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Food Banks Braced for Universal Credit Cut.

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Food Banks Gear Up for Universal Credit Cut.

The news reports keep rolling out.

On Sunday, as this Blog has already mentioned, every Sunday there is this, just around the corner,

Several churches in the South England Conference are operating as ADRA community hubs during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. They are providing food, provisions and assistance in their area under ADRA’s, I AM Urban initiative.

Food for the homeless (packed lunch).

Available for collection every Sunday 12pm – 1pm.

(Seventh Day Adventist Church).

There is always a small crowd.

Now there is this news.

Ipswich food banks reopen and struggle to get supplies before benefit cut and furlough end.

Ipswich Star.

Ipswich food banks have reopened a shop and are struggling to get supplies ahead of the cut to Universal Credit and the end of furlough in October. 

In addition to these “big” changes, Gareth Brenland from foodbank and homelessness charity the Bus Shelter Ipswich says at the end of next month families will have children at home without free school meals. 

Mr Brenland said: “I’m concerned. 

“That cut to Universal Credit affects me and is £80 a month. It will have a big impact on me. 

“Last month we did 49 food parcels but I’m expecting 100s. 

Graham Denny, founder and administrator of the BASIC Life Charity, who runs Ipswich and Felixstowe charity stores where you can get all your shopping for £2, is preparing for the big change. 

“We’ve taken lots of provisions from Suffolk County Council,” Mr Denny said. “We’re quite aware of the challenges that are coming and how difficult that is going to be and I think we’re ready for that.”

Our Hard Right Tory MP, who spends most of his time railing against ‘Woke’ and ‘Cultural Marxism’ said this (the first time he has expressed on opinion on these fringe issues).

Mr Hunt said he did tell Mr Sunak he thinks the uplift should be permanent but pointed out the chancellor will have to make “difficult” decisions in light of the over £400 billion borrowed during the pandemic. 

Around 5,790 people in Ipswich were on out-of-work benefits as of mid-July, down 145 from 5,935 in mid-June.

He added he sympathises with his constituents who are facing these challenges but said he knows from talking to Ipswich business they need staff and have lots of vacancies.  

Here is the MP for the Constituency next to Ipswich,

Written by Andrew Coates

September 12, 2021 at 7:28 am

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  1. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    September 12, 2021 at 8:20 am

  2. Just the realities of normal life in Tory Britain, all completely unnecessary, all done on purpose by design as a matter of (Tory) policy. A broken Social Security system with a shredded safety net revives the Victorian notion of the undeserving poor who must fend for themselves, rely upon charity, or die. All inflicted on the British people by a cabinet of Millionaires who only care about themselves. If you voted Tory that is what you voted for. Foodbanks for the poor in 21st Century Britain.


    September 12, 2021 at 10:04 am

  3. Incredibly, Hunt is attempting to shift the blame on to the unemployed! He obviously doesn’t know that many Universal Credit claimants are actually IN work but on low wages and insufficient hours to make ends meet.

    “Around 5,790 people in Ipswich were on out-of-work benefits as of mid-July, down 145 from 5,935 in mid-June.

    He…. said he knows from talking to Ipswich business they need staff and have lots of vacancies.”

    How does Hunt know what skills & experience are required for all these alleged vacancies? And what skills & experience the unemployed people of Ipswich have? There may well be job vacancies in Ipswich but how many of them specify that applicants must have previous experience, a clean full Driving Licence, a FLT certificate, a HGV Licence, have a dull working knowledge of SAGE (for example), or DBS clearance, or the ability to regularly lift up to 30Kg at speed???? There are many vacancies all over the country for which most of the long-term unemployed do not meet the application criteria, or expressed another way are exclude from applying because of their ‘barriers to work’.


    September 12, 2021 at 11:54 am

  4. superted

    September 12, 2021 at 2:31 pm

  5. There’s a vote in parliament about the £20.00 universal credit cut next Tuesday.


    September 12, 2021 at 2:43 pm

  6. ‘Department of Wonderful People ?’- Jesus H.Christ, you can see why they gave Coffey the job.
    How about Department of Working Poverty ? That’s a bit more like it.

    George M

    September 12, 2021 at 3:58 pm

  7. They keep stating the number of job vacancies but don’t appear to realise it isn’t simply a case of applying for a job and being taken on.
    I remember a survey where a third of the employers stated they wouldn’t take on anyone who was long term unemployed and would rather wait until someone fresh on the market came along. That possibly explains why I have applied for jobs and received a rejection letter in the past only to see the same job advertised a few weeks later.


    September 12, 2021 at 6:04 pm

  8. The Guardian view on food banks: put them out of business


    This article is more than 9 months old

    The pandemic has opened our eyes to the predicament of the poor. The government should not need to be shamed into looking after them better



    September 12, 2021 at 7:44 pm

  9. 11 September 2021
    PCS oppose National Insurance rise to fund social care
    Civil servants have had their pay frozen, kept the country running during the pandemic, and this is how they are rewarded.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the surprising U-turn earlier this week, in announcing the tax hike on millions of working people, before Parliament ratified the bill.

    MPs backed the 1.25% increase by 319 to 248 to reform social care in England and to boost funds for dealing with the NHS treatment backlog.

    The rise in National Insurance contributions will come into effect from next April.

    Ministers said the estimated £12bn a year raised by the new “health and social care levy” will be used to help tackle soaring waiting lists for NHS treatments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

    However, unions have attacked the plans, pointing out those who extract wealth from shareholdings, dividends and renting out properties, should have been targeted in a wealth tax, rather than a tax on income for millions of working people.

    PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is an insult that Boris Johnson has the nerve to make civil servants and other workers pay for the funding gaps in health and social care when our members have had a decade of pay cuts and freezes.

    “Big companies and wealthy individuals should be being asked to fork out more instead of placing the burden on working people.”


    September 12, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    • This could be Boris Johnson’s ‘Poll Tax’ moment if the opposition to it gathers momentum fast enough, then he’s out, only to be replaced by some other Rightwing extremist like Rees Mogg.


      September 12, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      • everyone i know that is in work mostly low paid factory jobs are pissed! about this tax yet the nhs piss money down the drain like bog roll so wont make any difference at all.

        what next 25% vat rate ppl are going to starve to death as food banks wont cope with the demand crime will sky rocket because of this yet they just dont care as millionaires living in another dimension.

        the next 6 months will show that the cure was way worse than the cause and the cost to the country will be devastating and poverty will kill more than any virus in the hands of the dwp.

        and id not like to be a wc in a jcp there going to find out the hard way and make the place a hell hole with ppl kicking off so might end up not being a option for mass signing on like as b4 and use the journal for uc and phone interviews for legacy claimants.

        it will only take 1 person to go in to one of these places and stab a member of staff and id say its not if but when.

        you get free meals and a bed in prison and they have a duty of care to keep you alive, the dwp does not!


        September 12, 2021 at 9:42 pm

  10. Is it just me or do those smiling people clustered around Coffey look just a little insincere? Those smiles look kind of forced, artificial, even creepily reptilian to me. Those are not people who would inspire me to trust or have confidence in them based on appearances. Based on the terrible state of current affairs and misery the DWP are about to visit upon multitudes grinning like Cheshire Cats seems kind of inappropriate if not demented to me.


    September 13, 2021 at 6:58 am

  11. I watched coffey on sky this morning being interviewed on the UC cut and what remained with me was her comment on its just 2 hours more work.
    Apart from the fact its actually around 2 hours 25/6 mins i cant help but wonder how many hours or minutes even it takes coffey to earn an extra £20.

    Its always easy when your on a good salary yet work many hours to lose significance for money and what it takes to earn it. I could back then easily earn £20 in less than an hour even if i didn’t work for the full hour charged as a minimum.
    £20 pounds and or 2hrs and 25/6 mins means an awful lot more to a person in a low to no skilled job on a low wage let alone a min wage. You have to remember also that’s before we talk tax and NI deductions let alone the planned raise in NI contributions.

    We hear the best way out of poverty is work but i have to ask why has a considerable amount of time got to be the sacrifice for those at the bottom rung of the skill ladder.
    I know the government advocates upskilling but we all know that involves debt and risk as there is no guarantee such a move will or can pay off.

    Its early days so i will wait to see how successful this drive to upskill goes while balancing a persons need to be able to live without an avalanche of debt waiting to descend on them.


    September 13, 2021 at 11:02 am

  12. Andrew Coates

    September 13, 2021 at 11:09 am

    • Andrew Coates

      September 13, 2021 at 11:16 am

      • there are over 6 million unemployed and there are less than 1 million jobs advertised there are not enough jobs to go around let alone find more hrs.


        September 13, 2021 at 11:39 am

    • When did the minimum wage go up to £10.00 per hour? I must have missed something!


      September 13, 2021 at 1:54 pm

  13. Let’s put the Food Bank Contract out to tender. Serco won the Government Food Bank Contract just beating G4S. G4S will be vetting & policing the food bank doors.

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    September 13, 2021 at 11:41 am

    • If you don’t have the Serco Food Bank App they will not let you into the food bank.

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      September 13, 2021 at 12:14 pm

  14. just had the electric bill it has gone up £153 a year!


    September 13, 2021 at 11:56 am

  15. Hard Working Families on the dole.

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    September 13, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    • Work Pays The Tory Party Lifestyle.

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      September 13, 2021 at 12:16 pm

      • Strong & Stable.

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        September 13, 2021 at 12:17 pm

  16. David Cameron is Banksy.

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    September 13, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    • The writings on the wall.

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      September 13, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      • #banksydavidcameron

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        September 13, 2021 at 12:19 pm

  17. You’ve got to hand it to the Tories, when it comes to political irony they really are the masters.
    They’re cutting £20 from Universal Credit, plunging 6 million people into poverty. And Therese Coffey just says with a straight face, that people can get the money back if they do a couple of hours work !
    Brilliant ! It’s like a comedy show. And they can still get the majority of the working-class to vote for them.

    Jeff Smith

    September 13, 2021 at 12:49 pm

  18. My name is Therese,
    I look like a geezer,
    And not a very handsome one at that.

    I’m cutting the money,
    And think it’s rather funny,
    And I’d dance,
    Only I’m too fat.

    There are skivers today,
    Who think we’re going to pay,
    The twenty pounds extra for ever.

    But I tell you straight,
    You’ll be lucky mate,
    Get some work !
    By your own endeavour.

    Two hours of work,
    Is all that we ask,
    Here at the DWP,
    I often spend twenty pounds just on lunch,
    So how hard can it really be ?

    Random Poet

    September 13, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    • @Random Poet: Another deadly shot at the heart of Toryism Random !

      George M

      September 13, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    • I feel rather sorry for her, me.

      I have had a very strong indication that she lives in, or near to, Felixstowe, which is great place to visit for a day, but to live in……

      This is the last time anything happened in Felixstowe:

      Andrew Coates

      September 13, 2021 at 5:55 pm

  19. DWP to contact thousands believed to have been overpaid benefits during the pandemic
    Fraud and error in the UK benefits system reached record levels during the Covid crisis, with a reported £8.4bn overpaid in the last financial year



    September 13, 2021 at 1:47 pm

  20. Why Thérèse Coffey is wrong about Universal Credit claimants and work
    High benefit withdrawal rates mean that claimants cannot simply compensate for cuts by finding two more hours of work a week.



    September 13, 2021 at 1:52 pm

  21. Ministers’ blast at firms facing staffing woes:

    Stop whining about fewer foreign workers – pay Britons more!


    jj joop

    September 13, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    • And so this minister should as its long overdue in this country that employers should have to try an awful lot harder to secure and retain employees.

      Having constructive;calculated shortages of applicants effectively strong arms employers to consider better rates and terms of employment. Using the lowest figure the law says an employer has to pay shouldn’t be the marker with which employers think they can get away with paying to lets face it, the staff they so badly need in the first place to be able to generate the profit they do.

      You can have a great idea, take a financial risk, even market well but ultimately without all the many hands and feet of Britain lowest paid, they still have nothing but what they can muster with there own two hands and feet.

      Its not anti anything to discourage the culture of hiring abroad as not only does it prevent stagnation, depression of rates, hours and conditions but also offers up protection for those coming from abroad by not only being able to supply good secure work but also provide equality of employment rather than being used as tools to keep things as low as employers can from offering to uk potential employees and our growing kids.

      Min wage and micro management of employees work to pay time should never go hand in hand.


      September 14, 2021 at 10:04 am

  22. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) boss Thérèse Coffey sparked anger on Monday 13 September after appearing on BBC Breakfast. She was talking about the Tories’ £20 a week cut to Universal Credit, and one of her comments stood out. That’s because people accused her of either lying or not understanding the social security system



    September 13, 2021 at 4:06 pm

  23. Thérèse Coffey can’t do her job at the DWP. As she has said on many occasions she is not responsible for the DWP & their actions. I am just a name Thérèse Coffey on high wages.

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    September 13, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    • Hiding behind Corporate again Tories. Corporate Manslaughter, Corporate DWP Fraud, Corporate Human Rights Breeches.

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      September 13, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      • Has Iain Duncan Smith got a Corporate Lawyer !!!

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        September 13, 2021 at 5:10 pm

      • Is Universal Credit a Corporation? Yes, but the DWP is not yet !!

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        September 13, 2021 at 5:12 pm

  24. Asked about the reduction on Monday, Ms Coffey told BBC Breakfast: “I’m conscious that £20 a week is about two hours’ extra work every week.

    “We will be seeing what we can do to help people perhaps secure those extra hours, but ideally also to make sure they’re also in a place to get better paid jobs as well.”

    But the Resolution Foundation disputed her figures, as claimants who work additional hours see their benefits reduced – or for each £1 they earn, the UC payment falls by 63p.

    The charity said a UC claimant earning the National Living Wage – £8.91 an hour – and with an income of at least £6,100 a year, would take home just £6.60 for two hours work due to the taper in the payment, falling to £4.48 if they pay tax and National Insurance.

    And they said the actual take home pay would fall to £2.24 an hour once any pension contributions or additional childcare or travel costs were taken into account.

    This would mean they would need to work nine extra hours a week to make up for the removal of the £20 uplift.

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    September 13, 2021 at 5:32 pm

  25. ‘Worrying’ rise in older people claiming Universal Credit in Gloucestershire due to pandemic



    September 13, 2021 at 5:48 pm

  26. 12-15 year olds to get jab.


    September 13, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    • Following in America’s footsteps and a very wise move which protects children and helps reduce asymptomatic spread of the virus by children not presenting symptoms. A victory for rationality and science over fear, foolishness and superstition. Hurrah!


      September 14, 2021 at 6:10 am

      • You know how you think a certain thing based on personal experience yet when you look into it your not really sure anymore. This is how i feel currently on this topic Aleister

        Im not talking vaccine here, im talking where is the spread really coming from and can we say in earnest its the kids.
        From the get go 20.1% of the UK total population is under the age of 17 (0 to 1s not included). But if we localize a search like say Ipswich for example we are talking 29,237 kids aged 1 to 17 (21.5% of Ipswich total population).
        Can we really say such localized figures pose such a threat as to out do the remaining population in Ipswich. Can really say kids under 17 mix way more than a population over 17 when we consider colleges,universities, supermarkets,pubs,clubs and the like where a diverse body of people meet regularly.

        We know since children returned to school we have seen some growth, not staggering granted but enough to say its noticeable. Is it really all on the children, what about parents now having more free time and not just those who work as a result of their children returning to school.

        Children have had all summer break to mix so the only change i can note is at least one parent being at home also whose far less able to go out as a result of responsibilities. After work if a second parent exists wouldn’t this in turn restrict them also.

        Isn’t it more plausible as a result of a child being at home (in the home and not out with friends) that it sets off a chain of events that causes a reduction in cases perhaps ?

        Population tool link (scroll down quite a bit to 10. Age structure of the UK population)



        September 14, 2021 at 10:48 am

      • I’m down with the current medical opinion, Doug, that the more of the population are vaccinated the smaller the reservoir of virus in society (because the vaccinated get infected less often and those that do get infected are less affected by the virus) meaning that there is less virus in the wild to mutate and so less likely to evolve into more infectious, resistant and dangerous strains. Although younger people are less affected by the virus they can still harbour it and spread it and so anything that reduces the risk of that is desirable as far as I am concerned.

        I’m hoping that I will be on a list to receive a booster covid jab AND influenza jab before Christmas.

        Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!


        September 14, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      • If you’re over 50 you’ll get it. They’ll send you a text probably. Me too.


        September 14, 2021 at 5:02 pm

      • Aleister

        Link to the governments latest covid surveillance report 9th sept 2021
        This breaks down among other things cases of infection, admittance,deaths and how many are vaccinated, unvaccinated, 1 or 2 doses.


        Link to government covid stats


        Sadly thats not what experts are implying in the context you perceive they meant.

        You’ve already had the link that’s above for UK population.

        The data now confirms beyond doubt under current conditions and previous conditions that some people with underlying health conditions vaccinated or not who contract the infection WILL die no matter what.
        Most of the overwhelming majority of the uk population vaccinated or not and regardless of the level of illness experienced WONT die.
        We are effectively attempting to save the people it appears according to the data we are failing at.
        Cases and deaths are higher than this time last year despite having the vaccine which we didn’t back then.
        Despite 89.2% of over 16s having 1 dose (so 8% having just 1st dose), despite 82.2% of over 16s.

        The rise if anything coincides with the relaxation of masks, distances and hygiene which as i have maintained is the only real creditable defense we have regardless of vaccines at the very least of reducing transmission.
        Having those that can work from home work from home, tight controls and practices on people coming and going from the country, no large venues, etc have all aided a reduction in transmission.
        So the sooner people realize its what we do, not what we take, the sooner we can begin to really fight this infection.


        September 15, 2021 at 10:09 am

      • Covid deaths rare among fully vaccinated – ONS

        BBC News

        “Fully vaccinated people are much less likely to die with Covid-19 than those who aren’t, or have had only one dose, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.”



        September 15, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      • Trev

        We didn’t start vaccinating in the UK until 8th dec 2020. By 10th jan 2021 there was only 2,286,572 people who had a 1st dose of vaccine and 391,399 who had both doses.
        In terms of population (67,081,234 ) thats 3.4% of total population having had 1 dose and 0.5% having had 2 doses respectively.

        So it doesnt take much math thought and practice to know if you look cumulatively from jan 2nd 2021 to july 2nd 2021 that the unvaccinated considerably outnumber the vaccinated on a daily basis.
        This means when we deal with just confirmed cases of infection and vaccination status cumulatively over the period that the unvaccinated appear greater in terms of not just risk of death but also infection cases,admittance/ hospitalization.

        The landscape has greatly changed in terms of how many people are vaccinated at various levels.since july 2nd 2021.

        54,353,665 (81.0% of total population) is according to data the amount of people 16 and above. The remaining 29% ( 12,727,569) is 0 to 15 years of age.
        So 5,873,487 over 16s remain unvaccinated as yet. If we couple that with the under 15s then thats 18,601,056. Worthy of note we dont know if vaccinations will be offered to under 12s so the correct current figure thats over 16s coupled with 12 to 15 years age group stands at 3,154,459 and thus means our pool figure until vaccinated stands at 9,027,946 unvaccinated.

        Now if you look at the COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report–week 36 , pages 14 to 16 your see as would be expected due to the success of the vaccine programs coverage that on the relative age groups that the unvaccinated represent a now small portion of cases of confirmed infection and deaths. Your also see an uptick in the number of people vaccinated at various levels.

        What this is beginning to confirm is if a persons underlying health condition is bad enough (no experts as yet know what that line of condition is), vaccinated or not, they if infected are liable to die.

        We know using all data from the start of covid collected, that most, especially the young and healthy dont end up in hospital and or die irrespective of vaccination status. Its hard to say at this point but winter data should clear it up if infact the vaccine is really making a difference. The only way we really know individually is if we got infected pre vaccine and got infected again with the same variant post vaccination and how our experience of both instances differ. You cant go around expecting another’s will be yours

        The notion of a vaccines influence is based on trials and tests and it does not mean if you were the test sample that your results would concur if that makes sense.
        The vaccine is a prevention, not a cure so at best what we surmise it does do if true, is create more asymptomatic people or certain people made a little bit more asymptomatic.
        It does not prevent infection, it does not prevent transmission and certainly isn’t guaranteed by manufacturer, experts or government officials to categorically stop you ending up in hospital and god forbid dying from it.


        September 16, 2021 at 12:57 pm

  27. Off topic but we have had new guidance at work re covid: the school is no longer responsible for informing individuals if they’ve been in contact with a positive case: if one has been double jabbed one doesn’t need to isolate but should take daily lateral flows. If one isn’t double jabbed they will need to isolate. Since we get paid I’d we are sick, I’m assuming that will continue though it hasn’t been stated. So now we wait….


    September 13, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    • A handful of schools in England are closing down classrooms just days into the new school year, following Covid-19 outbreaks among students and staff.

      Westgate Academy in Lincoln said it had taken the decision to send Year 4 students home for at least two days over a rise in coronavirus cases.

      Mr Kelwick added that updated Government guidance shifted responsibility on whether to shut down to schools themselves. “I find this worrying as a head, and I’m taking further advice from Public Health Lincolnshire today, as well as probably taking things further on that,” he said.

      Ilfracombe Academy, a secondary school in Devon, also confirmed an outbreak on Monday just one week after welcoming back students, saying it had sent home a group of students after more than 30 positive lateral flow tests.

      Headteacher Steve Rodgers confirmed to parents: “Unfortunately, today we have recorded 32 positive LFD tests in Year 7 and one positive in Year 8. These students have been sent home to book a PCR test.

      “We have been in communication with PHE today. They have advised that at this stage our setting should not take any further action.

      “We know that you may find this concerning and we are continuing to monitor the situation working closely with Public Health England.”

      Bubble rules that would require entire groups of students to self-isolate over positive cases were axed over the summer, leaving the decision up to schools themselves.

      Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, told i: “It is essential that school leaders are given quick, clear and unequivocal guidance on how to respond if they see a rise in case numbers in their schools.

      “This should come from their local public health teams, who have the relevant expertise. School leaders should not be left on their own to make such decisions.”

      Lincoln is currently recording 393.8 Covid cases per 100,000 population, placing it 131st among the UK’s 380 local authorities.

      Andy Fox, of Public Health Lincolnshire, told the BBC: “We know that this Delta variant is very transmissible.

      “It spreads really quickly and really easily. Thankfully the risk to healthy to children is very, very low and I trust the adults involved are double-vaccinated which should give them plenty of protection.”

      i has contacted the Department for Education for comment.


      Andrew Coates

      September 13, 2021 at 8:32 pm

      • Mr Coates so far so good in our place with covid: as we are a primary our kids aren’t testing even though the vast majority have siblings in senior skl. Our place has always been it’s own law, and conditions are worse now for cleaners, one left and they say they don’t have money to replace her, and one we have who is under occupational health can’t even finish the tiny bit she does so we have to do half her work too! So 6 ppl are doing the work of 7 and a half and it’s beyond exhausting, and obviously it’s rushed! We now have year group bubbles, instead of class, so we will see what happens next


        September 14, 2021 at 9:23 am

      • And what about Delta variant Covid-19 transmissions in the Jobcentres ? Now people being forced to attend The Jobcentre in person are just meant to risk it.

        Jeff Smith

        September 14, 2021 at 10:33 am

      • Talking of Jobcentres, I’ve just got back home from my fortnightly appointment, which is and was a complete and utter waste of time. Only one of the G4 goons was wearing a facemask, as was I, and the Dole Coaches were all behind Perspex screens attached to each desk. The appointment itself was nothing, just confirm your d.o.b. and postcode, how have you been getting on with searching for jobs? Has there been any change in your circumstances? Here’s your next appointment. No signature necessary. So basically I’ve just walked 2 miles with a bad back in pouring rain for the sake of it. Why not just continue phoning people at home instead?


        September 14, 2021 at 12:32 pm

      • Jeff Smith

        I think the public unconsciously or not which is what i wrote about a while ago regarding accepting a eugenic society of sorts society in the wake of covid has began to come to pass.
        Add in the usual serious lack of overall moral duty (me myself and i culture that pervades the species) into the pot and bingo.

        Going in to sign on, check job search even online is completely unimportant in the face of stemming the flow of covid transmission. The same can be said about making home workers return to the offices at this time.
        We may all want to come out and live normal lives again but i cant see why we should encourage any practice that is unnecessary or cant be done at home.


        September 14, 2021 at 11:02 am

  28. Andrew Coates

    September 13, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    • Blue and green should never be seen fatty arbuckle.


      September 14, 2021 at 9:40 am

      • The saying you’re probably thinking of was “red and green seldom seen”, and a gay friend of mine many years ago used to add “except upon a beauty queen”.


        September 14, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    • All joking aside one of the greatest problems with Universal Credit is that is was supposed to be a cheaper, more transparent and simpler social security system and turned out to be more expensive, obscure and complicated than the legacy system it was supposed to replace. I’m 100% certain that not many MPs have a clue about how it works, or affects people, including the current Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whose gaffe yesterday put her ignorance on display for the world to see.


      September 14, 2021 at 3:50 pm

  29. If claimants were workers, there would have been a National Universal Credit Strike by now.
    Who would stand for an arbitrary cut of £20 in their wages ?
    And where is the so-called Labour opposition on this ?

    Jeff Smith

    September 14, 2021 at 11:04 am

    • @ Jeff

      A lot of people claiming UC are in work, just not doing enough hours to make ends meet.


      September 14, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      • @trev- So they could strike then ?

        Jeff Smith

        September 14, 2021 at 12:23 pm

      • I’m not sure about that, perhaps if in a Union. I’m surprised that Transport Workers/Unions haven’t gone on strike over the preposterous Tory plans to get more HGV Drivers quickly by scrapping key crucial parts of the driving test! From what I’ve heard if it’s true Shapps wants to speed things up by scrapping reversing from the test and drivers checks on trailer coupling. Brilliant. So we’ll have semi-qualified people driving HGV wagons on our roads, drivers who have not had to demonstrate that they are able to safely reverse the rig, and who are under no obligation to conduct basic safety checks. What a great idea…


        September 14, 2021 at 12:41 pm

      • The Tories have tightened up strike laws now, it’s so much harder to strike! A certain perce9of members have to vote, even to strike now you have to jump through hoops, and I believe a working UC claimant could be sanctioned if they struck, even if the strike itself were legal!


        September 15, 2021 at 1:37 am

  30. What if all the Labour MPs in parliament decided to take a £20 a week cut in solidarity ? Or doesn’t the red flag stretch that far ?

    George M

    September 14, 2021 at 11:28 am

  31. 13 September 2021
    Jobcentre Managers’ Update
    Feedback shows that Jobcentre members of all grades are united in their plea for DWP to pull back from the decision to bring as many claimants into offices as is physically possible within the Jobcentre Customer Facing Risk Assessment (JCFRA).
    This has resulted in intolerable pressure being put on Jobcentre Mangers, who against the better judgement of many of them, have been forced by senior DWP management to deliver this demand.

    This has meant that in order to achieve 15 face-to-face appointments per day by Work Coaches and increase Jobcentre activity, perverse decisions have been made as Managers feel that they have no alternative but to deliver the central demand. The knock on effect is that many Work Coaches feel that they are being micromanaged and that they have no control of their diaries. However, it is clear from the feedback that the Group Executive Committee (GEC) has received from Work Coach members that there is a clear understanding that this is not the fault of Work Coach Team Leaders, but the unacceptable demands being placed on them by senior DWP managers.

    PCS defend our Jobcentre manager members
    Group negotiators will continue to fight and campaign for all Jobcentre members no matter their grade. We have been raising the situation Jobcentre managers are facing on a daily basis with senior DWP management at all of our meetings on front of house. It is crucial that Jobcentre managers continue to raise their concerns with PCS in order that we can continue to take them forward with the employer. PCS appreciates that managers may be reluctant to come forward, as many have reported that they have felt bullied into making perverse decisions against their will. PCS can assure those members that anything reported will be taken forward with management anonymously.

    PCS believes that some demands placed on managers are unreasonable. We will continue to support members in management grades who are doing the best to support their staff in Jobcentres.

    Guidance for Jobcentre manager members
    The pressure currently being placed on Jobcentre managers is unacceptable and has to stop immediately. Many have reported increased stress levels and as a result they feel they will have to go off sick. PCS understands the pressures that Jobcentre members currently face. Many have expressed their feelings at the members’ meetings currently taking place and a large number have emailed the GEC. DWP cannot continue to ignore the concerns of their staff and our members as stress levels are on the rise and many are at breaking point. PCS branches have been encouraged by the GEC to hold members’ meetings to discuss the situation in Jobcentres and the safety dispute. Please make every effort to attend one of those meetings. PCS Jobcentre members of all grades should be united in pushing back on the unacceptable demands and working conditions that are currently in place up and down the country. PCS will continue to support you and take your issues forward with DWP.

    In addition to members’ meetings, PCS is currently running a members’ SAFETY SURVEY in an attempt to ascertain how colleagues feel about issues such as returning to the office, safety in the office, travelling to the office and pay. Please make every effort to complete this important survey as the findings will formulate our ongoing discussions with DWP. The closing date for submitting this survey is 30 September 2021. The survey cannot be completed using DWP systems. An email will be sent to your personal email address.


    September 14, 2021 at 12:46 pm

  32. I don’t suppose anyone is going to conduct a Claimant’s Safety Survey ? To ascertain how claimants feel about such issues as returning to the Jobcentre, travelling to the Jobcentre and pay ?

    Jeff Smith

    September 14, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    • the dwp has no duty of care for its customers and why they can sanction you to death.


      September 14, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    • Health & Safety Issue.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 14, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      • Health & Safety has no Care Of Duty. It’s sounding like the DWP are above their own rules.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      • Non stop.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 14, 2021 at 2:27 pm

  33. Thérèse Coffey claimed £200,000 on expenses while cutting your benefits
    The work and pensions secretary suggested that those set to lose out from the UC cut should work more hours.

    Expensive expenses
    Further scrutiny was piled on Coffey, after it was pointed out that she claimed more than £201,000 in parliamentary expenses between 2019 and 2020, according to figures from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

    Taxpayers reimbursed the Suffolk Coastal MP for £201,278.38, as she worked to end the Universal Credit uplift on which many families have relied during the pandemic.

    Speaking about the cut on Monday, Coffey told BBC Breakfast: “I’m conscious that £20 a week is about two hours’ extra work every week – we will be seeing what we can do to help people perhaps secure those extra hours, but ideally also to make sure they’re also in a place to get better paid jobs as well.”

    But the Resolution Foundation contradicted her remarks due to the taper rate meaning that – over their work allowance – Universal Credit claimants only take home 37p per extra pound earned due to a lower benefit award, a figure that falls to 25p if they earn enough to pay tax and National Insurance.


    Andrew Coates

    September 14, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    • At least we now know who eat all the pies!


      September 14, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    • 200K expenses, that’s obscene, she’s taking the f’kin piss. Last time I heard there were 2.5 Million people using foodbanks, could be more now, whilst filthy rich Tory MPs live in privileged opulence not seen since the Russian Csars or before that King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and both of those situations ended quite badly for those concerned! What with Sunak’s private Gym and indoor swimming pool, and Johnson’s Gold wallpaper, and the rest of them on 200 Grand expenses on top of their 80 Grand salaries….time to start building a Guillotine…


      September 14, 2021 at 7:38 pm

      • There she blows, quick dump her in Sunaks indoor swimming pool and get her harpooned immediately 🤣🤣


        September 14, 2021 at 9:48 pm

      • These Tory bastards take the piss, it’s unbelievable, greedy rich parasites with no shame whatsoever and totally lacking in empathy. They truly are Sociopaths and Psychopaths, without a doubt.


        September 14, 2021 at 10:07 pm

  34. Tory MP calls for Chris Whitty to resign after c-vaccines approved for 12 to 15 year olds.



    September 15, 2021 at 12:05 pm

  35. And what about the legacy claimants? I didn’t hear the word ‘legacy’ mentioned in PMQs. They truly are the Invisible Claimants.

    Jeff Smith

    September 15, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    • The Untouchables, the Unmentionables, the Pariahs of the Welfare State.


      September 15, 2021 at 4:11 pm

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