Fair Train’s Workfare Whitewash Is Not Fair – Don’t Be Fooled

workfare-Trophies

For just £80 companies can buy a shit lump of glass from Fair Train and boast to their customers how they don’t pay their staff.

“Starting in some areas at first, anyone aged 18 to 21 signing on without these basic skills will be required to undertake training from day one or lose their benefits.

If they are still unemployed after six months, they will have to start a traineeship, take work experience or do a community work placement – and if they don’t turn up, they will lose their benefits.”

George Osborne, Autumn Statement 2013

Way back in February 2012 it emerged that Tesco were recruiting unpaid workers on government workfare schemes.  The public were furious at this grotesque exploitation from one of the UK’s biggest employers and a storm of protest erupted, both online and in the streets, about private companies using workfare.

The DWP were thrown into chaos at the outrage.  Emergency meetings were held with top employers.  Government documentation which proved unemployed people were being forced to work for free was hastily re-written as DWP ministers lied that this was not the case.  Eventually, in a humiliating climbdown, it was announced that the Work Experience scheme would in future be ‘voluntary’, at least until the claimant had agreed to take up the placement at which point attendance would be forced.

Whilst this was a major victory for anti-workfare campaigners, the fight against forced unpaid work was only just beginning.   Work Experience was just one workfare scheme, many other unpaid work positions remained mandatory.  Then, over the next two years, the number of people having benefits stopped or sanctioned for not meeting increasingly petty and pointless conditions imposed by Jobcentres soared.  Poverty not seen in years re-emerged in the UK as foodbanks opened across the country to meet the desperate need of those stripped of benefits.  A climate of fear took hold in Jobcentres, as many advisors ruthlessly bullied and harassed unemployed people in order to meet unofficial targets to sanction as many claims as possible.  The latest figures show that more people are having benefits sanctioned than ever before – 227,629 sanctions were imposed in the last three months of 2013.

In this toxic environment claimants have reported that if they refuse a voluntary workfare scheme, such as Work Experience, they are threatened with different, mandatory workfare schemes instead.  Despite the rules, many people are still being given the impression by some Jobcentres that Work Experience, Traineeships and other unpaid work schemes for private companies are mandatory.  And in his Autumn Statement last year George Osborne announced that young people who refuse a Traineeship or Work Experience position will be sent on a six month unpaid Community Work Placement instead.

If there were any doubts before that Work Experience and Traineeships were not forced work then George Osborne has laid them to rest.  Whilst his plans have not been fully implemented yet, the Government’s intention is clear.  Young people who do not take up unpaid work, for companies like Poundland and Virgin, will be sent to carry out 780 hours forced labour instead or lose their benefits.  Traineeships, and the Work Experience scheme are workfare, there can be no argument about that anymore.

This is why it is genuinely astonishingly that a government funded body, appallingly backed by the TUC, should still be offering a Work Experience Quality Standard which attempts to claim these schemes are voluntary.

Fair Train sell these Quality Standards to companies who must then go through the rigorous procedure of filling in a short form and sending them a cheque.  This will allow their workfare crimes to be washed away as Fair Train pronounce their use of unpaid workers is voluntary and even the “first step into a dream career”.

Of course the truth emerges when Fair Train try to sell this shady racket to employers.  Work Experience can help with recruitment because it give  employers a chance to ‘try before they buy’  says Fair Train – showing this vile organisation really views young people as mere commodities to be exploited and discarded as greedy employers see fit.

Happily the Fair Train quality standard has turned out to be a dismal failure.  Last year they organised a week celebrating unpaid work which turned out to be an embarrassing flop.  Since then barely over 160 employers have bought one of their Quality Standards, including a car washing firm, a fried chicken shop and several charity shops.  Dream careers indeed.

So desperate have Fair Train been to flog their workfare badge of shame, and their comedy workfare trinkets, that they have even attempted to hijack the hugely successful Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign launched in response to the latest mass workfare scheme.   Claimant’s rights website Refuted recently revealed on twitter that Fair Train had encouraged them to sign up, presumably after securing their details from the Keep Volunteering Voluntary website.  Refuted have long campaigned against exactly the kind of unpaid work that Fair Train are so keen to re-habilitate.  Those running this shady outfit are clearly not the sharpest tools in the box, although they are tools.

It is sad to see that several charities who say they do not participate in workfare, including MIND, Scope, Oxfam and Shelter, all have shops who have signed up to the Fair Train workfare badge of shame.  This is likely to have been done at a local level and hopefully will be dealt with by head offices.  Most of Fair Train’s customers seem to be grouped around small geographical areas, suggesting they are employing telesales staff to go through local business directories to flog their services.  Charities opposed to workfare should ensure that all of their local shops and offices are aware of this practice.

No-one needs these clowns. Organisations opposed to forced unpaid work can sign the Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement.  It doesn’t cost anything and those behind it are genuinely independent, unlike Fair Train, who are funded by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, a body accountable to Iain Duncan Smith.  There is nothing fair about the unpaid work that @FairTrainOrg celebrate, it is exploitation and it is not volunteering.

Fair Train currently have a handy list of employers who don’t pay their workers wages available at: http://www.fairtrain.org/organisations

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113 responses to “Fair Train’s Workfare Whitewash Is Not Fair – Don’t Be Fooled

  1. Obi Wan Kenobi

    http://www.fairtrain.org/organisations

    This link also has the list of training/private providers that Fairtrain use.

  2. Any further word on the Help to Work only being for finishers after April 28th?

    http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/welfare-to-work/9891-help-to-work-guidelines?limitstart=0

    Someone in that site said I had my appointment today and told the 28th of April date was nonsense but it will be a few weeks before they know exactly whats happening.

    • I have checked that thread again and saw this…

      Sinister development today! Following on from my previous statements on this thread. . . .door went this afternoon and was the CID. Was taken to a police station and charged with a breach of the peace at the JCP and held for 7 hours. The advisor has lied and given a statement saying i was aggressive and shouting when no such thing happend and im absolutely raging about it. I can only assume at this point the letter of complaint i handed in to the manager on Monday has led to this.
      Id thought recording appointments was being a tad paranoid and would have had trouble believing anyone who stated whats now happening to me had actually happened to them. Now i know. Let me repeat the warning i had ignored up until now. . . . .RECORD YOU’RE MEETINGS THEY WILL MAKE STUFF UP. I will be seeing my lawyer in due course to see what can be done. This “advisor” needs dismissed and i only hope these lies can be proved.

      Fucking awful. Just record every signing on session with your phone or whatever. I do this and I will continue to do so.

  3. Have you seen the spelling on this site? http://www.fairtrain.org/young-people It seems the people behind it could use some education and training themselves. It’s a crock of absolute shite, clearly thrown together in a bid to try to dignify what’s obviously exploitation as meaningful training.

  4. On MWA and I have requested Advance Bus fare,agreed but did not happen,the Provider Rep has stated “JSA is specifically to be used for things like Travel and Interview expenses,we have no obligation to fund travel in advance” Does anybody know where an official explanation of JSA can be found? I have an urge to shove the official definition right up his backside!

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  6. Shouldyou go to http://www.fairtrain.org/employers and click on “The Employer Guide” you can download their guide and have a good laugh – it’s a PDF. Arrogant pricks, setting up themselves as some sort of “authority”.

    • It is laughable – but more creepy than funny; a giant con(dem)-trick…

    • wildswimmer
      all these schemes are is glittery boxes totally devoid of content..where is the special insight that no one else has? they are intangible rubbish. complete and utter waffle, just a glorified extended job interview,with no job at the end…. they are done solely to bamboozle the claimant, and to make the claimant feel crap about themselves..it is merely market place
      commodities trading, as if the claimant themselves is the money, which in fact they are…pointless and draining…a “high quality” work placement, should always include a living wage pay…people want real jobs, not this disgusting patronage….if the candidate is right for the job hire them, don’t fcuk them about with crap schemes like these….jsa/esa is not a remuneration, but a subsistence allowance, that the ESC says is 40% too low…it is not intended to provide the energy/calories required for work….

      • Another Fine Mess

        Today I’ve read thousands of job vacancies, and not one asked for “Must have worked for benefits in £land” or “Must have completed 780 hours community work”. We need to get rid of the whole welfare to workfare ‘industry’, it’s just a massive unproductive parasite.

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  8. Humping Hippo

    I would love to have seen Osborne try to impose this shit on my Arse when I was that age; They would still be scraping his remains from the belly of of cold water crayfish even now.
    The Boy Osborne is a gutless infantile spoilt Maggot.

  9. Humping Hippo

    Anybody being asked to participate should Obviously decline,as this is where it all goes ‘Pete Tong’. The number of organisations and placements for those forced is very small, smaller even than Boy Osborne’s Member,whereas You can send a volunteer anywhere and then penalize them if they change there mind. Just ask any of Bill Clinton’s interns.

  10. Earthworm Jemima

    Firms and businesses that “employ” workfare “trainees” to enable them to gain “work experience” for no pay should all be exposed and brought into the light of day… when, no doubt, they would explode or incinerate like any other undead bloodsucking vampire…

  11. Obi Wan Kenobi

    Hey IDS, McVey, Cameron and all you other Tory Tosspots:

    Behold the countdown timer to your eviction from Government.

    http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/to?day=7&month=5&msg=UK+General+Election&p0=0&year=2015

  12. These illegal criminal squatters I think will be evicted from government and the sorry excuse LibDems consigned to history for certain. Only now they appear to be waking up to how utterly useless they are perceived by the public. Been a cushy ride for them and now coming to an end

  13. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “SADLY WE ARE NOT HUMAN BEINGS, WE ARE DISABLED”……..

    BEING REGISTERED AS DISABLED MEANS THAT YOU DO NOT FULFILL THOSE CHARACTERISTICS OF BEING NORMAL (ABLE BODIED), THEREFORE YOU HAVE TO ADJUST TO UK WELFARE CHANGES AGREED AND SIGNED BY THE QUEEN………..

    IF YOU WERE A TABLE WITH A BROKEN LEG, YOU COULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE,

    a, REPAIRED, OR

    b, SCRAPPED.

    AS YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING WITH A FLAW, THAT CANNOT BE REPAIRED, YOU FALL INTO CATEGORY B, THE USELESS EATER FOR WANT OF A BETTER PHRASE.

    THE NEW WELFARE REFORMS THAT HAVE BROUGHT ABOUT THE SCRAPPAGE OF FAULTY HUMANS SEEMS TO BE ACCEPTED BY SOCIETY IN GENERAL……

    SOON THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE POSED WILL FADE AWAY INTO OBSCURITY, THE SAME WAY THE DWP MORTALITY STATISTICS SEEM TO HAVE GONE.

    OVER FORTY THOUSANDS STATE ASSISTED MURDERS GO UNCHECKED AND CONTINUE TO BOLSTER DUNCAN SMITH’S SLUSH FUND OF WASTED REVENUE IN THE FORM OF UNIVERSAL FIASCO……….

    IT SEEMS THE INCOMES OF THE HIDDEN DEATHS ARE DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL TO THE VAST AMOUNTS SQUANDERED ON THE IMBECILES BROKEN GAME.

    HOW MANY MORE MUST DIE TO KEEP UP THE PRETENCE?

    “IN FACT, HOW MANY DEATHS HAVE UNUM CORPORATION TOLD OUR GOVERNMENT TO CONCEAL IN IT’S BID TO PUSH FOR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE ON OUR SHORES?”

  14. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    DID YOU REALISE THAT THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT WAS NOT BINDING ON THE DWP OR HER MAJESTY’S COURTS AND TRIBUNALS?

    YES THAT’S RIGHT, THESE TWO DEPARTMENTS SELDOM ANSWER ANY THING PROPERLY AND HAVE THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONER FIRMLY IN THEIR POCKET………..

    MIND YOU, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU EXPECT OF CORRUPT WESTMINSTER?

    IF I WAS SCOTTISH I WOULD TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY OF RIDDING MYSELF OF THE CANCER THAT HIDES WITHIN OUR PARLIAMENT.

    LYING CHEATING AND STEALING ARE THE MAINSTAY OF OUR POLITICS, THE THREE DOMINANT PARTIES MIRED IN ONLY ONE THING, SELF PRESERVATION AND HUGE EXPENSES………..

    THE DEMISE OF THE PROFITS OF AGE OLD MARKS AND SPENCER ARE A TRUE BAROMETER OF THE DIRECTION OUR ECONOMY IS GOING…………………… DOWNHILL FAST!

    THE MEDIA CAN REPORT ALL IT WANTS BUT EVEN NOW, MARK CARNEY IS SHITTING HIMSELF ABOUT THE UK ECONOMY……

    THE REAL WORLD IS OUTSIDE OF THE SQUARE MILE, THE PLACE WHERE REAL PEOPLE LIVE………………..

    • geoff
      i’ve got a very tricky puzzle for you to solve what connects; dwp task force to make the WP more efficient, robins, and comodifying nature….here’s a clue…

      http://www.theguardian.com/environment/georgemonbiot/2013/dec/06/andrew-sells-natural-england

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        So no real conflict of interest there really OBD, despite the £111 grand he gave the tory party and being marble eating goon, Owen Paterson’s patsy…

        If IDS was moved to badger cull, the impact of sanctions would cause them to die quickly, similar to the disabled and jobseekers……….

        Put the badgers on workfare, slave labour and watch the numbers fall.

        For those badgers having a large sett, impose a spare room subsidy to drive them out and then kill them as they appear at the foodbank.
        It has worked well on humans so it should be no problem on animals.

        Migrant badgers, those who nobody wants to live next to, could be a problem.
        They could be rate capped and be made to move further north from their neighbours…………….

        “Out of sight and out of mind”

        Sadly, i fear, the only things appearing to have rabies or bovine tuberculosis are Smith and Mcvey, who both seem to be foaming from the mouth…………………….

        Perhaps, it is they who should be gassed as the general public are in fear of their lives, that is, those who are still alive……….

        • geoff
          you certainly create perspective….what was i thinking?
          i now see that there is no conflict of interests whatsoever….i love foxes, but i still wouldn’t put ‘em in charge of a chicken coup….put badgers on workfare, that would trigger an uprising!
          vote militant badger party…who said there are no political alternatives?

    • Yes on twitter Miliband was going on about “working people deserve a decent pay” which doesn’t include workfare if you’re sent on that. But that’s besides what i mean to say. Why are you deemed a worthy person because you are working as opposed to not working? How is it that idiots like Miliband and Co never mention the sick/disabled and unemployed and mention about treating everyone with dignity and respect?

      How is this “hard working families” mantra constantly repeated as if to make people that are not working feel less of themselves.

      Talk about feeling alienated and ostracized from mainstream society!

      What these fuckwits forget is that many people that are unemployed or sick/disabled worked for years and don’t deserve to be friggin’ disrespected by a wanker politician that a hard days work would kill.

      • Always hated this remof “hard working familes”. That was Gordon Brown and Co. who started that talk. So what is a “Hard Working Family”?
        Are the kids meant to go out working as well, Victorian style?
        What exactly do they mean by ths? For it really does sound so very, very nazi like language….But of course, it IS nazi langauge!

        • hated this “term of” that should be !

        • It’s just a subliminal mindfuck to the people that aren’t working , for whatever reason.

          Just another reason to get down on yourself and make you feel worse about your situation than you already do. The idea that, because that label doesn’t apply to you, somehow that that makes you any less worthy of consideration as a human being, is deeply offensive.

          This idea of “hard working families” that these idiots constantly repeat mantra like to try to sway the non thinkers in society who just believe what they see on the BBC news.

          Miliband, Cameron, Clegg et al just recognize that that kind of rhetoric is exclusive and is offensive to the millions of genuine people in society who aren’t in work. They are people with likes, dislikes, personalities. They are not objects to be excluded as you wax lyrical about your “hard working families”

          If i hear one wanker politician spout that one more time i swear i’m gonna puke! It’s so friggin’ nauseating and false!

          But then they don’t give a s–t about that do they?

          • What’s the difference between a person who has a job i.e. “works” and one who “works hard”? And why is someone who only “works” not deemed worthy of consideration? And where do the families come in? Mum?, Dad? and the kids? Are the children getting up at the crack of dawn to “work hard” for sixteen hours “oop chimney” or “down pit”?

          • The ruling class use this “hardworking” shit to give wage slaves someone to look down on and feel superior to: “you are the decent, upstanding citizens who do the right thing, unlike those lazy, deviant, immoral ‘others’ who just want a free ride at your expense”. It’s a patronising pat on the head for the “good” children.

            It’s designed to make people who are in work puff out their chests and feel virtuous and proud about being exploited by the capitalist bosses, who regard them as being worthless, interchangeable, expendable stock, by grafting their lives away working ‘hard’ for them receiving less than the true value of their labour in return, while the bosses lay back on the beach sipping their fine wines reaping all the rewards of their hard work.

            • The Hard-working Taxpayers

              We’ve been had :(

            • Excellently put. Really exactly the way i feel about it too. Give wage slaves someone to look down on to make them feel better about everything. Even though they’re getting the shit exploited right out of them.

        • Hi Gordon, my interpretation of ‘hard working families’ is really just a ploy.
          Those old fashioned ideals of ‘I’m not signing on for benefits, I would rather die than grovel for money when I can work for it. It’s an idea that has been hijacked by politicians to make those who need financial help feel ashamed. Not so sure about it being Nazi in tone or language. I have met loads of people who feel ashamed of claiming. Fuck them and fuck this unelected Government. Whether we have paid into this system or not, they have a duty of care for those who cannot/unable to find work. It is the mark of a civilised society to look after those who need help, me included.

  15. What happened with the likes of M&S is the quality they were synonymous with got cut in pursuit of increasing profit. Works short term and then the customer cottons on to it when their clothes fall to bits within a year and the short term profit then becomes a long term loss. Reputation gone.

    • Robin The Boy Wonder

      What about this poor man: The latest to die because of Duncan Smith, McVey and their ‘Only obeying orders’ lackeys…

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/unemployed-gardener-aged-20-hanged-3576403

      Y’ know if the blood these bastards have spilt could be seen on them, they would be red from top to bottom….

      • Robin – Yet another victim of this “government”.

      • robin
        what a savage world we live in, i can actually feel the desperation of this young man, eager like the many other millions of unemployed people to get on in life…i feel so lucky coz that is all it is pure luck, that i was born many decades ago…he is no different than i…the only difference was when i was young there were jobs, and now there are no fcuking jobs…politicians hang your heads in shame….

        • I found going to the Sanction Centre so upsetting and demoralising, I started to drink before I went to sign on so that I was numb while I was being interrogated, patronised, mocked, baited, insulted, threatened and humiliated. It helped me get through it at first and I only used to drink on signing days and not in-between, but after a while, I found that I was strongly craving a drink on the days when I didn’t have to go to the Sanction Centre because of the despair and hopelessness I felt. I kept thinking “have one what have you got to lose?” I saw where I was headed and realised that being an alcoholic on top of everything else would just make things even worse, so I went teetotal and haven’t had a drink since. It showed me how easy it is to slip into addiction when you can’t see any light at the end of the tunnel.

          • r34
            yes, the stark choice drive it in or push it out…pushing out is hard at 1st then it gets easier, as one feels better within self..the expectation of a reflection of one’s own honesty is a great shock when it is not returned..then the realization/revelation that what ever one says in that place will be used against one, it is then the tables start to turn, and a solid faith in self develops…

          • You can get herbal remedies that will chill you out (might not work on everyone) before attending the Sanction Centre Plus, but if you get too chilled out it can be easy to get caught off-guard. So even if you are feeling pretty chilled put before attending Sanction Centre Plus maybe it is best to deliberately put yourself ” on edge” just a little bit.

            • Sugar Kane; you are right to suggest that it is ‘easy to get caught off- guard’. Sometimes, paranoia can be your best friend (my opinion). People do not get paranoid for nothing, it’s our gut feelings telling us something is wrong.

              • bernadette
                yes, paranoia is knowing something is wrong but one cannot quite put one’s finger on the pulse of it…ie cannot fully hear muffled gut voice, but the feeling is heard loud and clear. the state needs curing not the victim of the state. the victim needs curing of the abuse caused by the state,
                then gut voice is heard AND understood. paranoia is merely not understanding, whats going on, from inside and outside, inside is what really matters. take the following extract from this link for example http://www.truthtrustconsent.com/public_html/psychiatry/talking-cure-for-psychosis
                “The Soteria movement, proven to be effective in curing psychosis, tells a wonderfully descriptive story. One young man with psychosis told the friendly but untrained Soteria support staff that Martians were arriving at Los Angeles airport at 4 a.m. the following morning. So they went. When the aliens failed to materialise, he said that they must have got the date wrong – I suggest this was the first time he had ever been taken seriously – his ‘consent’ mattered. He was, for the first time, getting relevant assistance for his mental stresses. Compare that with the appalling destruction of civil rights in today’s psychiatry, and you can see quite how bankrupt contemporary psychiatric has become. Human rights are therapeutic.”

                • p s
                  a bit of muddle there….the state needs to be cured, the victim of the state needs to be cured of state abuse is what i meant…

                • Bernadette H

                  Hi OBD, I fully understand and endorse what you have explained. I liked your example given of the young man suffering from psychosis who believed that the Martians were landing. It reminds me of the Melanesia ‘cargo cults’ who believe(d) that ‘western commodities’ will one day arrive and be delivered by supernatural agent’s, either by ship, aeroplane or lorries (bear with me). Neither ever happens, but belief is paramount. However, unlike the western views/ the Melanesian views do not indicate psychosis but rather rational and logical characteristics.

      • “Hard working Martin Hadfield, 20, was so keen to get a job he refused to claim any welfare handouts”

        See how these fuckers refer to unemployment benefits using this derogatory language portraying unemployment benefits as undeserved money claimed by scroungers? And this is from a supposedly left-leaning paper!

        • Interestingly HM Courts & Tribunal Service refer to these payments as “Social Entitlement” Hmm…

          • Appeal!, Appeal!, Appeal!

            Yes, the “Social Entitlement Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal” maybe because “Welfare Handout Chamber of the First Tier Tribunal” doesn’t quiet have the same ring to it! :)

          • That tool Nicky Campbell was on Five Live this morning saying: “Is Abu Hamza’s family being allowed to carry on living in a 1.25 million pound mansion and receiving £650 a week in state handouts the price we pay to have a decent welfare state? Is that the price we pay for decency in this country?

            They are absolutely relentless with their propaganda against Social Security, they never ever let up. They have learned well from their role model Joseph Goebbels. They won’t ever stop until it is gone.

            • Nicky Campbell talks SHITE!!

              Nicky (what 55-year-old still calls themselves “Nicky” ffs) is, as they say where this fuckwit hails from, a fucking bawbag! Oh, and for the sake of balance… lol Who the fuck can listen/watch this cunt – seriously!

            • *R34

              Abu Hamza living in a 1.25 million pound mansion and receiving £650 a week in state hand-outs.

              State handouts from the SIS petty cash box. :-)

        • R34, I note that Martin killed himself AFTER being to the jobcentre.
          I wonder who he spoke to and what they said to him????

        • Martin sounds too stupid to employ to me.

      • Iain Duncan Smith MP

        Ho, ho, ho :D

        We are working for you.

        The Right Hon, Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Works & Pensions

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      Still get all my underpants from M&S, black preferably, nothing sinister, they stay cleaner longer………………..
      The shoplifters have lots of potential………………

  16. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    Each and ever heinous cunt from the DWP, from the top to the bottom, wear these sad tragedy’s like medals…………………..
    Scum would be a compliment to these evil, horrible bastards who murder at will with the blessing of the biggest scrounger in the world, the QUEEN……..

  17. They all use the unemployed for free labour, I bet tesco workers all shop elsewhere because of this. But you can bet anything you like every supermarket including ALDI & LIDL are doing the same free workers boosts profits that’s why the once empty car parks of ALDI & LIDL are now full with shoppers from other supermarkets. After all you have to get your food somewhere, don’t you.

  18. ‘Fair Train’? Fucking Gravy Train more like.
    Roll on 2015 when we will all see all these Tory reprobates being removed from their cosy comradeship. That’s my dream anyway!!!

  19. OT.

    “Having stripped US citizens of their civil liberties, executive branch agencies are now stocking up vast amounts of ammunition, and the Department of Agriculture has placed an order for submachine guns. The Department for Homeland Security has acquired 2,717 mine-resistant armored personnel carriers. Congress and the media are not interested in why the executive branch is arming itself so heavily against the American people.”

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/05/19/militarist-bunkum-paul-craig-roberts/

  20. Keep Volunteering Voluntary

    Wow, almost 300 voluntary organisations have signed up to the Keep Volunteering Voluntary pledge. Still no sign of the abhorrent Groundworks, Working Links or other assorted scumbags. And while we are at it, why doesn’t the DWP publish a similar list of the slave drivers who intend to cash in from George Osborne’s abominable forced labour scheme.

  21. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    CHILD MAINTENANCE (THEFT OF)

    TODAY THE LEECHING GOVERNMENT, IN TANDEM WITH SERWOTKA’S STORMTROOPERS, HAVE ANNOUNCED IMPENDING CHANGES TO CHILD MAINTENANCE.

    INTENT ON STEALING FROM THE POOREST TO PAY FOR THE BANKERS FUCK UPS SEEMINGLY, HAS NO BARRIERS.

    THE DWP INTEND USING THEIR LATEST CON TRICK TO WRITE TO EACH PARENT TO REACH AN “AMICABLE” ARRANGEMENT IN COSTS.

    THE ONLY WAY THE DWP CAN CHANGE THE STRUCTURE IS FOR THE PARENTS TO AGREE TO THE CHANGES…………….

    BY SENDING A LETTER TO PARENTS THEY WILL TRY TO SEEK A SIGNATURE.
    ONCE THEY SIGN THEY HAVE EFFECTIVELY TERMINATED ANY PRIOR AGREEMENT THAT THEY ORIGINALLY HAD, THUS ENABLING THE DWP TO CREATE A NEW AGREEMENT.

    “THE WHOLE ISSUE REVOLVES AROUND THE WORD “CONSENT”.
    TO ENABLE CHANGE THEY NEED YOUR CONSENT”

    THE ISSUE OF CONSENT WAS ORIGINALLY HIDDEN FROM DISABLED WHEN FILLING OUT ESA 50 QUESTIONNAIRES, IN EFFECT THEY WERE TRICKED INTO ACCEPTING CHANGES BY AGREEING TO WHAT LOOKED LIKE AN INNOCENT DOCUMENT.
    THE GOVERNMENT THEN USED THE IDEA OF THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL ASKING THE PATIENT IF THEY AGREED TO THE MEDICAL GOING AHEAD………

    IN EITHER CASE THE CLAIMANT WAS BEING CONNED INTO SOMETHING THEY DID NOT WANT…………

    THE SAME IS HAPPENING WITH PIP EXAMINATIONS. THE DWP ARE USING TERMINOLOGY DEVISED BY THEIR NUDGE DEPARTMENT TO ENFORCE CHANGES AND STEAL BONAFIDE BENEFITS.

    CLAIMANTS ARE BEING INVITED TO CLAIM PIP……………

    THIS IS UTTER BULLSHIT AND MUST BE SEEN FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS, A PROPER CON JOB…………………….

    GIVE THEM YOUR APPROVAL IN THE FORM OF A SIGNATURE AND YOU HAVE EFFECTIVELY GIVEN UP YOUR RIGHT TO WHAT YOU INITIALLY HAD.

    “SIGN FUCK ALL AND THEY HAVE A PROBLEM ON THEIR HANDS”

    USE IT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE!

    AND REMEMBER, ACCORDING TO DWP FREEDOM OF INFORMATION RELEASES, CHILD BENEFIT IS NOT SANCTIONABLE;

    “sanctionable benefit” means (subject to subsection (2) and to any regulations under section
    10(1)) any disqualifying benefit other than–
    (a) joint-claim jobseeker’s allowance;
    (b) any retirement pension;
    (c) graduated retirement benefit;
    (ca) personal independence payment;
    (d) disability living allowance;
    (e) attendance allowance;
    (f) child benefit;
    (fa) child tax credit; (fb) working tax credit;
    (g) guardian’s allowance;
    (h) a payment out of the social fund in accordance with Part 8 of the Social Security
    Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;
    (i) a payment under Part 10 of that Act (Christmas bonuses).
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact us quoting the reference number
    above.
    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team

  22. my name is "my" name

    Geoff Reynolds
    It seems like your awakening.. Well done !
    The name is the lynch pin, pull it
    Geoff, read babylon has fallen on the kate of gaia website
    and i who shall not be legally named
    truth is stranger than fiction

  23. from refuted “PCS Union unanimously votes for abolition of workfare and removal of benefit sanctions”

    http://refuted.org.uk/2014/05/21/abolitionists/

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      …………will action threaten Serwotkas knighthood promise?

    • Too late for the many dead and destitute. I hope every last one of the fuckers gets tried in a court of law who stopped someones benefits.

      • Or, in the case of the bastard DM’s who stopped the benefits of people who’ve died, i hope a way is found to prosecute those low life’s for their crimes. To sanction someone and leave them with nothing is a crime against humanity no matter if they have the bent government declaring it’s not. I think most people would agree it’s a crime.

        No two ways about it there are plenty of scum PCS members DWP employees who instead of going to work in the JCP/DWP should be waking up to another day of their long jail sentence. When you remove someone’s sole means of survival that is tantamount to passing a death sentence on them.

        I want these f—–s brought before a court and jailed.

    • The fucking cunts should all pay for the crimes they have inflicted upon the poor and disabled. Universal Credit fucking logos are all over my job centre and I smile at them knowingly, knowing that it’s all pie in the sky. I also smile knowing that every cunt working in that place will soon be on the other end of the stick.

      Pressure is going into that building and facing whatever questions/obstacles you will get. Relief is leaving that job centre feeling that you will get your money a few days later. This is no way to live but sadly this is as good as it is gonna get now unless we get a massive change of leadership/ideals in the red tory party.

      If your in Scotland vote Yes to get rid of these fucking nazi cunts

  24. Iain Duncan Smith MP

    My Dear Friends

    The six months work experience programme, an element of the revolutionary and enlightened, Help-to-Work scheme is an innovation designed to enable moribund long-term unemployed citizens to gain first hand knowledge of the workplace at no cost to themselves. While other students have to take out loans, sometimes for tens of thousands of pounds, unemployed citizens qualifying for Help-to-Work can avail themselves of high quality work experience and on-the-job training opportunities gratis without costing them a penny to enjoy said privilege personally.

    I am sure you will agree that free opportunities like these are spiffing.

    Carpe Deim – Seize the Day.

    God bless you all.

    We are working for you.

    Iain

    • Almost A Revelation

      And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Duncan Smith, and McVey and Penning followed with him.

  25. That PCS motion is BS IMO. Nothing will happen. It’ll go the way the last motions saying the same thing went. It’ll be quietly kicked into the long grass and forgotten about.

    The JCP staff and DM’s will be told to carry on sanctioning as before or be sacked. They’ll carry on doing it because they’re shitting themselves to be in our shoes.

    http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=3051

  26. Another Fine Mess

    A fake spam in the Indy!

    My neighbour makes £0.00 hourly on a workfare placement at Tesco. He has been out of work for seven months but last month his payment was £0.00 plus his benefits just for taking the job of someone previously employed by Tesco. Try voting Conservative or Liberal Democrat and you or friends and family could soon be lucky enough to take someone else’s job for an amazing £0.00 a month.

  27. Obi Wan Kenobi

    Iain Duncan Smith continues to hide reports showing failure of universal credit.

    The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is continuing to block publication of reports set to reveal the failure of the Universal Credit scheme, despite a series of rulings insisting they should be released.

    The department submitted a further appeal to the upper tier information tribunal, yesterday afternoon.

    The scheme described as the biggest reform to welfare since Beveridge, was meant to begin last autumn, but has been beset by huge problems and delays since it was first conceived by Iain Duncan Smith.

    A damning report by the National Audit Office last year found “the programme suffered from weak management, ineffective control and poor governance,” and “has not achieved value for money.”

    The reports would also confirm whether the department deliberately misled the public about the progress of the scheme.

    http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2014/05/21/iain-duncan-smith-continues-to-hide-reports-showing-failure

  28. Obi Wan Kenobi

    Tory employment minister under fire after she accepted £10,000 donation from boss at high-interest loans firm.

    Esther McVey accepted cash from Everyday Loans owner Henry Anges.

    Critics said it was wrong of the Tory MP for Wirral West to accept the money from a man behind a firm charging vulnerable poor people such high rates.

    The move is particularly controversial because Miss McVey is a minister in the Department for Work and Pensions, the ministry accused of cutting benefits.

    ‘No politician should appear to be in hock to any donor, because it gives the impression that any decision taken is influenced by sponsorship.’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2635695/Tory-employment-minister-fire-accepted-10-000-donation-boss-high-loans-firm.html

  29. Just been to have a look at who is standing in the local and euro elections where I live, NOT one socialist on the ballot paper!!!, they are ALL far, far right candidates!!!.

    I had no choice but to void my ballot paper.

  30. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN MELTDOWN”

    FIRST THEY WROTE AND TOLD ME THAT I COULD NOT APPEAL TO THE UPPER TRIBUNAL REGARDING TAKING AWAY MY D.L.A., BUT AFTER TELLING THEM THEY WERE BREAKING EQUALITY/HUMAN RIGHTS AND BLOCKING ACCESS TO LEGAL AID AND A FAIR HEARING, THINGS HAVE CHANGED………………..

    TODAY I RECEIVED TWO LETTERS, ONE FROM SCARBOROUGH MAGISTRATES INFORMING THAT THE UPPER TRIBUNAL HAD ASKS FOR COPIES OF DOCUMENTS RELATING TO MY APPEAL, THE OTHER FROM THE UPPER TRIBUNAL TELLING ME IT HAD BEEN REFERRED TO THEM……………

    WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT THIS IS,
    “SURELY IF THE UPPER TRIBUNAL REQUEST DETAILS FROM THE LOWER TRIBUNAL, WHO ORIGINALLY KNOCKED ME BACK, THE INFORMATION WILL ALREADY BE BIASED FROM THE INITIAL DECISION.

    A HIGHER COURT IS ASKING FOR INFORMATION FROM A LOWER COURT, WITHOUT ASKING FOR EVIDENCE FROM ME, THE APPELLANT.

    HOW CAN THIS BE FAIR?

    IN FAIRNESS, THE UPPER TRIBUNAL SHOULD SEND ME THE INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED BY THE LOWER TRIBUNAL SO I CAN SEE FOR MYSELF THAT THE EVIDENCE IS NOT TAINTED.

    IT WOULD ALSO APPEAR THAT THE UPPER TRIBUNAL WILL CONTACT ME TO LET ME KNOW THE PROGRESS OF THE CASE………..

    SURELY THIS IS ALSO NOT IN MY FAVOUR, AS I AM NOT AVAILABLE TO MAKE COMMENT DURING THE PROCESS.

    THE COURTS AND TRIBUNAL SERVICE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FAIR AND IMPARTIAL AND INDEPENDENT.

    NONE OF THE ABOVE SEEM TO APPLY…………..

  31. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “THE BBC ARE QUICK TO RIDICULE THE FRENCH FOR ORDERING TRAINS TOO BIG FOR THE PLATFORMS”

    THIS MISTAKE COST NO LIVES AND £41.6 MILLION TO RECTIFY……

    WE HAVE AN ARSEHOLE AT THE DWP WHO HAS WASTED CLOSE TO 2 BILLION QUID AND COST THOUSANDS OF LIVES………

    IAIN DUNCAN SMITH, A LEGEND IN HIS OWN LUNCHTIME……….

  32. Obi Wan Kenobi

    Very Important:

    Bradford Jobcentres now trying to impose ‘Claimant Commitments’ which include the ‘My Work Plan’ booklet. My mates just been hit with this and he signs on at the same office as I do.

    N.B. You can refuse to fill in or complete the ‘My Work Plan’ booklet without fear of sanctions.

    This is from a Freedom of Information Request regarding the matter.

    DWP Central Freedom of Information Team

    e-mail: freedom-of-information-request@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

    Our Ref: 5619

    17 January 2013

    Dear Mr XXXXX

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received 27 November 2013.

    You asked;

    ‘Is it a condition of Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit to complete a My Work Plan? Can completion be refused without sanctions?’

    Completion of the My Work Plan booklet is not a condition of Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit. Completion can be refused without sanctions. This is
    confirmed in the attached guidance.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/187245/response/472152/attach/html/2/FoI%205619%20wdtk.pdf.html

    From the full Overview.

    However, this booklet is not a mandatory product for demonstrating evidence of work search and claimants have the right to demonstrate what they have done to look for work through whichever means they deem suitable and most effective.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/187245/response/472152/attach/html/3/My%20Work%20Plan%20overview.pdf.html

    Print off and take to the Jobcentre incase they try to get you to complete the booklet.

  33. totallygivenup

    theyre are many “hard working families” whos only right to that title is 16hrs in spar,they have been elevated in order to get em to vote torie or ukip 2 of a kind god help them if they fall for it and tories get back in suddenly theyre status will lowered to skivers very quickly,cant be bothered to put a full weeks work in,i can hear cameron right now “we are the party for full time workers” a bit like 4 legs good 2 legs bad 2 legs good 4 legs better,this post will be on here next year,i shall refer back to it the moment it happens

    • Yeah I’ll bet you’re right. You understand how these monsters operate. He’ll be saying there’s plenty of full-time jobs available, but these feckless, lazy part-time work scroungers are too lazy to do a full day’s work and just want to knock off early so they can go home and lay about watching Sky TV while their decent, hardworking co-workers “do the right thing” and work their socks off all day to provide for their families.

      They might then change the rules so that only full-time workers can claim housing benefit, saying only people willing to put in a full week’s work and contribute to society fully should be able to claim housing benefit.

      • “Bees are a quite a model community for they respect their Queen and kill their unemployed.”

        Lord Baden-Powell (Founder of the scouts)

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