Benefit claimants to be forced to borrow from the government to pay tax

The suggestion that people dependent on Hardship Payment, which can be as little as £42 a week, are frittering away money on nights out and holidays, reveals a Government so out of touch you’d imagine they’d never set foot in a supermarket.

That these comments should come, not from a gilded toff like George Osborne, or a lying bastard like Chris Grayling, but instead from Iain Duncan Smith – who actually appears to believe this bullshit – is perhaps the most staggering fact of all.

Iain Duncan Smith is planning to scrap Hardship Payments and replace them with loans, claiming in The Sun this week that he believes the money is being wasted on “life’s extras such as nights out, holidays or subscription TV.”

Not content with this delusion, plans were also announced this week to escalate the sickness and disability benefit sanctions regime, meaning disabled claimants who are sanctioned could be left with less than £30 a week.

Perhaps IDS is so clueless that he simply doesn’t understand that  many people, particularly those with health conditions, can easily spend £20 a week on fuel, and still spend half the winter feeling cold in their own homes.   Perhaps he just doesn’t know that water charges can be £7 a week for a claimant living alone?  It is possible that he hasn’t even noticed that due to housing benefit cuts many claimants are paying a significant sum each week towards their rent.

The meagre amount of money left to sanctioned claimants is barely even enough to pay for rent, water and fuel – let alone food, debts, toiletries or transport fares.

Benefit bashers, who no longer appear to care should disabled people or families with children go hungry, will claim that people only have themselves to blame.  That if unemployed or disabled people hadn’t broken their Work Related Activity agreements then they wouldn’t have had benefits sanctioned.  But sanctions are an increasingly arbitrary and over-used measure, with over half a million claims sanctioned last year.  10,000 sanctions were handed out to those on sickness or disability benefits in the same year, almost half of them aimed at those with mental health conditions.

Some benefit claimants have difficulties with literacy, others may not speak English as a first language. Many more have health conditions.  All live in poverty.  With informal pressure placed on Jobcentre staff, it is clearly the most vulnerable – those who can’t, or won’t fight back – who are likely to have benefits sanctioned.

Claimants can be sanctioned because they couldn’t afford the bus fare to the Jobcentre for a meeting, were too ill to attend, or simply didn’t understand the requirements placed on them by over zealous Jobcentre staff.  An increasing number of people report being sanctioned because the Jobcentre made a mistake.  And even in cases where a claimant has knowingly not met jobseeking conditions, is hunger and debt really an acceptable punishment for someone who missed a meeting with the Jobcentre?

When Universal Credit is finally introduced sanctions are to be vastly extended.  Single parents, disabled people and part time workers will all face increasingly punitive measures should they fall foul of the endlessly complex rules.  The draft regulations for Universal Credit suggest that even Housing Benefits may be stopped should a claimant be sanctioned, and that in some cases a sanction can apply for up to three years.  Some claimants could be left facing debts running to thousands of pounds should their claim be sanctioned.

Iain Duncan Smith seems to think this will force people to find work, with these debts being cancelled should someone stay in full time employment for six months.  Yet with soaring unemployment, despite what the manipulated figures might say, there are simply no jobs available.  For those with children, health conditions or disabilities, the situation is even more acute.  Even the billions currently being handed to welfare to work parasites, the so called experts in finding people work, are being squandered as long term unemployment continues to rise.

Just as importantly, for those forced to live on hardship payments, is where the money is supposed to come from to go out and get that job.  IDS, having never known poverty himself, simply cannot understand that when you’ve only got £20 left for the week then every pound counts.  Things like new clothes, bus fares to interviews, newspapers, stamps, internet access, even basic hygiene, can go out of the window.  There is almost no better way to ensure that someone won’t find a job then forcing them into extreme poverty, meaning they spend time walking to food banks rather than trying to find work.

Perhaps most shocking of all is that when changes to Council Tax benefits are introduced, many claimants will find a significant portion of their income is now demanded as Council Tax.  Claimants already pay VAT on essentials such as fuel, sanitary products, clothes and children’s safety equipment.  With Hardship Payments to be converted to loans, claimants will now be forced to borrow to pay these taxes.  That’s right.  People with absolutely nothing, forced to borrow from the government, to pay tax.  And that, is just fucking medieval.

84 responses to “Benefit claimants to be forced to borrow from the government to pay tax

  1. People are not even entitled to NIGHTS OUT? What can a night out consist of….maybe a walk in the park in the summer? No-one is entitled to holiday….maybe a day trip to Southend??!!! I remember when I was looking for jobs, and the Job Centre would refuse to pay the fare to go to job interviews, wouldn’t even give you a LOAN to buy decent clothes, or to have the ones you had dry-cleaned…..what are employers going to think if people turn up for interviews looking a mess??!!!!

    I am SO ANGRY…….

  2. I.D.S. must realize he can’t keep doing shit like this and not have it all blow up in his face, people will only take so much.

  3. Just worked it out. Gas+Electricity+Water comes to £19 per week. I don’t have a mobile phone. Landline+internet adds another £6 per week. So that is £24 per week straight off.
    For those who will grumble that I don’t need internet I will point out that the government itself will insist from 2013 that all benefit claims be done online. Due to my disability all my shopping has to be done online too or I would have to pay a carer to do it for me.
    I’m “lucky” in that I have developed epilepsy so I am now medically exempt from paying for my prescriptions. But before that I had to get a yearly prepayment certificate (no, being on DLA and ESA does NOT get you free prescriptions), which adds another £2 per week.

    So that is £26 per week gone on essentials before I’ve even bought any food or sundries (essentials such as loo roll, toothpaste, soap…).

    While this policy may not apply to me personally as I happen to be in the support group, the above costs will apply equally to many many people in the WRAG. They could easily miss an appointment due to ill health and while this is supposed to be acceptable, in practise it is often up to the discretion of the job centre assessor as to whether sanctions will be applied. Leaving such people with just £4 per week or less to survive on is completely unacceptable.

  4. I think this tsunami of sh t is going to drown me :(

  5. dont forget fuel prices will rise, bus fares, train fares.

  6. Here is a question: How many of those who are now complaining about being hit with “bedroom taxes”, have their “disability benefits being stripped” filled in the fucking cenSuS form, because if you were so fucking yellow-bellied you couldn’t even make a stand against those fucking Brownshit collector cunts you have NO fucking sympathy. Or did you think they would leave YOU alone? Same goes for those complaining about anti-this and that propaganda on the fucking BBC but you still meekly pay your fucking Telly Tax cos you haven’t even got it in you to let fucking Crapita/BBC take a flying fuck, you deserve everything, EVERYTHING that is coming too you because you are yellow-bellied SCUM that would drag everyone else into the gutter just so that you were left alone. Well, you were sadly mistaken buddy, so F*uck You, Buddie!

    • lol, not paying for your telly licence,the height of revolutionary activity

    • Oh was that why the census form, glad i didnt bother then, neither bother with the electorol. BBC can chase me for there money..
      IDS deserves to have a taste of what we live through.

      • thelovelydebbie mcgee

        census form? fuckers got me on the school run, threatened me with having no choice or fine. so it was either fill it in or move. cunts.

    • *blinks*
      So that’s where we went wrong.

      The great and continuing work in the streets and on the internet by DPAC, Black Triangle, Atos Stories among others; the awareness raised by the Spartacus Report, the tireless blogging by disabled people all over the internet keeping people informed, the lobbying on the BMA which finally saw the denunciation of the WCA; all of this achieving a slow but perceptible shift in public opinion, the recent supportive programs against ATOS from Dispatches and Panorama, the increase in pressure on MPs and peers as seen by recent challenges in parliament.

      We’re still miles from where we need to be and facing terrible times, but we’re far more forward from where we were even just a year ago. If nothing else people other than just disabled people now recognise there is a problem! That is the first step to correcting it.

      Instead of all this we should just have torn up our TV licenses…. Right.

    • Silverspoon Cameron

      Who the fuck are you to slag people off you? I’d like to see you go down to the jobcentre and say all of that to peoples faces! You should get the order of the brown nose for kissing the arse of politicians. I don’t suppose you’re brave enough to post your address, are you?

  7. Joey & Jacqui Budgie

    ffs “Hardship payment” (if it even still exists) is £42.60 (£71 JSA – 40%) – you couldn’t feed a budgie on that! What fucking planet does this Iain Duncan Schmidt cunt live on?

  8. “not paying for your telly licence” well we all got to start some place
    thats as good a place as any

  9. Waiting for the day these countries with offshore accounts for the rich, just take there money… Live like we do, see how Long you survive cunts.
    IDS is an arrogant cunt to think that. Absolute wanker

  10. Not having a telly would take the matter even further….

  11. “Perhaps he just doesn’t know that water charges can be £7 a week for a claimant living alone?”

    Blimey, I wish. Mine are over double that. I live alone and don’t have OCD or run a launderette from my flat or anything, but I get charged almost £900 a year for water through a (compulsory) meter.

  12. People have very short memories about IDS. “Life’s extras” eh, Iain? He’s enjoyed many extras, the hypocrite > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsygate

  13. Of course IDS has no idea what things cost. He likely has an assistant who probably arranges for his gas, water, food, electricity, council tax, home insurance, travel expenses and so on to be paid from expenses so he can bank his wages (probably in one of those tax schemes to avoid income tax) and grow ever richer while he spends his time hounding the poor and disabled to death and destitution.

  14. “Well, now, serf……you want to EAT???? Surely thou jest?? I do not give one of these luscious figs, that thou canst walk, that thou canst see…thou wilt walk the hounds, amuse me at dinner with thine jolly jackanapes…..then thou mayest eat…..with the hounds”…..

  15. Stick It Up Yer Fundus !

    I had an interview today with a charity to do support work.. I did a lot of prep work over the week and felt positive about it.. As part of the interview process we had to go to an info meeting this morning.. This meant eight of us all had to sit round a table and be all friendly faced and shiny shiny and listen to a presentation from two of the managers.. There was a great big fukkin elephant in the room and that elephant was that there was only 1.5 jobs going 8/1.5 doesn’t really go and to expect us all to be sitting with each other was very insensitive to say the least.. I understand that employers have to get who they think is the best candidate for the job but, to do a big brother/ apprentice scenario is totally out of order… I told them so and left after about 15 mins.. A charity that is supposed to be providing care and be progressive in it’s outlook treating people in this way is unacceptable.And the sad part is that everyone is so caught up in their own little worlds that they don’t see it.. It’s going to get a lot worse …

  16. “The Houses of Parliament” in London, England.

    Let’s have a little quiz:
    1. Who meets there?
    2. What do they do there?
    3. Do they help you in any way?

    If your answers were:

    1. “Members of the government”
    2. “They represent all the people living in the country” and
    3. “Yes, they create laws to protect me and my family”

    Then let me congratulate you on getting every one of the answers wrong.

    Didn’t do too well on that quiz? OK, let’s have another go:
    4. When was slavery abolished?
    5. Was slavery legal?
    6. Are you in debt to a financial institution?

    Here are the answers:

    (please don’t link to silly websites giving out made up legal advice, ta JV)

    • Can'tBeliveItsNotBS

      “Attending a court is OPTIONAL !!” Oh, come off it! This is just complete and utter bullshit. Try it and wait and see how long it is before the cops come round, kick your door in, handcuff you, throw you in the van, and drag you off to court! This is the sort of misleading and false statements that get folks into SERIOUS trouble!

      • ICan'tBelieveIt'sNotBS

        A Driving Licence is OPTIONAL! – not it you want to drive a motorised vehicle on the public roads, it isn’t! Seriously, Bertie, you should stop peddling this bullshit, how many folks have you got into SERIOUS trouble.

        From reading around some of the tripe (not saying you personally, Bertie) “rebellion” folk come out with is facsist in the extreme; like letting the poor and disabled go to the dogs as we transition into your Brave New World, very, very anti-welfare state.

        You are akin to the right-wingers across the pond, a la the Tea Party, Alex “bullshit” Jones et al. You harp on about “paying taxes is OPTIONAL”, but what you are really talking about is INCOME tax, you have no problem with regressive taxes such as VAT which lump the tax burden disproportionately onto the poor. And don’t say: “well, the rich spend more, so the pay more tax”. BS the poor are forced to spend every penny they earn so they would be taxed on all their income under a 100% sales tax.

        Tea partiers also harp on about, “small government”, “getting the government off our backs”, but what you mean is government small enough to not include welfare and healthcare but big enough to include law enforcement to protect your property rights.

        This is the JV blog for crying out loud , folks aren’t stupid on here. Go sell silly elsewhere!

    • Can'tBelieveItsNotBS

      Every Mortgage and Loan is FULLY REPAID from day one – you can pay it again if you want to, but you don’t have to !! – Seriously, this just gets worse. Try it and the bank will get a repossession order, then send the cops and baliffs round to kick your door in, drag you out and throw you and your possessions onto the street.

      • well I suggest you study it ! and you will find its true ! and people are now using it ! do you know what a legal fiction is? do you know the difference between lawful and legal ? no you dont do you !
        ignorance of how slavery works, keeps you thinking you are free !

        • difference between lawful and legal? well, a lawyer, “legal” agent, court or whatever could send you a demand for money printed on headed notepaper, that would make it a “legal” document. wouldn’t it? it wouldn’t necessaries follow that the demand for money was lawful, would it? kind of like when the dwp stop folks money, it’s not even “legal” or “lawful”, the DWP just don’t give a shit!

  17. Beat the Banks, Credit Cards and the
    Debt Collectors totally Lawfully and
    Get out of Debt for Free…

  18. sad to say there is always a kernel of truth,a few cases that are then mushroomed to paint all claimants as feckless and fecund, i work in a busy casualty dept, fri sat nights we recieve many patients who are unemployed out on a night out getting so pissed that they become a danger to themselves and others, talk to any ambulance man or woman they will tell you the same story. i

    • Read and learn you judgemental cunt….you shouldn’t even be allowed to give medical care to the poor, you horror. Read and learn : in as dismal a society as exists in this grim ConDemNation cheap booze & drugs are self medication and actively, if surreptitiously, encouraged by the elite classes to help keep narcotized and dumbed down the very people who would rip them to shreds if they weren’t so downtrodden. Read literature and learn from history you fuckin’ stupid bastard. Working class nazis like you are a big part of what’s wrong and you give people like IDS the brutal power to kill by government decree. You terminally thick slave. You abolutely disgust me.

      • It’s like the old Soviet Union, cheap vodka was always (still is hic :-) on tap. :-)

        • This is the self-same reason that that cunt Thatcher opened the pubs 24 hours a day – to keep the proles knocked out of their senses and incapacitated whilst she put the boot in.

          • Is Thatcher Dead Yet?

            Sometimes this is the only thing that keeps me going, gives me the will to live – the sheer determination to outlive the old Thatcher cunt.

      • dear moron, my comments are verifiable nhs facts, there is a wealth of information to support my statement as fact,you are a typical ultra leftist who descends to “godwins law” ie to depict any criticism no matter how valid as nazi like,leo strauss “ad hitlerum argument, of course britain is becoming increasingly a dismal society,that is as obvious it is a super arrogation worthy of an ulta left twit, but if the poor, working class were “self medicating “on alcohol then casualty departments would be full with millions on a fr sat night,you demean the working class with your crude stereotypes no doubt imbued at the breakfast table whilst at university supported by the largesse of middle class parents, when in fact you are an intellectual pygmy, and the use of your term “nazi”diminishes indeed dimidiates its true meaning and is therefore a slight to the millions of victims under the nazi regime, you decerebrated ultra leftist nincompoop you in fact disgust me as you are a canker on the working class.

    • Anything to make you forget the problems of today, if i could i would drink all the time to forget the crap of my life..So you ask them are they working, or not. so people who get drunk arent deserving of help, what about sports people they cause their own injuries, but they are ok..Afraid marc you have fallen for the old they are unemployed they must be lazy, drunks sitting watching jeremy kyle on 50 inch tv’s.

      • people need to take responsibility for their actions, not use the state to solve all problems, alas many problems are self induced its not all about a crude economic reductionism, some people are fuck ups and would be under even the golden dawn of socialism.

  19. Get along to this and let them hear us,as In Da Shit actively dismantles the benefits system after refusing to move in the reshuffle. Cameron doesn’t want him to stay, but he refuses to go. Who’s the daddy in this In ConDemNation? Herr Shit : übercunt.
    http://afuturethatworks.org/

  20. Read this carefully. This a bitter twisted man living on taxpayers money as a ConDem minister who married a rich bitch to fund his vendetta on the poor.
    This is the worst kind of psychopathically demented animal who is acting out his evil fantasies on the most vulnerable on society. He needs the shite kicked out of him……it’s the only remedy left for this insane Nazi. He went to one of the worst housing estates in Europe and decided to make their lives there even more of a living hell than they ould ever imagine.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iain_Duncan_Smith

  21. Dear government ( all parties ) , Merchant banks and Atos Et al.

    All the souls of those you are slaughtering will return to haunt you and they will never forgive or forget for all eternity.
    The worse you treat people the stronger their spirit becomes , they are living their hell , yours is yet to come.

    Fade away, junior Byles

    P.S, People can see through your divide and conquer tactics of pitting race against race and religion against religion etc and your quantative ” print money from nothing but blank paper ” easing scams and the games up with your fake terrorist laws you use to protect your selves with.

  22. A revolution is required. By any means necessary.

  23. Well how the hell is this we’re all in this together, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer!!!!!!

  24. I can’t see what the problem is, if you get sanctioned use it as a weapon against them, go on hunger strike. After a couple of weeks get admitted to hospital. Result – free food, electricity, heating and accommodation – cost to the government over £225 a day. Make it clear, you’re not refusing to eat, you’ve simply been starved by the government. What can they do? They can’t been seen to let you starve, yet if they continue with sanctions it will end up costing them a fortune. Also you become an NHS problem rather than the DWP problem which with luck will create infighting within the cabinet.

    • I like your Thinking, wonder how long it will be til it Starts happening on a mass scale, i guess the bastards in Government have smug faces at the moment with all the Food banks popping up thinking they’ll Take The strain, wont last, they are over subscribed

    • The thing is : I think they just don’t give a shit. And the way the nhs has basically been sold off, they’ll come out with crud like ‘intentional self harm’ or ‘malicious starvation’ or ‘deliberate refusal to eat’ and go on about all the wunnerful charity outlets, soup kitchens ,and rich pickings on the dumpster diving circuit,then charge you for care in hospital and recoup it from future benefit payments which will be rock bottom coz you’ll be sanctioned for making yourself intentionally ill. This is the Orwellian nightmare ConDemNation of 2012. They’d really prefer it if they could just open up prison work camps (on their way,by the way) and work the undeserving poor to death. That is the way these cunts think. You know it’s so.
      We are merely grist to the mill of their cruel greed.
      ” Please,sir? Can I have some more?” Yeah, right. Like we’re gonna tolerate that. Fuck ‘em. Fuck ‘em hard. The evil cunts.

  25. Maybe a little bit of good news… not sure yet but we can but hope http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/iain-duncan-smith-battles-to-save-1306832#.UEhRtn3QTEo.twitter George Osborne reportedly wants to block the Work and Pension’s Secretary’s £2billion flagship reform amid growing concerns about its escalating cost.

    Its introduction, set to revolutionise the way millions get their benefits, has already been delayed by IT problems.

    Now the Treasury fears it could cost billions of pounds more before it is ready to be rolled out in mid-2014.

    Mr Duncan Smith is said to have refused to be moved in the reshuffle to make sure the scheme is not ditched.

  26. Christ, it makes you yearn for the days of indentured servitude.

  27. Successive governments have in effect blamed the poor,unemployed and sick and made them pay for economic problems created by the ( increasingly) rich. Two phrases these politicians never use but should be at the TOP of their priorities: Human dignity and Compassion. Posh schools don’t teach those subjects, apparently.

  28. something survived...

    MAKE DO AND MEND!
    Do you have piles and piles of Jobcentre leaflets, sanction letters, and other DWP stuff clogging up your house? Why not ‘KBO’ Just like Churchill said? If toilet paper is far too expensive…
    When you have run out of jobcentre forms, KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON.
    If you are still in need of toilet paper, why not use IDS’ face.

    (Whistle while you work, Ian is a jerk,
    Workfare’s barmy , May is smarmy,
    Whistle while you work.)

  29. So Osborne wants to stop the UC – thats the first bit of good news, but that bitter and twisted neo Nazi IDS wont back down – he’s like a vicious pit bull terrier – he’s got his chops locked onto welfare “reform” and wont let go until his warped and fascist ideas become reality. He needs to be assasinated, as this is the only way to get rid of him. I cant believe someone hasnt already done it. If he carries on like this, its only a matter of time. Vicious dictators always meet their demise sooner rather than later. IDS is not a sane man, and will soon be guilty of starting the new holocaust.

    • In all serious Iain Duncan Smith is INSANE; for his and all our sakes he needs to be quietly ushered out of office and given the care and help that he so desperately needs.

      • The help and care he so desperately deserves is to be sent to the firing squad, and a lot of people will rub their hands together and say “Good riddance to bad rubbish”
        No normal, sane person would spend so much time and effort devising the most inhumane and poisonous welfare system since Nazi Germany.
        He wont be happy till we have people’s corpses rotting on the street and outright anarchy in the country. He HAS to go – but Cameron is too shit scared of him to do what he should do and give IDS the boot into the wilderness. Dont forget, Cameron shares IDS’s views on Workfare and forcing the poor into slavery and servitude.

  30. Let's nuke the Tories.

    “If you are in need of toilet paper, why not use IDS’ face.

    Better yet use the Sun newspaper like I do. It is after all a sh*t rag, so why not put it to good use?

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  32. Pushing people into a place where they have nothing to lose is not a good idea at all. It will only take one person with a mental health problem to lash out and some poor bastard will end up in hospital or a coffin and it will all be because of twats like IDS. Its only a matter of time.

  33. You cannot strip human beings of all their dignity and deny them even their basic human rights and not expect repercussions. IDS’s policies are the policies of a madman!

  34. Iain Duncan Smith claims to be a good catholic. Though clearly he hasn’t picked up a copy of the Bible in his entire life because it has a great deal to say about persecuting the poor and the disadvantaged. If he still hopes to get into heaven he’ll have a long way to go and he should probably start off with something relatively easy involving a camel and a needle. He’d better start soon though because I’m sure he won’t want to spend all eternity with Tony Blair for a roommate.

  35. Its looking increasingly as if the best option to deal with this, for those without dependents or major health issues, is to obtain three simple things:

    1. A passport
    2. A tent
    3. A one way ticket to Tenerife in the Ryanair sale (warm all year and casual work for cash in hand easy to come by)

    It would be interesting to see how the government would respond to people leaving the country en masse. Just hurry up before they shut the borders and shoot people trying to escape from Dover in rowing boats.

  36. The only place IDS will end up doing is Hell. Thats after he has made the lives of thousands of people sheer hell. What goes around comes around. I wish it would come around more quickly though. I just cant believe he is being allowed to get away with what he is doing – has all sense of humility and compassion dried up from our society, with all these trolls persecuting the poor, and loving what IDS is doing. We are headed for a very bad place is this evil man is not stopped.

  37. The Sad Truth about Iain Duncan Smith

    Revelation chapter 13 King James Version
    1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
    2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were asthe feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
    3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
    4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
    5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue fortyand two months.
    6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
    7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
    8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
    9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
    10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
    11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
    12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
    13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
    14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
    15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
    16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
    18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

    Let us pray (and he can have my brain).

  38. We are now living in a dictatorship. It is govern by force. How people can live like this and accept this bullshit I dont know. My entitlement have been stopped. I did not go to my assessment. Why should I? Atos didnt prove they were fit and able to assess me. I have a lifelong/terminal condition.Two major heart problems, a eyesight problem,a spine problem and my skeleton is damaged. I suffer from a connective tissue disorder called marfan syndrome. Its genetic no cure. I am in daily physical pain and I also suffer from severe migraines which are like me having a stroke.

    Atos lied from the start. Never answered one question. The ceo allowed someoneelse to reply. Quite clear she had could not answer my questions under penalty of perjury. My friends what the government is doing is barbaric and criminal and fraud. Contract fraud. Forcing another from one contract to another is contract fraud. Not allowing them a fair assessment as part of the contract is contract fraud.

    Hell would have to freeze over first before I take part in a process which is so biased and unfair. I would rather die before I take part in a process which is rigged its basically fraud.

    Stand up for your rights people. We elected these politicians. Theres more of us than them. Dont be scared. Your dignity is worth more than fiat currency. Money is created on a screen its not real. UK PLC is skint. We are bankrupt.

    • I do not see why the government just asks for medical records, it is terrible to force sick or disabled people through this. They suffer enough, as I said previously sickness or disability can happen to anyone. My mum died of cancer after we thought she was getting better.

  39. This country is going to erupt. Forget the little bit of rioting last year, you ain’t seen nothing yet, we are heading for civil war. Cameron’s head on a pike anyone?

  40. It wouldn’t surprise me if sooner or later someone shoots one of the Work Coaches and/or burns down the Jobcentre and Workhouse, sorry, Work Programme providers. Keep watching the news…

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  43. Hardship payments can be as little as £32.60 – This is the amount I was given on hardship.

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  45. I left my full time job in England as my only family member was ill I had to care for her, I received no carers benefits or anything and because I willingly left my job to come home to Scotland I only received £11 a week for 36 weeks that was 7 years ago

  46. the prescriptions do have a tick the box for no payment needed on the back for ESA JSA have a look on your next prescription maybe you should just tick the no pay box in future save a few quid ye

  47. jeez I aint getting enough cash gov on my ESA cant live just totted it all up I have to pay 20 quid to my bookie every week, then I have 30 to my supplier to have a spliff or 2, bargan booze want at least 15 quid I dont think I can take much more, weres the canal and thats before any blue movies on my xbox.
    before I get a hostile reply I am taking the p-iss I also am on ESA wrag and need to try to laugh it off before I do really look for a motorway bridge, what else can you do

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  49. They are not stupid and are fully aware of the consequences. Their master plan is to cleanse the population of all “useless eaters” – in their language, ie non-productive people. They simply don’t care.

  50. I had a review an got told I was wrongly sanctioned when I was on sikness benefits and also a carer 4 my disabled son they said they owe me arrears will I get it all back ?

  51. It is pure evil to sanction someone who is disabled or sick. It can happen to anyone. My mum died of cancer after dad and I thought she was getting better.
    What other European countries do these things to their citizens?

  52. For what it’s worth I’m self employed, not thankfully disabled. Basically I’m just Joe Bloggs, however I have just (apologies for the delay) started to realise how decent people are being treated. The stories are so bizzare I though at first it must be some cruel joke, however I have woken up to the reality that the present government is deliberatly persecuting vulnerable people for their own personal gain whilst feeding the media with stereotypes of “Benefits Britain”. I am shocked and as I’m just an ordinary citizen I’m sure that others will also start to realise what is going on and respond in kind, If they stop reading the press and watching Channel 4. I now need to know what I can do to assist. No point writing to my MP as he’s a Tory. I suppose all I can do is find out where the next demo is and hold a placard; and try to spread the word to more people. I think you should have faith that most people are descent but ignorant of the situation. Once the reality of the situation (“JSA sanctions lead manto set himself on fire”) gets out there there will be a much wider public reaction. I lived through Thatchers imposition of the poll tax and although it took a long time for the ground swell to get going it did eventually bring her down and lead to the “Nasty Party” tag. IDS was supposed to be the Tories antedote to the Nasty Party tag. This is I think going to be the new Tories poll tax moment.

  53. Someone told me their adviser stopped their money for six weeks. They now have no gas electric or food and they are diabetic. Now they have to go and ask the council for crisis money.

  54. I was also told of a man who was ina wheelchair having had a heart attack being told to apply for a receptionist’s job.

  55. This Government will create Civil unrest in this country if it gets rid of Hardship payments. Crime will go up. People will steal when they are hungry. This Government must not get in again. The Tory policies are totally unfair. They are Cowards and Crooks. They are so CORRUPT. This Government is robbing peoples benefits.

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