‘Massive’ Rise In Street Homelessness Blamed On Benefit Sanctions By Charities

sanction-sabsThe Manchester Evening News (MEN) has reported a ‘massive’ rise in street homelessness with benefit sanctions singled out as one of the main causes.

The paper carried out an investigation into rough sleeping in the region claiming that people are living in ‘caves, old air raid shelters and under a supermarket.’  Two charities working on the frontline told the MEN that benefit sanctions are to blame for the rise in homelessness, with one citing the case of a man who had been sanctioned seven times and left unable to pay his rent.  One charity worker told the paper: “Whereas before, most homeless people had benefits, now they have nothing.”

Officially the number of people sleeping rough in Greater Manchester is just 24.  One local charity however claims there are around 60 street homeless people in Stockport alone, whilst local councillor Daniel Gillard told the MEN he believed around 150 people were now sleeping rough in Manchester City Centre.

National statistics on street homelessness are based on little more than a guess and the government is determined to keep things that way.  Previously local authorities who believed they had more than ten rough sleepers in their jurisdiction were required to carry out an annual ‘street count’ and report their findings back to the Department of Communities or Local Government (DCLG).  Following changes made last year they are now only required to provide an ‘estimate’ of the number of street homeless people.

The DCLG used to provide some monitoring of the procedure for recording rough sleeping figures however that responsibility has now been passed onto the charity Homeless Link who will rely on volunteers to do the work from their “member agencies and interested faith groups”.

Even when councils can still be bothered to carry out a street count the true number of homeless people is likely to be woefully underestimated – sometimes perhaps even deliberately.  When the first street counts were carried out in London they were largely believed to have been fixed with widespread stories of the police clearing the streets of homeless people before the count took place.

Street counters are warned not to venture anywhere they feel unsafe and not to record people living in squats, on camp sites, organised protest sites or travellers.  Unlike homeless people, street counters do no break into parks or other areas which may be closed to the public at night and therefore safer to sleep in then on the High Street.  Only those spotted asleep, or in the process of ‘bedding down’ are included in the count, ignoring the large number of homeless people who wander the streets at night and try to sleep in the day time.  Few street counts extend far out of city centres and therefore miss the people hidden away in local communties, or camping, or sleeping in cars and other vehicles because they have nowhere else to go.

Despite all of this, the number of street homeless people that do get recorded in the figures has still soared under this Government, by around a third between 2010 and 2013.  The figures for last year are set to be publised next month and are unlikely to be worth the paper they are written on.  But as the Manchester Evenings News found, and we can see all around us, this most damaging form of homelessness is becoming much worse and it is far from just a London problem.

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155 responses to “‘Massive’ Rise In Street Homelessness Blamed On Benefit Sanctions By Charities

  1. The cumulative effect of sanctions will bite in 2015, the Scottish government if it is serious about social justice must STOP all evictions linked to welfare reform.

    Conditionality and sanctions are the destroyers of the present welfare system.

  2. I can never understand why people forced into this position do not make more problems for the authorities, if ever i am ever in this situation i will turn up at the job center or council offices 5 mins before closing with my sleeping bag and refuse to move- when the Police arrive they will either have to find a hostel place or arrest me which will mean shelter and a meal-far better than freezing on the streets.

    • Self-criminalisation and the surrendering of personal liberty is exactly what they want.

    • Have you ever eaten the microwave rice ready meals they serve in the cells? trust me, you scrape the “sauce” off and flush it down the bog and eat the plain rice

    • overburdenddonkey

      big words john, you’ll show ’em eh! day after grinding day until all self esteem has evapourated, it’s dog eat dog out there….they’ll throw you out of the offices, and likely send you to a hostel after 1st thoroughly making you suffer…going through the bins hoping for a discarded pizza of untouched chicken piece and a few chips….a £1 seeming like a fortune, hunger and tiredness gnawing @ one’s soul….

      • Oh yeah, just a point, you can’t get a hostel placement if not in receipt of benefits. Although a zero income housing benefit award is possible for the £350 per week rent cost, what you wont have while sanctioned is the £30 per week service charge , payable on the nail every fuckin fortnight or youre out on your ear’ole, sonny.
        Oh, you was a bit mouthy when you were arrested , a bit fighty?
        Well we have your card marked sunshine. The first time you raise your hands, you’re out.

        It’s prison rules in a hostel. The “tappers” will try and sniff you out as soon as you walk through the door looking for easy money, easy baccy, easy soap / toothpaste/ washing tablets/ food- even a slack arsehole. Any way the perceived weak can be preyed up on and they are, relentlessly unless your lucky and someone or a group take you under their wing.
        The first thing you need to do is put these fuckers in their place if your able to, and in the full knowledge that if your caught doing it you’re on the street again.

        • overburdenddonkey

          ulysses
          i was homeless for yrs…all in all a miserable experience trying to keep head held high, when the bastards were intent on crushing one @ every opp….shocks me even now to think of it and how close many people are to being homelessness…it’s taken me a long while to get over the fear of homelessness..i reckon we could write a decent worthy of read book about our experiences..some people think they’re iron clad, i did, i still am to a great extent, many are not…still bravado keeps one safe, not…to these people who say ‘nothing works’, i say ‘nothing is allowed to work’…the little do goder helper’s are the worst….yes, i left an ‘o’ out…they apply wait/weight to mind and bog one down in details so one has to prove need…’i’m homeless ffs’.. they cap rage by threatening loss, so as one can never express one’s trapped rage and they hold one passived..
          so as one never feels in a safe enough place to express trapped rage, without their permission…then one forget’s how to coz one is so numbed by it being trapped….

  3. Eating cake as instructed

    Here in Stockport the problem is evidenced well outside the town centre even Cheadle Hulme there’s a long established scenario of piles of clothes hidden under the unkempt 7ft high brambles bordering public footpaths. Visible now foliage died down. A drug users den complete with three piece suite bedding plastic sheeting was found along the Micker Brook with public informing PCSO on enquiry all ages were using it and several incidents of discarded needles rock grinders burned foil have been shifted.

    Public order offences may increase violence meeting both homeless and innocent bystanders as police are instructed to ‘remove’ the problem.
    The 5th richest country in Northern Europe ? What a shameful legacy in civilised society.

    • blood on it's hands #ids

      that will be a weed grinder now i don’t do crack but i sure as hell know you don’t grind the nasty stuff up

      • …………STRANGE, THE DWP RELUCTANT TO GIVE OUT INFORMATION ON HOW THEY FIDDLE JSA AND UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES?;

        This request was submitted on Friday 31st October 2014 and, apart
        from an automated response acknowledging the request, I have
        received no response from the Department to date. I sent a further
        email enquiring into the delay in a response on Thursday 11th
        December 2014 have have received no correspondence since then.

        A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is
        available on the Internet at this address:
        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/j

        I look forward to hearing from you soon.

        Yours faithfully,

        Matt Collins

        Link to this
        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/jsa_disallowance#incoming-602341

  4. Yes, me too however, perhaps these people have reached the end of their tether and can see no other alternative. If I was facing a sanction I would demand the reason in writing and seek legal advice. I remember years ago when I went to the Labour Exchange to enquire about a Tops course the female got out my notes – when she went to get the form I looked at my notes and it said “very outlandishly dressed”. When she returned I asked her why she had written this comment. She just looked at me astonished that I had the cheek to look at what she had written. So these employees have been writing comments on claimants for years – I did inform her at that time I was wearing clothes from Biba at Bus Stop and platform boots from Sacha and asked her – did you knit your jumper yourself? I was 16 at the time and have never forgotten that episode – the Labour Exchange was busy and it did cause quite a rumpus. To get back to the subject – where are these people supposed to go and do this government really think they will be re-elected? The history books will put them down as the “Libtory Plague” – at least in the 19th century the Poorhouse was an option.

    • There is no due process until a sanctioned claimant gets to the (hostile) appeal tribunal and that could be over 6 months down the road.

      JCP work coaches are arbitrarily sanctioning claimants without any regard even to JSA conditionality laws – “leading beyond authority”.

      By the time a claimant gets to appeal the damage is done.

    • Many people even those in full time employment and or wealthy assume that they will never be homeless.

    • Wow Donna, that must have been way back in the 70s when it was common for ‘professionals’ to write such comments on people’s records – nowadays they can’t actually record such stuff on your files as it could be a cause of action being taken against them for defamation, quite rightly. Anyone so judgemental shouldn’t be in the job, but sadly they are.

      These days it’s ever so much more subtle, and whilst that kind of comment is unlikely to appear on anyone’s file, I’m sure there are other ways that ‘notable aspects’ about someone are disseminated. But of course, then as now, some of those (and apparently increasing in number) in such situations are unfit to use the kind of power they have, and it is the vulnerable who suffer.

      As far as whether we have a Tory government after May 7th I think that is an easy one; we will, but it’s whether we have a blue or a pink Tory government that is the issue, and that means things will stay pretty much the same for most of us. Sadly, so many of the Labour Party really seem to think that they are a million miles away from the Conservatives in terms of policy and social justice, and that they have consistently opposed the present ConDem austerity measures! The delusion of some of them is breathtaking – take a look here if you want to see some truly breath taking delusions:

      http://kittysjones.wordpress.com/

  5. All you have to do now is get a call on your mobile and the fireguards come up and tell you to turn it off. Stand up to them and they disappear I have taken 3 calls in the job centre and told the fireguard to feck off or die the last time was the last time I went into the JCP building the following week I had an operation that changed my life.

  6. The public impression that JCP work coaches are competent and professional in their role as civil servants must be dispelled. Most are ignorant thugs and can barley process a claim.

    • Many so called “work coaches” will lose their jobs when the jobcentres become digital (in spring) on the front door of the local jobcentre is stated, “this jobcentre will soon be digital, if you need to speak to us, phone using your own phone” we’ll soon see some of them on JSA looking for jobs.

      • overburdenddonkey

        enigma
        you don’t need to have a phone to claim jsa…write to them always…get proof of posting from PO….

        • Overburdenddonkey

          I know, the “phone us using your own phone” is just another plan to get ones phone number. not that we can’t “hide it”

          • sleeping less bcause of a DWP stazi

            BIG Fing Deal, the jcp have my phone number and email address, is not “another plan” to get your number they have and soon will have computers in all JCP’s so there will be no excuse not to have an email address to use for UJM as the paper work will be phased out to for hand written job search records.

      • No sympathy for JCP thugs, will NOT forgive or forget the smile as you kill sanction indulgences of JCP “work coaches” that went beyond the call of duty.

  7. Just received 3rd letter from the benefit integrity centre – disruption and psychological harassment tactics by the DWP/JCP.

    Are the DWP targeting individual claimants to force the off-stream?

  8. As a woman who’s had to sleep rough many times, I would not have been found by anyone looking: to be safe you have to be well-hidden. Mostly I remember walking a lot during the night and finding somewhere to doss less obviously in the day. Only spent one stay in a Sally Army hostel and hated every minute of it, never been so scared in my life. Haven’t done it myself but knew people who slept in graveyards.

    I’m positive there are many hundreds more homeless than officially recorded – we all know this government can’t give a straight figure for anything, let alone numbers of victims they’ve created.

  9. Nothing Charitable about Inflicting Homelessness

  10. Reblogged this on The poor side of life and commented:
    The reality of sanctioning. This is why we will never give up on protesting about them until they stop. What right have they got to decide who lives or dies? Its legalised genocide of the poor and we need to hold them accountable for their actions.

  11. blood on it's hands #ids

    bin shelters on council estates are decent for a nights kip warm to not sure on the carbon monoxide levels though , i agree before spending a night on the street i would get my self nicked fuck you Iain duncan smith you fucking murdering bastard

  12. blood on it's hands #ids

    DWP says “no legal requirement for Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants to undertake 35 hours of Work Search…each week” | http://refuted.org.uk/2014/12/15/thirty-five/

    • dirt under their feet

      I’ve shown this to the relative engaged with the enforced 35 hours a week of job search, who laughed bitterly. Oh no, no legal requirement, but don’t do it, and all of the petty nasty little regulations they’ve invented – made up as they go along – along with it, and it’s an immediate sanction.

      When he signed on after starting this ‘programme’ he asked them for a copy of the rules about still doing volunteer work at the same time, having been told by the a.h. overseeing his virtual imprisonment that they weren’t allowed to be doing anything else (useful), while having heard of someone still allowed to do one day a week at his volunteer job; to be told that there were no rules about it.

      So people are being threatened with the removal of their pittance of an income in connection to an engagement and rules that don’t legally exist. And what can they do about it? Nothing it seems.

      Here they’ve been steadily filling up the whole floor of a local-authority building with just about anybody who has been unemployed for a while, so that there aren’t enough computers for everyone, so that now they’re hiring an additional site as well

      The person who oversees them doesn’t bother much about what people are doing, and with not enough computers anyway, there’s often not much they can do. There are occasional sessions on the usual job-search techniques that everyone has heard umpteen mind-numbing times already.

      Not only that, but they are not required to do any more evidences of job searches a week than before. It is a complete waste of time, and its only real purpose is to inflect mental torture, and see how many persons it can break down.

      However, they did get a long Christmas break, because of course the staff didnt want to be ‘working’ during this period.

      And how much money are they raking in for each ‘client’? For whom they’re not doing a darn thing that makes a difference, at least not a positive one.

      The European Social Fund should instead put all of that money into real support for real jobs, and not into the back pockets of these scamsters; but then that wouldn’t achieve the aim of a compliant stock.

  13. god bless to all the people who are street homeless ,I cannot think of anything more frightening….and to think we are in one of the richest countrys in the world ..discrasefull

  14. Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    One of the richest countries in the world – it’s appalling!

  15. If the Ebola nurse dies Dodgy dave will talk his way out of it by twitter. The bloke don`t give a shit. All the other patients in the Royal Free are all thinking they will catch Ebola. No public information. I Got Ebola where do I go!! on a bus, on a tube !! FAILURE IN EBOLA.

    FAILURE IN WELFARE REFORM = FAILURE IN HUMAN RIGHTS.

    Poll A Tricks is blitzing the media like fuck off out of it all of you bible bashing MP`s. Fuck the lot of them !!! They don`t care about Human Rights Laws, Equality Laws. The genocide in ethnic cleansing of the poor is Corporate Manslaughter. The Ebola nurse dies it`s Corporate Manslaughter Dodgy Dave PLC.

    It`s not slander, it`s the disabled. MP`s slandering the disabled to get promotion & a pay rise. So no one is held responsible for Dodgy Dave only Dodgy Dave PLC. The Corporate Manslaughter Dodgy Dave hides behind is the charge. Loads of difficult decisions in difficult times let the bible bashers MP paint the picture for you in brainwashing confidence tricksters & 4 more months of bullshit election Genocide. The media fool for it promoting Ethnic Cleansing.

    £160 Billion Welfare Reform – Is that in budget or over budget IDS?
    Mumble mumble grumble.

    Try & talk the Queen`s English MP`s so we can understand what your think tank world is saying.

  16. The leaders are blinkered on just winning the election in may which makes them blinkered. If it has already been a comedy of errors now with be the results of the comedy show of errors called the flag Ship Welfare Reform.

  17. Having just watched a tv programme which featured the Military Covenant and how the uk’s injured personnel are treated like shit after coming home war torn, made me want to puke………………………..

    Not only are they not put on hospital records as injured veterans, they also face being robbed of a real start back in civvy life by the parasitic murderers of ATOS and Maximus.

    After sending freedom of information requests to hospitals asking for statistics on injured veterans, the answer came back that they didn’t collect that type of information.
    In other words, the Military Covenant is absolutely the biggest fucking lie ever concocted, a promise rather than being enshrined in law.

    I remember Cameron assuring the house recently that the Covenant was safe in his hands. In response i would like to drag the squeeling yellow backed bastard to defuse a roadside incendiary device and post his remains to Tory headquarters.

    These fuckers care for no-one except themselves, War is a game to sell weapons and armaments and make the Conservative manufacturers pockets bloated.
    My son once toyed with going into the forces. I told him the only view he would get of adventure would be through a zip on a body bag.

    People, thankfully are wisening up to even enrolling as part timers.

    “if the cunts want a war, send them in first”, this would see desertion hit the high spot.

    “KILLING ANYONE WITH A DISABILITY OR FOR BEING UNEMPLOYED OR POOR IS THE NEW SPORT OF THE LANDED GENTRY, RIPPING FOXES APART IS NO LONGER TRENDY”

    “KEEP UP THE KILLING DWP, SOON IT WILL BE YOU ON TRIAL FOR CORPORATE MANSLAUGHTER”

    Hundreds of injured ex-soldiers are being declared fit for work by
    Atos Healthcare in spite of physical and mental injuries they
    suffered in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Last night, the Royal British Legion (RBL) announced a 72 per cent
    annual rise in former soldiers having their applications to receive
    Employment Support Allowance (ESA) turned down. Several hundred
    wounded personnel were denied the benefit on the basis of physical
    examinations conducted by Atos, according to the RBL.

    The company is contracted by the Department for Work and Pensions
    (DWP) to assess benefits claimants’ capability to work.

    In one case, Lance Corporal Mark Dryden, 35 – a former member of
    the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers who, after an explosion in Iraq,
    lost his right arm and the full use of his left – was asked by Atos
    assessors if he was left or right-handed. He is now taking his case
    against the DWP to a benefits tribunal.

    That case, and others, have led to accusations that Atos Healthcare
    is under intense pressure to produce assessments that enable the
    Government to reject benefits claims.

    Servicemen suffering from the mental scars of combat also complain
    that they have been turned down for disability benefits.

    Many injured troops have also described having to undergo demeaning
    physical tests by the firm

    ……………………..BETTER TO GET KILLED IN COMBAT THAN COME BACK TO THIS SHIT HOLE………….

  18. No such thing as the Military Covenant, the welfare contract was homes fit for heroes – the heroes being all the British peoples. Not the welfare privileges of a military covenant but a welfare state for all the British peoples regardless of service.

    • ……………yet on the 4th march 2008, Cameron launched the MILITARY COVENANT COMMISSION

      • BBC NEWS 29TH OCT 2014

        Leading professors in psychology and orthopaedics say the healthcare system is not providing veterans with the service they have been promised.

        The Armed Forces Covenant says veterans will be “sustained and rewarded”.

        A Ministry of Defence spokesman said it was “fully committed” to the covenant.
        ‘Do better’

        But Professor Neil Greenberg, from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said he believed ministers were failing to honour the military covenant promise.
        Continue reading the main story
        “Start Quote

        My cheek bones were obliterated, my jaw was broken in four places, I’d lost my left eye totally and there was very little hope of any sight returning to my right eye”

        Simon Brown Army veteran

        “In my view the government needs to be a bit more honest about what it is delivering and just what it says it’s delivering, because the two are definitely not the same,” he said.

  19. INDEPENDENT 5TH JAN 2015

    A Government spokesperson said: “This whole country wants to make sure veterans and their families are supported properly and treated with the dignity they deserve. That is why this Government put the Armed Forces Covenant into law in 2011.

    • “Why doesn’t the government go the whole hog and send the disabled to clear mine fields?”

    • The British Army as a presidential guard, covenant welfare mercenaries with civil privileges over the heads of the general population which they claim to defend. More like the bought and paid for Armed Forces of a third world dictatorship, the self-sacrifice for all of the world wars dishonoured and sullied by their mercenary and selfish demands of privilege.

  20. “Imagine how many DWP DEATHS WOULD COME TO LIGHT IF THE CORONERS REPORTS DID NOT STATE, OPEN CASE OR DEATH BY MISADVENTURE?”

  21. If I was homeless I’d cause mayhem and get arrested then either YMCA OR Police cell for the night where it’s warm, dry, safer than street, food / drink and toilets.

    • That’s what used to happen in the 19th Century – only then a police cell was preferable to a Workhouse. In my experience many of the police themselves are actually more sympathetic to the plight of the homeless than the majority of the population, but on the other hand there are many who are complete pigs.

  22. Landless Peasant

    ‘Massive’ Rise In Street Homelessness Blamed On Benefit Sanctions By Charities

    Would that be the Benefit Sanctions first introduced by Labour and therefore the reason I no longer vote for the two-faced treacherous cunts?

    • dirt under their feet

      Of course an article on ‘Conservative Home’ is inevitably going to be a huge web of lies, but it’s difficult to read all of the Blatant Lies there, where all reality is twisted beyond recognition, by the Vester McVile, without becoming overwhelmed by – shaking with Anger about it.

      People are dying, suffering great hardships, starvation, and mental torment by the stazi at the Sanctions Centre, and we are told that ‘even in the face of record breaking falls in unemployment’ … ‘Labour are trying every trick in the book to talk down the figures whilst opposing absolutely every welfare change this government has brought in.’

      We wish that Labour were opposing every Social Security change! This about the party that introduced sanctions (and Atos and work-related activity for the sick) and insist sanctions should continue. And we’re still hoping (without confidence) that they’ll do something more noticable about exposing all of the made-up figures and nonsense statements, plus forcing the government to reveal the hidden figures of the death toll so far.

      Though as for the big rise in the employment of managers; while the figures are as meaningless as usual, well yes, the only actually real job investment has been in those overseeing the increased misery of others. No lack of money for that class of (doing nothing for something) benefit cheats. All of which is good exactly how?

      So with everything being now so supposedly wonderful for the working-age population, they are turning their focus on the over 50s, for whom there will now be the ‘creation of regional “older worker champions” in Job Centres across every part of the UK, who can use their expertise with local businesses to help people over 50 find employment’…

      Helping people – in a Job Centre?! What on earth is she talking about?! The over 50s are already in Sanctions Centre purgatory, and she’s planning – what more? Whatever it is, it’s probably more along the lines of ensuring a decrease in the numbers of people making it to claiming their bit of (if they’re lucky) state pension.

      • Another Canceled Xmas

        She’s admitting the personal and intensive “support” of the Waste Programme has been a failure.

  23. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog and commented:
    Johnny Void is back after the Christmas break, and reporting the massive increase in homelessness in Manchester and elsewhere. This piece is important for it’s description of the way the actual numbers of homeless people are under-reported, and the types of homeless people, who are not counted by this most mendacious of governments.

  24. how many of you on this are from Scotland ? the place with the highest rate of knife related crimes in the world! also highest rate of homelessness also the highest rate of premature deaths amongst young men highest rate of drink related deaths ?

    • The colonisation symptoms of a collective London branch office, would there have been different outcomes had Scots been responsible for their own outcomes?

    • overburdenddonkey

      sweat
      more scapegoating, behaviourism, victim blaming, from the ignorant of the world i see..1st nations people in canada suffered in the same way from colonialism…ie take, take, take, give crumbs back…PREDATION is the correct word…some say piracy…
      ps buckfast is made in buckfastleigh just off the a38 in devon to fortify monks and south englanders….in fact some of the strongest alcohol in the world comes from those parts and is very convenient for it’s main market ldn and the se of england…

    • and the highest rate of small penises in the world

  25. buckfast over work

  26. watching the tv last night on bbc2 there was a program about russion billionairs living in London a realing repugnant program these vulgar shifty greedy vampires,tastless and crass in the extream,…while on the vile channel 5 there was ..guess what another benefits……SHOW…..this time demonising overweight people on benefits I mean for fucks sake what next the disabled on benefits ..friends of mine from abroad find this country strange and sad ..you have a culture here that punishes the most vulnerable in society by the wealthiest in society..this would never be allowed in our country…….what more is there to add.

  27. Anybody else been on Reed’s ‘mindset’ course? Very disturbing indeed.

  28. …………….all this shit on the news channels about first time house buying being the highest it’s been since 2007 is just a scam for the Bank of England to raise lending rates to fill their bloated coffers.
    Carney, the highly paid city chimp is no fool. He knows that raising the lending rates will result in massive home seizures by the mortgage companies, yet is being pushed and cajoled into doing it.
    All the fucking claptrap about employment statistics reaching a point where rates can be raised has been nothing but a smokescreen, the government hell bent on fiddling the figures using workfare and sanctions.

    Poverty is only recognised by those who are facing it, the establishment have no idea whatsoever, hence the media using the royal inbred’s sex life as a cover for the real pain of the UK’s citizens.

    • ……………….turn up at my local hospital in Scarborough with ebola and wait in an ambulance outside to be placed in a corridor or linen cupboard for hours on end………………………….

      “THE NHS SAFE IN THE HANDS OF THE TORY GOVERMENT IS AKIN TO LEAVING YOUR KIDS WITH AN MP”

      • “EVERYTHING THEY PUT THEIR HANDS ON IS SHAFTED”

        • ………..NOT BEING A CONSPIRACY THEORIST, BUT RATHER STRANGE HOW WE WELCOME EBOLA ONTO OUR SHORES WHEN THE HOSPITALS ARE STRUGGLING TO REMOVE A SPLINTER?”

          • ……………if they merge the DWP into the Department of Births and Deaths and Marriages, you would have instant utopia for the Condems…..
            They could fiddle all the stastics in one go, rather than have the Office for National Statistics (according to fairyland), do it for you…..

            • The dwp are so inept at handling PIP claims that they have now resorted to using untrained personnel to try and cut down the hugely embarrassing backlog…………………………
              The novices have been instructed to grant PIP to those in the Support group but knock back those in the Wrag group.

              In other words they dont know what the fuck they are doing with disabled people, classing them as vermin that can be eradicated through any quick solution that comes to hand……………………

              • “Super set of questions for the department that has a licence to kill”

                …………………no doubt they will play the joker card to get out of telling the truth……..

                https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/mandatory_work_activity_11#incoming-601838

                • GEOFF REYNOLDS

                  “THE BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS TEAM”

                  FORTY CABINET OFFICE EMPLOYED CLOWNS WHO WANT YOU TO GET YOUR MIND RIGHT WHEN APPROACHING EMPLOYMENT ISSUES……..

                  ……………..new ways to try and get you back into the workplace using mind games

                  http://www.behaviouralinsights.co.uk/team/joanne-reinhard-advisor

                • GEOFF REYNOLDS

                  “THE BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS TEAM”

                  While people are dying, committing suicide, starving, destitute or homeless, the cabinet office squanders your money coming up with shit like this:

                  The £520,000-a-year Cabinet Office unit run by Dr David Halpern was
                  told by VIA – whose members devised the personality test – to stop
                  using the questionnaire because it had failed its scientific
                  validation.

                  Last week, the Guardian revealed that a single mother of two said
                  she was threatened with having her benefits removed if she didn’t
                  complete the “my strengths” character survey. It asked users to
                  give graded answers to questions such as “I never go out of my way
                  to visit museums” and “I have not created anything of beauty in the
                  last year”.

                  …………………………………”forty clowns on how many pounds?”

                • Behavioural Insights? More psycho-mumbo jumbo from wet behind the ears university kids with no real skills (I’m an engineer) but paid oodles of OUR money. Hopefully this shower get the chop next May. We need to remove fees from university students studying science, maths and engineering, not subsidise useless degrees in psycho-bullshit.

  29. No to Tyranny and Oppression No to Degrading Poverty and Slave
    Labour

    Rebuild the Welfare State Socialism Yes and Slavery No

  30. Same DWP/JCP sanction apparatchik with different hats work coach – decision maker – mandatory reconsideration – resolution team.

    All roadblocks on the way to appeal.

  31. The lifestyle choice narrative is weighted with the assumption that there was a choice of lifestyle.

    • overburdenddonkey

      mr r
      love it…🙂 summed up in a nutshell, poor impoverished oxbridge types, how do they cope with their lifestyle choice, oh it wasn’t was it, but handed to them on a silver platter….

  32. “THE BEHAVIOURAL INSIGHTS TEAM”

    Psychological manipulation is a type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behavior of others through underhanded, deceptive, or even abusive tactics.

  33. The welfare state was put in place by Sir William Beveridge – based on national health contributions – I have nothing against people who come to live this country, however, if they have not previously worked in this country then why are they entitled to benefits which they then send to their families in their home country? How is that policy helping the austerity cuts? People from other countries who are employed in the UK do not pay tax if they leave the UK for six weeks during their current year of employment! The people I know, work public holidays to boost their holiday increment and then they book their annual leave of six weeks in order to avoid paying tax on their salary. As Mr Void has already stated “Get rid of the Managers and save ourselves a fortune”. Please – do not vote – for this government at the next election.

    • overburdenddonkey

      donna
      ‘based on national health contributions’, NO it was not…it was based on need..set up for the common weal, to fix broken people, and as a bribe to steal our land, that bribe is now being ended….’austerity’ is an excuse to rob us of our rights, and cause servitude… there is no need for austerity…. we are a sea faring nation, people have travalled and perhaps settled here from all over the world, for 100’s of years…the welfare state was set up when hundreds and thousands of people from overseas were in the UK…in the mists of european turmoil…remember ww2? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz5dl9fhj7o listen to prof allyson pollock…. imo vote classwar if not, vote green and definitely not ukip, labour, libdem, nor tory…as they’re all in it together…

  34. It`s all gone quiet in the DWP & media about bad news supressing any bad news. So it`s all going on when it goes quiet. The revelations just keep happening. Lots of roll outs starting at job centres, give a week or two & they can`t cope just like NHS. Danger Zone Policy which is part of Contradiction PLC.

  35. Dodgy Dave needs a Health Warning. If you want to involve Maximus & Atos Dodgy Dave that`s your choice, in a confused tick box system given choices.

  36. The motivation of life skills to get a life manager coach for the full confidence of £12,000 a disabled cash cow. Also no tax on that £12,000.

  37. The new one is Council Tax will be more for the lower income workers. Breaking more Human Rights Laws. On no it`s Europe telling Dodgy Dave it`s illegal.

  38. Just because Legal Aid is no more to get an un-level playing fields don`t seem to work.

    THE ONUS IS ON THE BURDEN OF PROOF.

  39. NO PARTY TALKING ABOUT DISABLED HUMAN RIGHTS !!! WHY NOT !!!! NO ONE CARES ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS !!!!

  40. The problem is a broken society & it`s gonna take years to rebuild, some of it has gone for ever. Not only are the tax payer paying for the Stock Bankers Crash but also repaid them & repaid the leaders in 30years of credit.. Now get out of that one anybody. The CON can continue their plunder of anything they choose.

    Civil unrest = Who called it a war the Leaders & the Media = Civil War. Yes leaders & Media don`t think that calling a civil unrest civil means a civial war = more than 2 sides of bullshit politics. BOW DOWN & WEEP IN GENOCIDE. Its up to you media.

  41. Dodgy Dave has lost the election already. The ordinary person sees him as an alien with contradictions. Serious means serious times not just hollow words of wealth. Patronize people they will turn against you, looking down on them with a Blue Peter Man With The Plan. Now I will paint a picture fpr you. Blue Peter politics with the media promotion of Play School trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

  42. What crisis there is no crisis in the NHS the Maximus Health Care Professionals have told me so. How much did that failed confidence trick cost then !!!

  43. Osborne is from the planet Tharg and cannot be trusted……………

  44. “Did you hear the one about the claimant who successfully passed a MAXIMUS examination?”

    ………..Neither did anyone else…………………

  45. MAXIMUS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER IS A PROPERTY TYCOON, ALISDAIR EMSLIE BUILDS REAL ESTATE ON THE dwp’s dead cast offs……………

    • Create an organisation that only a cunt can run, and only a cunt will run it…….

    • “WOULD YOU RATHER MEET YOUR DEATH FROM A FRENCH COMPANY, ATOS WHO HAVE FACED DISGRACE AT EVERY LEVEL, OR FACE DEATH FROM ANOTHER AMERICAN BASED COMPANY THAT HAS A HISTORY OF CRIME, MAXIMUS?”

      PS. THEY BOTH USE THE SAME SOFTWARE……………………ALTHOUGH MAXIMUS ARE DOING HEALTHCHECKS OVER THE PHONE………..

      • That really made me laugh at Not Fir For Purpose about the medicals over the phone last week. Open to fraud & loop holes for a real hustler. Maximus now downgraded from Atos who downgraded GPs & real Doctors. There is no way you can do a medical over the phone because you should be telling me whats wrong with me – can you proof that. That the phone call ever happened.

      • …………….CAPITA ALSO DO;
        Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

        I am a member of a support group for people with mental
        health-related conditions and it has come to my attention that
        Capita appear to be doing part of the PIP assessment by telephone?

  46. Another Canceled Xmas

    Slightly O.T.
    What was that snow covered ‘white house’ that sky news has shown a few times?

  47. According to MARK HARPERS RESPONSE TO PARLIAMENT ON THE CONTINUATION OF THE “INDEPENDENT LIVING FUND”, these charities did not support it………………..

    Action Hearing Loss
    Age UK
    Alliance for Inclusive Education
    British Deaf Association
    British Institute of
    Learning Disabilities
    British Limbless Ex-Ser
    vicemen’s Association
    Carers UK
    Disability Action Alliance
    Disability Action Northern Ireland
    Disability Rights UK
    Disability Wales
    English Federation of
    Disability Sport
    Equalities National Council
    Inclusion Scotland
    Leonard Cheshire Disability
    Marie Curie Cancer Care
    Mencap
    Mind
    National Federation of the Blind UK
    People First Self Advocacy
    Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities Network
    Regard
    Rethink
    Royal British Legion
    Royal National Institute of Blind People
    Scope
    Sense
    Spinal Injuries Association
    UK Disabled People’s Council
    Voluntary Organisations Disability Group
    Whizz Kidz
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………
    1.
    Which disability organisations Mark Harper spoke to?
    2.
    When did Mark Harper speak to them?

    Answer from the DWP;
    I have conducted a search of Department records and conclude that the information you have
    requested is not held.
    However, the Minister for Disabled People’s Private Office has confirmed that the Minister
    does meet regularly with a large number of disability organisations and holds a wide range of
    discussions, both formal and informal. This includes a regular monthly meeting with the
    Disability Charities Consortium – an informal coalition of seven disability charities; Action on
    Hearing Loss, Disability Rights UK, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Mencap, Mind, RNIB and
    Scope – and attendance at the Fulfilling Potential Forum. The latest Fulfilling Potential forum
    was held on 23 October 2014 and was attended by around 30 disability organisations.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.
    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team

  48. “Voluntary work in a charity shop can be very useful for somebody who is looking to work in the retail sector,who wants to get their confidence up and improve their C.V. at the same time”; Utter Horlicks. Charity work is very useful for Mrs Eldridge who is 74 ‘cos she likes to do something in the community and is lucky enough not to need paying.
    The depths of what can be learnt about retail in a charity shop would involve a 5 minute chat. The depths of most retail jobs would take 5 minutes come to that.When did we arrive at the point working in a shop required training? Or ‘experience’? The only qualification gained I can see is that you might stay long enough in voluntary work to convince a prospective employer you are unambitious enough to last more than a month.

  49. “DOCTOR P. J MANNERS”
    WHILST READING THROUGH FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS I CAME UPON A GUY WHO MADE A REMARK ABOUT CHECKING THE VALIDITY OF DOCTORS CREDENTIALS WHO APPEAR AT DWP TRIBUNALS………………………..

    AFTER TYPING IN THE AFOREMENTIONED DOCTOR INTO THE GMC REGISTER, IT CAME UP AS “NOT ALLOWED TO PRACTISE”

    THIS DOCTOR APPEARED AT BOTH MY TRIBUNALS……………..

    • Doctors can, of course, carry out activities not legally dependent on holding a licence. For example, they can continue to sign passport photographs and use the title ‘Doctor’.

      Doctors must however be explicit about their GMC status. They must make it clear whether they are registered with or without a licence to practise. To inaccurately present themselves as registered with or without a licence, is a criminal offence.

      The lack of a licence does not prevent doctors from helping in emergencies – sometimes referred to as ‘Good Samaritan’ acts. Any concerned citizen is able to perform such acts, with or without registration or a licence to practise.

      Doctors should check with their medical defence organisation or insurer if they are concerned about any potential liabilities arising from performing such acts or whether their present arrangements will cater for such acts if they are registered without a licence.

      ………………SO THE DOCTOR WHO APPEARED AT MY TRIBUNAL ON BEHALF OF THE DWP CAN SIGN PASSPORT PHOTOS…………

      • “WHICH WOULD MEAN THAT EACH AND EVERY TRIBUNAL THAT DOCTOR P. J. MANNERS ADJUDICATED ON BEHALF OF THE DWP WOULD BE NULL AND VOID”………….

        • 3338362 Pamela Jane Manners Woman Registered without a licence to practise 1989

          • Hovingham surgery Geoff

            • john haupt left an annotation ( 5 January 2015)

              The reason for asking this is my mum was at an esa tribunal, it transpired the doctor had had never been a gp, she had the bare minimum requirement to call yourself a doctor. It also transpired she had previously worked for Atos. A kangaroo court, also performed in the magistrates court. Check the doctors status who performed your tribunal. You can check them out on the GMC website. Let me know if this was an isolated incident or not. Thank you

              Link to this
              https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/unregistered_doctors_working_for#comment-56241

              • overburdenddonkey

                geoff
                imv; they’re giving clinical advice which is treatment, as it affects the physical and/or mental health of the individual before them…and also their standards of competence must be higher than one’s own gp and other nhs staff involved in ones diagnosis and treatment….who has already deemed one unfit for work…….it must also be pointed out that SYMPTOMS take precedence over KNOWN diagnosis….after all they wouldn’t want to be seen as taking advantage of the sick and disabled person’s weaknesses and disability disadvantages, caused by their clinical condition’s would they?

      • George, you realize that this means any decisions made in any curt cases invilving individuals like this one means that the decision has to be set asside by a court as it breaches the “Equality of Arms” and is the key under pining of Law. Allowing the influnce of a decision under law by someone who is clearly suspect is a Big Big no no. Its classed as a Point of Law and as such can go as far as the Lords – not in this case as the evidence of the individual would be set asside [for those unfamiliar – that means it would be struck out]. Let alone the fact that DWP allowed such a person to be on their ‘Team’. How many others like this I wondr. But then I suspect that was the whole point… Go Team DWP Go.

  50. Landless Peasant

    Sanctioned under Labour, sanctioned under Tory. They’re all in it together.

  51. “11 PEOPLE MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD IN PARIS IS HEADLINE NEWS, YET THOUSANDS KILLED BY THE UK GOVERNMENT IS HIDDEN”

    ………..freedom of speech, fuck off Cameron, you terrorise your own people!

  52. Nottingham Labour councillor Rosemary Healy apologies over anti-Conservative ‘Auschwitz tweet’

    Nottinghan Post – 6th Jan 2014
    http://www.nottinghampost.com/Nottingham-councillor-Rosemary-Healy-apologies/story-25813157-detail/story.html

    Her Twitter page is no more.

  53. Whilst I think that trivialising what happened in the nazi run death camps is wrong, as I do trivialsing what nazis are by conflating them with the Conservative Party, I do also think that it is important to recognise that policies being implemented by both the Tories and their poodles the Labour Party are creating a slippery slope that could indeed lead to fascism. The Tory Party are not fascists, though I don’t doubt that there are closet fascists in their ranks, but nonetheless I do believe that their policies are leading to the deaths of many people as an horrific, yet unintentional result. However, now that there is a disconcerting correlation with the number of deaths of those reliant on state support, the government needs to recognise it’s culpability. We may not be able to locate the fire, but we can damn well see the smoke.

  54. All the Selfish I Am All Right Meatheads and Boneheads out There
    Make Me Feel Sick

    A Selfish Shallow Image Obcessed Scumiety

  55. People Need to be Concerned with Social Justice and a Genuinely
    Caring Society Not being Trendy Faddish Designer Clothes Image
    Sheep

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