disabilities.

    The government had promised to publish the disability strategy aimed at removing barriers to participation in everyday life. But there have been lengthy delays over its release.

    However, it is the consultation process that preceded it that has angered many campaigners, who argue it was flawed, saying its format did not allow them to properly describe the barriers that exist.

    They have also said that insufficient weight was given to the views of people with disabilities. Sarah Gayton, from the National Federation of the Blind of the UK, called it “shocking” and said it indicated the “contempt the government has” for people with disabilities.

    She added that people had complained that simple elements of the consultation, such as a facility for uploading video for those who communicate using sign language, did not work.

    “Producing a strategy for disabled people without proper engagement is unacceptable,” said Kamran Mallick, the chief executive of Disability Rights UK.

    Mallick said the government had been told by the committee on the rights of persons with disabilities to engage more readily with people with disabilities after a review four years ago. “The next review is coming up and we have made no progress.”

    He added: “Time and time again, disabled people and our organisations have asked and told the government to fund structured independent engagement.”

    Doug Paulley, one of four people who successfully persuaded a high court judge to allow them to challenge the lawfulness of the process earlier this month, said: “The consultation was ridiculous, pointless, ill conceived and insulting. It was not fit for purpose in any way. Basing the national disability strategy on it would be very problematic, or using it to inform said strategy in any way.”

    He added: “I’m glad that the judge evidently thinks that there are sufficient issues with the consultation that it should be subject to judicial review. But I’m sad this is necessary; that the government failed to interact with disabled people and their organisations in any meaningful way.”

    On 13 July, the high court granted permission to apply for judicial review of the consultation process, agreeing there was an arguable case against its lawfulness and that to hear it would be in the public interest.

    And some campaigners have called on Tomlinson to go. “I have little confidence in Justin Tomlinson or his approach to and impact on disabled people’s rights in general,” said Paulley. “Do I think this judicial review should make him go? It would be wonderful, but I doubt it will.”

    Gayton agreed, saying Tomlinson “needs to step down over this, walk away and let someone who will fight for the rights of disabled people come in”.

    A government spokesperson said: “This has been the biggest listening exercise on disability policy in recent history and it means the strategy is a practical response to the issues disabled people face in their everyday lives.

    “Putting the voices of disabled people at the centre of government policy is integral to the strategy and the minister is passionate about learning from and being guided by that experience. This strategy is a concerted, comprehensive endeavour to bring about lasting change.”

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 25, 2021 at 1:06 pm

  17. All the Tories voters moaning about who they voted for & how useless they are. Like we didn’t know that before you voted for them. Makes the Tories voters more useless than Boris,

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 25, 2021 at 1:08 pm

  18. Eugene Debs knew who the useless eaters really are.

    Cloverleaf

    July 25, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    • Are you becoming a Socialist at last?

      trev

      July 25, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      • Anything is possible in this life!

        Cloverleaf

        July 25, 2021 at 2:34 pm

  19. Flamindaemon89
    7 hours ago
    So he is openly admitting the lockdowns will not end – right from the horses mouth!

    superted

    July 25, 2021 at 2:22 pm

  20. superted

    July 25, 2021 at 2:46 pm

  21. Glasgow singer with long Covid refused disability benefit despite being unable to work
    Shereen Smith has told how her life has been ripped apart by an illness for which victims are being “dismissed, disregarded, mocked and patronised”.

    https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/glasgow-singer-long-covid-refused-21140460

    superted

    July 25, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    • The DWP, NHS, and whichever ghastly Third Party is involved (Atos, Maximus, etc.) need to be brought up to speed on this as it could potentially affect many thousands of people.

      trev

      July 25, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    • lol I’ll tell you wot long covid is. It all these lazy blaggards on furlough finking it the scam is coming to and end trying to think of a new one to keeping the wonga rolling in 😀 The DWP will be snowed under with claims if trev and the rest of the lazy, bleedin Commies fink they can pull that stunt 😀 Imagine that wads of cash for life and a free motor thrown in for saying you ‘ad ‘long covid’ 😀 Good luck wif that, trev – you’ll bleedin well need it 😀

      fred

      July 26, 2021 at 6:02 am

    • Me and the missus were just ‘aving a right good chuckle reading that article 😀 There is no bleedin way a doctor is going to take those ‘symptoms’ seriously, ‘brain fog’, ‘loss of appetite’ lol you wouldn’t even get an appointment 😀 And there is not a bleedin snowball’s chance in hell of a DWP doctor giving that load of old cobblers the time of day 😀 Any bleedin geezer can make that load of old cobblers up 😀 The bloody cheek of it, expecting to be handed large wads of taxpayers cash in the form of disability benefits, PIP and a free Beemer motor to boot for a load of old cobblers, you ‘av to laff 😀

      fred

      July 26, 2021 at 6:28 am

  22. I wonder how many of the working-class who are on Universal Credit, now regret voting Conservative at the last election ? It’s one thing to sit about laughing at Benefits Street on TV, and another to have to face this cruel benefit system, and now a cut of £20 as well.

    Jeff Smith

    July 25, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    • The Working Class Tory is a strange beast indeed, one bound to suffer great disappointment or deep regret.

      trev

      July 25, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    • @Jeff

      Talking of Benefits Street, have you heard anything of White Dee at all? The last I heard, she’d pissed away all the money she’d made off the back of her notoriety and was back on benefits.

      jj joop

      July 25, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      • Last I ‘eard she had moved into trev’s caravan 😀 You should be so bleedin luck, trev 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 6:07 am

  23. A V- Badge should be produced for unvaccinated people to wear, so that they can easily be indentified in society. And in the future it will be very much a question of asking ” Are you V+ or V- ? ”

    George M

    July 25, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    • It was “V for Victory” over the Nazis in WW2, so we as a Society need to think very carefully before differentiating people by the wearing of badges in public. It’s a difficult and delicate situation.

      trev

      July 25, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    • Wot about a ‘yellow star’ George? 😀

      fred

      July 25, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    • Wot about a ‘yellow star’…. George? 😀

      fred

      July 25, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    • It should be those daft enough to be jabbed that should be made to wear a badge, so that me and the missus can avoid those clowns 😀

      fred

      July 25, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      • You and your imaginary missus might change your vile opinion about NHS workers if (and hopefully when) you catch Covid and are on a ventilator in intensive care, or spend months recovering from long-term Covid. You will change your abhorrent views then 😂

        trev

        July 25, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      • problem is trev if you want to take the dwp to tribunal you have to have proof and prove it under law and as covid 19 is a virus and not a disease so yet to be proven under law.

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

        so good luck proving that at a tribunal as atm long covid is not a get out of jail free card for a easy life on benefits.

        the dwp would rather let you die fighting them anyway 😉

        superted

        July 25, 2021 at 9:15 pm

      • @trev- Or appoint a Vaccinator General, whose job would be to tour the country seeking out anti-vaccinators,and bring them to justice.

        Jeff Smith

        July 25, 2021 at 10:35 pm

      • If the government thinks it necessary to introduce vaccination ‘passports’ it should go through parliament inc. House of Lords. They could issue a card similar to a driving licence or bank card, but then some will say it’s ID cards by the backdoor. So long as it doesn’t involve a tattoo or implant in the hand or forehead (i.e. the “Mark of the Beast”) I’m not too concerned.

        trev

        July 25, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      • superted

        July 25, 2021 at 10:43 pm

      • Briiing! Briiing! It has just gone six bells, time to rise n bleedin shine, trev 😀 It is off to work trev doesn’t go 😀

        There is nothing bleedin imaginary about me missus (phwoar!) you bleedin blaggard 😀 Now get back to your imaginary covid you bleedin Commie 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 5:28 am

      • lol trev, driving licences and passports last for ten bleedin years, you don’t get a new one every time a new bleedin variant comes out 😀 I gotta laff at you trev, all for forced jabs and vaccine passports, but doesn’t want to buy a bleedin smart phone, wants to use a bleedin card like Commie Russia under Stalin or East Germany under the Stasi, All for trev, like a true bleedin Commie 😀 You must think we all button up the bleedin back 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 5:41 am

      • Me and the missus we watching a bleedin programme wif a journalist banging on about ‘er ‘journey with long covid’ 😀 Apparently, this virus rots your brain, so she was going to the bleedin ‘ospital – you ‘ave to laff 😀 – for brain scans 😀 Said she was tired and ‘ad ‘brain fog’ 😀 It is the new ME (Myalgic encephalomyelitis – and don’t say I looked that up, it tripped off me tongue 😀 ) Good luck flying long covid past the bleedin jokecentre, trev 😀 And PS, trev, I ain’t putting the missus on here just so you can get your bleedin rocks off 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 5:50 am

    • George M

      If we didnt have covid and was debating the war we would all be appalled by the measures used by Hitler.
      Yet now we are seeing the emergence of these very practices but this time its the allies claiming its for the good of its people.

      Censorship, ostracization, control.
      Coincidentally covid has proven while it lasts to be quite the eugenic cull as its main target for end game is people with serious illnesses (most over 60).

      Just goes to show we really are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past,

      Doug

      July 26, 2021 at 7:39 am

      • I was asking the missus the other night why bleedin benefit claimants were so bleedin fick, And she said maybe that is why they can’t get a bleedin job, fred, no employer will touch them cos they are so bleedin fick. How could anyone who had dealings with the jokecentre support the idea like in one of the comments on here of ‘aving a Covid Finder General, like the the Witchfinder General of the Middle ages, to round up ‘anti-vaxxers’. The missus was bleedin well gob-smacked 😀 I give up I really do. As the missus says there is just no getting through to some people 😀 Like that Russian geezer wrote in his book you all deserve what you bleedin well get whether that is from the jokecentre or elsewhere 😀 What is the bleedin point of history if we don’t learn anything from it. Go read the Gulag Archipelago by they Russian geezer 😀 It is got wot is happening right now in it, this is bleedn Stalinist Russia and Hitler’s Germany all over again 😀 As the missus says history doesn’t repeat it rhymes, like we can see on here Withfinder General rhymes with Covid Finder General 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 9:41 am

      • That’s how they get you, doug, they just deny you bleedin medical treatment 😀 It has been going for like ever 😀 Now it is two-pronged cos you ‘av the denial of medical treatment and these vaccines 😀 How fick do you ‘av to be to fink that hm gov wants to save the lives of over 60s with serious illnesses? 😀 They want them six-foot under or burnt to a cinder 😀 This is Nazi/Stalinist eugenics and culling all wrapped up in a rainbow-colour bleedin NHS logo 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 9:56 am

      • Requiring that people have Covid passports to do certain things are nothing like the anything Hitler did in Nazi Germany, Doug, because anyone can get a Covid passport by being vaccinated whereas Jewish people in Nazi Germany couldn’t stop being Jewish, or any members of other persecuted minorities become different people, acceptable to the Nazi regime overnight by means of a couple of safe and simple intramuscular injections.

        Aleister

        July 26, 2021 at 3:31 pm

      • You are comparing apples with oranges mate or what me missus calls a logical fallacy. You really are a daft ‘apper 😀 So I suppose Joseph Mengele was working for the ‘greater good’ and for the many when he was conducting his ‘safe’ medical experiments 😀 And the bleedin hell is a ‘vaccine’ ‘safe’ when it it proven to have killed people 😀 I tell you what, you clowns are going to go to an early grave, you will be just another medical scandal like all the ones before, a footnote in ‘istory, forgotten about, new life will spring forth and life will go on 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      • And just you wait until purges comes to the UK 😀 That will be a right bleedin laff 😀 And still no ‘vaccine’ for me and the missus 😀 If you want to live in a country that forces vaccines on it citizenry you can kiss your dole money goodbye 😀 You are as thick as two short planks 😀 All you do is quote smart arse false arguments you have read on some bleedin forum 😀 You are a waste of space 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      • The missus ‘as just ‘asd a word in me King Lear 😀 She says you are ‘aving wot ‘appens when she buys yet another pair of new shoes and gets ’em ‘ome, she calls it ‘buyers remorse’ 😀 She finks you are regretting ‘aving those jabs, especially now you see that it is the jabbed who are dying from ‘covid’ 😀 so you want to bring the rest of us down with you 😀 The missus is a very clever woman she is 😀 She also said you use False equivalence – False equivalence is a logical fallacy in which an equivalence is drawn between two subjects based on flawed or false reasoning. – I will stick to calling it comparing apples to pears 😀

        But yeah, I can see how it must be scary with all those blood clots and whatnot waiting for ’em the go off 😀 it must feel like being a walking time-bomb 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      • Oh yeah, and as me old man would say, misery loves company. Tell you wot, we ain’t bleddin well falling for it 😀 The bleedin miliary will ‘av to come round and strap us down to forcibly inject us 😀

        fred

        July 26, 2021 at 5:30 pm

  24. Ministers are ‘privately worried Covid-19 is spreading through farting’

    https://metro.co.uk/2021/07/24/ministers-privately-worried-covid-19-is-spreading-through-farting-14983904/

    superted

    July 25, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    • What if you were trapped in a lift, and then someone farted and you couldn’t get out ?

      George M

      July 25, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    • Bleedin’ hell, fot this was a bleedin April fool, ‘ad to check me bleedin’ calendar 😀 What next arse plugs? Some dodgy geezer at the supermarket door checking if you ‘ave your arse plug inserted before they let you in? 😀 Bet that bleedin Commie, trev, would enjoy that 😀

      fred

      July 26, 2021 at 5:33 am

  25. Vaccine passports heading for fraud, error and misuse.

    Already fakes of the physical version exist and unless government introduces more than just flash an app that purports to be from the NHS (no doubt if it continues it will be award to a third party contractor).
    Currently ID enough to prove who you are is not being asked for or mandated which without leaves the gates open for people to commit vaccination fraud/ misuse.

    Add this to fully vaccinated people still being able to catch covid and transmit it and we see the recipe for yet more possible infections if as its put, covid is going nowhere, its a part of our lives now.

    Doug

    July 26, 2021 at 7:54 am

    • fanks doug, always nice to see you chime in 😀 You said ‘fully vaccinated people still being able to catch covid and transmit the bleedin virus’ I seeem to have a problem getting that through fick trev’s even ficker skull 😀 And yeah, you would find that with any system the chosen ones would be given a free pass 😀 It would only be the fick sheep like trev who would be getting jabbed 😀

      And the missus said to me the other night in bed 😀 you know fred there must be a lot of impersonation going on with these jabs like wot ‘appens with driving tests 😀 If you want a bleedin holiday in the sun just pay some geezer to take the jab for you 😀 Job’s a good ‘un 😀

      fred

      July 26, 2021 at 9:04 am

      • Do go forth and multiply Fred, there’s a good chap.

        trev

        July 26, 2021 at 5:55 pm

  26. You are not going to Adam & Eve this 😀 Me missus ‘as been on the old dog n bone to the dentist 😀
    The receptionist told her there was a staff shortage. Cos all the bleedin dentist are coining it in working lucrative shifts in these bleedin vaccine clinics 😀 No, the missus doesn’t want a bleedin jab she want her toof bleedin well fixed 😀 And you know what, you can’t even go private 😀 So plenty of jabs but no bleedin dental treatment 😀 This country is bleedin bonkers am tellin ya!

    fred

    July 26, 2021 at 8:52 am

  27. All ready to vote Tory again since they have done a wonderful job so far, or are we still waiting for Boris to do something right for a change !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 26, 2021 at 3:26 pm

  28. The public now paying for Matt Hancock’s £1 Billion Test & Trace whoops Track & Trace System. The Tories have wasted so much money, that’s ok the public will pay for it. Let us waste more & more money then. Well done Boris have you not sacked Justin Tomlinson the Disability Minister for the 2nd time !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 26, 2021 at 3:31 pm

  29. Gonorrhoea & Clapp for Boris – Well something needs testing.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 26, 2021 at 3:33 pm

  30. Boris Johnson the Cocaine Addict. Cocaine Addicts always talking bullshit. Sounds like Boris.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 26, 2021 at 3:34 pm

  31. Cloverleaf

    July 26, 2021 at 3:44 pm

  32. Embargo: 00.01hrs Friday 23 July 2021 TUC press office: 020 7467 1248

    TUC – universal credit cut will hit 200,000 working families in the East of England

    · Union body publishes regional and constituency impact on working families of slashing universal credit

    · Most families hit by £1040pa cut are in work, say anti-poverty campaigners

    · Many of those affected by cut will be key workers, warns TUC

    · Cutting universal credit is “an act of levelling down”

    The TUC has today (Friday) warned that 200,000 working families – and many key worker households – will be worse off in the East of England as a result of the government’s planned cut to universal credit.

    New analysis published by the union body reveals the regional and local impact cutting universal credit will have on low-paid workers.

    Majority of those hit by autumn cuts are working families

    200,000 workers in the region are currently receiving universal credit – the equivalent of 2 in 5 (40%) of all universal credit recipients. They will all be hit by the £20pw cut.

    The working tax credit is also being cut in October, having also been raised by £20pw in early 2020.

    So the majority of those affected by the £20pw cut to benefits this autumn will be families who are working, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).

    The TUC says low-paid key workers will be among those worst affected.

    TUC research published last week showed that one million children in key worker households are currently growing up poverty – with many currently receiving in-work benefits like universal credit.

    Constituency breakdown

    Today’s analysis breaks down the number of people receiving universal credit by region and local constituency across England.

    It shows that even in wealthier parts of the country the cut to universal credit will impact heavily on low-paid workers.

    For example, in the Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s constituency (Richmond) nearly half (48%) of people currently receiving universal credit are in work – with 3,025 workers in the constituency depending on it. This number will only grow as more families transfer over from the working tax credit.

    And in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s constituency (Uxbridge) around two-fifths (38%) of Universal Credit recipients are currently in work – with 3,665 workers in his constituency depending on it. This number will grow as more families transfer over from the Working Tax Credit.

    Vital lifeline

    The TUC says the £20 increase in universal credit has been a “vital lifeline” for low-paid workers – and that reducing a crucial in-work support will push more families below the breadline.

    The TUC says a decent social security system is also essential for helping those who lose their jobs get back on their feet and back into work.

    In addition to stopping the planned £20pw cut to universal credit, the government must increase the minimum wage to £10 an hour and urgently bring forward an employment bill to tackle insecure work, says the union body.

    TUC Regional Secretary Sam Gurney said:

    “Everyone should have enough money to live on.

    “But if the universal credit cut goes ahead many working families – and key workers – in the region will be forced to get by on much less every week. It is levelling down – not levelling up.

    “Ministers should abandon this cruel cut that will hit low-income working families. We need a social security system that helps people get back on their feet – not one that locks them in poverty.

    “And we need decent jobs on decent pay for every worker in the East of England.

    “That means increasing the minimum wage, investing to create good green jobs and tackling the scourge of insecure work. Cutting universal credit isn’t the way to achieve decent work.”

    ENDS

    Notes to editors:

    Number of workers receiving universal credit by parliamentary constituency (excludes those to be transferred over from the working tax credit)

    Constituency Number of people in work receiving UC Total number of people receiving UC % of people receiving UC in work

    Basildon and Billericay 3,478 9,553 36.4%

    Bedford 5,123 13,126 39.0%

    Braintree 3,317 7,863 42.2%

    Brentwood and Ongar 2,238 6,141 36.4%

    Broadland 2,318 5,307 43.7%

    Broxbourne 3,658 9,287 39.4%

    Bury St Edmunds 3,225 7,331 44.0%

    Cambridge 3,284 7,821 42.0%

    Castle Point 2,348 6,081 38.6%

    Central Suffolk and

    North Ipswich 2,349 5,531 42.5%

    Chelmsford 3,072 7,560 40.6%

    Clacton 3,420 9,986 34.2%

    Colchester 4,487 11,108 40.4%

    Andrew Coates

    July 26, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    • Like all these bleedin articles it is wot me missus would call disingenuous 😀 It uses emotive words like slashing, cuts; it talks about workers; it talks about families and children 😀 Me missus prefers to call it a ‘roll back’ like they say in that supermarket she goes to 😀 Wot it doesn’t say it that it is talking about the PERSONAL ALLOWANCE, the equivalent of dole money in old money paid to an ADULT INDIVIDUAL in a household solely for their needs 😀 It ‘as got nuffink to do families, children or workers 😀 It makes uc seem like a simple benefit, but fails to mention work allowances, the taper and all sorts 😀 These kind of articles are the worst form of propaganda, they prey on the gullible and ill-informed, they are worst than DWP propaganda, ‘better off in work’ tell me about it 😀 , but at least they give me and the missus a right good bleedin chuckle 😀 so thanks for the laff 😀

      fred

      July 26, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    • I don’t remember the TUC being opposed to Universal Credit in the first place ? So it’s a bit late now to start complaining, comrades.

      Jeff Smith

      July 27, 2021 at 3:11 pm

  33. People who put -:) all the time in one post & go on about their misses have far too much time on their hands to be important !!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 26, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    • 🙂

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 26, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    • People who *pretend* to have a missus when in reality the only missus they’ve got is Mrs.Thumb and her four lovely daughters. 😜

      trev

      July 26, 2021 at 8:22 pm

      • What about Rosie Palm and her five sisters!

        jj joop

        July 27, 2021 at 2:36 pm

  34. Universal Credit has no safety new. That’s what you voted for.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 26, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    • No – S a f e t y – N e t

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 26, 2021 at 6:55 pm

  35. The Tory Party have now all gone on summer holiday. So not much news then.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 26, 2021 at 6:56 pm

  36. superted

    July 26, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    • This is some scary shit!

      jj joop

      July 27, 2021 at 7:31 am

    • I dont think Hugo thought through what he said as if a person is removed from the internet for bad behavior while on it, how then would such a person be monitored further, prove, improve their score, pay for anything in a cashless online society, navigation software, apply for vacancies, even claim benefits as just a few examples ?

      If big brother is whats coming, the LAST THING they will do is REMOVE a person from the internet or setup roadblocks to access it.

      Doug

      July 27, 2021 at 9:08 am

    • If the internet isnt made MANDATORY then other options would still need to exist which is precisely what this government, employers and businesses do not want.
      You would be inciting an offline culture to exist which considering this generation wouldn’t at all surprise me if they made such a premise cool and fashionable.
      Whether in virtual or physical existence, its always possible to draw another circle inside an existing one.

      Doug

      July 27, 2021 at 9:16 am

  37. Over half of Covid hospitalisations tested positive after admission

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/exclusive-over-half-covid-hospitalisations-200926543.html

    Originally an article written by the telegraph purports via a leaked document that the NHS admitted figures are not accurate.

    This could lend to the notion that herd immunity for delta is growing among our asymptomatic population who dwarf the figures of those liable to be infected.
    This is nice to here as no matter the side of the fence you reside on, it would be most welcoming to escape this life roadblock plaguing our path.

    Doug

    July 27, 2021 at 8:45 am

    • That isn’t really so surprising, Doug, now that over 90% of the population have had at least on dose of one of the vaccines; vaccines don’t work perfectly for everyone and something like 5% to 10% of those vaccinated don’t end up protected tho the max. Since half of the hospital admission come from the 10% of the population who have had no vaccination hospital admissions are overwhelmingly originating from from the unvaccinated population rather than the vaccinated population by a factor of nine to one roughly. Vaccination is definitely effective and definitely reduces mortality, even amongst those who get ill enough to be admitted to hospital, hugely.

      Steve

      July 27, 2021 at 11:16 am

  38. Min wage jobs should be made mandatory entry level/ non skilled

    More and more these days employers are pushing the boat out on what they expect from applicants for minimum wage jobs. This has impacted a persons chance of securing work early as well as hampering the governments efforts to get people into work.
    A way forward would be to mandate an employer cannot expect nor ask for prior existing experience and that someone with no experience must be offered the job over the one that has. Employers would only be excluded from this once (currently as money value stands so is subject to change) the hourly rate is £13 or above.

    Further to this the governments pro business attitude over welfare has lead to them not effectively incentivizing employers to hire min wage people for longer hours. A way forward in this would be to have an increased min wage rate for anyone working under 20 hours a week.
    An example would be 45p extra an hour for every hour worked less with each increment stacked on top of the other as hours decrease.
    An example of this would mean a person working only 10 hours would receive a rate of £13.41.
    If this was adopted then the above requirement regarding £13 would have to be raised proportional to hours worked if less than 20 per week.

    This is but a glimpse and does not even factor in the valid point min wage people really need to make £20’000 a year which is the equivalent of 43.2 hours weekly. This if also recognized would change the dynamics of what ive already mentioned.

    Doug

    July 27, 2021 at 10:02 am

  39. Bank of England tells ministers to intervene on digital currency ‘programming’.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2021/06/21/bank-england-tells-ministers-intervene-digital-currency-programming/

    Cloverleaf

    July 27, 2021 at 2:14 pm

  40. Agreed but there would still be many who would”nt take it up.

    xclausx

    July 27, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    • Doug!

      xclausx

      July 27, 2021 at 8:08 pm

      • the hole point of bitcoin is that the governments have no control over it so it will flop from day one cash is king!

        superted

        July 27, 2021 at 8:49 pm

      • Remember all the talk this government gave explaining why they pay benefits in the way they do so the claimant took prioritizing responsibility for the whole amount when making payments ?

        How would that work under a programmable system exactly if a government or employer made those decisions for you ?

        What if you had 4 days to go before rent was due and had the opportunity to buy and sell something for a profit by using said allocated funds prior to said day 4 ?

        It removes the capitalistic element from those on the mid to low end of the chain and further empowers those further up to dictate how one lives.

        Money like cabbage and carrots is a trading mechanism except more tradable to a bigger audience. By dictating its terms not only erodes individual responsibility and freedom of choice but also erodes competition.

        If your on benefits or min wage your already a part of a socialistic system so such an introduction to money would further cement that divide as we aren’t seeing the same practice being advised for either businesses or governments now are we.

        Communism/socialism and capitalism are the ying and yang which neither can exist without the other. The problem is those approaching the bottom must be the former if those at the top wish to remain the latter.
        The more cemented this is, The more predictive and destined your future is.

        Doug

        July 28, 2021 at 8:43 am

  41. trev

    July 28, 2021 at 9:37 am

    • @trev- I wonder if this will affect the legacy claimants High Court case over the £20 uplift ?

      Jeff Smith

      July 28, 2021 at 11:58 am

      • I doubt if that particular judicial review will have any bearing on the denied legacy uplift issue, but a similar hearing might if the matter in hand falls under such scrutiny. Don’t hold your breath though.

        trev

        July 28, 2021 at 12:31 pm

  42. Even new born babies are getting Covid now, surely that’s reason enough to get yourself vaccinated and stop thinking selfishly?

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/three-week-old-baby-struck-24627464

    trev

    July 28, 2021 at 9:47 am

    • Trev

      Babies and small children have always been susceptible to colds.flu’s and likes, they are a magnet for such things. Experts say however after a certain period of birth (around 38 weeks) they appear to be more asymptomatic with small to mild effects.
      We always take our kids to doctors/hospital if we think something is wrong, that’s what parents do but despite admittance figures, serious contraction remains as they put it rare.

      https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a25037704/coronavirus-covid-19-in-babies-and-children

      I did read something a while back regarding lung infections in regard to things like colds,flu and other virus which was very detailed and spoke about besides the what and how, the difference between the young and old. Sadly i didnt bookmark it, wish i did as a link to it would fit your post well.

      Hopefully this remains true as i wouldn’t wish it on any parent but lets not lose sight that good hygiene and safe spacing still remains the best defense for any of us regardless of age as vaccine is no guarantee.

      Doug

      July 29, 2021 at 8:04 am

  43. Andrew Coates

    July 28, 2021 at 11:21 am

    • This is why Coffey is in charge of the DWP. It’s like a stick of Blackpool rock, that says ‘Tory’ all the way through.

      Jeff Smith

      July 28, 2021 at 11:56 am

    • At least Coffey didn’t deny that Johnson told was an habitual liar in the deluded and insane way that Trump supporters do all the time in the USA. Which is something I suppose although not much all things considered.

      Aleister

      July 29, 2021 at 12:23 pm

  44. There are legacy claimants in this land,
    Who have had a rotten deal,
    But the Tories don’t care,
    Or the DWP,
    So I’ll tell you how we feel.

    We spent the whole pandemic,
    On £20 less per week,
    Than those claiming Universal Credit,
    Of which the Tories constantly speak.
    Ignoring the legacy claimants,
    As if they don’t exist,
    Two million people, who have every right,
    To be entirely pissed.

    The Old Guard still on JSA,
    And ESA as well.
    Who haven’t transferred to Universal Credit,
    And so can go to Hell.
    It’s nothing more than a punishment,
    For not co-operating with the DWP,
    A slap in the face from the government,
    For claimants like you and me.

    Random Poet

    July 28, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    • Very well put RP, absolutely spot on. The Government won’t listen to the Opposition, or the DWP select committee, or even their own backbenchers. But what happened to the High Court case?

      trev

      July 28, 2021 at 1:07 pm

      • @Random Poet : A Classic Random. And very true as well !

        George M

        July 28, 2021 at 2:57 pm

  45. DWP data reveals Kickstart Covid jobs scheme ‘failing Scotland

    A COVID jobs recovery plan for young people set up by the Treasury is “failing” Scotland as fewer than 4000 are helped into placements, the SNP claims.

    https://www.thenational.scot/news/19472926.dwp-data-reveals-kickstart-covid-jobs-scheme-failing-scotland/

    superted

    July 28, 2021 at 1:12 pm

  46. superted

    July 28, 2021 at 1:17 pm

  47. superted

    July 28, 2021 at 4:02 pm

  48. BENEFIT PAYOUT Disabled couple get £10,000 payout from DWP after Universal Credit switch

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/15713706/disabled-couple-payout-dwp-universal-credit-switch-compensation/

    superted

    July 28, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    • Ten BIG ONES, Kerching! That’ll do nicely.

      trev

      July 28, 2021 at 5:20 pm

  49. I Just dishwasher, our failing quality of life standards.

    As much as people like to think they are in control of their life, the modicum they have is dwarfed by the likes of banks,creditors, governments, even employers.
    There is no doubting the overwhelming sense of unhappiness sweeping across our country and if covid left one worthy note, it was those listed above are the real shakers and movers of how we feel.

    Imagine a country with a government that actually listened, acted for all rather than the few. Imagine an employer who embraced how integral its lowest paid staff were to its success. Imagine a banker who would rather persuade you to save and wait a little on aesthetic items rather than hand you the metaphorical keys to something you wont own for a considerable amount of time.

    Now bring yourself back to reality, the one where your employer thinks your dime a dozen, surplus to requirement or maybe the government who believes absolute poverty statistics outweigh relative poverty. that quality of life is something they dictate because that way they get to keep you hungry, keep what you need just far enough away for you not to be able to grasp it as so to speak.

    Take a moment, how is your life going, how you feeling.

    Once you have an answer, go ask someone else telling them once they know, go ask someone else.

    The more we contemplate where we are, the more we might just do something about it rather than just share our feelings online.

    Doug

    July 29, 2021 at 8:50 am

  50. Thousands of self-employed workers on Universal Credit face pay cut from Sunday
    The minimum income floor is being reintroduced from August – this is an assumed level of earnings used by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) if you’re self-employed

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/thousands-self-employed-workers-universal-24646036

    superted

    July 29, 2021 at 3:54 pm

  51. DWP issues stark warning over State Pension petition calling for lower retirement age
    The petition comes amid the campaign over pension age changes that affected women

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/dwp-warning-state-pension-petition-21176434

    superted

    July 29, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    • “It added that the focus was now on helping “those of all ages find work and get the skills they need to return to work.”

      The DWP/Tory Government are singularly obsessed with “getting people into work”, it’s all “work, work, work”, it’s all they fucking think about. And despite the fact that there are more unemployed than job vacancies. There is more to life than bloody work!

      trev

      July 29, 2021 at 6:44 pm

      • That’s the whole idea of Universal Credit. Get people into work and cut the benefits bill. From the government’s point of view the lower the head count of the unemployed the greater the gain politically, because voters believe that their policies are working, and if it’s impossible to get people into full-time gainful employment getting them into part-time work and deducting 63% from every penny they earn (unless they have passed the 35 hours a week minimum wage level of pay) reduces benefits paid out and wrings some sort of productivity and/or utility out of the partially employed, even if they themselves hardly improve their circumstances financially because of Council Tax rises and deductions from entitlements.

        Basically it’s a case of trying to get something out of the unemployed irrespective if they end up significantly better off or not, cut the benefits bill and lower the official level of unemployment as much as possible partly for economic and partly for political reasons.

        In a devilish way it’s genius really and probably would be copied by other countries if it wasn’t for the fact that this flaky system has cost a fortune, never worked properly, been fiendishly difficult to implement (originally supposed to be completed by 2017 which date has been raised now to 2026 and probably extend further later), caused rather than cured poverty, and looks set to remain imperfect and permanently riddled with errors for the duration of its existence.

        Never in the field of social policy was so much screwed up for so many by so few.

        Aleister

        July 30, 2021 at 7:27 am

      • Aleister

        Although this government tries to separate the two, of 20 million people claiming one or more benefits, 12,565,000 of which is the state pension. That’s 63% and dont forget they could be claiming other benefits as well.

        Secondly the 63% continues to work until it exhaust the amount of benefits the claimant receives.
        Its more than possible dependent on amount to work 35 and still be entitled. especially if the person has a work allowance (ie disabled or have dependent).

        Doug

        July 30, 2021 at 9:16 am

    • I would have thought covid here to stay puts a change of dynamics to all this.

      According to research, the poorer the person the more likely they will die before the average. Experts have said a persons dependent on standing could be 9 years less.

      Male life expectancy is on average 3.7 years less than females and the current average is around 81.5.
      If we add the poverty factor then that would imply males in the age group are at risk around 72.5 to 74.5.
      If we go by just male figures then it decreases to 70.5.

      Knowing time could be that short irrespective of whether you live further changes the dynamic belief a person of age holds about the quality of life they would like before and on meeting that fateful date.
      Having if we use 75 years as a marker means 10 years at worst.

      Throwing the risk of covid infection and the direct effects its had on people over 50s working security we may well see a drop in life expectancy but who knows as only time will tell.

      Doug

      July 30, 2021 at 8:35 am

  52. PIP assessments set to reduce as Boris Johnson shares new ‘National Disability Strategy’
    PIP ASSESSMENTS are set to reduce in frequency going forward as the DWP and wider Government released plans on its National Disability Strategy. This new strategy aims to help millions of disabled people gain easier access to housing, better job prospects and make commuting easier.

    https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1469029/pip-assessments-reduce-boris-johnson-national-disability-strategy

    superted

    July 29, 2021 at 3:58 pm

  53. superted

    July 29, 2021 at 4:00 pm

  54. I thought the Case Of The Missing £20 was being held in July ?

    George M

    July 29, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    • A couple who lost £10,000 on transferring to Universal Credit are to receive full compensation for their past and future loss, following a successful judicial review.

      This case may be important for anyone who lost money on transferring to UC between January 2019 and January 2021 and who was entitled to an SDP at the date of transfer, even if that entitlement was only decided afterwards. A person in that position should seek legal advice on whether they too would have grounds for judicial review.

      Mary Deadman and John Ryan claimed UC in 2019, after a relative mistakenly told them they had to. They proved to be much worse off under UC. They should have been protected against being transferred to UC, on account of being entitled to a severe disability premium (SDP). But DWP excluded them from that protection, because they were not receiving the SDP at the date they made their UC claim, even though it was later reinstated to cover that date.

      The sudden loss of income caused Mary and John significant hardship, which was particularly difficult for them to cope with because John is terminally ill.

      They argued that they ought either to be returned to legacy benefits, or to be compensated in full for their financial loss. They pointed out that DWP’s approach failed to live up to the government’s original commitment ‘to ensure people are cash protected when they move over to the new benefit so nobody will lose out’.[1]

      The DWP refused to offer the claimants any compensation at all, and asked the Court to refuse permission to apply for judicial review, saying the claim was unarguable. However, after the High Court granted permission to apply for judicial review, the government reversed course.

      The DWP has now agreed to compensate Mary and John for the full amount they lost as a result: £9,680 arrears, and more than £300 per month ongoing compensation for future months.

      On top of the compensation for financial loss, the DWP will pay an additional £1600 as an ex gratia payment, which Mary and John had sought in respect of the distress and inconvenience they were caused. DWP will also have to pay their full legal costs

      https://www.gcnchambers.co.uk/dwp-concede-new-transitional-protection-judicial-review-deadman-and-ryan-v-secretary-of-state-for-work-and-pensions-co-1146-2021-22-july-2021/

      now if they lost that then they dont have a chance of defending the extra £20 on uc and not giving it to jsa claimants ect.

      superted

      July 29, 2021 at 4:12 pm

  55. You would expect someone in the media to mention the high court action taken by the two esa recipients but it’s gone very quiet. They were hoping for it to take place in July so maybe it might be in august.
    Or have the DWP done a deal with them to avoid a high court action.

    Rob

    July 29, 2021 at 5:32 pm

  56. I just had a look on the internet and eventually found the answer. A final hearing will take place on 28/29th September.

    Rob

    July 29, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    • The end of September? This year or next? Get the feeling they’re dragging their feet on this.

      trev

      July 29, 2021 at 6:36 pm

  57. According to the law firm handling the case it’s this year. Whether Boris and his mates accept the decision if it goes against them who knows. Most of us I guess think he will try and ignore the result.

    Rob

    July 29, 2021 at 7:04 pm

  58. Sneaky NHS app becomes health passport officially from today!

    Cloverleaf

    July 29, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    • What about those who don’t have a new(ish) smartphone? My old phone won’t download any Apps. It’s not good enough, the Government should issue cards to everyone who has been vaccinated.

      trev

      July 29, 2021 at 7:53 pm

      • it is not there agenda to give out paper cards they want it all done buy phone apps so can track you 247 via corporations and accepting there terms of usage.

        the way this is going when you buy a new phone the app will be preinstalled and the phone wont fully work until the app has been changed/updated from the old device or from cloud storage imo is the way to go.

        all controlled buy corporations for profit!

        imo next it will be ppl without up to date smart phones will become like Leprosy or scum of the earth lol.

        superted

        July 29, 2021 at 8:07 pm

      • I’ve got an old phone too, can’t download apps not even the one the poverty pimps want me to download, thank god for old smartphones 😉

        Cloverleaf

        July 29, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      • It’s very confusing

        trev

        July 29, 2021 at 9:08 pm

      • coercion

        the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats.

        and thats why the dwp use the term mandatory or else!

        the sole purpose of this is to target the 18-30 year old that dont want the jab they care that much about ppl health.

        yet on the other hand will plummet 6million ppl in the shit buy the end of the year and making them homeless as well in there 1000s

        and dont forget the nhs waiting list it will all add up in the end one way or another and last for years to come.

        superted

        July 29, 2021 at 9:27 pm

      • Trev

        The government has said places mandated to check can accept the paper version you were given day one of vaccination however they have said it is up to the venues/businesses to decide and mandate what procedure they will accept.
        How that shapes out only time will tell.

        As for preinstalled apps that superted mentions i would treat that with a pinch of salt as even it was likely, a factory reset allows base software only to be reinstalled and to allow the choice of other apps.

        Probably whats most concerning about this app is that it appears until clarified that it forces you to accept to share your GPS/NHS data inorder to be able to use the app. The very data government said you could opt out of.

        Doug

        July 30, 2021 at 8:46 am

      • If you want to have your old social life back and go to pubs, clubs, festivals, concerts, matches and events etc., best to have the jab kids or you’ll be sh1t out of luck. If that doesn’t encourage young people to be vaccinated I don’t know what will and, as they represent the biggest reservoir for coronavirus, getting the younger population vaccinated will reduce the chances of the virus mutating and evolving into a much more resistant strain which current vaccines will be ineffective against. Put your big boy or big girl pants on and for goodness sake have the jab if you haven’t had it already and are eligible: if the vaccines are considered safe enough to vaccinate pregnant women they’re plenty safe enough to be given to boy and girls sixteen and over.

        Aleister

        July 30, 2021 at 9:27 am

    • yet more control over the sheep lol but i dont go to any of those places anyway as cant afford it.

      and dont forget this treatment does not last forever so you will need more jabs.

      Natural immunity (i.e. immunity in people who have been infected with COVID-19) can last for up to eight months, according to research published in Science. Vaccine-derived immunity can sometimes be stronger and longer-lasting, but this is by no means always the case, and so with COVID-19 vaccines the jury is still out

      https://www.gavi.org/vaccineswork/how-long-does-immunity-last-after-covid-19-vaccination

      and in Israel they have set a deadline for free jabs until the 8th aug and after that you have to pay for it!

      superted

      July 29, 2021 at 7:36 pm

  59. “This deceitful move is deeply shameful.We now have a new ID card snuck onto our phones without even as much as a whisper from the government”.

    Sneaky bleeders!

    Cloverleaf

    July 29, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    • what have i been saying for months now there using apps and web sites to bypass the gdpr every app you download asks you to accept the terms and conditions of use.

      so if you accept the terms of use this also means you will accept changes to said app via updates.

      superted

      July 29, 2021 at 7:48 pm

      • I don’t own a smartphone. Mine is a 15-year-old, 2g phone. So that’s that I guess.

        jj joop

        July 30, 2021 at 6:16 am

  60. superted

    July 29, 2021 at 8:25 pm

  61. Nice one.

    Cloverleaf

    July 29, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    • COVID-19 deaths with no underlying health condition

      Figures for COVID-19 deaths with no underlying health conditions are available on Table 5, this means where no other underlying condition was listed on the death certificate.

      No pre-existing condition: England and Wales – 4476
      No pre-existing condition: England – 4169
      No pre-existing condition: Wales – 294

      We are no longer publishing monthly: Deaths involving COVID-19, England and Wales. This is due to the decrease in the number of COVID-19 related deaths. Therefore, we are unable to provide you with COVID deaths with no underlying for July to November 2020. In order to fulfil this request, we would need to create bespoke analysis for you. Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Public Authorities are not obligated to create information in order to respond to requests. We therefore consider this to be information not held.

      so the deaths are so low with no underlying health issues it is no longer recorded yet media will pump out fear over 1 so called covid death when 1500 ppl die per day anyway.

      Figure 5: The mortality rate for January to June 2021 was significantly lower than the same period in 2020 in both England and Wales

      In England, 32,057 deaths occurred in June 2021 (and were registered by 7 July). This was 4,793 fewer deaths than the five-year average (2015 to 2019) for June (13.0% lower). Of the 32,057 deaths that occurred, 0.8% were due to coronavirus (COVID-19) (265 deaths).

      https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/monthlymortalityanalysisenglandandwales/june2021#deaths-registered-in-the-year-to-date

      superted

      July 29, 2021 at 10:26 pm

      • @superted

        You do realise that the figure of 4,476 deaths with no pre-existing condition is hopelessly out of date and only covers the months of March to June 2020? I guess whatever flat earth website you copied it from, conveniently misquoted the phrase on the ons website: “COVID-19 deaths where there was no pre-existing condition between March and June 2020 are included below, this can be found on table 5.”

        More up to date figures can be found here:

        https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/datasets/preexistingconditionsofpeoplewhodiedduetocovid19englandandwales

        Number of deaths due to covid in England and Wales with no pre-existing condition in 2020: 9,400
        Number of deaths due to covid in England and Wales with no pre-existing condition in Q1 2021: 6,483

        Total: 15,883.

        Of course, pre-existing conditions include a whole host of illnesses including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, dementia, obesity etc. Illnesses that millions suffer from. This idea that you can write off such a high proportion of the population in order to massage the figures is asinine.

        Perhaps if you were to do your own thinking instead of relying on dubious sources that lie and distort the facts, you wouldn’t draw so many erroneous conclusions.

        bob

        July 30, 2021 at 5:34 pm

      • it was from the ons just forgot to add the link but here it is

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

        so still tiny numbers when 1500 ppl die per day anyway and the total mortality so far is way down on last year.

        superted

        July 30, 2021 at 5:47 pm

      • @superted

        From your link: “COVID-19 death figures broken down by underlying health condition in England and Wales between March and June 2020.”

        So, completely out of date given the report was released 27th Novemeber 2020 – just as I said.

        “so still tiny numbers when 1500 ppl die per day anyway…”

        Really? So tell me why I should give a shit about a few paupers dying because of the actions of the DWP when so many die anyway?

        bob

        August 2, 2021 at 11:45 am

      • The DWP was just forced to reveal that 100 benefit claimants a day have been dying on its watch

        https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/08/16/the-dwp-was-just-forced-to-reveal-that-100-benefit-claimants-a-day-have-been-dying-on-its-watch/

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

        https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2021/06/27/35000-deaths-later-the-dwp-still-denies-its-problems-are-systemic/

        im sure they can do better in the years to come 😉

        superted

        August 2, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      • @superted

        “The DWP was just forced to reveal that 100 benefit claimants a day have been dying on its watch”

        Pah, who cares when 1,500 ppl die per day anyway? Tiny figures not worth making a fuss about!

        bob

        August 3, 2021 at 6:02 pm

  62. not 1 person on the bus had a face mask on bar the driver.

    DSC_0112_04

    they have no change either one girl handed over a £20 note and got a pile of receipts in return lol.

    superted

    July 29, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    • Fully vaccinated before being allowed to work being aired

      Its amazing how the drive to force vaccination figures up knows no bounds as now its being cough cough suggested that its perfectly fine for employers to state employment is conditional to being fully vaccinated.
      At a time they have already suggested new mothers and just now pregnant women should be jabbed, they are right on one to put ideas in peoples head on how to force a person not to have a right to chose.

      I said a while back if we are to do this for events containing large amounts of people then why not supermarkets and places of work considering they would pose a bigger risk.

      At a time of fire and hire just so employers can put contracts more in their favor, im sure this will grant them another lifeline to manipulate the job market.

      If this does become a thing then i wonder superted how long it would be before its a requirement to be fully jabbed before being able to get on public transport, another area that would pose a risk.

      The one laugh in all this as they have yet to change rules is what a problem this will be for DWP.

      Doug

      July 30, 2021 at 7:25 am

    • Notice it says ‘please’ and not ‘must’.

      jj joop

      August 2, 2021 at 1:19 pm

  63. Aleister

    July 30, 2021 at 9:45 am

  64. 30 July 2021
    87% of Scottish Government workers support a four-day week
    Most workers want to see a four-day working week pilot implemented across all business areas of Scottish Government, according to a scoping project of over 2000 employees.
    These results are included in a new report out today by the independent think tank Autonomy and supported by PCS in Scotland.

    The report’s findings suggest that moving to a four day week would boost productivity to such an extent that many business areas within the Scottish Government could make the change without having to employ new staff.

    The report demonstrates clear, perceived benefits for the employer. These include retention and recruitment of staff, being seen as a pioneer in setting new working time standards for the Scottish economy; and having a healthier workforce.

    The four-day working week with no reduction in pay has gained prominence across the world since the Covid-19 pandemic. National-level pilots are planned in Scotland, Spain and Ireland and successful trials have already taken place in Iceland. An increasing number of businesses in the private sector have already moved to a four-day week including some Scottish organisations.

    Cat Boyd, PCS national officer, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has shown that we are able to work in ways many employers told us weren’t possible before.

    “Through this project, Scottish Government staff are making it clear that the future can be different, that it can be better for workers, employers, the economy and the environment.

    “The Scottish Government should now lead the way on the four day week by working with PCS to make these possibilities into realities.”

    Will Stronge, director of research at Autonomy, said: “This study shows the wide breadth of support there is for a four day week across Scottish Government.

    “The SNP already have a national-level pilot planned but there is now a strong case for expanding this to include government workers. The four-day week is an idea whose time has come.”

    superted

    July 30, 2021 at 12:20 pm

  65. The new Disability Strategy white paper costing £1.6 Billion. That’s disability sorted out & cheap at the price. 9% of MI6 work force will be disabled by the 2025.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 30, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    • It’s Not Disability Day Again Is It!! I Thought Disability Day Was Yesterday!! Everyday Is Disability Day.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 30, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    • Disability Fencing Off Money Laundering Strategy Digital White Paper.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 30, 2021 at 12:58 pm

  66. ‘Craving a vegan sausage roll now’.

    Anti vaxxers go plant based as law firm says it could be illegal to force CoV jab on vegans.

    https://www.rt.com/uk/530667-britain-covid19-vegan-vaccine/

    Cloverleaf

    July 30, 2021 at 1:06 pm

  67. ‘Deep concern’ over government’s disability benefits green paper

    Disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) and others have raised serious concerns about suggestions that ministers want to cut future spending on disability benefits and merge personal independence payment with universal credit.

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/deep-concern-over-governments-disability-benefits-green-paper/

    superted

    July 30, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    • The Disability Strategy Green Paper says the complete opposite of the Disability White Paper. Is the Green Paper legally backed up with the White Paper !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 30, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      • Digital White Paper & Digital Green Paper.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        July 30, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    • @superted- The long-term plan for Universal Credit has always been to incorporate Housing Benefit, disability payments, and pensions, as well as unemployment benefits, into a single welfare system.
      Then it will just be a matter of which part of Universal Credit you are in. From the unemployed claimant in the notorious ‘All Work’ group, with high conditionality. To the pensioner simply claiming, but exempt from any work expectations,

      Jeff Smith

      August 2, 2021 at 6:13 pm


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