Is This What They Mean By #disabilityconfident? Disabled Staff Twice As Likely To Get Sacked From The DWP

cameron-disabilityOne of the ways the DWP has tried to cover up the vicious attacks on disabled people has been the gushing and cringe-making Disability Confident campaign.

This has mostly involved endlessly tweeting the hashtag #disabilityconfident and organising corporate events where large employers and Ministers all meet up to tell each other how wonderful they are being to disabled people.  Then they can all go back to sending disabled people on workfare safe in the knowledge that the campaign they invented has told them that’s okay.

You might expect however that the DWP’s own treatment of their disabled staff would be exemplary.  This is after all the branch of government which also includes the Office for Disability Issues.  The shocking truth, as revealed in their own research, is that disabled employees at the DWP are twice as likely to get sacked as non-disabled staff and just half as likely to get promoted.

The figures come in the DWP’s annual Equality Information Report which covers the year 2013.  It shows that on every significant indicator disabled staff are treated worse than those who are non-disabled.  Here’s a quick breakdown of the figures:

The DWP employs 95,923 people, with 6.8% of staff having declared some form of disability.

Disabled people were more likely to be disciplined: 2.9% of the disabled workforce at the DWP faced some form of disciplinary action compared to just 1.9% of non-disabled workers.

Disabled people were far more likely to get sacked: Of those that left the department, disabled people were over twice as likely to have been sacked as non-disabled employees.  17.1% of disabled people leaving the DWP were sacked compared to 8.4% of non-disabled staff.

Disabled people were more likely to raise a grievance: 2.7% of disabled workers raised a grievance with the DWP compared to 1.6% of non-disabled workers.

8 .6% of the people who left the DWP were disabled, higher than the rate of disabled employees (6.8%) showing that disabled people were more likely than non-disabled people to leave the department in 2013.

Disabled people were less likely to be given a job: the report doesn’t give percentages of successful applications but they can be worked out.  16.6% of non-disabled people who applied to the DWP were successful compared to 14.2% of disabled people.

Disabled people were less likely to be promoted:  Disabled staff were only half as likely to get promoted with just 0.3% of the DWP’s disabled workforce being promoted compared to 0.6% of non-disabled workers.

Perhaps reflecting this, disabled people were less likely to be in senior roles.  89.8% of disabled staff were in the lowest three categories of seniority compared to 87.4% of non-disabled staff.  On the higher grades disabled people were under-represented at every single level.

And of course, disabled people get paid less at the DWP.  On average across all salaries, disabled people were paid 0.8% less than non-disabled people.

Is this disability confident, or is this disability discrimination?

You can read the full report at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/328840/Department_for_Work_and_Pensions_Equality_Information_2014_-_Employee_Data.pdf

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80 responses to “Is This What They Mean By #disabilityconfident? Disabled Staff Twice As Likely To Get Sacked From The DWP

  1. Duncan Smith should hang his head in shame, you could’nt hang him he’s too brass-necked, although by doing so it would put an end to any more of his personal hatred towards disabled people.
    Direct Disability Discrimination on EVERY level regarding employment status/treatment. Where are the Public Information Lawyers to prosecute the DWP? They are getting away with murder.

    • “ONLY 153,800 ERRORS, AND OF THOSE, HOW MANY ARE PUSHING UP DAISIES, MR. SMITH?”

      Between 2010 and 2013, the government, which has the final say on the assessments, reversed 158,300 fit-for-work approvals by Atos.

      In one case, a dying man with a brain tumour and serious heart condition was deemed fit to work by Atos.

      In another, a vulnerable man with Asperger’s Syndrome, a phobia for food and several other health issues was stripped of his ESA after being judged fit to work by Atos. He later died of malnourishment.

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        “WE ARE ALL AWARE THAT THE EBOLA VIRUS HAS TAKEN THE LIVES OF OVER 700 PEOPLE IN WEST AFRICA, BUT HOW MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN TAKEN BY THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKS AND PENSIONS IN THE UK?”

        WITHHOLDING THIS INFORMATION FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD IS NO MEAN FEAT.

        THE CONSPIRACY TO HIDE THE SHOCKING REVELATIONS OF THE WAR AGAINST THE POOR AND DISABLED WILL MAKE THE EBOLA DEATH COUNT FIZZLE INTO OBSCURITY WHEN THE ACTUAL FIGURES FALL INTO THE PUBLIC DOMAIN.

        MEANWHILE, THE JUDICIARY WILL BE TRYING TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THE HORRORS THAT THEY HELPED PERPETRATE…………………

        “we are all in this together, you certainly are”

        Leave a Reply

  2. this whole disabilityconfident BS, They are obsessed with it. It is propaganda, a smokescreen to mask out what there true intent is, to stress demean and sanction as many less abled people off there benefit.
    They reel this BS out like they care and they are helping, Liars.. 2014 and the world is sinking into hell.

  3. Absolutely believe it, have seen it happen, disabled worker treated as if malingering when off sick, told they had too many sick days to be promoted, and finally got rid of. No real adjustments were made except to keep reducing hours. The DWP is not a nice place to work. It got worse when the Coalition came in, before that customer service was at least important, but now it’s being a robot that matters.

    • I know of many cases and the union struggles to support disabled staff… Some examples, an amputee asked to get ‘evidence’ his disability was permanent, a staff member with MS given warning for body language, and someone with anxiety told to explain themselves every day… staff member who was sexually abused as a child and asked it be confidential found that info typed up and 3 of 10 copies left on the photocopier. .. disabled staff are routinely bullied and senior managers do nothing but tell them to go work somewhere else… it’s not taken seriously, and disabled staff are mocked

  4. proof again that this government are evil bastards

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      Disability activists spread ‘Atos kills’ message at Commonwealth Games
      Jul
      2014
      Thursday 31st
      posted by Rory MacKinnon in Britain

      HUNDREDS of Commonwealth Games tourists were surprised in Glasgow’s George Square yesterday as disability activists cried shame on sponsor Atos.

      A clutch of demonstrators backing campaign group Glasgow Against Atos held banners and placards aloft — reading “ATOS KILLS” — in front of sports fans who were viewing the Glasgow 2014 sculpture and queueing for Games merchandise.

      IT giant Atos has sought to boost its public profile by sponsoring database software for international sporting events, but campaigners have fought to expose its role in deadly cuts to disability benefits under a lucrative contract running “work capability assessments” for the Department of Work and Pensions.

      Demonstrator Ronnie Swinton told the Morning Star he had come all the way from Dundee to voice his anger at Atos.

      Mr Swinton said he had spent seven weeks “without any money,” depending on friends as he fought to appeal a decision that he was fit for work despite chronic depression.

      Mr Swinton said he had eventually won his appeal but the stress had taken a further toll on his health.

      “I was afraid of losing my flat.

      “It would’ve given me a mental illness if I didn’t have one in the first place,” he said.

      And a government proposal to simply switch contractors won’t solve the problems either, he added: “The whole system’s got to be stopped before any more people die.”

      Several suicides have been linked to benefits being denied following Atos’ assessments, including “Miss DE” in 2011, whose identity remains protected, and blind agoraphobe Tim Salter, who took his own life in September last year.

      The department says it does not record mortality rates for those deemed “fit for work.”

      But figures released in 2012 suggested that 2,200 people had died before Atos had even completed their assessment — and 1,300 had died within six weeks of being shunted into “work related activity.”

      In 2012 Paralympic athletes hid their branded lanyards at London’s Olympic opening ceremony, while Sport Disability Scotland told MSPs in April of athletes who could no longer afford to continue their sporting careers after losing out to an assessment.

      Games organisers have repeatedly said they remain “very proud” of Atos’ involvement, while Atos maintains that its assessments merely offer information to DWP officials who decide on access to benefits.

  5. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    From: GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended)

    30 May 2013

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
    i recently read this harrowing tale of how you treat your disabled
    staff;

    DWP failed employee with Asperger’s
    Printable version | E-mail this to a colleague | Add to Folder

    06/03/2013

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been ordered to pay
    a woman with Asperger’s syndrome a total of £70,000 after an
    employment tribunal found it to be guilty of disability
    discrimination.

    The Business Disability Forum has reported that the tribunal, held
    in Dundee, heard how the woman was asked to return to work but felt
    that a breakdown in trust and confidence led to high levels of
    anxiety which she was unable to overcome.

    The DWP was judged to have subjected the claimant to harassment due
    to her Asperger’s. The syndrome, which is a form of autism, shows
    no outward signs but can cause difficulties in social communication
    and interaction.

    Many people with Asperger’s syndrome have a variety of skills that
    enable them to thrive in a variety of roles. However, they are
    often disadvantaged when it comes to securing employment because of
    their difficulties with social skills.

    The National Autistic Society said that many employers do not
    realise that people with some autism spectrum disorders, such as
    Asperger’s syndrome, can be highly skilled and qualified as well as
    being extremely employable.

    The tribunal initially awarded damages to the claimant of £54,000
    as compensation for constructive unfair dismissal and disability
    discrimination. In a further hearing, another £17,500 was ordered
    to be paid by the DWP for failing to comply with a re-employment
    ruling.

    Judge Ian McFatridge said that the DWP had “treated the claimant
    extremely badly”.

    “We were required to take into account the fact that the claimant
    is psychologically unable to return to work with the respondents
    and that this is something which has been brought on by the
    respondents’ treatment of her,” he explained.

    A DWP spokesperson said that it acknowledged the tribunal’s
    findings and works hard to ensure that it achieves its commitments
    to good practice in employing and working with disabled people.

    I have a couple of questions,

    1/ Was tax payers hard earned cash used to pay for the compensatory
    awards after the disgusting treatment that you dished out to this
    poor lady, one of your own employees?

    2/ You were fined an extra £17500 for not re-employing the lady
    because you claim the Aspergers Syndrome made her unemployable.
    How many persons suffering from the same syndrome have been found
    fit for work by ATOS HCPs?

    3/ The judge said you treated the claimant extremely badly and yet
    you say you work hard to commit to good practice in employing and
    working with disabled people.
    How many disabled personnel have you made redundant and how many
    are taking/or sought action against you?

    4/ Was there any input from the National Autistic Society when
    formulating PIP examinations or ESA?

    5/ What was the total cost of the case, including specialists and
    lawyers and the tribunal bench and other associated staff?

    6/ Aspergers Syndrome shows no outward signs. How does an ATOS HCP,
    whose qualification and title is not recognised by any medical
    organisation, evaluate on this condition if it is not visible,
    especially if important medical notes have not been submitted in
    the first instance?

    Yours faithfully, GEOFFREY REYNOLDS

    Link to this

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/dwp_treatment_of_its_disabled_st#outgoing-280015

  6. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    From: GEOFFREY REYNOLDS (Account suspended)

    28 May 2013

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    You recently released information shown below;

    2) How many claims of Disability Discrimination were made against
    the DWP
    by its employees in 2012?

    In 2012 there were 146 Employment Tribunal claims made against DWP
    by its
    employees for Disability Discrimination. Of the 87 claims that have
    been closed,
    only 9 went to an Employment Tribunal, and of these only 1 was won
    by the
    claimant.

    I would like to ask the following questions,

    1/ You state that 146 employment tribunal claims were made against
    the DWP for Disability Discrimination. If 87 have been closed, i
    surmise 59 are still outstanding. Is this correct?

    2/ Of the 87 claims that have been closed, how much money was paid
    out as sweeteners/severance agreements, over and above the
    redundancy payments that were forthcoming?

    3/ By virtue of the fact that one person only(as of now), won their
    claim at tribunal for Disability Discrimination, does this indicate
    that you actively discriminated against a disabled employee?

    4/ How many of the residual 59 have applied to pursue their case to
    tribunal knowing a precedent has been set?

    5/ Was the victor at the tribunal re-employed?

    6/ What redundancy packages are available from the DWP?
    Please indicate levels across pay groups.

    Yours faithfully,

    GEOFFREY REYNOLDS

    Link to this
    dant_disabled_at_dwp#incoming-403068

  7. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    B. Adams left an annotation (29 May 2013)

    Geoffrey.. If its of any use to you, just a bit of info on the latest one…

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been ordered to pay a woman with Asperger’s syndrome a total of £70,000 after an employment tribunal found the DWP to be guilty of disability discrimination. The DWP was found by the tribunal to have subjected the claimant to harassment due to her Asperger’s. The tribunal initially awarded damages to the claimant of £54,000 as compensation for constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. In a further hearing, another £17,500 was ordered to be paid by the DWP for failing to comply with a re-employment ruling. (06/03/2013)

    http://www.croner-i.croner.co.uk/croner-

    • The DWP, of all employers, needs to set an example when it comes to their treatment of employees with disabilities. Employers’ ignorance of ‘hidden’ disabilities, such as asperger syndrome, is all too often the reason why people with these conditions end up unemployed, so it is extremely disappointing to witness the DWP itself behaving in a discriminatory manner towards someone who has a ‘hidden’ disability. The government might like to harp on about how people with disabilities should be in employment, but there needs to be a massive culture change amongst employers if this is going to happen in reality.

      Recently, the Daily Mail featured an article about Jayne Lutwyche, a woman with ‘hidden’ disabilities who has taken the BBC to tribunal over its discriminatory behaviour towards her. Many of the readers’ comments were shocking, and sadly demonstrated why it can be so difficult for people with conditions such as asperger syndrome to get and keep employment: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2628182/BBC-producer-sacked-behaviour-says-told-bosses-bipolar-disorder-Aspergers-dyslexia-dyspraxia.html

  8. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “THE LILY LIVERED DWP SOON SENT AN ADJUDICATOR ROUND TO SEE GEORGE ROLPH WHEN HIS HUNGER STRIKE WAS MADE PUBLIC IN THE MEDIA, AFTER BEING FOUND FIT FOR WORK BY AN ATOS CHARLATAN.

    THE DECISION WAS REVERSED IMMEDIATELY AND HIS BENEFITS REINSTATED……………….

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/george-rolph-hunger-strike-after-1946899

  9. Another Fine Mess

    Taxpayers’ Alliance complain about 650 scoungers spending £160,000 on their flat screen TVs, claiming they needed them because of the digital switchover!

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/house-commons-chiefs-spend-more-3928248

    • Umm… they couldn’t of fitted free. View boxes?? At fraction of cost? Like I had to do? As a working single mum? And my TVs aren’t flat screen… can’t afford them!

      • I’m still watching old B&W episodes of Bill & Ben the flowerpot men on my vintage 1933 goggle box. This new -fangled flatscreen HDTV is all a big mystery to me.

  10. Why7 did Cuntin Smith cry tears in Easterhouse, Glasgow about a decade ago? Why was it tears for the pain he would cause in the future or was it genuine tears. What happened since then to make this man the biggest murderer in the uk ever.

    I just hope that the next time i see tears from this fucking cunts eyes is when he is about to be punished for his crimes.

    • totallygivenup

      yes ive wondered why he cried too,i think its the realisation that not everybody live there cushty loaded lives and like osbornes tears at thatchers funeral its almost self pity cause death is one thing they CANT buy there way out of..thank you god oh and tears always good propaganda

    • Another Fine Mess

      OK I’ve done some reading.
      The articles about Easterhouse in 2002 only say he was close to tears. Some of them suggest the reason for the visit was really campaigning for tory votes.

      Tower Block of Commons 2010, and Benefits Street, were both done by the same company ‘Love Productions’.
      This seems to show there was a lot of communication between IBS and Love Productions at the time of TBOC.

      http://www.totalpolitics.com/blog/21823/tower-block-mps-iain-duncan-smith-interview.thtml

  11. Off topic but if anyone has an alternative to signing up to a claimant commitment I would appreciate it. Once I’ve signed the claimant commitment it will replace my jobseekers agreement and put me at the mercy of jobcentre staff making me jump through all kinds of hoops. Do I have any way of avoiding signing up to a claimant commitment?

    • The old JSA system is being phased out by the bald Nazi IDS. Once we all get onto the new system we are then simply heading into the gates of oblivion with no escape or saviour.

  12. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    One of my friends aged 84 just rang me. Apparently he had collapsed in his garden while pulling up onions.
    Laying there for over an hour, a neighbour chanced upon him and helped him up and rang an ambulance.

    The ambulance came 3 hours later……………………..

  13. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    …….WHAT IF THIS GIRL DIES?
    “WILL IT BE JUST BRUSHED ASIDE AND ANOTHER EMPTY APOLOGY RELEASED BY A FACELESS DWP SPOKESMAN?”

    From: Miss Dawn Richardson

    28 July 2014

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Dear Sir or Madame I am writing this short letter you and your
    Supervisor that it is wrong for you to cease my Jobseekers
    Allowance I therefore have nothing to live off I therefore am
    struggling to pay for food etc. YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW

    Yours faithfully,

    MISS DAWN RICHARDSON

    Link to this

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i_am_taking_legal_action_in_suei#incoming-544768

    L

  14. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    1. ATOS yearly for PIP assessments

    The PIP assessment providers are paid an output fee per assessment report delivered
    to the Department. The assessment providers are only paid for the work they deliver
    and the amount of referrals the assessment providers receive depends in part on the
    number of PIP claims received by the Department. Consequently, it is not possible to
    provide an annual fee. The Department has published the estimated lifetime contract
    values on Contracts Finder. In Lot 1 (North of England and Scotland), this is
    £206,703,507. In Lot 3, (South of England and London), this is £183,894,556.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………

    ……………..ROUGHLY TRANSLATED, THIS MEANS THAT THEY ARE PAID BY RESULTS.
    PROFITS ARE TIED TO HOW MANY THEY CAN ROB, STEAL AND CHEAT AT ANY GIVEN TIME.

    “HENCE THE MOTIVATION TO FAIL AS MANY AS POSSIBLE”.

  15. Landless Peasant

    DWP are the SS of Cameron’s Fourth Reich.

  16. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    From: debbie

    21 June 2013

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    When an award for Benefits is given.
    It states, This is the amount of money the law says you need to
    live on.

    Can you please clarify, what this actually means please??

    What help is available if you CANNOT live on this amount??
    Due to bills/outgoings.

    Surely, this is against the Human Rights Act. Article 25??

    Yours faithfully,

    Debbie Price
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    DWP answer

    The European Convention of Human Rights does not give an automatic right to receive
    benefit. Where a State does provide benefits, there is no right to a particular amount. The
    Government has set the rate of benefits at an amount that it believes to be reasonable, and to
    ensure that no individual suffers destitution. This is compatible with the Convention.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.
    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Debbie’s reply and DWP’s response;

    Dear Debbie,

    I am writing in response to your review request received on 25 June. An internal review has
    been carried out by someone of a senior grade to the person who dealt with your original
    request. I am now in a position to respond to you. In your review request you said:

    I’ll draw your attention to The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights.
    There most definitely IS an Article 25.
    Which is what I was referring to.

    I suggest you read it.

    SO, what is the point of saying, ‘this is the amount the law says you need to live on’?? When it
    actually does not mean anything at all, basically!

    Government Ministers ought to try living on it!!

    How can you expect someone having to survive on JSA to also have to pay council tax and the
    under occupancy charge then?
    They can’t!!

    People are starving.
    People are committing suicide.
    And, no one cares.
    Least of all this government.
    It’s like bashing your head against a brick wall.
    Asking for help.

    And, all you can do is refer to this, that and the other.

    Like I said, no one cares.

    I have decided that we fully answered your question and I have nothing further to contribute.
    Freedom of Information is only about providing recorded information held and not about
    providing opinions, explanations, generating answers to questions, or creating or obtaining
    information it does not hold.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.
    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    “Debbie’s argument is very powerful, inasmuch as the DWP state that the benefit you receive, is the amount that the law says you need to live on………………
    Therefore the DWP, when invoking a sanction against someone, are fully aware that the aforesaid persons life is at risk.

    The DWP have been asked on numerous occasions to pinpoint the law that actually states this and have always come up empty handed supplying an answer, preferring to be vague and make out it is contained in many laws.

    When applying a sanction they are consciously aware that the decision could result in death, therefore the decision maker is culpable and should face prosecution.

    Mistreat an animal and face the consequences, mistreat a human being that leads to death and this is totally acceptable, or is it?

    Litigation starts with a single case……………………

  17. The problem is some Davros types are just too bone idle and seem to spend all day BOLDING bad lyrics on here. My advice to them is grease up your wheels Charlton and get a job.

    • If you mean “Chorlton and the Wheelies” then CHORLTON is a DRAGON and doesn’t have wheels. Get your facts right before quoting stuff at others. Stupid pillock.

      • ”Sebastian’ if that is indeed his real name hasn’t even got two brain cells to rub together in his tiny pea-sized head. I wouldn’t bother about replying to anything he says on here as he is not yet capable of growing out of nappies and dummies. Mummy is being far too generous in his life again whilst his daddy is out every night down the local pub getting pissed on strong beer. Posh nobs like ‘sebastian’ only lower the tone and don’t need the oxygen of publicity to encourage them more. Eton pricks like him should be strung up feet first on the nearest lamp post to their public schools..

  18. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    PART I The Convention Rights and Freedoms
    Article 2 Right to life

    1Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law. No one shall be deprived of his life intentionally save in the execution of a sentence of a court following his conviction of a crime for which this penalty is provided by law.

    2Deprivation of life shall not be regarded as inflicted in contravention of this Article when it results from the use of force which is no more than absolutely necessary:

    (a)in defence of any person from unlawful violence;

    (b)in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained;

    (c)in action lawfully taken for the purpose of quelling a riot or insurrection.

  19. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “NO ONE SHALL BE DEPRIVED OF HIS LIFE INTENTIONALLY SAVE IN THE EXECUTION OF A SENTENCE OF A COURT FOLLOWING HIS CONVICTION OF A CRIME FOR WHICH THE PENALTY IS PROVIDED BY LAW”

    ………………ANY SANCTION IS A BREACH OF THIS LAW.

    • Try telling that to my local JCP and they would only laugh at you and deny the law applies also to them.

  20. Down with Nazism and Neo Liberalism
    Help For the UnderDog and Compassion Not Cruelty

  21. Today the 31st of July Mark’s the Anniversary of the Nasty Nazi Party winning
    more than 38% of the General Election in 1932
    When Adolf Hitler became Chancellor in 1933 the Evil Nazi Regime
    Persecuted the Poor and Vulnerable

    Since the ConDemNazi Regime came to Power in May 2010
    the Poor have had Things made Worse whilst too Many have
    Fiddled About in a Political Zombie Trance

    David Clapson is a Victim of the ConDems

    No to Nazism in 1933 No to Nazism in 2014

    • Political Zombie Trance – too busy exorcising Hitler’s Ghost while the real stars are yet to appear. :-)

    • Iain Duncan Smith’s eyes are far too close together.

      The bald clown has clearly a criminal family past, and most likely with a great-grandfather named Himmler.

  22. Today was the day when all of the entire SEETEC computer networks crashed and failed completely, leaving every single computer used by staff and customers totally knackered. So to pass the time I ended up doing crosswords in the local papers all day from 10:30am to around 4:00pm. No one in that poky office seemed to have a clue what was going on nor offered any explanation of how the laughable situation could have been avoided and fixed. HA HA FUCKING HA! :)

    • A4e are also crap when it comes to IT, so that doesn’t surprise me. However, as Seetec could not ensure provision of the resources their ‘customers’ are required to use, they should have allowed you to go home instead of expecting you to stay there all day.

  23. I couldn’t get onto Universal mismatch today – therefore, I really couldn’t care either

  24. The Boneheaded Arrogance of Ivory Towers makes my Blood Boil
    with Rage

  25. The 1st of August 2014 Mark’s the 180th Anniversary of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 Coming into Force in 1834 .

    This Abolished Slavery in the British Empire except from the East India Company Territories Saint Helena and the Island of Ceylon through Slavery was Abolished in these places in 1843 .

    Briton’s should Oppose Slavery Not Collaborate with it .

    Shame on those who Do

    • Did they really outlaw slavery … the indentured servitude of the indigenous peoples of the British Isles would suggest otherwise.

  26. Looking through the claimant commitment booklet I was given today that has enough pages for a few months, it appears that we have to describe two different efforts we are going to make over the next fortnight to find employment. Can we use the same questions every fortnight? lol

    • Obi Wan Kenobi

      The Claimant Commitment is where key information will be recorded about the claimant’s availability for work, the types of work they are most suited to do and the high level regular work search activities the claimant will do to help them find and keep a job.

      There may be times when the claimant has recorded their activities to the same standard in a different format. In cases like theses, the Work Coach and Assistant Work Coach should then encourage the claimant to revert to use of the My Work Plan booklet.

      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

  27. i have to put 7 things a week on my job search, look for local adds look for work on the internet ring employers check local papers ect mines the same most of the time bar the diif jobs i app for each week.

  28. That’s interesting super ted. When you sign fortnightly does your advisor ever question your efforts or does he or she just accept it?
    I heard today that if the advisor thinks a claimant isn’t doing enough they can suspend benefits before a decision maker looks into the doubt. That would leave the claimant with no money and having to rush to the council to make a new claim for housing benefit or build up rent arrears.

    • I heard today that if the advisor thinks a claimant isn’t doing enough they can suspend benefits before a decision maker looks into the doubt.

      In the rush to sanction doubt there is any legal diligence between the doubt being raised and the sanction being enforced.

      In any case from doubt to appeal the DWP do not adhere to the process of law they make it up as the go along.

      The Labour Party’s targeting benefit thieves campaigns criminalised welfare recipients and destroyed any credibility claimants had/have before the law.

      • …………..INVENTING MORE LIES TO REPLACE THE PREVIOUS LIES, “FICTITIOUS LEGISLATION CREATION”, BACKED BY THE PUPPETS IN WIGS…………………………

  29. iv not got an adviser any more they got board off trying to sanction me and failing so now have no adviser and just sign on.

    i done such a good job at pissing them off none of them on the second floor want to deal with me anymore.;)

  30. Obi Wan Kenobi

    Jobcentre Sanctions:

    Stitching-up claimants is all part of the job, says Jobcentre insider.

    Former Jobcentre Plus adviser tells of a “brutal and bullying” culture of “setting claimants up to fail”

    “The pressure to sanction customers was constant,” he said. “It led to people being stitched-up on a daily basis.”

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/stitching-up-claimants-part-job-says-3537051

    • Landless Peasant

      I was told at Jobcentre (Bradford) that Sanctions are at the discretion of the Adviser, but that I would not be Sanctioned so long as I brought solid evidence of jobsearch activity/applications at each signing appointment. True, people can get Sanctioned for other things, like refusing to do MWA, etc, but you will sail through the signing-on ordeal IF you bring evidence. And I was told this despite the fact that I do not use UJM nor do I allow them access.

      • Landless Peasant

        p.s.

        I don’t have a Claimant booklet either, I just print off screen-grabs of My Applications on CV Library, and they’re happy with that.

        • Obi Wan Kenobi

          Same here, I don’t use UJ at all, just use C.V. Library and take screen prints to back up my Job log (ES4JP). I’ve had no probs doing this, although occasionally I get asked why I won’t use UJ – I tell them that there’s no point as 90% of the jobs advertised on there are ‘Fake or Scams’ and the few genuine jobs are poached from other websites.

          • @obi

            Does that mean that you have not yet been forced to sign up to the claimant commitment that will eventually replace your jobseekers agreement. It’s being rolled out around the country and will soon be compulsory for everyone. The days of just taking in photocopies are numbered and the way they ignore the rules benefits can be suspended and even if you are in the right it would take a few weeks at least to get benefits reinstated. I did notice a list last week somewhere online that stated what parts of the country the claimant commitment had started to be put in place. Before I attend again in two weeks time it would be good to know if anyone managed to avoid making their CV public on UJM as one of the things I am supposed to do according to the booklet.

  31. @landless peasant
    When you say you don’t have a claimant commitment booklet does that mean you have not signed the claimant commitment and are still under your jobseekers agreement conditions? I had to sign up to it this week and given the booklet that I have to fill in and the advisor told me that they are gradually bringing it in as it used to be just for new signings but not it will be forced on all jobseekers.
    Inside the first page they have a box that has to be ticked that says that I have to sign up to UJM which I did ages ago but it also states that I must have a public CV which up until now I have kept private.
    It would be interesting to know what people on the claimant commitment have done when it comes to making their CV public on UJM. Have they gone along with it or refused and faced any consequences.?

    • Landless Peasant

      I can’t remember signing a claimant commitment, and haven’t been issued with any booklet. A while ago, last year shortly after completing the Work Programme, I was asked to sign something saying I was now expected to spend 35 hours a week jobseeking, and I already have a UJM account (well, 3 different ones, but can’t log-on to any of them!). I have refused them access to UJM and simply present my evidence in printed form.

    • I made my CV public last October. Since then I have only been invited to apply for one job. This was as a graduate trainee – I completed my post-graduate studies 30 years ago this year. You may ask why I am not working. My job evaporated like the mornng mist last year and since then I have encountered “ageism” and feeble excuses from both employers and agencies. Work until 70 – dream on!

  32. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “PLACING TINSEL ON THE GRAVES OF THE DISABLED THE DWP HAVE ALREADY MURDERED”

    ………………….ARSEHOLES MUST BE PUCKERING IN THE THE FRONT BENCHES AT THE THOUGHT OF THE HUGE LITIGATION SCANDAL THAT IS DRAWING EVER CLOSER……………………

    KILLING HUMAN BEINGS WITH MENTAL OR PHYSICAL DISABILITIES, HAD TO BE THE BRAINCHILD OF SOME SICK FUCK FROM WITHIN THE WALLS OF A NAZI EXTERMINATION CAMP, NOT TWENTY FIRST CENTURY THINKING.

    AS THE MORTALITY RATES INCREASE AT AN UNPRECEDENTED SCALE, THE GOVERNMENT ARE DOING ALL THEY CAN TO PRETEND THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP US “INCOMPLETE, UNWORTHY PEOPLE”.

    TODAY ON THE BBC NEWS THEY ARE TRYING TO HERALD A NEW DAWN FOR THE DISABLED, TRUMPETING THE IDEOLOGY THAT WE CAN LESSEN THE BURDEN OF OUR DISABILITY IN THE WAY WE SHOP AROUND……………

    SOME FACELESS BASTARD WITH A DOUBLE BARRELED NAME CAN SUGGEST WAYS TO SHOP THAT WILL ALLEVIATE THE BURDEN OF OUR SUFFERINGS.

    “IT IS NOTHING SHORT OF PLACING TINSEL ON THE GRAVES OF THE DISABLED THE DWP HAS ALREADY MURDERED”……………………………..

    ATOS WAS JUST A PIECE OF CLEVERLY ACQUIRED CAMOUFLAGE FOR THE REAL ASSASSINS IN OUR DEPARTMENT OF WORKS AND PENSIONS, WHO ACT ON INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE LIKES OF THE AMERICAN PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE GIANT, UNUM.

    DRESSING MURDER UP AS A WELFARE REFORM AND SELLING IT TO OUR QUEEN TO AUTHORISE, IS NOT THE ACT OF SANE PEOPLE, IT IS AN ACT OF GENOCIDE, CULPABLE HOMICIDE, MASS MURDER……………….

    “STATE EXECUTION”

    I AM NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT, NEVER HAVE BEEN, NEVER WILL BE, THE ONLY ONES WHO WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VENT THEIR ANGER ARE THOSE ALREADY IN THE GROUND, THE ONES HIDDEN FROM FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS.

    THE ACT OF NON DISCLOSURE IS AN ACT OF GUILT. IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY INNOCENT OF ANY CHARGE THAT MAY BE BROUGHT AGAINST YOU.

    OUR DWP AND IT’S TRIGGER MEN, THE PCS SPECIALLY PROMOTED SANCTION SQUAD ARE THE NEW GOD………….

    THEY HAVE THE DIVINE RIGHT TO DECIDE IF A PERSON LIVES OR DIES, THE RIGHT TO REMOVE THE MECHANISM THAT SUSTAINS LIFE, MONEY………..

    LIFE OF HUMAN BEINGS HAS REPLACED FOX HUNTING AS THE TOFFEE NOSED ELITES NUMBER ONE SPORT.
    WHY CHOOSE TO SEE A FOX RIPPED TO SHREDS IN A FEW MOMENTS WHEN YOU CAN WATCH A DISABLED SUFFER IN DESTITUTION WHILE STRUGGLING TO HANG ON TILL THE LAST BREATH?.

    THEY SAY EVIL HAS NO BOUNDARIES BUT THIS COALITION GOVERNMENT WENT OVER THAT BOUNDARY WHEN THEY CHOSE TO DO BATTLE WITH THOSE WHO WOULD GIVE THE LEAST RESISTANCE, THE DISABLED.

    WE MIGHT NOT BE A PRETTY SIGHT, NOT THE STUFF OF CATWALKS, BUT WE ARE NEVERTHELESS, HUMAN BEINGS, LIKE IT OR LUMP IT…………………………..

    AS FOR MY THIRTY TWO POUNDS PER WEEK THAT YOU HAVE PAID ME AND MY FAMILY FOR OVER 13 MONTHS, I WILL TRY AND SPEND IT WISELY TO MAKE SURE EVERY PENNY DOES NOT GO TO WASTE!

  33. Another Fine Mess

    If a PA with 20 years experience can’t get a job in the centre of London then what hope is there for the rest.

    Perhaps Dunkoff can suggest something. Even tougher sanctions? 6 months community sentence?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/08/01/gerri-spiers-sandwich-board-lady-job_n_5640855.html

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11005971/Unemployed-PA-makes-herself-a-walking-advert-for-work.html

    • Don’t give them any ideas, next DWP work coaches will be mandating the unemployed to parade through town centres nailed to sandwich boards in a JCP ritual of public crucifixion.

      Would question the judgement of someone that has such a penchant for public humiliation.

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  35. WHO WILL TAKE OVER THE HELM OF THE TOTALLY BIASED, MINISTRY OF DISINFORMATION, ALSO KNOWN AS THE BBC?

    IT’S EASY TO ASSUME THE PERSON CHOSEN WILL BE A FOREGONE CONCLUSION, IT CERTAINLY WILL BE, BUT WHOEVER GETS THERE FIRST WILL HOLD THE POWER OF THE GREATEST PROPAGANDA MACHINE EVER INVENTED.

    THEY GATHER THE HEADLINES FROM FAR AND WIDE AND THEN DISSECT IT AND REASSEMBLE IT TO FOCUS ON WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO HEAR.

    A MODERN DAY SPIN DOCTOR, VERY SIMILAR TO MY ATOS EXAMINATION REPORT………

    IN WHAT RESPECT YOU MAY ASK?

    ATTENDING MY EXAMINATION I WAS COVERED IN CUTS AND BRUISES TO MY FOREHEAD MY ARMS AND HANDS……………

    THE TRAINED,(PLEASE DON’T LAUGH) HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL, EMMA BRODRICK, ASKED ME WHY I WAS IN SUCH A STATE AND I TOLD HER I HAD FALLEN FROM A BUS IN YORK AFTER MY WALKING STICK GOT STUCK IN THE STEPS………………

    LO AND BEHOLD, THE NEWS WAS TOTALLY REWRITTEN TO SAY THAT MR REYNOLDS COULD TRAVEL TO YORK ON A BUS UNAIDED…………………

    “written three times on my reports”

    NO MENTION OF THE CUTS AND BRUISES!

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE POLITICIANS DO WITH THE BBC, TWIST THE FACTS TO SUIT THE DIRECTION OF SPIN……………

    “CANNED BULLSHIT”

    • geoff
      bbc bias never…they claimed 400 folk @ the recent bias ceilidh @ pacific quay glasgow 27 july….yet 1207 a4 sized numbered counter sheets were handed out so as to be clearly seen by cameras…so what they did was show stills that were taken @ the early stage of the protest….

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        ………….Pattons parliamentary puppets. Even this morning they were at it again, stating that Cameron signed his card on the wreath he laid, but Miliband didn’t………………………………

        Fuck the license fees……………………..

        • GEOFF REYNOLDS

          “DISABLED CASH COWS PAYING FOR TONY AND GEORGES PRIVATE WAR”

          OBAMA HAS HINTED AT RENEWED AIR STRIKES AGAINST MILITANT FACTIONS IN IRAQ, MEANING THAT CAMERON, BEING THE LOYAL LAPDOG THAT HE IS, MUST FOLLOW SUIT…………..

          IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS HE WILL BE ON THE BLOWER OFFERING UNCONDITIONAL AIR SUPPORT, SHOULD OUR PARLIAMENT PERMIT IT.

          IF THEY HAVE ANY SENSE THEY WILL REJECT IT OUT OF HAND.

          BUT GIVEN THAT OUR GOVERNMENT ARE STILL LOATHE TO SUSPEND WEAPONS EXPORT LICENSES TO THE ISRAELIS, EVEN AFTER WORLD CONDEMNATION, WHO WILL FOOT THE BILL?

          THE ANSWER IS SO OBVIOUS, IT HITS YOU BETWEEN THE EYES………………

          “LETS CARRY ON ROBBING THOSE WHO ARE LEAST LIKELY TO FIGHT BACK”

          THAT’S RIGHT, THE DISABLED AND POOR………………………

          THE ONLY TRUE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ARE OUR UK GOVERNMENT AS THEY TRY TO HIDE THE EVER GROWING MORTALITY STATISTICS AGAINST THEIR OWN PEOPLE……

          FOR EVERY BULLET FIRED THERE IS A PRICE, SOMEONE HAS TO PAY, UNFORTUNATELY THE BILL IS BEING PAID, NOT BY THE BANKERS WHO CAPITALISE ON WAR, JUST THE PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY INFIRM.

          PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENT OR PIP, ALLOWS THE AUTHORITIES TO LOAD THE WEAPONS WITH THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE STOLEN AND INTEND TO ROB BLINDLY.

          WHEN MCVEY ADDRESSED PARLIAMENT AND SAID THAT SOME 600,000 WOULD LOSE OUT ON PIP TESTS, IT WAS AN ADMISSION THAT THEY ALREADY KNEW 600,000 WOULD BE STRIPPED OF THEIR BENEFITS……………..

          “THIS WAS NOT AN EXAMINATION IT WAS A FOREGONE CONCLUSION, THEFT ON AN EPIC SCALE”

          STRANGELY, THE VERY PEOPLE WHO THEY SEND TO FIGHT, OUR MILITARY, ARE HAVING TO WAIT UNPRECEDENTED LENGTH’S OF TIME TO GET COMPENSATION DUE THE INJURIES THEY HAVE SUSTAINED……………..

          THE MOD HAS QUOTED THAT THE “CLAIMS CULTURE” IS THE BEHIND THE RISE IN COMPENSATION……………

          MIND YOU, ATOS ARE STILL PLAYING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN DISABILITY DENIAL TO OUR LIMBLESS, WAR TORN PERSONNEL.

          FANCY HAVING TO FIGHT FOR KING AND COUNTRY AND END UP FIGHTING ATOS FOR BENEFITS THAT SHOULD BE PAYABLE…………………

          “I SUSPECT THAT ATOS WOULD BE WORSE THAN THE TALIBAN”

          WHO IS WORSE, SHARIA LAW OR THE LAW ACCORDING TO THE DWP AND IT’S SIDEKICK, THE COURTS AND TRIBUNALS SYSTEM?

          CLEGG IS NO PROCLAIMING NEW FUNDING FOR THE PEOPLE WITH MENTAL PROBLEMS, SHOULD HE BE ELECTED……………..

          THE PRE ELECTION HYPE IS STARTING TO GATHER MOMENTUM…………

          PROPAGANDA IS CHEAP, ASK THOSE DISABLED WHO HAVE BEEN STRIPPED OF THEIR ABILITY TO LIVE A NORMAL A LIFE AS POSSIBLE………….

          “WARS ALWAYS MAKE PROFIT, BUT THE WAR AGAINST THE DISABLED PRODUCES ONLY VICTIMS, HIDDEN FROM VIEW ON DUNCAN SMITHS DIARY OF DEATH, WELFARE REFORMS”

  36. Please help. What is this telephone. no. 08000232635.?? DWP review.?. Seemed genuine. But is it a new tactic against us.?

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