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Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries,”Nobody” to be Pushed into Poverty by Slashing Universal Credit.

Universal Credit cut will not drag a single person into poverty.”

With the rise in the cost of gas and the expected increase in food prices most people on low incomes and benefits are worried. Slashing Universal Credit will not help, to say the least.

Hearing about this from people I wondered if this will help everybody, “Support with essential costs. You can contact your local council to see if they can give you any extra help from a hardship fund, including food or essential things like clothes. Check your local council on GOV.UK.”

Just guessing, but apart from those in dire straits and, above all, families, it is hard to see that applying to our contributors.

I imagine this may well offer something, judging from the queue of homeless people outside the nearby 7th Day Adventist Church on a Sunday waiting for food distribution:

Food bank vouchers. If you can’t afford the food you can ask for a referral from Citizens Advice or an organisation that’s already supporting you – for example, a charity, school or children’s centre – for a food bank voucher.

The Government itself says that everybody will be helped by getting work, with some push up from various schemes, like the “life-time skills guarantee.”

One Minister who could do with skills training in how to communicate with ordinary people has had her say on the Universal Credit cut.

Tory Nadine Dorries claims Universal Credit cut won’t push ANYONE into poverty.


 Tory minister has been accused of not living in the real world after she claimed the Universal Credit cut will not drag a single person into poverty.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries boasted “nobody” will be driven below the poverty line when a £20-a-week Covid uplift in place since March 2020 is withdrawn from this week.

That is despite think tanks putting the worst-case estimate at around 500,000 to 800,000 people.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) has said the cut risks moving 500,000 people including 200,000 children below the poverty line.

While the Legatum Institute think tank, led by Tory UC architect Baroness Stroud, says the change will hit 840,000 Brits who are currently just above the poverty line – including 290,000 children.

But ministers have no official figure for how many people will be thrown into poverty because they’ve refused to do a formal impact assessment.

And questioned by left-wing journalist Owen Jones at the Tory conference, Ms Dorries said: “Nobody. Nobody is.

Because what we’re doing, what we’re doing is giving people a step out.

“By lifetime skills guarantee, by all the money being invested in the…” – she then walked away with an aide.


Some people think that Nadine Dorries is one of Boris Johnson’s famously unfunny jokes and probably only exists as a hologram borrowed from GB News…

But the scheme is a very real.

Bootcamps for Skills:

“An estimated 11 million adults now have the opportunity to gain a new qualification for free, designed to help them to gain in-demand skills and secure great jobs.

Almost 400 qualifications are available to take from today (1 April) – backed by £95 million in government funding in 2021/22 – as part of the government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee.

The qualifications on offer range from engineering to social care to conservation and are available to any adult who has not already achieved a qualification at Level 3 (equivalent to A-levels).

The roll out marks a major milestone in the delivery of the landmark Lifetime Skills Guarantee – announced by the Prime Minister in September 2020. The Guarantee aims to transform the skills system so everyone, no matter where they live or their background, can gain the skills they need to progress in work at any stage of their lives. It will also ensure employers have access to the skilled workforce they need, and more people are trained for the skills gaps that exist now, and in the future.

Adults who take up the free courses have the potential to boost career prospects, wages and help fill skills gaps, while supporting the economy and building back better.

For example, with a Diploma in Engineering Technology adults can progress to roles in Maintenance or Manufacturing Engineering. A Level 3 Diploma in Electrical Installation or a qualification in Adult Care can also provide a gateway to sectors offering rewarding careers and where there are multiple job opportunities.

So more unemployed people can take full advantage of these courses, the government will pilot an extension to the length of time they can receive Universal Credit while undertaking work-focused study.

They will now be able to train full time for up to 12 weeks, or up to 16 weeks on a full time skills bootcamp in England, while receiving Universal Credit to support their living costs This will allow access to more training options and provide a better chance of finding work, while continuing to receive the support they need.”

Let us know if you have experience of this “bootcamp”.

Written by Andrew Coates

October 9, 2021 at 9:35 am

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  1. Reports of people already struggling survive on Universal Credit:

    The heartbreaking stories of Yorkshire’s Universal Credit crisis as 6 people reveal their struggle to survive

    The single mums trying to feed their children and people who can’t afford heating



    October 9, 2021 at 9:39 am

  2. I would think it will be younger unemployed people who are referred to the skills guarantee scheme. Little point claimants in their 60s getting Engineering qualifications when you’re just waiting it out for your Pension. But I’m glad to hear that no one will be plunged into poverty by the cut of £80 per month in already underpaid State Benefits, that’s good news indeed…erm or would be if it were true.


    October 9, 2021 at 9:49 am

  3. When someone as nutty and unaccomplished as Nadine Dorries is appointed to be a Secretary of State you know that not just something but EVERYTHING is wrong with both the prime minister and British government he nominally leads. It would be funny if it wasn’t so worrying and tragic. If Dorries is one of the best that the Tories have in their ranks meriting an office of state God help, preserve and save us!


    October 9, 2021 at 11:08 am

  4. Once again we see the Magic Mirror of Conservative politics. Where in reality, everything is the exact reverse of what they are claiming. They have caused dreadful poverty, so now there is no poverty. Food supplies are going to pieces, but really everything is just fine.
    One of the great things about being a Tory, you can look at things through the Magic Mirror, and see a wise conservative looking back at you.
    So everything is absolutely wonderful….or is it ?

    Jeff Smith

    October 9, 2021 at 11:34 am

    • To say there’s no poverty it’s strange how much my feet are aching after working at the foodbank yesterday. The Right swear black’s white, look at Trump and his accusations of “fake news” against anything he didn’t like because the truth hurts. The danger is that foodbanks become normalized in society, instead of being seen as an unacceptable aberration and a symptom of a failed State.


      October 9, 2021 at 12:08 pm

  5. Nadine Dories is a blithering idiot. One of the daftest things I remember her saying is that John Bercow was ruining tourism for London and the Houses of Parliament particularly because he had decided, when Speaker of the House, as part of the modernisation he was pursuing, e.g., getting rid of wigs, decided to wear normal 21st century trousers rather than the traditional breeches and garters and discouraging people at home and from overseas from visiting the capital. Nadine talks and writes utter shite all the time, which she actually seems to be proud of.


    No wonder an incompetent liar like Boris promoted such a kindred spirit be a minister of state.


    October 9, 2021 at 5:02 pm

  6. Andrew Coates

    October 9, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    • There were no such things as foodbanks when I was a kid, there were free school meals for the poor and free school milk and international food Aid for places such as Bangladesh, but foodbanks? Never heard of them. Now the Tories are not even ashamed of the fact that their mismanagement of the country has lead to the existence and continued expansion of foodbank reliance here in 21st Britain. That alone is grounds for Boris Johnson’s resignation and a general election. And all the while the Conservative party is bankrolled by Billionaire Russian Oligarchs laundering dodgy money.


      October 9, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      • There were a few soup kitchens in London, a famous one near the Embankment, back in the 1970s. Homeless hostels as well. They really were for those destitute. People bedding down in the streets, openly living rough, was pretty rare until the Thatcher ‘reforms’ took hold in the 1980s.


        Andrew Coates

        October 9, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      • Trev

        Should have continued your research back to at least after WW2 as your quite mistaken as to the level of homelessness that existed. Not dissimilar to today we had a housing crisis be its catalyst under different circumstances. It was a trying time for many a reason but ultimately it lead to millions of families and single non dependents going without a safe and secure place they could call home.
        it took near a quarter of a century to reverse the trend which is why by the 70s homelessness looked so different. As Andrew says though the trend did decline.
        Homelessness and poverty is a massive subject far beyond the capture of looking at just two points in time.

        Just as you know homelessness isn’t just rough sleeping, poverty is no less diverse. You hear me bang on about single non dependent people who have left school but not reached retirement age a lot and the reason for this is that they are the least helped demographic regarding poverty, homelessness and other areas.
        This group is THE MARKER by which true final successes can be measured, what with families with dependents, children and pensioners always taking center stage in the fight to cure poverty and homelessness and not without good reason/s.

        Its untrue to say a government by any decade does not fight to solve this but its not as simple as we might think and why it persists decade after decade. We argue inequity, inequality and while this is the case more than ever any redistribution still wont end poverty. We can and will address homelessness but judging by history and today’s ever growing population its not going to happen in all likelihood in only a decade.


        October 11, 2021 at 8:24 am

      • Doug, I never mentioned homelessness, I was talking about foodbanks, the users of which are predominantly not homeless. Soup kitchens are a different matter.


        October 11, 2021 at 10:14 am

  7. superted

    October 9, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    • skip the first hr but this seems rather underhand buy the dwp to get personnel data from the providers as they cant do it in the jcp and are going to use the providers contracts to get this data via them and call it a data lab.

      yet these retards are debating how to get round this fact yet if i say no there fucked i do not consent i am not signing anything simple as that.


      October 9, 2021 at 9:42 pm

  8. Nadine Dorris what are the meaning of food banks !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 9, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    • Fraud !!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 9, 2021 at 7:04 pm

  9. All that glitters is not gold

    Now i dont have the time to delve into everything listed regarding these course but i have none th eless gleaned some facts of interest and or concern.

    For starters what and what your be able to apply for is TIED to the bootskill camps available in your area.
    So as far as the individual goes you most certainly DON’T have 400 qualifications to plunder.

    Next every course has whats termed entry requirements and often as is the case with a level 3, the individual is required to already hold its level 2 counterpart and with good reason naturally. Also often required is a certain level of English and Math understanding/use. This is so as the course only has the time to focus on the topic and not have to fall behind to have to hold time teaching aspects of english/math i order to understand whats being imparted during the course.
    You also need unless these bootskill camps supply it, access to on the job experience as QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRE SITUATIONAL ASSESSMENT to count towards the qualification.

    If you manage to pass these posts then you now have to find the money for books related to the study topic, PPE (part or full) and in certain qualifications perhaps tools. Now if situations havent changed you can still get financial help towards this although it never covers the total cost, especially when additional material is required to help assist a better understanding.

    Lastly certain qualifications dont allow you to practice straight out of the gate. In the case of say electricity, a person requires another qualification in the regulations, another in inspection and testing, be approved and covered under a regulated scheme such as NICEIC and a CSCS card relative for the task being performed onsite.

    So in the case of anyone wishing to say become an electrician, your at best entry level if all you have is this single level 3 meaning you high wage wont be that high if at all for time to come.

    Maybe these bootskills camps have a plan but your need to hold a full and frank discussion with them if your to fully understand what your actually getting and where it leaves you when everything is all said and done.

    Hope this helps in some small way to guide you on your path in the search of improving your life.


    October 10, 2021 at 9:34 am

  10. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    October 10, 2021 at 11:11 am

  11. My name is Nadine I talk very fast to cram it in like a sardine
    My name is Nadine I live in a dream to the extreme
    My name is Nadine crop of the cream & full of self esteem
    My name is Nadine all the celebrity scene I’ve met I mean
    My name is Nadine you don’t wanna see me letting off steam.

    Boris got a Dorris !!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 10, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    • Nadine “Sardine” Dorris.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 10, 2021 at 3:37 pm

      • Sounds a bit fishy


        October 10, 2021 at 4:09 pm

  12. When are the Tory Party coming back off their holidays. The Tories have 40 weeks holiday in a year. No wonder it’s all going wrong.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 10, 2021 at 4:58 pm

  13. The Tory Party are criminals under Criminal Law – Don’t mention the DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 10, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    • Hiding behind politics !!!

      Are food banks political or a Human Rights Issue. The cause maybe politics but food banks are not political there are a Human Rights Issue with a Tory Parrot.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 10, 2021 at 5:02 pm

  14. Farting is political – What a load of political farts.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 10, 2021 at 5:02 pm

  15. Why should we not have the central heating on 24 hours a day just because of political. Because you can’t afford the heating bill but refuse to tighten your belts. But why should we tighten our belts. Because you can’t afford it. It’s like talking to Tory Parrots who can’t take responsibility over their own lives. So many people playing the poverty card yet they still have the heating on 24 hours a day.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 10, 2021 at 5:06 pm

  16. trev

    October 10, 2021 at 6:13 pm

  17. Beanz doesn’t mean Heinz…

    “people must get used to higher food prices”



    October 10, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    • No benefit, or Pension Credit, is going to go up.

      JSA payments, which is what UC has returned to, is already at bare subsistence level.

      Andrew Coates

      October 10, 2021 at 8:52 pm

  18. ‘I’ll be forced to rely on foodbanks to eat after £20 Universal Credit cut’



    October 10, 2021 at 8:47 pm

  19. trev

    October 10, 2021 at 8:54 pm

  20. As Universal Credit is cut, independent foodbanks warn they are ‘running out of options’



    October 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

  21. Food banks warn of smaller parcels due to HGV supply shortages

    Patrick Butler

    the Guardian

    “Exclusive: declining stocks and expected higher demand for charity could see struggling families given less in their food parcels”



    October 10, 2021 at 9:05 pm

  22. Food banks struggle for donations as demand rises



    October 10, 2021 at 9:08 pm

  23. Universal credit uplift: Food banks face worst-ever crisis as £20 increase ends and supply issues continue

    One food-bank user said the end of the uplift would force her to avoid her children at meal times ‘so they don’t know that I’ve not had anything’



    October 10, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    • Tell me trev

      Now its claimed by supermarkets that food is landing on the shelves less and less, is this also affecting foodbanks ?


      October 11, 2021 at 8:35 am

      • Some foodbanks are reporting a fall in donations, I can’t say I’ve noticed that being the case at my local foodbank. We have regular donations from various church groups in the area, some make cash donations besides food. We also have funds available through various sources, Grants,donations, fund-raisers, etc. So we can buy in bulk from wholesalers and manufacturers. We also have collection bins in various supermarkets to accept public donations, which so far appear to still be generous. We also get donations of fresh bread from a local bakery, plus items near sell-by from other places such as M&S, Co-op, etc. So I haven’t noticed any particular shortages yet. Some of the smaller foodbanks in other areas might be struggling, as might we if the situation worsens, but so far it is being well managed.


        October 11, 2021 at 10:25 am

      • P.S.

        We are short of volunteers for the warehouse, plus drivers and drivers’ mates.


        October 11, 2021 at 10:31 am

      • Thanks trev this is helpful as i must say in my area i have not noticed a shortage in our local supermarkets so wondered how foodbanks are fairing at the moment as ours to is still running at good food levels.


        October 14, 2021 at 6:58 am

      • In my area there’s been shortages of specific items in some shops but different items in others. Aldi samosas and onion bahjis, have been in short supply but doesn’t matter as I live in a predominantly Asian neighbourhood, and Aldi soya milk has disappeared but I can still get it in TESCO. Home bargains toilet paper is in short supply. It varies. I noticed there were no standard English cheeses in Tesco the other week, Wensleydale, Lancashire Double Gloucester, etc. ( “and that’s a disgrace”) which was unusual.


        October 14, 2021 at 10:29 am

  24. We only have brown toilet paper left at the food bank. Arrrrrhhhhhh brown toilet paper take it or leave it that’s all we got left. But brown toilet paper eeeeerrrrrrrrrrggggghhhhh The snob in you come out.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 10, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    • Have you got double quilted brown toilet paper then !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 10, 2021 at 9:14 pm

      • Sorry Sir, we’ve run out of toilet paper but we do have writing paper, wall paper and sand paper.

        (Customer service skills 😉)


        October 10, 2021 at 9:17 pm

      • Old DWP Letters & if the worse comes to the worst the crinkly tissue paper.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 10, 2021 at 9:23 pm

  25. trev

    October 10, 2021 at 9:22 pm

  26. As Johnson Draws a Happy Face, Britons Confront a Run of Bad News

    “There’s a cognitive dissonance between Mr. Johnson’s upbeat appraisal of British life and the ills facing its citizens, including gas and food shortages and fears of rising energy prices”


    October 10, 2021 at 11:06 pm

  27. “Boris Johnson jetted to the Costa del Sol as millions face soaring UK energy bills, a cruel benefit cut, empty supermarket shelves and higher petrol prices”



    October 10, 2021 at 11:13 pm

  28. Boris works 4 weeks a year at being PM. No wonder nothing works. Is Boris an advert for the DWP & Universal Credit. Works Pays Doing Jack Shit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 11, 2021 at 1:20 pm

    • Oh a fitness jogging holiday !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 11, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      • Boris has flown off to stay in a luxurious mansion in Marbella for a holiday, but to be fair he hasn’t had a holiday for seven weeks…


        October 11, 2021 at 1:43 pm

      • Boris have you found Michael Gove’s Combat Summer Shorts yet !!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        October 11, 2021 at 2:24 pm

  29. Boris Johnson is more of a comedy Prime Minister, than the real thing. A sort of Monty Python Prime Minister really. But all these brutal cuts to benefits have just one purpose. To force people off benefits, and into the world of low-paid work instead.

    Jeff Smith

    October 11, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    • Don’t be fooled by blustering Boris the affable buffoon with his messy hair and jolly japes. It’s all an act, a public image. The real Boris is a very nasty and dangerous piece of work indeed.


      October 11, 2021 at 4:08 pm

  30. What the hell is he doing in Spain anyway ? Surely he should be here in Britain dealing with the fuel crisis, the food and transport crisis . And now the gas crisis as well ? Isn’t that what he’s paid for ?

    George M

    October 11, 2021 at 4:26 pm

  31. Comrade Boris carrying out Klaus & Bills nwo great reset project he’s a fckng traitor to the British people.


    October 11, 2021 at 5:43 pm

  32. Iain Duncan Smith mocked for saying people kept going to the office in World War II

    “The comments are the latest remarks from a Tory MP encouraging workers to get back to the office, after Boris Johnson, the prime minister, said earlier this week that colleagues would “gossip” about them if they didn’t.”

    “In this instance, though, IDS has been mercilessly ridiculed online – primarily because, er, people didn’t have computers in the 1940s, the internet wasn’t invented and the Blitz wasn’t a highly contagious virus”



    October 11, 2021 at 6:38 pm

  33. It was Christmas in the foodbank,
    And the whitewashed walls were bare,
    Crowds of hungry people waited outside,
    Because the Tories didn’t care.

    The snow came down,
    And the wind blew cold,
    Along the crowded street,
    All these poor people waiting,
    To get some food to eat.

    For this is the true reality,
    Of low pay and workfare schemes,
    People without enough money for food,
    Is what it really means.

    And smugly they sit in Parliament,
    The well-paid Tory MP’s,
    Who will never stand hungry,
    In a foodbank line,
    And can eat whatever they please.

    Protected by their money,
    And their selfish Tory creed,
    No sympathy or care,
    For anyone in need.

    And the foodbank lines grow longer,
    It seems they’re everwhere,
    Thousands of people suffering,
    Because the Tories didn’t care.

    Random Poet

    October 11, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    • Well it’s right to the point RP, but I can’t help being reminded of one from childhood;

      “It was Christmas day night in the Workhouse,

      The snow was raining fast,

      When a bare-footed young girl with clogs on,

      Came slowly whizzing past.”


      October 11, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    • @Random Poet – Good one Random, I’m not sure Trev quite realised that you were being ironic with the opening line, Workhouse / Foodbank. Excellent bit of symbolism there.

      Jeff Smith

      October 11, 2021 at 8:46 pm

      • I realized afterwards that RP’s poem was a nod to Sim but I mostly remember the childhood parodies. I shall be working in the foodbank on Christmas Eve again this year. It’s astonishing that foodbanks exist in this day and age, they are the Alms houses of our times and Universal Credit is the modern version of the Workhouse.


        October 11, 2021 at 9:13 pm

  34. The DWP will save the day for Boris Johnson – Not Fit For Purpose – without an election bye Boris perhaps you can write your book now.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 11, 2021 at 8:10 pm

  35. If we had an election right now, how many people would still vote Conservative ?
    Even from the working-class ?

    George M

    October 11, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    • I’ve never voted Conservative in my life and I never will.


      October 11, 2021 at 8:58 pm

  36. UK job vacancies reach 20-year high

    BBC News

    The number of job vacancies in the UK has hit a record high, according to the latest official figures.

    Vacancies hit 1.1 million between July and September, the Office for National Statistics said, the highest level since records began in 2001.


    The Tory attitude is that ANY unemployed person can do ANY of those vacancies, regardless of skills, experience, qualifications, age, health, location.


    October 12, 2021 at 10:05 am

    • Most of these are in the low pay, zero-hours end of the employment market. And after 18 months off work, many people have had second thoughts about returning to this sort of work. Or of taking it up in the first place.

      Jeff Smith

      October 12, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      • Of course, they will either be skilled jobs requiring qualifications and experience or shite zero hours jobs that nobody wants.


        October 12, 2021 at 12:33 pm

  37. @trev- Yes, I’m not sure the DWP has really taken on board the fact that people don’t really want to do stressful zero-hour jobs. And in effect have to be forced to do them, via Universal Credit.

    Jeff Smith

    October 12, 2021 at 2:18 pm

  38. @Jeff Smith: Yeah, that’s right Jeff. Most of the stuff on offer at the Jobcentre in my town is zero-hours. Plus it’s often a good way off, so travel costs . Long hours, lot of nightwork and shifts. It’s nothing much no matter what the DWP say.

    George M

    October 14, 2021 at 12:47 pm

  39. Covid cases yesterday:

    France: 1,120
    Spain: 1,277
    Italy: 1,561
    Germany: 4,872

    UK: 40,224


    October 14, 2021 at 1:41 pm

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