Here We Fucking Go! A String Of Victories Shows That When We Fight Back We Can Win

we-are-winningThe bastards are dropping like flies.  A string of victories have been won this week as people at the sharp end of austerity have shown that we don’t need giant trade unions or insincere political parties to do politics for us.

In East London, property developers Redrow have announced they are selling their £46.75m stake in 1 Commercial Street, the luxury tower block in East London.  This building has been the target of an 18 week campaign against the ‘poor doors’ which force people in the so-called affordable properties to use a different entrance to those living in the posh flats.  Rowdy weekly demonstrations have brought chaos to this busy part of London and enjoyed huge local support.  The protests are set to continue with a victory celebration next Wednesday 19th November from 6pm.

Meanwhile in Hackney the tenants on the New Era estate have driven the vile Benyon family to sell their investment in the estate where residents have been threatened with huge rent hikes.  This decision followed a lively protest when hundreds of people marched on the Benyon Estate offices and served a mock eviction on the company which is co-owned by Tory MP Richard Benyon – believed to be Britain’s richest elected politician.  Suddenly London’s property market is not looking like such a lucrative investment as everywhere people are starting to organise against soaring rents, gentrification, social segregation and evictions.*

A stunning triumph against workfare has also taken place in Liverpool where the city’s branch of the IWW Union had called a demonstration against the use of workfare by council sub-contractors Bulky Bobs.  Not only did the threat of this protest cause the organisation to pull out of unpaid work and agree to sign the Keep Volunteering Voluntary agreement, but they have also issued one of the strongest statements yet against Jobcentre workfare schemes.  Quoted on the Liverpool IWW website, Bulky Bobs say: “We are happy to support Liverpool IWW in their efforts to persuade the DWP to scrap Workfare and would urge any other business involved in the scheme to withdraw at once.”

Resistance to forced work has been strong in Liverpool, with regular protests being held and volunteer agencies in the city condemning workfare. Liverpool Council have also pledged to boycott George Osborne’s Help To Work scheme which forces claimants to work for six months without pay or face losing meagre benefits.  Liverpool could soon become the first workfare free city, which would be pretty fucking funny given that Merseyside contains the constituency of Employment Minister Esther McVey.

There was a further victory against workfare in Motherwell after LAMH Recycling also announced they would be ending their involvement with the scheme.  This social enterprise hit the headlines after local unemployed man John McArthur had his benefits stopped for refusing to work without pay at the organisation where he had previously been a paid employee.  John had held weekly protests outside the company leading to them finally withdrawing from forced labour.  Following the announcment McArthur took to twitter to thank the “extraordinary kindness of people whom I have never met but who have contacted me offering assistance. They keep alive the true spirit of charity, i.e caritas (love), and giving without seeking a fee (or free labour)”.

Finally a resurgent Class War, who also instigated the Poor Doors protests, chased Iain Duncan Smith across his leafy Chingford constituency yesterday.  Unfortunately they didn’t manage to catch the bastard but they did discover that the only way he could get people to attend his self-publicising jobs fair was to threaten to take their benefits away if they didn’t show up.  Pitiful.

At times it feels like the onslaught of shit is relentless.  But these events show that when we fight back we can win.  Don’t wait for political parties, the TUC or the growing band of celebrity lefties to tell you what to do.  Find a weak spot, organise, and kick it till it fucking breaks.

*UPDATE: 16/11/14 The tenants are reporting on twitter that Westbrook Partners who now control the estate are now threatening them with eviction.  Follow the campaign @newera4all for the latest news.

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129 responses to “Here We Fucking Go! A String Of Victories Shows That When We Fight Back We Can Win

  1. I would like to thank all those who have fought to get to Justice, Equality & Human Rights for disabled people. At lot of disabled people are not in a position to fight for these things because of there condition & disability. As one we are a force to be reckoned with & the Truths & Rights of Freedom & a right to live in peace. Things can be achieved, not through the system that is floored & stacked against us, but through understanding & morals with creative outcomes.
    Thanks – there is still much work to do for Human Rights for the disabled.

    SR

  2. The only time the Government is going to give in is if they know they are wrong, so what does that say about most of their decisions of late. They come up with ideas that are bloody useless and only affect the poor working class people. When will we get a government that has the balls to do what’s right here and in Europe.
    Someone commented about Human Rights….. well the government do not know what Human Rights are as they just pick and choose the parts of the Human rights act that they want to follow and sod the rest…the IMPORTANT parts of the act.

    • The only time the Government is going to give in is if their hand is forced and they cannot enact retroactive legislation, so what does that say about most of their decisions of late?
      FTFY, YW.😉

  3. Other companies that have withdrawn from Work fare : –

    BHS (British Home Stores) – Withdrawn
    Blue Cross – Withdrawn
    The Body Shop – Withdrawn
    Boots – Withdrawn
    Bromford Group (Wolverhampton) – Withdrawn
    Burger King – Withdrawn
    Dulwich Hamlet FC – Withdrawn
    HMV – Withdrawn
    Holland & Barrett – Withdrawn

    Some of the countless companies:

    Boycott Workfare list The anti-workfare organisation Boycott Workfare have compiled its own list of organisations that it states have participated in DWP workfare schemes
    IN FULL WIKI: –
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_organisations_who_have_participated_in_workfare_programmes

    • Department for Work and Pensions v Information Commissioner was a 2013 first-tier tribunal case in the United Kingdom. It concerned a dispute over whether companies that had participated in government ‘workfare’ schemes should be released under the Freedom of Information Act following a request by a man called Frank Zola. The tribunal ruled that the names of participant companies should be released. [1]

      The DWP appealed to the Upper Tribunal but on 15 July 2014 this was dismissed.

    • The Chuckle Sisters

      Johnny Void Media Group – Withdrawn😀

  4. Judge brands DWP jobseeker’s agreement ‘unlawful’, after action by disabled claimant

    http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/11/judge-brands-dwp-jobseekers-agreement-unlawful-action-disabled-claimant/

  5. Thanks for all the hopeful news. Gives fresh energy as we keep fighting.

  6. DWP admits investigating 60 benefit-related deaths since 2012

    By john pring – DNS 14th Nov 2014

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths in less than three years, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal.

    DWP released the figures in response to a series of Freedom of Information Act (FoI) requests by DNS.

    It said in one response that DWP had carried out “60 peer reviews following the death of a customer” since February 2012.

    Full Article:-
    http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/11/dwp-admits-investigating-60-benefit-related-deaths-since-2012/

  7. URGENT: People awaiting WCA Assessments, particularly in Birmingham Please Read and share

    DPAC – 14th Nov 2014

    DWP management target disabled benefit claimants.

    Over the next 24 hours DWP management will ‘invite’ close on 2,000 benefit claimants from Birmingham to attend interviews, with a goal of getting at least 10% off the benefit register.

    The group of benefit claimants being targeted are in the majority waiting for assessments to decide if they are able to be deemed ‘fit for work’. (The assessment formerly and controversially run by ATOS). Those waiting assessments are often disabled or vulnerable adults.

    The ‘invitation’ letter issued makes no suggestion that the attendance to these interviews is purely voluntary, indeed DWP staff in Birmingham (and Central England) have been advised verbally and by email from management to keep it to themselves that attendance to these interviews is not mandatory. One manager in a city based office was overheard saying that the way to deal with these claimants is to ‘hassle, hassle them off benefit’.

    Andrew Lloyd, PCS Midlands regional secretary that represents DWP staff said, “It is outrageous that the DWP are duping the most vulnerable by issuing this letter, and then worse still setting a target to get those off benefits, it could be argued that this approach is unlawful. Our members are totally opposed to this approach but are faced with inferred disciplinary action unless they act upon these targets.”

    [Press Release from PCS Union]

    If you receive one of these letters, or if you receive a letter about Work Focussed Interviews while you are in the support group YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND and they cannot stop your benefits if you don/t attend.

    Here is a template letter that you can use to reply to the letter from the DWP:

    Dear Sir/ madam (DWP)

    I understand that this interview is not mandatory and my non attendance will not effect my benefit payments. I am therefore exercising my right not to attend this interview.

    I want to make it clear that I will cooperate with all mandatory requirements to ensure continued payment of benefits.

    Yours
    xxxxxxx

    DPAC: –
    http://dpac.uk.net/2014/11/urgent-people-awaiting-wca-assessments-particularly-in-birmingham-please-read/

  8. That bulky bobs should give all profits made during the workfare period to those that were subjected to it.

    Remove the profit motive, the owners of a business creaming off the value of labour, and workfare suddenly becomes a better deal than a normal job!

  9. another poor soul dead due to George smith

    A DOUBLE amputee died in an apparent suicide fewer than 48 hours after being told an allowance to pay his carer was being slashed by two thirds, his sister claims.

    Mark Cotton, 54, had lost both his legs due to a medical condition and relied on paid help which had been agreed with the authorities.

    But he was visited for a re-assessment and four days later received a telephone call to say the allowance for paid care was being cut from nine hours a week to only three.

    Fewer than 48 hours later he was found dead at his home in Sevenoaks Mead, Allerton, Bradford, after apparently taking an overdose of the painkillers he needed because of his illness.

    His sister Jjeneen Sherington said he had left a note and hit out: “They are the cause of his death in my eyes.

    “He would still have been here if this hadn’t happened”.

    Mr Cotton lost one leg in 2010 and returned to work in a teaching role after that but his deteriorating health meant his remaining leg was amputated in 2012.

    Even before the second amputation he had needed care and Jjeneen was paid for nine hours a week, though said in reality she spent more time assisting him and could not work as a result.

    “When he was told he was being re-assessed he thought because his circumstances were worse, they might give him more money.

    “Then they phoned to say they were reducing his money,” she said.

    That worked out as a reduction in paid for care from nine to three hours a week, she said, and during his re-assessment interview, Mark had been asked if he could do his own ironing while sitting down, one of the tasks normally done by his sister.

    “We were going to fight the decision, through Citizens’ Advice and his MP,” she said.

    “He had loved his work and wanted to get back to a job. He had put himself through university and had started a course to learn a foreign language in the hope of being able to teach that, but his health meant he had to give it up.

    “He had always worked and put into the country, but this was what he got back.

    “The paramedics said he must have been in a lot of pain, because of the medication he had been given,” she said.

    A spokesman for Bradford Council said: “We are aware of the tragic death of Mr Cotton, who was known to Bradford Adult Services, and our thoughts are with his family.

    “Investigations will be carried out into the circumstances of this case and it would be inappropriate to comment until those investigations have been completed,” he said.

    West Yorkshire Police confirmed that a 54-year-old man was found dead after a call was made for an ambulance at 8.17am on Thursday, with no suspicious circumstances.

  10. Landless Peasant

    Nice work folks. And congratulations to Bulky Bob’s for seeing sense and doing the right thing. The Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) are still in denial however, claiming that they don’t use any mandated labour, which is a lie, they do. I know someone who is mandated to work in their Bradford furniture warehouse full-time for 6 months for no wage and under direct threat of Sanctions.

    • Shame how money corrupts…. going back a few decades a go the St Vincent De Paul were a genuine charity. I remember them delivering food parcels and stuff to my widowed mum… even though she hated the Pope😀

      • there are very few true charities anymore, its all profit, with them now , when their own md’s get 6 figures in wages.. its stopped being about helping its more about money for the bosses

      • They may still be a genuine charity and probably do some good for someone but it seems contradictory to their ethic of helping the poor, and in the case of Saint Vincent slaves in particular, whilst they are happy to *exact work or service from people under the threat of a penalty and for which the person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily*, which under any other circumstances would constitute Slavery, as is defined by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO).

  11. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    I don’t agree with Mr Void that these victories show you don’t need the TUC or the Labour party. However, I certainly agree with him in that they are a victory for the poor and the unemployed, and they certainly show what can be done when people do organise against a corrupt and exploitative system.

  12. Reblogged this on idontbelieveitagain and commented:
    Here we go, here we go, here we go.

  13. It would be a crime not to share this, seeing the b*****s getting what they deserve trying to beat the poor down….

    And for showing that we, not these fakes wearing suits, ties and fake smiles can drive change. Labour is going to be dead soon, so are some of the Unions unless they get active and screw the laws against them (thanks Maggie / Labour).

    We refuse to become a feudal society, and sure as hell refuse the idea that there is a class system and that one should go without while another goes about with excess.

  14. Reblogged this on loopeyange and commented:
    Brilliant!

    • “THE COUNTLESS THOUSANDS OF CORPSES THAT THE DWP HAVE LAID TO REST, WON;T BE SINGING, “DON’T THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS”……………………………………

      Just as surgeons are being warned that they will be sanctioned for none release of their personal mortality statistics, the DWP’S vile, heinous, murderous reign of terror seems to be caving in on itself.

      Without the likes of this JOHNNY VOID blog, and the several other big hitters, this day seemed very distant. The masters of petition have also played a most significant role in taking the wrath of the people and placing it firmly on the steps of Westminster.

      The inglorious bastards at the DWP have been working all hours to try to formulate information that will be, one day, in the public domain………

      They are constantly aware, and have been from day one, of the mortality statistics concerning the welfare reforms. Even ermine collared, old wrinkly must be feeling a bit of remorse for putting her name to it all.

      If the Office for National Statistics can spin figures, i am sure the DWP can keep the death count to a bare minimum.

      Cracks in the hated system that takes human lives, are appearing thick and fast, the DWP now like a one fingered man trying to stop water escaping from a colander……….
      One of their own tribunal judges has suddenly decided that the jobseekers agreements are invalid because claimants are forced to sign under duress, whatever next?

      The bugles of the US cavalry are in hearing range as the HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION starts to untangle the DWP killing fields, even the stormtroopers are starting to mutiny. Can the PCS really be forgiven for those lives they have so blatantly taken? I very much doubt it!

      What goes around, inevitably comes around and the spectres of the DWP’s ghosts will haunt them, not only for this Christmas, but forever…………

      History books will try to diminish the truth of this mini holocaust that was orchestrated by the strong on the weakest, but the indelible stain will remain with the likes of Duncan Smith until true justice is served.

      “CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER”

      • Quentin Tarartino

        Someone commented on the Sunday Today programme that lots of heart surgeons would be driven out of a job…. the same should go for IDS and the murdering, sanctioning, inglorious basterds at the DWP death factory.

      • IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME AT DWP,
        THE GOOSE IS GETTING FAT,
        BUT THE NOOSE IS GETTING TIGHTER,
        ROUND THE THROAT OF ONE VILE PRAT……………….

  15. what we really really need to understand,im mean really understand is that cameron and co do not care they are devoid of empathy sympathy and after next may another 5 years at least we have to accept they dont give a damn

  16. Landless Peasant

    Revealed: how coalition has helped rich by hitting poor

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/15/coalition-helped-rich-hitting-poor-george-osborne

    Ed Miliband told a meeting of party members in the West Midlands: “This country is too unequal and we need to change it.”

    So how are you going to do that Ed? By perpetuating the lie that State Benefits “must be conditional”? Yes, the coalition has helped the rich by hitting the poor (no kidding, Sherlock), but whilst Labour have said and done FUCK ALL.

  17. “In 2004, they purchased the Employment and Skills Group (ESG), which according to the Guardian ‘won £73 million worth of government employment contracts from Iain Duncan-Smith’s department.”

    http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.de/2013/02/lord-help-us-tory-donor-made-peer.html

    • Landless Peasant

      A truly disgusting state of affairs. I’m surprised there hasn’t been much more civil unrest, I guess people are just too busy trying to stay alive to go out and Riot. But it’ll come….

      • LP
        I firmly believe there is one thing and ONE THING ONLY that will get the British Public out on the streets rioting:
        If their phones are taken away! Or mysteriously stop working…

  18. overburdenddonkey

    as if we didn’t already know! “A landmark study of the coalition’s tax and welfare policies six months before the general election reveals how money has been transferred from the poorest to the better off, apparently refuting the chancellor of the exchequer’s claims that the country has been “all in it together”. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/nov/15/coalition-helped-rich-hitting-poor-george-osborne?guni=Keyword:news-grid main-1 Main trailblock:Editable trailblock – news:Position1

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  20. Landless Peasant

    Sunday dinner = 1 x tin potatoes (15p) + 1 x tin baked beans (27p), yum, yum….and then it’s starve all week ’til Friday when I get my next pitiful installment of JSA.

  21. Landless Peasant

    Still waiting for IDS to prove that he can live on £56 per week……Wonder what that bastard is having for his Sunday dinner? Roasted street-urchin?

    • Landless Peasant

      Any road up, I’m feeling much more relaxed, relieved and happier now I’ve had my Medi-kashun….and borrowed a loaf. But what a bloomin’ weekend. Was at the Jobcentre Sat. am. being interviewed for change to…something or other…issued with some sort of booklet? and I still have to sign-on on Tuesday, but on a different floor, apparently. Then Sunday am. (today) I was knocked out of bed by Cops banging on my door, due to a burglary at next flat, and cops being cops I knew by the way he knocked that it wasn’t the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  22. “BLOODSUCKER JOHN NASH”

    Furthermore, from 1992 to 2010, John Nash was the Chairman of Care UK, one of the leading private healthcare providers in the UK. In 2009, Andrew Lansley received £21,000, which according to the electoral commission was paid by a ‘Mrs John Nash’ and was used to run his private office. Gender confusion aside, Mr and Mrs Nash are regular Tory donors who have given £276,000 to the party since 2006. His wife Caroline Nash gave £10,000 to MP for Bury st Edmonds in Suffolk. Care UK was ‘chosen to take control of Suffolk’s 16-council-owned care homes.’

    His support was rewarded and just three months after the coalition was formed, Nash, was ‘invited by George Osborne to join the HM Treasury Independent Challenge Group, with a remit to “question the unquestionable” in the Treasury’s austerity drive.’ What democratic mandate did this person have to collaborate with George Osborne on where to make cuts. Here is a person who was only too happy to generate a revenue from the taxpayer in his business world, and then attack the very taxpayers who helped make this possible.

    Now John Nash has been made a life Peer, one of over 400 such appointments that exist in the Lords. A life peer is appointed and is given a rank of a baron.

  23. We have proved that we can win but we haven’t won enough, nor have we fought enough. We’ve had 4+ years to beat the coalition and bring the government down yet we haven’t! If the tories get voted in again then it’s our own faults for allowing it in the first place.

    • It’s still (sadly) early days, but if Universal Credit comes in it will affect many, many poor workers who rely on Working Tax Credits and Housing Benefit to top up starvation wages. This will affect all those currently working for the likes of Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and other major supermarket chains – all of who pay a ‘competetive’ wage (so competetive that they won’t state what it is) that is pennies above the minimum wage, if you’re lucky. At present those workers are complacent and possibly even hostile to unemployed people, but once they really start to be affected by the changes many of them may be receptive to ideas that could lead to a change. Already Walmart, (owners of Asda) workers in the USA are showing how poor, underpaid workers are taking a lead in agitating for improved wages, demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour:

      http://peoplesworld.org/wave-of-black-friday-protests-expected-to-flood-walmarts-next-week/

      Of course, many workers may remain cowed, especially those mis-lead by unions like USDAW (the main retail union in the UK) who are little more than a bosses’ union (Tesco even send USDAW shop stewards on their management course, and in some senses enthusiastic involvement in union affairs is fast-track to management). But remaining cowed and inactive won’t pay the bills, and subject to the conditionality imposed by Universal Credit, many will find themselves sanctioned.

      This government, and the regime in general, (and I include all the mainstream political parties in my definition of the ‘regime’, they are all scum) seems to be on a heading towards the crushing of the poor – this is very dangerous stuff, for them: in 1789 conditions for the poor became so bad, as they were increasingly screwed to support the rich that they revolted and revolution resulted. In 1917 Russian soldiers and workers revolted and soviets, or worker’s councils took over, ending the oppressive Romanov regime. Both revolutions went bad, and merely replaced one ruling elite with another, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

      There is only one candidate to support in the next general election, and that’s your local Class War candidate.

      Workers seeking out a decent union that will reflect their concerns and act only in their interests need look no further than the Industrial Workers of the World, the Wobblies.

  24. Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    We need many, many more victories.

  25. Important Point by the DWP Spokesperson, exactly that no name just DWP spokesman. By having no name of the DWP worker who is replying means it`s not worth the paper its written on. The words have no meaning like a Disability spokesperson said, no I said Stepping Razor said. Until the DWP name themselves I will send a Cease & desist letter to the whole DWP to put the whole DWP on hold in litigation. ££££ Millions lost. Now with no threats DWP who is your spokesperson? I want their name? Do you want me to try that question in a Freedom Of Information Requst !!!

    SR

  26. Has a UK Government ever been not fit for purpose = Unfit to govern ?
    So there`s your target Dodgy Dave May 2015 see if you can hold it together IDS will help.

  27. Something the DWP Healthcare Professional Fraud Workers forgot.

    Physical therapy or physiotherapy (sometimes abbreviated to PT) is the health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention. It is carried out by physical therapists (known as physiotherapists in most countries) and physical therapist assistants (known as physical rehabilitation therapists or physiotherapy assistants in some countries). In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physical therapy profession include research, education, consultation, and administration. Definitions and licensing requirements in the United States vary among jurisdictions, as each state has enacted its own physical therapy practice act defining the profession within its jurisdiction, but the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has also drafted a model definition in order to limit this variation, and the APTA is also responsible for accrediting physical therapy education curricula throughout the United States of America. In many settings, physical therapy services may be provided alongside, or in conjunction with, other medical or rehabilitation services, including occupational therapy.

    • |So my Physical therapy today was a 36 mile pushy bike ride. If I don`t ride A bicycle I start seizing up. It is a great way of movement that helps my condition.

      Yes people I have now set myself up for DWP fraud. In that case you will want 30 years of disability benefit, 30 years of Housing Benefit back TOTAL £800,000 in fraud WHERE ARE YOU DWP TO SHOW UP THE LOOP HOLES FOR FRAUD DONE BY THE DWP FROM WITHIN THE DWP.

      The test case means I have always been disabled I was born disabled. The DWP can get its biggest DWP [so it thinks] by charging me for DWP Fraud. The only problem for the DWP is The Onus Is On The Burden Of Proof. My history can not be deleted by some fake healthcare DM crook at the DWP who thinks I`m a cash cow. THE WHOLE THING ENDS THE MINUTE THE DWP COME AFTER ME.

      SCARED OF FRAUD DWP.
      I am waiting DWP.

  28. Please, PLEASE can the big fat Emma Harrison-shaped fly that is A4e drop REAL SOON???

  29. Esther RANTING Rantzen sounded like another Esther mc vile on the Sunday Morning live show at 10am on BBC 1 – I don’t know why I watch the bbc anymore!

    • Landless Peasant

      I was woken and knocked out of bed by the Police at about 10.30am this Sunday. Flat next door was burgled.

    • What was she RANTING about, guy??

      • Telling the world that the unemployed were job snobs and that work is a pleasant thing to do (if you are a tv presenter like she was that is).
        Then she had a go at a woman from Liberia who said she wanted to know where funds raised for the Ebola victims would be going, as she wanted qualified African doctors to treat them, but she also thought that the lyrics to some of the fund raising songs was demeaning to the African people who had come a long way since the first band aid record and made them constantly look like charity cases instead of uk and Europe campaigning for economic structural changes for Africa.

        • Thanks, guy! That’s outrageous! Esther, the evil witch that she is should be rounded up and👿 burned at the stake👿 forthwith … now there’s an👿 idea👿 …😉

  30. “WE DON’T NEED SHERLOCK HOLMES TO TELL US THAT THE DWP MURDER AT WILL”

    This week, DWP also released guidance used by its staff to decide whether a peer review was necessary, and guidance for authors of a peer review.

    This reveals that the role of a review is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, while a review must be carried out in every case where “suicide is associated with DWP activity”.

    It also says that peer reviews might also be considered in cases involving “customers with additional needs/vulnerable customers”.

    As with previous FoI requests by DNS and many other disabled campaigners, DWP refused to answer some of the questions because it claimed that it planned to publish information itself “in due course”

    ………………………………………….keep on running you sick bastards

    • “WE NEED TIME TO FIDDLE THE MORTALITY FIGURES IN THE SAME WAY WE FIDDLE UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS”

      As with previous FoI requests by DNS and many other disabled campaigners, DWP refused to answer some of the questions because it claimed that it planned to publish information itself “in due course”

      ……………………….hurry up, the hangman is impatient

  31. “IF THE CAP FITS?”

    From: Ian Couling

    16 November 2014

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    I want an electronic copy of that review writing guidance you use
    when “suicide is associated with DWP activity”
    http://disabilitynewsservice.com/2014/11

    Yours faithfully,

    Ian Couling

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/when_suicide_is_associated_with

  32. “DEATHS, WHAT DEATHS?”

    From: Phillip

    16 November 2014

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Please can you provide me with the 60 reports written on the peer
    reviewed case’s of customer deaths as mentioned in the Disability
    News Service article titled “DWP admits investigating 60 benefit
    related deaths since 2012”. This piece was published on 14th
    November 2014.

    I have no objection to names and locations being changed in the
    reports to protect individuals data. But I do ask that the change
    is consistent accross all 60 reports. For example if Liverpool is
    mentioned in 10 of the 60 reports and you change Liverpool to
    Manchester or city 1 in one of the reports please be consistent
    with this change in all 60 reports, so although the location is not
    known it can be seen if the same location is repeatedly reported
    upon.

    Yours faithfully,

    Phil Jones
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/please_release_the_60_peer_revie#incoming-584759

  33. “BREACHING THE DATA PROTECTION ACT”

    From: Roger Smith

    15 November 2014

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    I’m concerned about how your SFIS (Single Fraud Investigation
    service) operates in legitimate way without violating any
    individual’s privacy & breaching data protection act.

    Please provide me;
    – list of specific personal information / data that are shared
    across DWP, HMRC & Local Authorities
    – all the available instructions / guidelines related with SFIS
    given to the relevant staffs in DWP, HMRC & Local Authorities.

    Thank you.

    Yours faithfully,

    Roger Smith

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sfic_single_fraud_investigation#incoming-584715

  34. Money has to go . it is the root of all Evil . we are all born on this planet , it is all ours .The class divide is a Victorian method of ignorance and everyone should all have the same decent thing , same food , same home or a home of your own choice .the right of free assembly . years from now people will look at 2014 and say “wasn’t it terrible how people were classed by how much money they had ” .money is only a thing that becomes a burden in the dessert to carry . we can all live and still build a high tech future without it .Only the rich are allowed to speak and live in luxury at the present . . . it has to change . .

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  36. Twelve Marbles

    Imagine a large church hall. It is 8am, and twelve unemployed people are standing six to a side, holding carefully between them, three long pieces of white plastic drainpipe. They have overlapped these pieces, to make a single length. It is pointed downwards at a slight angle, towards an empty bucket on the floor.
    In front of the group stands an ex-member of the special forces, wearing camouflage trousers and t-shirt. He does not look pleased. But this may simply be his ‘killing-face.’

    On the small wooden table placed by his side is a glass bowl. It looks like a fruit bowl. But instead of fruit it contains twelve marbles. Each of the participants has been given a number, and this enables the special forces man to shout ‘’Number 1, Number 2, Number 3’’, as required. He is the only one that will speak, for military discipline has been imposed, and no talking is permitted during this exercise.

    The command is given, and Number 1, an ex-teacher in her fifties, leaves her place in the group, comes forward, and takes a marble from the bowl on the table. She is carefully observed by the special forces man, who makes notes on a clipboard he is holding. With great concentration, Number 1 approaches the upper end of the drainpipe, holding the marble as instructed, between thumb and first finger. She places it on the edge of the drainpipe, and gently releases it.
    The marble runs noisily down the plastic pipe, and falls with a plonk into the bucket. Success ! Number 1 returns to her place in the line.

    Now it’s the turn of Number 2, an unemployed bank clerk in his thirties. He looks nervous, he fumbles for the marble, and drops it, wasting time. The special forces man makes a note on his clipboard. This isn’t good. If Number 2 fails to reach the required standard on the exercise he will have to do it again and again, until he can pick up the marble correctly. If he persistently fails to reach the required standard, he will be sanctioned for non co-operation with a provider. Nervously, Number 2 approaches the upper end of the drainpipe, but he is still not holding the marble correctly, he is using two fingers and a thumb. One finger too many.
    The special forces man unfortunately has seen this, with his sniper’s vision, and makes another note.
    Number 2 releases the marble, it runs noisily down the plastic pipe, and falls with a plonk into the bucket. Two down, and only another four hours to go !

  37. Shocking figures show Merseyside jobseekers have benefits docked nearly 50,000 times

    Liverpool Echo – Nov 16, 2014 06:00 By Joshua Taylor

    Sunday ECHO can reveal job centres use these powers in vastly different ways

    Merseyside jobseekers had their benefits docked nearly 50,000 times under a clampdown on welfare payments, shocking new figures today show.

    Since 2012 job centre bosses have had the power to refuse to pay Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) if they believe claimants are not trying hard enough to find work.

    But the Sunday ECHO can reveal job centres use these powers in vastly different ways.

    Full Article; LiverpoolEcho: –
    http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/shocking-figures-show-merseyside-jobseekers-8116725

    • There we go again The DWP spokesman said – Who what is your DWP name?

      “”” spokesman said: “Every day Jobcentre Plus advisers are working hard to help people into jobs – unemployment is falling and a record number of people are in work.

      “Sanctions are only used as a last resort if people fail to take up the support which is on offer.

      “There are no targets for sanctions.”

      ———————————————————————————————-

      DWP Name Targets.

  38. The DWP staff are threatened by the DWP managers – Since the DWP staff work on slavery terms they can get back in their bullet proof glass prison.

  39. Barclays Bank sounds like Learn Direct.

  40. Learn Direct sounds like Barclays Bank.

  41. Extracare – winner of regional 2014 learndirect Inspiration Award

    “””Employing volunteers”””

    So an volunteer is a employment figure by your own admission. When have volunteers become employed !!! ! Where`s the contract !!! Oh your business will go bust !!! Employ a new PR Company !!!

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  43. its about time we hounded ids- threw eggs at him- he s a nazi/socail cleansing the .protest take to steets/need revolution in this country!. anyone see c4 how rich are you last week?

  44. Down with Tyranny Oppression and Obliviousness

    Socialism Not Slavery Compassion Not Cruelty

  45. Restore the Welfare State Completly

    Tax the Rich Hands Off the Poor

    Socialism Not Slavery

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  49. Okay, I’mma Godwin now. During WWII, Germany taking over the UK was a threat to the Government and the people alike, but now it’s a threat only to the Government. I for one would welcome a takeover of the UK by a government that has proven itself to be more compassionate towards its poor than the ConDems are towards even disabled people.

  50. Okay, I’mma Godwin now. During WWII, Germany taking over the UK was a threat to the Government and the people alike, but now it’s a threat only to the Government. I for one would welcome the takeover of the UK by a government that has proven itself to be more compassionate towards its poor than the ConDems are towards even disabled people.

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