Snouts In The Trough: Legal Loan Shark Firm Cosies Up To Iain Duncan Smith At Tory Dinner

snouts-in-the-troughA company which harasses people in their homes to take out small loans with huge interest rates enjoyed a slap up meal with Iain Duncan Smith at the Tory Party’s Winter fundraising dinner.

The Bureax of Investigative Journalism revealed over the weekend that three executives of a doorstep lenders CLC Finance shared a table with the Secretary of State at the glitzy event where attendees were reported to have a combined wealth of £22 billion.  According to the website, they enjoyed a ‘wide-ranging discussion’with IDS on matters including Universal Credit.  Perhaps they discussed the propsed five week waiting period for the new benefit or the current benefit sanctioning regime which is forcing hundreds of thousands of people into debt and destitution.

CLC Finance are the kind of bastards who persuade you to take out a hundred quid loan and then want a hundred and fifty back from you over the next five months.  Their vile business model is based on the real poverty trap – the stark fact that if you are hungry, or your kid needs shoes, then you will be forced to make short term decisions that have negative consequences in the future.  This doesn’t just lead to poor people staying poor, it makes people in poverty poorer.

There has been no better friend to loan sharks, whether legal or otherwise, than Iain Duncan Smith.  One of his most vindictive welfare reforms was scrapping Crisis Loans, small advance payments which were repayable out of benefits and barely cost the tax payer a penny.  What they meant was that if someone’s oven broke down, they were a vicitm of crime, or faced a similar emergency, then they would not be dependent on scum like Wonga or CLC Finance.

The DWP’s first move was to divert the funding for Crisis Loans to Local Authorities and tell them they could do as they please with it.  Many set up foodstamp style voucher schemes, whilst some abandoned their poorest residents completely and simply sat on most of the money.  Then, at the beginning of this year and around the time of the Tory Fundraising Dinner, the Government announced they would be ending even this scant funding.  This decision prompted many councils to say they would no longer provide any emergency help at all.

A Judicial Review brought by Child Poverty Action Group has prompted the DWP to ‘rethink’ this decision, pending a recently launched pulic consultation.  Of course the real consultations take place around expensive dining tables where private sector poverty pimps cosy up to ministers and discuss ways to make themselves richer at the expense of the rest of us.

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87 responses to “Snouts In The Trough: Legal Loan Shark Firm Cosies Up To Iain Duncan Smith At Tory Dinner

  1. Directors of the FTSE 100 saw a 21% increase in their salaries over the last year according to the FT, while average wages have not kept pace with inflation. This at a time when FTSE 100 slid to its lowest level since July 2013. A clear sign that neoliberal capitalism is riddled with Ponzi schemes aimed at robbing, workers pensions and the poor.

    “The Ponzi economy” by Prof. Kaushik Basu, Scientific American June 2014
    http://usaponzi.com/files/89610065.pdf

  2. BOYCOTT TOM PRIDE!

    • keep it off here please Guy

    • and welcome back by the way

      • I never left, I just comment less and still will, not because of the moaners but because I realize honesty doesn’t pay.
        Tom Said you can say what you like about me and when I did he banned me.

        • FromThe OtherSite

          I asked Tom Pride not to ban you, and I don’t think he should have done. That’s not because I agree with you, it’s because I think your foul bigoted views should be challenged openly.

          • From the other site.

            F off back there.

            • FromThe OtherSite

              No, I think I’ll stay awhile and see what kind of things you say. You never know, I might even give you my opinion about them!

              • from the other site.

                Well perhaps you should be banned from this site for your opinions, because anyone who doesn’t agree with the pride and his puppets opinion is a bigot.
                You forget that others have their OWN opinions and do not follow like sheep.

    • (not satire – it’s the UK today!) what’s Tom being saying guy?

    • “There has been something very fishy about the whole Madeleine McCann abduction case from the very start. This woman, Brenda Leyland, 63, who suicide herself was living quite near Rothley in Leics where the McCann family live. There is also something fishy about Martin Brunt of Sky News tracking Miss Leyland down to her house and putting pressure on her, apart from the question of whether he got hold of her home address illegally. If Miss Leyland had been acting improperly on a social media site, well this is surely a matter for Twitter and/or The Police to address, not for a journalist such as Martin Brunt, and certainly not trailing her right to her home address as a journalistic ‘stunt’. If I was the judge, I would hang Martin Brunt in a public square and all the rest of the Sky News team of dodgy reporters.” Big deal guy, but just how did this fucker Martin Cunt track this poor woman down. These journo cunts could track anybody down!

      • The Madeleine McCann abduction is a mystery that is not going to go away, guy. This isn’t a fucking backward shit-hole of a country like Afghanistan where you round up a few random dudes, have a 30 minute ‘trial’, and hang them a couple of days later: case closed. We want answers!

      • Trace Log, it wouldn’t pay any of these journo bloggers to come looking for me, they might get more than they bargained for, I am more than ready to have my say and not be silenced so that they can then add more insults after they have banned you and no right to reply.

        Perhaps JV can do a story on that?

  3. Landless Peasant

    EAT THE RICH.

  4. overburdenddonkey

    an absolute insult to decent people we must vote all sleaze bags out of WM massive turn out…vote monster raving loony party if you must, but sweep these greedy neo-liberal bastards away….

  5. What concerns me about this pairing of loan shark companies and the DWP is that I have read a number of times over the past year of DWP plans to introduce ‘financial planning/funding help’ for ‘troubled.struggling families who are experiencing money difficulties etc who are claiming social security. If I recall, this ‘help and support’ would be contracted in using private companies. Could it be that IDS is eyeballing these companies for the funding/loans et?!! This would be truly shocking if this is their plan.

    • Another Fine Mess

      https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

      A new independent service offering financial advice to UK families has been launched.
      In England and Northern Ireland, the face-to-face service is delivered by public sector contractor A4E,
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12960667

    • This so called new financial funding is just old financial funding for those on benefits that has been stolen from them from successive governments.
      You have to be old enough to remember that, because when it comes to teaching on the welfare state, some of it is omitted. I know I requested the documentation that the BBC were offering on the welfare state to see just what had been omitted or added from history.

  6. And this shower of bastards as well

  7. Jesusisananarchist

    Why have the twitter update links on the right of the page stopped working lately? I’ve noticed this on other sites as well. Are they being removed due to State pressure ?

  8. Check out my movie, guy Antichrist😉

    • This was shown on Film Four recently. This is about as far from your standard toofy Tom Cruise-esque fare that it gets. The opening scene where Charlotte and that bloke are shagging whilst their kid is falling to his death is haunting🙂

      PLOT SPOILER:

      It is revealed at the end that Charlotte did see her child falling to his death and did nothing to stop it – because she is the👿 ANTICHRIST!!👿

      • plot spoiler

        Was the man she was having sex with not the anti -christ also as he obviously did nothing to prevent the child falling to his death.
        Who writes these idiotic plots?

        • No guy, he didn’t see – he was on top off her with his back to the window😀 She just lay there watching as he was pumping away and watched the kiddie falll to his death Watch the end🙂

          • Luck the social services didn’t find out🙂

          • Plot spoiler, I don’t watch such rubbish, keeping with tradition down the ages, it is a woman that is the antichrist, witch, harridan etc.

            Why didn’t the gays get a look in jas they are always trying to do, like brokeback mountain and maybe’s for once it could have been a gay men having sex and one of them could have let their surrogate child fall off a cliff making a man the antichrist?

            Personally I think acceptance of corruption down the centuries makes us all the antichrist.

            • “DWP, WHAT DEATHS?”

              Dear A.Clerk,

              Freedom of Information ref: 2014- IR258/270/279/328

              Thank you for your request for an internal review of your Freedom of Information request 2014-
              2002 which was answered on 8 September 2014.

              You asked:

              IR258
              “I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions’s
              handling of my FOI request ‘Atos Deaths’.

              You have refused to respond to my request within 20 working days and are now
              breaking the law.
              Please respond immediately!!”

              IR270
              “I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions’s
              handling of my FOI request ‘Atos Deaths’.

              You have refused to respond to my request within 20 working days.

              Please respond immediately!!”

              IR279
              “I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions’s
              handling of my FOI request ‘Atos Deaths’.

              Further to my recent correspondence in respect of this request I do not seem to have
              had a reply which is very disappointing to say the least. As a tax payer, I would have
              appreciated a timely response that was in line with existing foi law.
              Perhaps you can re-instil my faith in this government by replying?”

              IR328
              “I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions’s
              handling of my FOI request ‘Atos Deaths’.

              Further to my recent correspondence in respect of this request I do not seem to have
              had a reply which is very disappointing to say the least. As a tax payer, I would have
              appreciated a timely response.
              Perhaps you can re-instil my faith in this government by replying?”

              In your original request you asked:

              “Under the Freedom Of Information act I would like to request the number of recorded
              deaths of the UK population judged to be fit for work following assessments by
              ATOS/WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENTS.

              This should include all deaths including “Suicides.”

              Please also provide details of ongoing legal investigations into the deaths of the UK
              population judged to be fit for work following assessments by ATOS/WORK
              CAPABILITY ASSESSMENTS.”

              I am of a senior grade to the person who dealt with your request previously, and can confirm
              that I have carried out an internal review. In conducting my review, I have discussed the
              reasons why the original reply was late and the handling and the decisions made by the officer
              who handled it.

              Your original request was received on 27 April 2014 and a reply was due by 27 May 2014. I
              can see that this did not happen and apologise for the delay in providing the response.

              If you have any queries about this letter please contact us quoting the reference number
              above.

              Yours sincerely,

              DWP Central FoI Team

              • “HIDING ONE DEATH CONSTITUTES A CRIME, HIDING THOUSANDS IS A MASSACRE THAT SHOULD BE REPORTED TO THE WAR CRIMES COMMISSION”

                • GEOFF REYNOLDS

                  “LORD FREUD STATES SOME DISABLED PEOPLE ARE NOT WORTHY OF THE MINIMUM WAGE”

                  This evil bag of shit should not be in office, a petition should be forthcoming to drive him from office………..

                  Comments like this show the reason why our present government are breaking every law ever written on disability equality.

                  Claiming £300 every time he shows his heinous face in the Lords is ten times what i am being given to live on each week despite being declared disabled for life.
                  Having any kind of disability is hard, this mans nazi doctrines have no place in parliament.

                  I did not choose to have a disability, it was thrust upon me by an industrial accident after working twenty four years in which i had an impeccable attendance record.

                  Freud and his ilk, are the type of people who would be embarrassed to enter dialogue with a person with disability, thinking the mental or physical imbalance makes that person socially outcast…………

                  Indeed, it is not the outward appearance that makes a human being, it is the person behind the mask of the ailment.

                  FREUD would take the easy option to maintain the true aryan line when addressing a damaged subject, a bullet in the back of the neck……….

                  Having witnessed his cruel motives today, i can honestly say, this is what the uk disabled would like to do to him,

                  ……………………….the sooner the better, i may add.

                • GEOFF REYNOLDS

                  “THE RETURN OF THE NASTY PARTY”

                • GEOFF REYNOLDS

                  The human rights of people with disabilities

                  The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2008) is an international agreement drawn up by states with the involvement of disabled people which affirms that people with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else.

                  The Convention was ratified on 8 June 2009 by the United Kingdom. This means the Government is legally bound to protect the human rights of its citizens with disabilities.

                  …………………….except in the uk where the coalition ignore all human rights and the judiciary have been instructed to ignore them.

                • GEOFF REYNOLDS

                  “SOON YOU WILL WITNESS THE TRUE MEANING OF EQUALITY, AS THE DISTRIBUTION OF ANTI EBOLA VACCINES ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE RICH, BUT LIMITED TO THE POOR AND DISABLED”

                • overburdenddonkey

                  geoff
                  “David Cameron has been forced to disassociate himself from the welfare reform minister Lord Freud after Ed Miliband revealed that he told a fringe meeting at the recent Tory conference that some disabled people are “not worth” the minimum wage.”
                  https://archive.today/GAcVn

            • I think that the thesis is that women are inherently evil. Look at Maggie Thatcher ffs.

            • @ guy fawkes I think the thesis is that women are inherently evil. Look at Maggie Thatcher ffs!

              • Diablo's Sister

                What sort of mother DELIBERATELY puts the shoes of her kiddie on the wrong way round resulting in a foot deformity, guy? 1:09:10 into the movie!? You saying this is somehow OK!? You would have to be pure fucking evil guy!! “Must have been a mistake”, yeah sure!

              • Diablo

                Look at IDS,Freud, Blair, Cameron, Farrage …………

                • But of you take a closer look at IDS,Freud, Blair, Cameron, Farrage ………… you will find a woman or women working their strings. What you say still doesn’t change the thesis that women are inherently evil. Discuss. PS you really need to stop watching trash TV and shite Holly wood flicks.

                • Lars

                  It show’s how weak men are if women can pull their strings and anything else the man and his needs require.
                  I don’t pull anyone’s strings, I want people to think for themselves.
                  You would like the movie Mr trier, but I think you could tri a lot harder to produce something more original.

  9. mohammad is antichrist

    Sorry Jesusisananarchist, mine should have said mohammad is an anarchist, but the media when writing about the muslims call them the antichrist or accuse them of being such hence my error.

  10. “PAY PEANUTS AND EXPECT FUCK ALL IN RETURNS”

    Income tax is likely to fall short of the government’s target for this financial year despite record employment, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has warned.

    The UK budgetary watchdog said many new jobs were low paid or created through low-paid self-employment.

    OBR chairman Robert Chote told the BBC fewer revenues were coming in for each new pound earned.

    The first £10,000 earned a year is free from income tax.

    Figures from HM Revenue & Customs show that of the growing number of people who work for themselves, 35% earn less than £10,000 a year

  11. Lars Von Trier.

    The world loves a trier 🙂

  12. “BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION, UTTER SCUM PERSONIFIED”
    Place their begging bags in the trash and walk straight past their shops, they are not a charity but an organisation that leeches on the vulnerable……

    From: J Roberts

    12 October 2014

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    The British Heart Foundation has stated:

    ‘We have recently established an important partnership with Job
    Centre Plus to actively promote volunteering as an option for
    anyone who is unemployed and wants to gain work experience.’

    http://www.bhf.org.uk/about-us/our-polic

    1. Please provide details of the total number of similar
    partnerships Jobcentre Plus has with companies, charities etc.

    2. Please provide all information that organisations working in
    partnership with Jobcentre Plus in a way similar to that of the
    British Heart Foundation would be given by Jobcentre Plus/DWP
    concerning the general nature of such partnerships.

    3. Please provide copies of all Jobcentre Plus/DWP pro forma
    documents that organisations working in partnership with Jobcentre
    Plus in a way similar to that of the British Heart Foundation would
    be required to sign.

    4. Please provide the date on which the ‘partnership’ with the
    British Heart Foundation began.

    Yours faithfully,

    J Roberts

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/important_partnership_with_the_b#incoming-571638

  13. Elton John becoming interested in religion, is it because they are greater in number than the LGBT voices that have dominated social policy now wants to dominate and subvert ecumanical policy to suit their lifestyles.
    I hope the pope does not succumb.

  14. Likening IDS to a pig is a slur on these rather nice social animals, who care more about each other than IDS could ever contemplate.

  15. IDS is no christian that’s for sure!
    The church loves all of us who are sinners, but not our sins.

  16. That’s what happens when you accept wrong as right!

  17. Landless Peasant

    St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is a Catholic charity headed by the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Nichols, and Anne Widecombe. SVP is a Workfare Provider in the Bradford area, using unpaid work slaves as laccies. St. Vincent is/a patron Saint of the Poor and of Slaves! Hypocrisy, much?

    http://svp.org.uk/contacts

  18. Eric Greenwood (4727)

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/06/benefits-corporate-welfare-research-public-money-businesses Business sector in the UK gets in welfare payments every year from this Govt.

    That’ll be the full £85bn then.

    EIGHTY FIVE BILLION POUND.

    A YEAR.

    NOT including HB and other income supplements for lowpaid workers.

  19. Provident loans and Greenwoods loans (same company) been getting away with it for years! Last loan I had was £700 charged me £1200. Have 5 full payment books from loads of loans I had. Finally had determination to never use again 5yrs ago. I paid £700 and refused to pay the interest! I was willing to stand in court to defend myself but they didn’t press.
    Let’s face it this world is screwed. The elite have got all the money. Too late. Everyone throwing money at CD’s, concerts ….u f..kin name it. Lovers of entertainment ….screwed us all up the arse.

  20. Have you nowt better to do than talk twaddle. The anti c…st. (refuse to use in vain) is very real. Its any of YOU who are ungodly and are being decieved. Don’t get me wrong I’m struggling myself……All what is happening is in the Bible. All these things must happen……Corruption, greed, wars,earthquakes….you name it. There’s no wonder muslims call us infidells. This country is rife with lack of natural affection, porn,just general moral colapse.
    Now the DWP are starving us at least I am remembering to thank God for what I have to eat.
    So….. I now give in. My fear of what man can do to me will elapse once I turn back to Gods ways. Everyone I know is still toiling for riches and posessions.

  21. overburdenddonkey

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    “No longer shall we allow the murder and undignified humiliation of some of our most vulnerable members of society through the disgusting actions of ATOS. No longer shall we allow the selling off of our much prized and loved NHS to allow the rich pharmaceutical companies to have full control over our health lives.”
    http://www.indyscot.info/details.php?ref=22

  22. “NICE ONE OBD, GLAD TO SEE YOU LADS PUTTING UP A FIGHT”

    Million Mask March Glasgow!

    Meet George Square 6.30 7.30pm.

    We intend to get a gathering of people who are very unhappy with their government, VERY unhappy.

    For too long we have been told that we are all in this together, but all reports show that the gap between the rich, and the poor is increasing. Massive tax cuts for multi-billion pound companies and freezes on public sector pay. Massive bonuses paid out to bankers while gas and electric prices rise to astonishing levels. Cuts and privatization to our NHS while expecting nurses and doctors to work longer hours for less money, then to be blamed for lack of time and attention to patients. I SAY ENOUGH. Now is our chance to stand united, and show the world, and our governments, that we will no longer be pushed aside. No longer shall we allow the murder and undignified humiliation of some of our most vulnerable members of society through the disgusting actions of ATOS. No longer shall we allow the selling off of our much prized and loved NHS to allow the rich pharmaceutical companies to have full control over our health lives.

    That is just in our country. Worldwide, the effects of new capitalism and the elite, power hungry is painfully clear. War is a game to them. The killing of innocents is just a by product of their profiteering from oil and arms. The entire world is standing up again as they do every year on November 5th to show them that we are here and we are watching and that we will not tolerate them any longer.

  23. “the DWP are stockpiling the deaths of their victims, for release at a future date…………………………..
    What they really mean is, should the true mortality figures be released, it would show the DWP to be exactly what they are,

    “COLD BLOODED MURDERERS WHO HIDE BEHIND LEGISLATION TO TRY AND HIDE THE GROWING CARNAGE OF ILL THOUGHT OUT WELFARE REFORMS”

    CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE…………

    From: Trudy Baddams

    12 September 2014

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
    Can you tell me how many deaths have been reported while the
    claimant was on ESA in WRAG in the last year?
    Can you be more specific with regulation 29 & 35 – the risk factor,
    “suffers from some specific disease or bodily or mental disablement
    and by reasons of such disease or disablement, would be a
    substantial risk to the mental or physical health of any person if
    the claimant were found not to have limited capability for
    work-related activity”
    One would presume that if a person was recovering from heart
    surgery could be at risk to himself and others……………..or
    someone with epilepsy, never knowing when a seizure might come,
    what are the exact guidelines to this specific descriptor in the
    WCA process?

    Yours faithfully,

    Trudy Baddams

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/deaths_while_in_wrag#incoming-571355

    • Geoff, they have never defined “work related activity” (on purpose) as this would allow risk to be assessed, individually. Have a look through the forum on http://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums to see plenty of posts from angry welfies, despairing due to this deliberate omission. This lack of definition leads tribunals to make the wrong decision ad infinitum and of course, gives free rein to the WP pimps and JC Advisers, which is what was intended all along. Even if they published the deaths and the circumstances of those in the WRAG, I don’t think there would be much chance of the DWP being taken to court because there is no definition of work related activity, thus, no way of proving that the activity or the pressure to undertake it was in anyway responsible for the death.

      • “work related activity” – what exactly the fuck does that mean? “work related activity” is wide open to interpretation… it could anything, anything literally.

        • That’s my point. They have deliberately not defined it so that any excuse can be used to end a claim or apply a sanction, or make the wrong decision on mandatory reconsideration. If you can get to the tribunal stage, it’s likely that if WRA is an issue, the wrong decision will be given.

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  25. The dwp under smith is fucking toxic,

  26. off with their heads

    i think i will skip out on this vaccine, id rather die than have to deal with the crap that this tory goverment is putting the disabled thru.

  27. Lord Fraud is a CUNT!!

    DISABLED TO WORK FOR £2 AN HOUR??!! WTF!!

  28. Lars

    It show’s how weak men are if women can pull their strings and anything else the man and his needs require.
    I don’t pull anyone’s strings, I want people to think for themselves.
    You would like the movie Mr trier, but I think you could tri a lot harder to produce something more original.

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