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Citizens Advice Speaks out on Cut to Universal Credit.

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Dame Clare Moriarty chief executive of Citizens Advice.

Cutting Universal Credit will undermine the government’s levelling up agenda.

Pushing benefit levels lower will hurt working families and take money out of local economies, not accelerate our recovery.

As MPs return to their constituencies for the summer, millions of families are set to hear that their Universal Credit will drop by over £1,000 a year from October. Families disproportionately located in areas the government has said it wants to “level up”.

An extra £20 a week doesn’t just stop people having to choose between putting food on the table or keeping the lights on. It gives a critical cash boost to the very regions identified as most at risk of being ‘left behind’. For this reason, a cut to Universal Credit is at odds with the government’s own agenda of narrowing the inequality gap.

Levelling up is a slippery term. It can cover any number of things – regenerating town centres, faster broadband, better jobs and tackling the skills deficit. But these sit under one umbrella: improving living standards for the people and places most in need.

Comment: who on earth takes ‘levelling up’ seriously?

A group of Conservative MPs has formed a levelling-up taskforce, and is calling for the government to set out geographical analysis of how tax and spending changes affect different areas. Boris Johnson has also appointed Neil O’Brien, MP for Harborough in Leicestershire, as his levelling-up adviser.

The government says it will set out its plans later this year.

Clearly it has been busy with the pandemic (which has itself highlighted problems of inequality in the UK) since the election.

The report continues.

Of course, levelling up is about more than just geography. It’s about tackling inequalities. More than a third of people who’ll be hit by the cut are already in jobs but still rely on Universal Credit to make ends meet. Some can’t work because of a disability or caring responsibility. Others have weathered furlough or shielding and are picking up the pieces from this crisis.

The Chancellor’s counter-argument to keeping the £20 increase is that the focus must be jobs. Supporting people into the labour market is vital and job creation schemes are welcome. But frontline staff at Citizens Advice know a job doesn’t mean income security, particularly when it’s low paid or zero hours. Pushing benefit levels lower will hurt working families and take money out of local economies, not accelerate our recovery.

Written by Andrew Coates

July 30, 2021 at 3:53 pm

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  1. The £20 cut is just a stick to drive people off benefits, and into low-paid work instead.

    Jeff Smith

    July 30, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    • How many job vacancies are there in the UK currently?
      In the three months to June 2021, there was an average of 862 thousand job vacancies in the United Kingdom, around 300 thousand more vacancies when compared with the same period in 2020.

      Number of job vacancies in the United Kingdom from June 2001 to June 2021 (in 1,000s)

      superted

      July 30, 2021 at 4:50 pm

    • Losing £20.00 per week from an already too small income (after a four year freeze) is going to hurt like hell. I’m surprised that the government hasn’t been more sneaky and reduced it in £10 stages or allowed those in receipt of it to keep it and uprated UC by below inflation increases, clawing the money back later more slowly and less obviously. Stripping out that “uplift” in one fell swoop is going to be really painful for those affected. Especially going into winter when people start needing to heat their homes with utility bill tariffs shooting up like weeds. Ouch! The eat or heat dilemma will return in a big way this Christmas for too many.

      Aleister

      July 31, 2021 at 6:39 am

  2. “He is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. He is the organizer of half that is evil and of nearly all that is undetected in this great city, ” – Sherlock Holmes

    George M

    July 30, 2021 at 4:54 pm

  3. Apart from the £20 a week going Universal Credit is perfect then. Hypocrites.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 30, 2021 at 5:42 pm

  4. I thought the CAB had been forced to sign a gagging order in return for funding? They were not supposed to criticize Government policy.

    trev

    July 30, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    • CAB £63 Million Tory Government Gagging Order Contract. The Tory Government are going to have to sue CAB, that will save lots of money !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 30, 2021 at 6:35 pm

  5. “job creation schemes are welcome. But frontline staff at Citizens Advice know a job doesn’t mean income security…”

    Job creation schemes don’t mean income security either, not least because they are unpaid and especially because they are governed by Sanctions that place participants’ income (Benefits) in a precarious position.

    trev

    July 30, 2021 at 6:25 pm

  6. Scrapping Universal Credit would save £ Billions.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 30, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    • Closing the Jobcentres would save Billions. Introduce Unconditional Basic Income instead.

      trev

      July 30, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      • Don’t tell the tax payer that, they might feel they are getting ripped off.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        July 30, 2021 at 6:42 pm

  7. Tory Hard Working Families, not Hard Working families because they voted Tory but Tory Hard working Families on Universal Credit – Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit etc… Stop complaining what you voted for. Work For Your Benefits.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 30, 2021 at 6:40 pm

  8. Government Disability – Not Fit For Purpose – Null & Void – Not Worth The Disability Hate Crime Law & paper It’s Written On.

    The Tory Government are breaking all its own disability rules & United Nations Laws. That makes the Tories a Disability Hate Crime.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 30, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    • Since the Disability Hate crime law has never been used, who will be first me or the DWP Tories !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 30, 2021 at 6:47 pm

  9. Senior Home Office staff get pay rises of up to £20k

    Senior civil servants in the Home Office including the man in charge of borders received pay rises of up to £20,000 last year even though police officers have been hit with a pay freeze.

    Frontline public sector workers will not receive a raise this year with the government blaming the economic effects of the pandemic.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/senior-home-office-staff-get-pay-rises-of-up-to-20k-xfspqd0mb

    superted

    July 30, 2021 at 8:19 pm

  10. I don’t actually think the Tories see “levelling up” as intervening to reduce inequality but trying to encourage commerce and business to be distributed more evenly across the country rather than locate themselves in London and the South East. The Tories believe that the “market” is the cure to all woes and if they can spread opportunity more evenly, nationally, people will lift themselves up out of poverty through work and enterprise rather than support from the state. Even if they don’t believe this in their hearts and can see from history it has never been true this is the way they will try to spin forthcoming cuts to social security, claiming that money cut from Universal Credit will be used to “liberate” those on Universal Credit and similar entitlements from “benefit dependency” by getting them into jobs, rather rather than dooming them to a life of poverty drip-feeling them meagre hand outs distributed mechanically by central government.

    (Universal Credit doesn’t do this generally just replacing out-of-work poverty with in-work poverty.)

    After a financial crash followed by a viral pandemic you can bet the farm government will be doing all it can to get people into work, any kind of work, at every opportunity to gain political capital and reduce spending on social security by hook or by crook.

    Aleister

    July 31, 2021 at 6:33 am

  11. Reed in Partnership initial Diagnostic Assessment link:

    Please disclose a copy of the ‘initial Diagnostic Assessment’ used by Reed in Partnership
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/please_disclose_a_copy_of_the_in#incoming-1845515

    jj joop

    July 31, 2021 at 7:23 am

    • Your Route to Work
      What would you like to get out of joining our programme? What Test
      is your goal for the programme?

      i wont be signing anything or be using your web sites as do not accept the terms and conditions of use.

      end of programme.

      superted

      July 31, 2021 at 3:22 pm

  12. Employee shortages: Where have all the workers gone?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58014256

    With this around our neck i cant imagine the government pushing this so called leveling up agenda as the robotics does not exist to fill the void.
    Every business needs its poorly paid minions as how else those the real work actually get done.
    Hopefully this pandemic has taught people to evaluate the road ahead.

    Job vacancies have boomed but as we all know careful thought is required as you wouldn’t want one that puts you on the covid furlough/laid off bench. This must be a bit of a nightmare for DWP as literally people who are out of work as a result are just chasing who pays the most which usually means short lived what with these being the businesses that enjoyed the boom but are now watching their market decline as normality returns.
    Some however think its business as usual but couldn’t be more wrong as employees show little interest in a move at this time, especially one offering min wage and long hours still not enough to live off properly as things rise in cost.

    With the opportunity to fail interviews and tests, DWP really will find it hard to help the employers benefit from people on welfare unless they are willing to do better, especially now or currently brexit has dampened the mood of Europeans to come to the UK for insecure wages at a time skills have to be required.

    Doug

    July 31, 2021 at 8:40 am

    • @Doug:

      Where have all the claimants gone, long time passing
      Where have all the claimants gone, long time ago
      Training providers have picked them everyone
      Oh, when will they ever learn ?
      Oh, when will they ever learn ?

      George M

      August 3, 2021 at 10:26 pm

  13. DWP accused of ‘exploiting’ benefits claimants with unpaid work trials
    Claimants get benefits but no extra cash, meaning they are working for below the minimum wag e on placements lasting up to 30 days.

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-accused-exploiting-benefits-claimants-24654638

    superted

    July 31, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    • Ive always thought the government should have topped up the difference but as we know this governments welfare is actually aimed at supplying welfare to businesses in the form of free labour.
      There is no way to really confirm a genuine vacancy, its all talk to try to justify the practice.

      Many people start jobs they have to learn yet still receive the min wage and DWPs scheme should be no different. Why should DWP and those that aid them get to be the only ones to ignore the law.

      Doug

      August 1, 2021 at 6:11 am

  14. well i got my sar today and going through all 500 pages nothing has been added since 2016, its blank, no work coach has added anything to it like ask for email address ect ect.

    they fkn disowned me lmfao 😉

    superted

    July 31, 2021 at 4:40 pm

  15. Job cuts as furlough ends

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58043041

    trev

    August 1, 2021 at 11:02 am

  16. superted

    August 1, 2021 at 11:45 am

    • I read that article which said could kill but also went on to say there could just as easily be a weak variant that would infect and kill less.
      I see Alex’s point as this could have easily been the case prior to covid or long after it but in the same token is Alex saying he would be so happy not to have to report such things, make less videos and watch his earning stream lower ?

      Im sorry but hes somewhat calling the kettle black as well as making assumptions that the public couldn’t have discerned this themselves.

      Doug

      August 2, 2021 at 6:24 am

  17. More lies from sage.

    Cloverleaf

    August 1, 2021 at 1:36 pm

  18. The pandemic response four years in the planning.

    https://dailyexpose.co.uk/2021/07/31/murder-in-the-care-home-pandemic-plan/

    Cloverleaf

    August 1, 2021 at 1:45 pm

  19. superted

    August 1, 2021 at 4:34 pm

  20. Restart ‘initial diagnostic tools’ in use by Serco Limited, Jobs 22 Limited, Reed in Partnership Limited, Seetec Pluss Limited and Fedcap Employment Limited and Restart prime providers sub-contractors

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Thanks for sending me the Restart ‘initial diagnostic tools’ (IDT) in use by Maximus UK Services Limited, G4S Facilities Management (UK) Limited and Ingeus UK Limited,
    via https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/r

    As each disclosed IDT takes quite different approaches can you also send me the IDTs that the Restart providers:

    Serco Limited
    Jobs 22 Limited
    Reed in Partnership Limited
    Seetec Pluss Limited
    Fedcap Employment Limited
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio

    use and those in use by Restart subcontracts as well as prime providers Maximus UK Services Limited, G4S Facilities Management (UK) Limited and Ingeus UK Limited subcontractors.

    The G4S IDT includes apparently mandatory questions concerning physical and emotional (mental health) health, recreational drugs, sleep, anxiety and/or depression:
    Area 4 – WELLBEING Q1 to Q8 https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/7
    When Restart participants disclose any difficulties in these areas does G4S make referrals to likes of mental health and wellbeing services? For G4S
    please also provide a copy of G4S’s internal guidance on how IDT ‘results’ are interpreted, analyses and understood by it’s staff and what thresholds any diagnostic outcome or indicator suggests referrals to
    external services is needed/required or c/would be helpful for the participant.

    For the Maximus UK Services Limited, G4S Facilities Management (UK) Limited and Ingeus UK Limited IDTs, can you advise if these can be or are undertaken on a computer (digital) and can be undertaken remotely at a Restart participant’s home for example and whether they are or can be completed completely anonymously and when completed for Restart providers to not retain a copy by design or by choice of the Restart participant?

    Yours faithfully,

    Frank Zola

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/restart_initial_diagnostic_tools#incoming-1845101

    superted

    August 2, 2021 at 12:36 pm

  21. Rishi Sunak urged to launch new scheme as free £100 vouchers given out in Northern Ireland
    NORTHERN IRELAND made headlines recently as Gordon Lyons, the country’s economy minister, announced free shopping vouchers would be issued to adults in a bid to help struggling high streets.

    https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1471000/shop-out-to-help-out-voucher-100-pounds-vouchers-northern-ireland

    superted

    August 2, 2021 at 1:03 pm

  22. Ministers reject calls to reduce State pension age to 60

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58070099

    It’s a case of work til you drop in UK plc

    trev

    August 3, 2021 at 10:24 am

  23. Just had my JCP phone appointment, was supposed to be at 1.00pm but she rang at 12.00. It was short and sweet, didn’t seem interested in hearing what I’d applied for, just interested in establishing that my circumstances haven’t changed and that was it, next appointment booked for phone call in a fortnight’s time. Easy peasy. Why can’t they do this permanently?

    trev

    August 3, 2021 at 11:15 am

    • They’ve got to justify their jobs as ‘Work Coaches’ somehow Trev. The pandemic proved that you can run a benefits system perfectly well without the Job Centre network. Just as it would be if they introduced Universal Basic Income. Then we could get rid of foodbanks, and much of the homelessness produced by the cruelty of Universal Credit.

      Jeff Smith

      August 3, 2021 at 1:35 pm

      • Yes a lot of problems could be solved if the Political will was there. The money saved through Jobcentre closures would probably fund a Basic Income, perhaps even a earlier State pension too. The costs of running the jobcentre network, all the staff wages, the G4s contracts, the money given to Third Party Providers (Reed, Interserve, Seetec, Ingeus, etc.), the costs of keeping the buildings open, and all it entails must come to many Billions.

        trev

        August 3, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      • There’s no need for universal basic income Jeff, all we need is to be given a magic money tree and keep it at home in a plant pot 🤣.

        Cloverleaf

        August 3, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    • @trev

      My adviser tries this on with me sometimes. Once he phoned 3 hours early. The sneaky fecker was probably hoping I’d still be in bed or on the bog so he could sanction me for failure to answer the phone call. Still, beats having to meet them face to face where you risk getting roped into something. On the phone, it’s much easier to sidetrack them with pointless, irrelevant waffle before they have a chance to refer you.

      bob

      August 3, 2021 at 6:28 pm

      • I was glad to get it out of the way so I could get on with my day so didn’t really mind her ringing early.

        trev

        August 3, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    • Just like me. After a few phone calls with my normal advisor , I’m getting my fortnightly calls from what I assume is a new Work Coach recruit who seems to be doing the menial work like you describe above. With the closure of the furlough scheme and more people coming onto UC this is likely to go on Ad Infinitum.

      ben

      August 6, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      • It’s a pointless waste of time and a waste of resources. We are already required by law to inform the JCP/DWP of any change in circumstances, so why ask? If they must ask then why not just do so once annually? People could be asked to sign an online declaration once a year, or return a postal declaration form. No need for fortnightly signing, no need for Jobcentres.

        trev

        August 6, 2021 at 3:23 pm

  24. Have you guys seen some of the questions on the Restart Initial Diagnostic Assessment ??

    Q5 How often over the last 4 weeks have you had an alcoholic drink?

    Q6 How often over the last 4 weeks have you taken recreational drugs?

    What a bloody cheek ! What has this to do with finding a job ?

    George M

    August 3, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    • buy law you are not required to fill in or sign any provider paperwork, but they do this to find out which box to put you in on said Course at a provider ect.

      data to these company’s are like gold!

      superted

      August 3, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    • The assumption is that the long-term unemployed are all junkies and alcoholics, which is pretty stupid because if so we’d be on the sick. The question about drink is a bit of a trick question though, in this weather I’m likely to have a cold beer each day during the week so that’s 5 per week, 20 per 4 weeks, which might sound a lot, but in winter it would probably be zero.

      trev

      August 3, 2021 at 4:45 pm

  25. When the government views you as a “useless eater” it’s the end of the line for you. We’re all fckd.

    Cloverleaf

    August 3, 2021 at 2:20 pm

  26. Veterans forced to food banks after being told they don’t qualify for DWP support
    Ex-forces members face an uphill struggle trying to get PIP, with almost 100% of legitimate applications failing due to assessment rules not written with them in mind, The Mirror can reveal

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/veterans-forced-food-banks-after-24676261

    superted

    August 3, 2021 at 2:31 pm

  27. superted

    August 3, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    • @superted

      Do you have any idea when the DWP will start actively referring claimants to Restart en masse as it were?

      jj joop

      August 3, 2021 at 3:33 pm

      • well the way it is going i doubt it will be this year unless they go the app rout as in the ersa vids they said they wont be up to capacity until the middle of next year.

        the new jcp they have here is still not open and no sign at all of seetec atm.

        superted

        August 3, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      • So you’ve got Seetec, lucky old you. We had them in Cambridgeshire for the Wank Programme. We called them Shitec, On account of them being shite. Reed in Pimpnership have got the Restart contract in my area.

        jj joop

        August 3, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      • We had SEETEC in Ipswich back in the day, doing the same stuff. New Deals, Flexible New Deal and the rest,

        Just found they are out on the prowl again.

        Team Leader (Ipswich)
        Job Role
        Seetec Pluss is one of the UK’s leading providers of employability and health services, supporting thousands of people to move into employment each year.

        As an organisation we are recruiting for a number of Employability contracts to support the unemployment back to work. This job will play a key role in contributing to the UK’s economic recovery, ‘Restart’ which is a cornerstone of the Governments ‘Plan for Jobs’ strategy and the existing expansion to the Work and Health Programme (WHP_JETS). The role will be supporting individuals who have been in long- term unemployment or those affected because of the devastating economic impact of Covid-19. We will address the barriers to gaining new employment with tailored support for each individual to achieve and sustain good work, including supported job search, re-training for a different sector and restoring self-confidence for work.

        https://jobs.seetec.co.uk/job/Ipswich-Team-Leader-%28Ipswich%29/658915901/

        Andrew Coates

        August 3, 2021 at 7:19 pm

      • if i have not been sent to any provider since 2016 i doubt i will be sent on the restart programme for induction.

        tho i have now been dumped on to someone else at the jcp and there new i was told last time i signed on so see what buttons i can press and drive it up the wall 😉

        superted

        August 3, 2021 at 6:47 pm

      • Good hunting, ted!

        jj joop

        August 3, 2021 at 6:51 pm

  28. UK civil service showcases crowdsourced ideas to improve data use

    Alongside the two ideas noted above, other projects on the longlist include:

    Creating a map of civil service capabilities to support relocation plans
    Linking information from the DWP to the vehicle licensing agency to improve processing road tax deductions for people who claim personal independence payments
    Building a dashboard to show the number of citizens abroad to support consular services
    Monitoring medicine stocks and supply chains to get ahead of any gaps
    Improving data collection and collation of prisoners’ social contact to help reduce reoffending rates
    Developing synthetic datasets to allow departments to test ideas and policy proposals.

    https://www.globalgovernmentforum.com/uk-civil-service-showcases-crowdsourced-ideas-to-improve-data-use/

    superted

    August 3, 2021 at 6:27 pm

  29. @Andrew Coates – ‘Re-training for a different sector’. Into zero-hours crap work they mean. The only one making any money out of it will be the providers.

    Jeff Smith

    August 3, 2021 at 10:12 pm

  30. superted

    August 4, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    • Glad to hear he is advising everyone to get vaccinated, hopefully you will all listen.

      trev

      August 4, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      • Advising no, coercion and blackmail yes.

        Cloverleaf

        August 4, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      • At the very beginning of the video the NY businessman clearly states that he has had the vaccination, is in favour of vaccination, and advises everyone to have the vaccine.

        trev

        August 4, 2021 at 3:08 pm

    • I was referring to De Blasio not the New York businessman duh.

      Cloverleaf

      August 4, 2021 at 3:39 pm

  31. superted

    August 4, 2021 at 12:41 pm

  32. “People must comply with their Claimant Commitment and still have to do that while abroad.
    If a claimant is in an intensive work search regime, they are expected to spend 35 to 37 hours a week looking for work.” – DWP

    So Universal Credit claimants are on the beach in Spain, still applying for jobs in the UK ? And being made to do the 35 Hour a Week Jobsearch ? ( 7 Hours Jobsearch each day, Monday – Friday )
    Not much of a holiday !

    Jeff Smith

    August 4, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    • Work search expectations will differ for each claimant depending on their individual
      circumstances and job goals and advisers will tailor requirements for each claimant, which
      means that not all claimants will automatically be subject to the 35 hour work search
      requirement. Our regulations allow that where a claimant has done all that could reasonably be
      expected of them – for example they have applied for all suitable jobs and undertaken all the
      activities set out in their work search and work preparation plan – this may be considered
      sufficient even where the time taken was less than the hours expected.

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/thirty_five_35_hours_work_search

      superted

      August 4, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    • It’s a meaningless requirement because it is impossible to police unless you are supervised doing it in a Jobcentre or with a private provider. Nobody and I do mean nobody could really work search intensively for 35 hours a week for long and the Job Centres know it. Besides job seeking is like the length of a piece of string and means different things to everybody: what takes one person an hour somebody else can do in five minutes. I’ve always thought is idiotic to the point of cruel to say to somebody with little or no clerical and IT experience to toddle off and job seek, alone and unaided, for 35 hours a week who had to do anything remotely like that before. It’s almost like setting people up to fail not because they are unwilling or cheaters but because to fill 35 hours a week with job search activities on you own is difficult, not only difficult but impossible based on the number of jobs there are to apply for, costs involved with job search like a phone, transport, computer, internet access, stationary etc., and the savvy to invent things to do along these lines for so many hours a week.

      Most people who have been unemployed for a while don’t do it because in practice it’s impossible.

      One of Lord Freud’s daftest ideas was that “looking for a job should be a full time job” seemingly beneath his notice that most people doing jobs are assigned duties, told what to do when doing that job, and don’t have to make things up up and invent things to do to fill the hours off their own bats.

      Of course David Freud was an idiot of course and the prime reason we are where we are.

      Aleister

      August 4, 2021 at 4:17 pm

      • DSC_0063

        superted

        August 4, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    • Great. They will have to award it to legacy benefits too if fair’s fair, and if they really want to be Just about it backdate it to April 2020. There’s little point in rebellion in the name of half-justice, partly-virtuous half-truth…unless they want to show themselves up as being hypocrites.

      trev

      August 4, 2021 at 6:07 pm

      • At heart they’re Tories, trev, and the uplift is bound to go now that the government has announced its abolition publicly or they will look weak and lose face, plus there isn’t any prospect of 80+ Conservative MPs rebelling against Boris and Co., in order to succour and show mercy to the poor. That really isn’t going to happen while there are stars in the sky and now the regulator has upped the cap on electricity it’s going to be a cold winter for many when the “uplift” is withdrawn from people, instantly.

        Aleister

        August 6, 2021 at 4:20 pm

  33. Most people don’t realise it’s happening.

    Cloverleaf

    August 4, 2021 at 4:27 pm

    • Well actually God did create division when He destroyed the tower of Babel (and created different languages), the rebuilding of which was featured on EU posters and marketing material!

      trev

      August 4, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      • Have you noticed that the EU parliament building in Strasbourg has been designed to look like the Tower of Babel.

        Cloverleaf

        August 4, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      • Yes, extraordinary use of symbolism, probably the idea of a Luciferian, the tower of Babel was an affront to God!

        trev

        August 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm

  34. Financial Redress for Maladministration – Universal Credit

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/financial_redress_for_maladminis_4#incoming-1848199

    superted

    August 4, 2021 at 5:01 pm

  35. Cloverleaf

    August 4, 2021 at 6:46 pm

  36. Around 86% of the countries in the world report cases of Beta variant.

    At a time government is about to relax rules on traveling abroad its reported 132 of 195 countries in the world have beta cases. Whats of most of concern to us in the UK is places just across the water like France, Germany,etc have high amounts in comparison to other countries.
    To put this into context around 3 times the amount of cases reported in the UK.
    S Africa still ranks as the most serious destination risk by over 6 times the case load in the UK But the USA is firmly heading towards Frances figure.

    The reason to mention this as its been found our vaccines have lower efficacy towards this variant so worth mentioning the importance of masks, distance and hygiene.

    Doug

    August 5, 2021 at 8:29 am

  37. Businesses complain about name and shame on failing the NAT MIN

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58083889

    It does not take an accountant to know when we talk the min wage, we mean this is the min in a persons pay packet they are expected to earn and take home prior to tax and national insurance.

    Its incredible in this day and age such big names should even be at fault but here we are and can only hope this is the last time we see them on the list, especially as they cite it was errors corrected.

    Doug

    August 5, 2021 at 8:35 am

  38. Time for some new copy here Andrew. You don’t want to let the grass grow, as old J.D used to say at The Chronicle.

    The editor

    August 5, 2021 at 10:58 am

  39. superted

    August 5, 2021 at 3:35 pm

  40. MPs and experts rubbish government’s claims it cut disability employment gap

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/mps-and-experts-rubbish-governments-claims-it-cut-disability-employment-gap/

    superted

    August 5, 2021 at 4:57 pm

  41. Starter salaries rising amid candidate shortages

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58104399

    While both points are true its not straight across the board with the rises with most gain still mostly going towards higher skilled sectors.
    Temporary work which i pointed out in a recent post is commanding an increased hourly rate heading towards £10 plus an hour but dependent on sector, permanent position pay is circling towards it.

    Air for caution though as the word permanent means nothing while under a probation period so could well just be a buzz word not only used by work agencies but also employers in an attempt to garnish more interest from applicants so as to compete with said agencies.

    As for skilling up the UK its besides teens already attending college/university for such, still just an idea rather than a demonstrable practice.

    Doug

    August 6, 2021 at 6:02 am

    • Beware

      While i cannot say with any certainty i suspect DWP will in the coming weeks push real hard on its unemployed claimants in the light of staff shortages being reported by businesses.

      With a lot of our unemployed being new and green its going to come if true, quite the shock to see how flagrant DWP coaches can be at handing out sanctions so as to put claimants into impossible positions.

      Hopefully regulars here, seasoned pros are informing our green claimants of this very site and others that will help them navigate the DWP rapids when and if they come.

      Doug

      August 6, 2021 at 7:26 am

  42. Claimant Response To The Permanent Secretary’s Plans For Returning To Office Working In The DWP

    Claimants have have told DWP that we believe the government’s decision to remove, at this stage, the legal safeguards that have protected society from Covid-19 is dangerous and reckless.

    We strongly oppose the Department’s plans to continue ramping up face to face activity in jobcentres at a time when rates of infection continue to rise in society.

    We will press the department to maintain all existing Covid safety control measures in DWP offices such as:

    *Full 2m social distancing

    *Use of face coverings

    *No return to personal appointments in offices for vulnerable claimants and those with vulnerable family members

    *Continued use of screens in jobcentres

    *All Work Coaches to be fully vaccinated before seeing claimants

    *Proper cleaning of Jobcentre seats and desks between claimants

    *No deliberate harassment of claimants by calling them in for unnecessary personal appointments

    Jeff Smith

    August 6, 2021 at 12:29 pm

  43. No wage paid work experience placements

    DWP Response
    I can confirm the Department holds the information you have requested.
    Since April 2020, Jobcentres in the North West District (Cheshire, Greater Manchester
    and Merseyside) have partnered with the fol owing organisations, charities and
    employers to offer Work Experience Placements:

    British Heart Foundation

    B&M

    IDR Steel
    In addition, the following list is of organisations and employers that delivered SWAPs
    (Sector-based Work Academy Programmes) with elements of work experience, since
    April 2020:

    Pearl Windows Bolton – Training provider is Daruma Group

    HTL – Training provider is Genesis

    NHS Merseycare – Training provider is The Growth Co

    Hartleys – Training provider is Crosby Training

    Genesis Adapt – Training provider is Genesis

    Huyton Travel Limited – Training provider is Genesis

    JMD Haulage – Training provider is Genesis

    Redstone Rail – Training provider is EYC Global
    1

    LIVV Housing – Training provider is KCC

    Redlight Networks – Training provider is Monks

    Amberon-Traffic Management – Training provider is Greenskills

    Adapt UK – Training provider is Genesis

    Redstone Rail – Training provider is EYC Global

    DT Construction – Training provider is CE Careers

    Monks Training – Training provider is Monks Telecoms

    Monks Telecoms – Training provider is Liverpool Col ege

    Streatham House Nursery – Training provider is Eleve/Redlight

    Sterling Plastering – Training provider is Genesis

    Search Construction – Training provider is Genesis

    Barreast – Training provider is Genesis

    DT Hughes – Training provider is CE Careers

    Alpha Taxis – Training provider is CE3 Enterprises
    In the interest of being helpful, and provided outside of the Freedom of Information Act,
    Contractors operating within the North West Group would determine if they wil offer
    Work Experience Placements as part of their programme, but al are able to offer it
    should they chose to. During the Coronavirus Pandemic, many organisations, charities,
    employers and providers were unable to offer work experience placements due to the
    advice provided by Public Health Authorities. Since April 2020, the Department has
    continued to work with organisations, charities and employers to provide customers with
    alternative opportunities and initiatives, which included virtual SWAPs, sessions and
    open days.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/no_wage_paid_work_experience_pla#incoming-1848843

    superted

    August 6, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    • Well that’s interesting to know. Good old British Heart Foundation are still in there always eager to get free labour, as well as BM stores they’re fond of unpaid laccies.

      trev

      August 6, 2021 at 3:09 pm

  44. Restart ‘initial Diagnostic Assessment’ tools

    DWP Response
    Section 84 of the Act states that in order for a request for information to be handled as a
    Freedom of Information (FoI) request, it must be for recorded information. For example, a FoI
    request would be for a copy of a Human Resources policy, rather than an explanation as to
    why we have that policy in place. The FoI Act can capture an ‘explanation’ if it has already
    been committed to record. However, where a requestor wants the Department for Work and
    Pensions (DWP) to explain why questions were developed in a certain way, this is not a re-
    quest for information.
    The department does not hold the information you have requested. If you ask a question,
    rather than requesting recorded information, we wil provide you with the recorded informa-
    tion that best answers the question. Once we have provided the recorded information, we
    have met our obligations under the FoI Act; interpreting the information provided is up to you.
    In answer to your first question relating to legislation that requires benefit claimants to answer
    questions set out in these assessments, DWP has no information as to whether or not
    providers require participants to answer all or any of the questions in the assessment tools.
    Regarding your question about the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data
    Protection Regulation, there is no information held.
    You asked if DWP wil be expecting its Restart contractors to amend the Diagnostic
    Assessment tools, there is no information held.
    Finally, on the last question, it is up to the providers to decide whether to mandate a
    participant to take part in an activity.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/restart_initial_diagnostic_asses_2#incoming-1849765

    no 3rd party company for profit can mandate you to do anything it is your data and your choice and that’s why they do not hold that information.

    buy law you are not required to fill in or sign any 3rd party paperwork contracts enrollment forms ect.

    superted

    August 6, 2021 at 2:38 pm

  45. 6 August 2021
    PCS responds to inaccurate media reports about civil servants and returning to the office
    Throughout the unprecedented global Covid-19 pandemic, PCS has always prioritised the safety of its members.
    Therefore, at the height of the pandemic which led to more than 150,000 deaths in Britain alone, we came up with 5 safety tests and negotiated homeworking for the majority of our members.

    This included making sure staff were supplied with the right equipment to do their jobs so they could work from home.

    Alongside this, many civil servants whose jobs could not be done from home were attending workplaces and have been throughout the pandemic.

    Both sets of workers have been serving the public and keeping society functioning.

    In terms of public service delivery, this has been an overwhelming success, with vital Universal Credit payments processed by DWP staff and the furlough scheme rolled out by workers in HMRC.

    Our members were rightly lauded by the government as heroes for their efforts.

    The Chancellor Rishi Sunak himself has credited civil servants for keeping the country going by working successfully from their “kitchens and living rooms” throughout the pandemic.

    It is nothing short of a disgraceful and libellous slur for some journalists to depict hard working and diligent civil servants as somehow “shirking” or “twiddling their thumbs” because they are currently working from home.

    It flies in the face of the facts and that government ministers have themselves publicly recognised the extraordinary efforts civil servants and other public sector workers have made during the pandemic.

    PCS continues to have intensive and productive discussions with the Cabinet Office on future working arrangements.

    We are pressing them to prevent any large-scale return of staff to offices until it is demonstrably safe to do so; and even then to not return to the pre-pandemic world – we want maximum choice and flexibility for workers going forward, including homeworking where desired. The pandemic has proven that this is eminently achievable while maintaining service delivery.

    superted

    August 6, 2021 at 2:56 pm

  46. I’d like to stay on legacy benefits,
    Right to the very end,
    But Therese Coffey wants me to transfer,
    And I know in this, she’s not my friend.

    She may be Secretary of State for Work & Pensions,
    And the head of the DWP,
    But I don’t agree with her about Universal Credit,
    And I know it’s no good for me.

    I’ve been a claimant since long before,
    Therese came along,
    So I’ve got the experience here,
    And it is she who is wrong.

    They put up a good show in Caxton House,
    About the wonders of Universal Credit,
    But it’s a cruel system, a harsh one,
    And claimants have come to dread it.

    The strict conditions imposed,
    Are like an online jail,
    With claimants hounded by the DWP,
    And sanctioned when they fail.

    No-one can jobsearch for 35 Hours a week,
    Thats 7 hours a day !
    But typical of the nonsense the DWP say.

    A proper job is a proper job,
    That pays enough money too !
    Not a few hours of zero-hours work,
    That your Work Coach has forced you to do.

    Everything is mandatory,
    That favourite DWP word,
    You have to do whatever they say,
    Any argument won’t be heard.

    And always in the background,
    The sanction system is lurking
    To spring upon the claimant,
    When the DWP think they are shirking.

    Random Poet

    August 6, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    • Random Poet, you really do write brilliant stuff.

      Andrew Coates

      August 6, 2021 at 5:56 pm

      • Thank you, I hope it gives some amusement in these difficult times.

        Random Poet

        August 6, 2021 at 6:53 pm

  47. The sheep will spend it’s entire life fearing the wolf only to be eaten by the shepherd ~ African proverb.

    Cloverleaf

    August 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm

  48. superted

    August 6, 2021 at 7:41 pm

  49. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

    A6er

    August 7, 2021 at 6:57 am


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