David Cameron Plots The Social Cleansing Of The South

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A further cut in the Benefit Cap, as pledged by David Cameron yesterday, could lead to the social cleansing of the entire south of England as families on benefits are pushed ever further north by soaring housing costs.

Although touted by the right wing press as an attack on the workshy, this move is aimed squarely at struggling low income families, and almost all them are single mothers.  If these women were looking after one of Iain Duncan Smith’s four children they would be hard working people, toiling for the wealthy on poverty pay and doing the right thing.  But looking after your own kids is no longer considered work and so they are scroungers who should have kept their legs shut as some of the nastiest and most virulent voices now claim.

Perhaps one of the greatest achievements of the social security system was that the days when a working class woman was slut-shamed and stigmatised for having children on her own looked to be a distant memory. Benefits meant that single people of either sex could look after their children with some degree of independence and dignity if they found themselves without a wage coming in.  They would be poor as fuck, but they would be housed at least.  This applied whether they were single parents due to choice, relationship break up, bereavement or simply making a youthful mistake – and most people have had an unprotected shag at least once in their lives which is all it takes after all.

The introduction of the Benefit Cap, alongside workfare and sanctions for lone parents, has meant that single mothers are back in the firing line like never before.   Lone parents now face being driven from the very cities they have lived and grown up in due to a succession of brutal housing benefit cuts that will punish their children most acutely of all.  These are not people living in Chelsea mansions as this government pretend, but people living in the last remaining private rented slums that will still accept benefit claimants in places like Croydon, Tottenham or Catford.

The reduction of the benefit cap to £23,000 will mean cities such as Bristol, Bath and Cambridge will also become unaffordable to out of work parents with as few as two children.  For the small number who need a property with more than three bedrooms, then barely anywhere south of Birmingham will be cheap enough.  Councils in the midlands are already warning of pressures to housing and services in the region due to families being relocated from London and the economic cleansing from the first benefit cap has barely even begun.   Should the cap be lowered even further then the trickle of families in poverty arriving in northern towns from the south could becom an avalanche, re-entrenching the North-South divide like never before.

The truth is that benefits have always been capped, but previously this took place at a local level. Benefits for an adult on unemployment benefits are capped at just £72.40 a week plus an additional amount towards housing costs. How much this is depends on where you live. In Islington, where the average rent for a one bedroom flat is estimated to be £415 a week by estate agents Foxtons, Housing Benefit is capped at £255.50 a week for a single adult without kids. That’s why, apart from those in social housing, not many poor people live in Islington anymore. In Barnsley the average weekly rent for a one bedroom flat is £89.30 according to this property website, whilst the Housing Benefit cap for a single adult is £69.23 a week. Lots of poor people live in Barnsley.

It is not the fault of claimants that rents have spiralled out of control.  It is the failure of free market policies that have led to shrinking wages and soaring housing costs.  Greedy landlords and exploitative employers who don’t pay proper wages are behind the growing benefit bill.  And it is in their interests alone to blame struggling single mums and use nasty policies based on nasty prejudices to bully families out of their homes and communities.

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219 responses to “David Cameron Plots The Social Cleansing Of The South

  1. Now retired,I have never earned £23,ooo in my life,why should someone on benefits receive more than someone in full time work?

    • @george they dont ….and why should tax payers subsidiize private companies by using workfare

    • overburdenddonkey

      george
      i remember when houses were as cheap as chips and rents were 3quid a week….

      • Good old days,overburdenddonkey,go out on a Friday night with 1s8p,ten pints,fish and chips and still come home with change,oh how I miss those good old days.

        • @george good old days when labour exchanges actually tried to help you find work not like today where its all about finding every excuse to kick you off claiming ..even setting traps for you
          To fall into so they can use it to cut you
          Off

          • Bobchewie,
            I have never found a job from the labour exchange or job centre as now it is known,and in a lifetime of work have only been on the dole once for four months.I consider myself fortunate to have been in work and thank god retirement age came,from what I read you are exactly right,and increasing retirement age just keeps younger people out of work,it’s cheaper for the government to pay dole money to young people than pay the state pension to retired people.

        • overburdenddonkey

          george
          what would that cost you @ todays rates?

          • I have been so lucky

            Ten pints in your ‘local’,as opposed to a ‘spoons’, and fish n chips on the way home would cost £38. Knock a tenner off for a spoons,if you dont mind grade ‘c’ beer. (quality has been dropped markedly in busier outlets with less competition but they think we dont notice).Add 10 for london zone 1 .

    • Bob’s right, they don’t. Most people in the South East on low incomes also get housing benefits if they are in rented accommodation, as do many pensioners whose housing benefit hasn’t been capped. Unemployed claimants get £71.40 a week if they are single, no matter there they live. The rest of the money goes to landlords. Landlords charge more in the south.

    • As you’re retired you don’t pay your rent – those on pensions (or pension credit) get full housing benefit. Likewise you get 100% council tax benefit. As I do – please don’t bullshit us.

      • Wildswimmer,
        Your right I don’t pay my rent,I own my house,and I don’t get any benefits either,why do you take it I am “bullshiting “you?

        • @george do you condemn companies that use offshore accounting and avoid paying tax or is that ok with you..after all its these benefit lot thats ruined the country them and the communist NHS encouraging ppl to get something for nothing isnt it

          • Bobchewie,
            Yes I do condemn offshore accounting,but how did you get from benefit cao to offshore accounting.No I am not hard on “benefit lot”,what I said was “why should anyone have a greater ammount of money in benefits than someone working”

            • @george but they dont .do you think claimants live in luxury?
              Ok and something for nothing you think tax payers should pay some company on govt payroll to do sod all to deal with claimants and tax payers subsidize private companies who avoid tax and make profits from unpaid labour

            • George, the majority of these people are working.You do know that, so why pretend otherwise, it just seems dishonest to me.the article is ‘the social cleansing of the south.’ which is what will happen with this cap.

            • overburdenddonkey

              george
              the root cause lays firmly @ the feet of neoliberalism and accelerate by thatcherite policies, call it economic mismanagement if you like…which has failed us in many areas particularly housing costs and lack of building new homes….since all working class industry etc is now privately owned…the nhs soon to go that way..uk productivity has shrunk by 40% in 35yrs as has wages, tax base and tax take…
              prices of housing has disproportionately artificially been caused to sky rocket….

        • @George…..so you don’t claim any benefits…………..except for your 100% council tax BENEFIT?

    • @ george for a single person the cap is £18,200. I used the Gov.UK benefit cap calculator and entered the data for a single person on ESA (which I don’t claim). In fact the “applicable amount” is £218pw before paying utility bills etc. How do you justify your claim that benefit claimants are better off than you?

    • ……………….George never earned £23,000 in his life, it was part of a trust fund that paid out in the final year at Eton.

    • “Now retired” those are key words in your reply George. When you were working you could probably afford a deposit, and a mortgage, on a terrace house, or even maybe a semi. Prices are so high now that even working people, on average wages, cannot afford to buy a modest home. I sold my two bed back to back for £35,000 in 2003 by 2006 it was on the market for £94,000! Although I was still working I could not have afforded to buy it back! Prices are even worse now, so rents on homes are astronomical ,and it is the rents charged on these homes that is driving up the housing benefit bill. (although 76% of the TOTAL benefit bill is spent on pensioners, with 50% spent on the state pension alone) Unemployed single people get approx £72 pw, regardless of where they live, it is rental charges that take some people’s benefit up to the cap. The difference between a 1 bed flat in Bradford, and a one bed flat (of the same standard) in London is astronomical. Do we blame the benefit claimant for their rent quadrupling over the years?

      • March for Homes has been organised for this Saturday 31st January in London at noon starting in Elephant and Castle and Shoreditch. Many private tenants and campaigners from housing and community organisations will march on Boris in City Hall to demand better housing for Londoners including introducing a rent cap.

        It would be great if you could attend. For more detail see: http://marchforhomes.org/

        In other news, there was a great article about our petition in the Evening Standard recently. You can read it here: http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/miranda-bryant-without-a-check-on-rising-rents-we-will-be-forced-out-of-london-9990126.html

        Thanks for all your support so far!

        Becky

      • Norma,
        I agree whole heartedly with you about property prices outstripping wages,and I really do have sympathy for young people of today,in this running down hill fast of a country instead of the next generation living better than the previous generation it’s going backwards.
        As for pensions,believe me the state pension doesn’t allow for living the high life.

    • According to the latest Scottish government figures, the proportion of homeless applications that come from the private rental tenants rose from 13% 2008-09 to 18% in 2013-14.

      There is a lag between welfare reform and when some of those reforms start to have an impact, the first sanction liquidates any meagre assets a claimant may have, the second or third sanction will probably force the claimant into rent default and ultimately eviction.

      The welfare reform implementation lag is now diminishing because of that suspect that evictions and homeless will increase drastically.

  2. It is the ugly head of eugenics! Absolute filth.

    • Care spend ‘cut by fifth in decade’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31015807

      Then we have cuts in care for older people whilst scameron chucks tax payer money at con merchants like maximus whose job it is to stop claimants from being paid so they can get more of the welfare budget and to add insult to injury these parasitic companies like maximus get rewarded with even more money for getting ” the job done ”
      One big con job

    • apologies for o/t but at present there are on avg about 2000 paedo predators on youtube US ones and about 800 UK ones if this worries you or pisses you off then by all means complain to google ..thats if they can be arsed to do anything about it, apart from closing down accounts of those who report these bastards

  3. I Will be so lucky

    £255 a week, eh?
    Guess who is going to start looking for a more expensive roof?
    I’m serious. If they want to get snotty and cut the bill I will use the maximum instead of what I need.Then Working will pay even less.
    £255 clear is a lot better than minimum wage. I will stay in bed for it, thanks all the same Dave.
    See how you like Those Apples?

  4. That just takes the biscuit!!!! Do they really think they will win the next election????? Get stuffed.

    • overburdenddonkey

      donna
      labour will be as bad, if not worse….but you can always ask murphy! #MurphyWins …..

      • They would be OBD if they get in. I don’t think gthat’s going to happen though when they lose a massive number of previously safe seats in Scotland. Labour are traitors and are now about to reap what they’ve sown in taking people for granted.

        It will probably mean the Tories getting in again in some form or another. However Labour would be just as bad as the Tories anyway so i’ll be voting for SNP as i look forward to a lot of new SNP MP’s in the HOC after the election lobbying on our behalf.

        • That’s good old working class solidarity for you, vote SNP and inflict a Tory filth government on the rest of Britain. You should be ashamed.

          • Labour hate the good old working class, hope they get wiped out.

          • overburdenddonkey

            fen
            no it’s because labour are so weak in r.uk…the slab vote has only once blocked a tory gov…a possible coalition is tory/labour!

            • …a possible coalition is tory/labour!

              Yup totally agree with that overburdenddonkey as a possible coalition outcome of the 2015ge.

              • overburdenddonkey

                mr r
                ‘a government of national unity’, born out of a constitutional crisis…that they’re busy manufacturing…i know lets blame the jocks and the snp…ULOKBT….🙂

  5. Whats worse…
    If you have your little darlings living with you and they are between 18 and 21
    and they are on JS.. then they do not get covered with their bit of housing benefit.( I do not know if this applies to young adults in collage). This also applies if young people leave care homes etc..Nowhere for youngers to find a place of their own to escape trauma.

    Cameron has said NO housing benefit for 18 to 21 year olds..IT IS BANNED..Thats if he gets in again.
    If I have understood this wrong. Can someone put me right.

    • Cameron has stated that 18 to 21 year-olds will not get HB – I am assuming that 18-21’s with children will be excluded from this.

      You have not misunderstood. Unfortunately.

  6. I really choked on my Dinner [pun intended] when I read this comment in the Daily Hate!
    “Even those who have paid their National Insurance contributions for decades will find they will not get the support they need and deserve if they lose their job, have an accident or become ill. The biggest losers are likely to be the hard-working but low-paid people who need tax credits and other help to make ends meet. Low-paid work will become a route into poverty, not an escape from it.”
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2930201/Reforms-cut-benefits-quarter.html#ixzz3Q8rzFbpA
    What hypocrisy! It don’t need me to tell anyone reading this that they led [with the aid of the government] the skiver rhetoric.
    Have they realised that everyone is one illness/disability/job loss from receiving the same treatment as the so-called skivers’.
    Not to be overlooked is the knock on effect the welfare “reforms” has had on everyone: e.g. since legal aid was all but abolished many law firms have laid off staff and newly qualified solicitors can’t get work.

    • @victedy and the faily hate still pumps out ” im to fit to work ” skiver stories which turn out to be fake as the “:skiver” was a paid actor

      • no evidence he was paid. the piece made it clear he was an unemployed actor and he turned out to be an unemployed actor. of all the reasons to have a go at that vile story, that wasn’t one.

        • @JV not the first time actors have been used in stories though ..the fact that they use them is bad enough and they dont tell their readers they are actors
          most of the time …also acting is a profession that is known to have unemployed you are only as good as preaent job
          When i used to sign on at labour exchange i would see in the dole queue actors that had been on TV as i recognised them .some even appeared in popular comedies

          • Daaarhling… 90% of a accctors are unemployed 90% of the time:

            Why don’t actors open their curtains in the morning? Because it gives them something to do in the afternoon, boom, boom luvie… one is struggling to get some voiceover work these days, maybe a toothpaste ad or a spot of continuity announcing…

          • Kamran Kam
            London, United Kingdom
            Actor, Model, Dancer
            http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6160408/

            I’m very fit; with great muscles, excellent at martial arts and could do the splits which allow me to do amazing high kicks. I’ve trained in Boxing, Muay Thai, Karate and currently Kung Fu. I’m an experienced model and actor, have stared in many feature films. I choreograph my fight scenes and do all the stunts; I’m an outstanding martial arts actor and my biggest inspirations are Jean Claude Van Damme and Bruce Lee. I’m very professional, with an outgoing personality and very eager to succeed in the film and modeling industry.

          • “I WONDER WHY THE LINKS TO THE QUESTION OF OUR TROOPS HAVING MENTAL DISORDERS DUE TO BEING GIVEN MEFLOQUINE (LARIAM), HAVE BEEN BLOCKED ?”

            From: Cailean Watt

            19 January 2015

            Dear Ministry of Defence,

            I am writing to request information as a UK citizen about UK
            military personnel who were prescribed Mefloquine (a.k.a Lariam),
            and the number of these personnel who were then assessed for a
            mental health disorder in 2014. This ‘assessment’ could have been
            in the form of being assessed at a mental health clinic or admitted
            as an inpatient for a mental health disorder.

            The MoD gave a thorough answer on this topic to Mrs Madeleine Moon
            when she asked a written question in parliament on November 20th
            2014
            (http://www.parliament.uk/business/public…).

            ……………………..I WONDER IF ATOS, CAPITA AND MAXIMUS HAVE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO IGNORE THE MENTAL EFFECTS ?

            • What are the possible side effects of mefloquine (Lariam)?

              Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

              Stop taking mefloquine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

              depressed mood, feeling restless or anxious;
              confusion, extreme fear, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
              severe or uncontrolled vomiting or diarrhea;
              fever;
              cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath;
              nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
              mouth sores;
              unusual aches and pains, tired feeling, weight loss;
              severe skin rash; or
              easy bruising or bleeding.

              Less serious side effects may include:

              cough;
              headache;
              weakness;
              dizziness; or
              itching.

              This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

              • “SHOCKING”

                Thousands of British soldiers are being put at increased risk of psychosis and suicide because the Ministry of Defence refuses to stop using a controversial anti-malarial drug that has just been banned by the US military, The Independent can reveal.

                Mefloquine – better known as Lariam – has long been the subject of warnings over its effects on mental health and is now only used by a minority of people travelling abroad.

                Amid mounting concerns about the dangers of the drug – which has been linked with a string of suicides and murders – the US military acted this month to ban its use among special forces. The decision came after it was linked to the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier.

                Yet British soldiers are still being given Lariam – a drug described as a modern-day “Agent Orange” by doctors because of its toxicity.

                http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-the-lariam-scandal–mod-ignored-decades-of-warnings-about-dangers-of-suicide-drug-8842496.html

        • @JVoid

          So you not a fan of justice for jobseekers then …

        • Are we reading the same article? No where does it say “actor.” All it says is he is unemployed, and lets face it making up shit so the DM posts it (paid or not) means exposure and a tear sheet.

          Actually I tell a lie, it mentions it under a photo (as a caption) and 1 other time in the text… but I had to use a word search on the page as reading it 3 times I missed the 2 times it was mentioned.

          Not that its likely to help him in his acting carer, but for a self absorbed wanabe its more than he could hope for… his 1.5 mins of “fame”

          • I think care needs to be taken when attacking the claimant specifically. We don’t know what the Mail said to him, whether he was paid or not, or stitched up – wouldn’t be hard to pretend to be a casting agent and get him to say whatever you want. The result of this story is that he will probably lose his claim, if he’s co-operated with that he will be regretting it now.

            Either way, his dickish comments about healthcare and disability aside, why shouldn’t he have a go at acting, sounds like he’s working hard at it and has had a few appearances, perhaps he’ll get there. I have no problem at all with anyone being on benefits for whatever reason they choose, there aren’t enough jobs to go round after all. Having a go at him is just buying into their bullshit. Plenty pf people who’ve gone on to be successful in the arts/entertainment were actively avoiding work and on benefits when they were young.

  7. There is absolutely no reason why welfare scroungers should be able to claim as much as £23,000 pa. That is far too much. It should be restricted to about £13,500 which is the minimum wage. Cameron is being generous.

  8. David Cameron to reduce benefits cap to £23,000 immediately if he wins the election

    In an interview to mark 100 days until the general election, Mr Cameron said that his reform of the welfare system is a “deeply progressive programme” that is “changing people’s lives”.

    The policy will pay for thee million apprenticeships and everyone in Britain is given “the chance to make the most of their God-given talents”, the Prime Minister said.

    ……..Sandy from North Wales said, “It really changed my life, who would have thought somebody like me with an eight and a half grand tuition bill and a degree in engineering sciences, could have ever imagined stacking shelves in Tesco on a zero hours contract”

    “My new found apprenticeship allows me all the flexibilty i need to attend the food bank and search for a roof over my head”

    A DWP spokesperson said, “Good luck stories like these are the basis of a thriving economy, maybe in two years time Sandy may be collecting trolleys”

  9. Maureen Lipman, Labour luvvie, declares she has to think about leaving Britain because of the rise in anti-semitism. She says nothing of the abuse and murder of thousands of disabled people in britain over the last five years.

    • ……………..SO THE GOVERNMENT ARE WANTING TO BLOW £50 MILLION ON A HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL IN THE UK?”

      WHY FUCKING BOTHER, WE HAVE FOOD BANKS TO REMIND US OF THE EVIL THAT MAN CAN DO TO MAN, RIGHT ON OUR DOORSTEPS EVERYWHERE……………….

      ………………”AND THE BIGGEST TWAT OF ALL TIME, LORD DAVID FREUD, IS THE TWISTED JEW THAT LIKES TO DEAL OUT NAZI JUSTICE ON THE INFIRM AND WEAKEST”

      YES I HAVE A DISABILITY AND YES I WOULD WORK FOR LESS THAN TWO POUNDS AN HOUR…………………..

      IN FACT I WOULD PAY TO DO THE JOB;

      RELEASING THE TRAPDOOR ON YOUR GALLOWS TO WATCH YOU TWIST AND EMPTY YOUR BOWELS INVOLUNTARY AS YOUR HEAD PULLED TO ONE SIDE AS YOUR NECK SNAPPED………….

  10. “maybe in two years time Sandy may be collecting trolleys”

    That’s more than you’ll ever do though Geoff. At least “Sandy” wants to work. You never know, maybe he’ll end up like me on £75,000 pa. Yeee Haaa!!!!!

  11. The only thing Dodgy Dave is convincing is his own party & some toffs. By the way the banking crash was cause by you toffs involved with the banking crash.

  12. “LILY WHO WORKS PART TIME IN THE KNIGHTSBRIDGE FOOD BANK, SAYS, MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY OFTEN POP IN, BUT DON’T LIKE TO BE RECOGNISED IN PUBLIC”

    ……………..”You know full well it’s the Queen, she always wears a headscarf over her rollers”

    “It’s a dead giveaway really because stocks of Beluga caviar are limited and we hardly ever get venison steaks”

    “Andrew popped in with a young girl a few years ago, i thought he had a bad back but it must have been all his medals causing him to stoop”

    …………………….i usually put a bowl of water out for the corgi’s, she tries to disguise them by fitting ermine collars…………….

  13. obd – I cannot stand Murphy or the labour party – will be voting SNP or Greens. It is a pity we could not vote to stop this coallition right now – I would be first in the queue. I speak to loads of people in England and Wales on a daily basis through my work and one lovely man I was speaking to told me he was voting for BNP. I did ask if he was having me on and he said no. I have never heard any positives about this Government since it has been appointed. People are sick fed up and that includes people who are working. In my day you were able to obtain a Home Loan to buy a house which covered the deposit and then get a mortgage. Today, it is impossible for young couples and single people to get on the property ladder. I feel as if I am just working to survive and pay bills – don’t know what would happen if I was to become ill. In fact it makes me ill just thinking about it.

    • overburdenddonkey

      donna
      yep, labour are history in scotland, a freeloading waste of space…and are now comical….not a shred of credibility do they have left…so i’ll vote snp…

  14. When George Osborne knocked a penny off a pint of beer in the 2014 election, the whole uk telecommunications system must have been at breaking point as people celebrated in the streets and the brilliant news resonated around the world…………………..

    “You must be fucking joking”

    We have in power the most inept bunch of comedians that ever took centre stage………….

    The only thing that is taking off in our nation is the use of food banks, the Office for National Statistics complete piss takers.

    You might as well build a huge wall across the centre of the UK because the agenda is led by one place only, London.

    The media push out shit about deceased Coronation Street cast as the DWP wilfully murders it’s chosen victims.

    My advice to the Tories is look after the money that you have accumulated in your campaign war chests, it will come in handy when the litigation starts…………………..

    • I Will be so lucky

      I remember the single penny budget price drop.
      I remember how no brewery in the u.k. bothered to implement it at the tills either.It didnt help pub goers but the brewery shareholders were quite happy.

  15. Reblogged this on Christopher John Ball and commented:
    The Conservatives continue to place scapegoating at the heart of their social and economic policy – they are culling the populace. This week we commemorated the awful events of 70 years ago. Cameron sees that dark period as a template for policy not a warning. This is part of that plan.

    • One of my friends, he is also disabled, goes into hospital tomorrow. He was hounded and hounded by the DWP to such an extent he is afraid to leave home.
      His back is completely fucked and he takes pain killers like sweets.
      Not only is his back fucked, he has had operations on both his knees and both wrists.

      The drugs he takes have taken many changes, from aspirins and codeine, now at morphine and Fentanyl…

      Fentanyl is approximately 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine and many times more potent than heroin.

      ……………..and yet he is constantly harrassed by the DWP and asked what he is capable of doing?

      HAVING HAD TWO OPERATIONS ON HIS SPINE THAT PROVED UNSUCCESSFUL, HE GOES IN TOMORROW TO HAVE A RADIOACTIVE DYE SYRINGED INTO HIM TO ASCERTAIN THE STATE OF HIS NERVOUS SYSTEM ON HIS COLLAPSING DISCS WHILST HAVING A STEROID INFUSION.

      This guy will never ever work in a month of sundays, yet the chase is relentless, driving him to absolute despair.

      The thought of not coming out of the anaesthetic would be a bonus, he told me, the pain would go away forever……………………..

      • We are witnessing the onslaught of the disabled on a dail basis, yet the authorities that are supposed to offer anti discrimination, sit back and scratch their arses.
        “Why have Human Rights or Equality Legislation if the Judiciary are instructed to ignore it?”

  16. Vote CLASS WAR!!

    EAT THE RICH!!

  17. Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

  18. My God – what a shame – poor guy – think its about time his doctor stepped in and sorted DWP out. Hope everything turns out okay for him.

    • The doctors are in the DWP’S pocket Donna, nodding dogs afraid to speak out on behalf of their patients, just following orders……….

  19. Streets of London

    Have you seen the old girl
    Who walks the streets of London
    Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
    She’s no time for talking,
    She just keeps right on walking
    Carrying her home in two carrier bags.

    Chorus

    Have you seen the old man
    Outside the Seaman’s Mission
    Memory fading with the medal ribbons that he wears
    In our winter city,
    The rain cries a little pity
    For one more forgotten hero
    And a world that doesn’t care

    No change from all of those years ago when this song was written by Ralph McFell/McTell – can’t remember but Cat Stevens sang it.

  20. ……….SEEN THIS BOB?

    From: Richard Card

    4 December 2014

    Dear Department of Health,

    In 1972 Minister Sir Keith Joseph refused two Commons calls for
    care inquiry into West Suffolk establishments:

    The Sue Ryder Home Cavendish

    The Beeches Ixworth residential care home for disabled children
    Hackney Social Services.

    Both establishments had a history of insufficiently investigated
    sudden deaths. Unknown number of child inmates Beeches 1966 to
    1972. 3 deaths January to July 1972 Sue Ryder Home.

    Did Sir Keith Joseph avoid a direct inquiry by instigating academic
    debate into the theory of residential child care ?

    Did Peter Righton in any way contribute to such “Debate”

    Did Sir Keith Joseph or his refusal of care inquiry civil servant,
    Celia Hensman, have any association or historical association with
    Peter Righton ?

    Yours faithfully,

    Richard Card

    Link to this
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/please_disclose_any_association#outgoing-415997

    • @GEOFF ok thanks ..apart from keith joseph himself a suspect it has dead nonce peter righton attached to it ..i have a peter righton expert so will get it checked
      Thanks

  21. DWP Press Release 28th Jan 2015

    Harper: Major companies waking up to employment talents of disabled people

    More companies across the country are waking up to the considerable talents of disabled people in the workplace, says Mark Harper.

    Read More:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/harper-major-companies-waking-up-to-employment-talents-of-disabled-people

    • “”””Through its Disability Confident campaign, the government is working with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations.”””

      DISABILITY CONFIDENT PLC partners with BT & Barclays

    • “THIS IS STRANGE RAZOR, BECAUSE ATOS SAYS YOU ARE FIT TO WORK IF YOU HAVE ASPERGERS SYNDROME, YET THE DWP HAD TO PAY A WOMAN, WHO THEY SACKED FOR HAVING ASPERGERS, £70,000”

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

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

      • Geoff – Aspergers is on Atos’ list that says AS can only be diagnosed by a qualified doctor, not a “health professional” whatever that means. That list includes serious conditions as stroke and heart failure. Mind you, as we well know Atos regard the mere existence of a pulse means the patient is “fit for work”.

        • Thats right Pete. The DWP wrote to me and said,

          “It is quite possible to be found incapable of all forms of work under DLA, but capable of work under ESA”

          ………….what a bunch of wankers

          • There are no plans for any insurance products to help people plan ahead for their care needs in old age, leading companies have told the BBC.Creating such a market was one of the key aims underpinning the government’s decision to introduce a cap on care costs from next year.Two years ago Prime Minister David Cameron said he hoped the plans would “open up an enormous market”.But 17 major companies said there was not enough interest in such policies.Care experts said the revelation was a blow.About 60% of people are expected to need care in their old age – with one in 10 facing costs in excess of £100,000.From April 2016, the government is setting the cap on care at £72,000 from the age of 65. Currently people face unlimited costs – although those with little wealth get help towards their costs.Under the change, once an individual has spent that sum, the state will pick up the bill for care – although people will still be liable for £230 weekly living costs if they are in a care home.

            THERE YOU GO..EVERYTHING IS A MARKET TO THIS SHITTY GOVT

    • “yes, but LORD DAVID FREUD said;

      A Conservative welfare minster has apologised after suggesting that disabled people are “not worth” the national minimum wage and some could only be paid “£2 an hour”.

      Lord Freud, the Welfare Reform minister admitted the comments were “offensive” after they were disclosed by Ed Miliband during Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon. The Labour leader has called on the Tory peer to resign

  22. Universal Credit costs will not be revealed until after general election

    Computer Weekly – 27th Jan 2015

    The government will not reveal the full cost of its troubled Universal Credit system until after the general election in May 2015, Computer Weekly has learned.

    The last time it calculated an official cost estimate for the whole project, in 2012, it was £12.85bn. But while the cost is said to have since burgeoned, with the project now running two years behind its original schedule and with problems having complicated its development, the government has not updated the official estimate for more than two years.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which leads development of Universal Credit, and the Cabinet Office, which has responsibility for project oversight, have concealed the revised cost estimate since tearing up plans for the computer system in 2013 after two years of development – a process they called a “reset”.

    They kept the number secret even after they finished re-scoping the project in September 2014, excluding it from the latest National Audit Office (NAO) review of Universal Credit in November that year.

    The NAO report said Universal Credit would cost more because DWP had taken a “twin-track approach” to its redesign, in which it would proceed with both the old and new designs simultaneously to insure against failure. But publication of the actual cost increase will be withheld until after the general election on 7 May 2015.

    Read More:
    http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240238919/Universal-Credit-costs-will-not-be-revealed-until-after-general-election

  23. DWP ponders Universal Credit digital test expansion

    Central Government Computing – 27th Jan 2015

    Expansion plan will depend on outcome of controlled testing of service for online delivery of benefit reform

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) expects to announce a timetable for its plans to expand controlled testing of an enhanced digital service that will underpin Universal Credit in “due course”, ahead of the planned national launch of the system in May 2016.

    Read More:
    http://central-government.governmentcomputing.com/news/dwp-ponders-universal-credit-digital-test-expansion-4497542

    • “””However, the auditor warned at the time that any additional delays to the planned switch from the current Universal Credit system to the new digital iteration of the benefit reform by May of next year could cost billions of pounds without investment in an alternative solution.

      “The department’s digital service has been delayed and is still in the very early stages of development. At this early stage it will depend heavily on manual intervention and will handle only a small number of claims – but it is soon to be tested with all claimant types, even the most complex,” said the NAO’s findings. “””

      • “MARVELOUS SYSTEM RAZOR,

        THE ONLY SYSTEM IN THE WORLD WHERE YOU HAVE TO SELECT THE CLAIMANT TO SUIT THE SOFTWARE AND USE THOUSANDS OF HUMANS TO DECIPHER IT”

        “SOUNDS LIKE A WINNER TO ME”

      • …………..AND THEN SHIPLEE LEFT !!!

        He is already the sixth leader of the project in barely two years. Malcolm Whitehouse and Steve Dover, the early managers, left DWP once it became apparent the IT was in trouble. DWP CIO Philip Langsdale took charge in August 2012 before his untimely death in December that year. Hilary Reynolds moved on in early 2013 after just four months as programme director, while David Pitchford took over as interim chief before Shiplee’s appointment in May 2013.

        The current DWP CIO, Andy Nelson, while not the project leader, is also leaving the civil service in the next few months. (The DWP suggested that perhaps some wires had been crossed and my contact was approached by headhunters about replacing Nelson, but the contact maintains that was not the case).

        Shiplee, previously construction director for the London 2012 Olympics, was lauded by secretary of state Iain Duncan Smith as something of a saviour.

        …………………….A dwp spokesman said, with this level of incompetence, we should have listened, but IDS being an obstinate bastard, thought starving the nation was the best way forward………….

  24. IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR #PIP CLAIMANTS: YOU CAN ASK FOR AN EXTENSION FOR FILLING IN YOUR FORM

    DPAC – 28th Jan 2015

    DWP today published a ‘Statistical Ad-hoc’ document for PIP plus the first Review of PIP following its implementation.

    Notable in the statistics release is the discrepancy between the number of new claims referred to the assessment provider (523,000) and the total number of new claims registered (625,000). DWP gives the the 3 following reasons to explain this discrepancy:

    some claims have either been received recently and are still with the claimant for completion and return of Part 2 information and evidence;
    or the claimant may have chosen to withdraw their claim;
    or the department has disallowed the claim before it was referred to the assessment providers (due to failure of basic eligibility criteria or non return of the Part 2 information within the time limit).

    The third reason is important. From the PIP review, many claimants have experienced difficulties in understanding the questions or filling in the form. The PIP reviewer notes that although the claimant has one calendar month to return this form to DWP, they can ask for an extension if reasonably required. It seems that when requested, DWP is only prepared to give a 2 week extension, but this extension can make the difference between a claim being accepted or disallowed. He also notes that: ‘At discussion groups, many claimants were unaware of the flexibility to request an extension where there is good reason’.

    It is vitally important that PIP claimants are aware that they have the opportunity to ask for an extension if they cannot manage to fill in the form within the time limit, if they have good reasons to do so.

    http://dpac.uk.net/2015/01/important-information-for-pip-claimants-you-can-ask-for-an-extension-for-filling-in-your-form/

  25. DWP do you have a life coach to suit me? Helps me go for a shit?

    • This mornings BBC news is again, awash with tory propoganda, stating that a survey on the NHS asked 2000 people if they were satisfied…………………

      Of course, they were nearly ecstatic…………..

      What they failed to tell you is the survey is done by the KINGS FUND that is host to a plethora of drugs and service providers like SMITH KLINE BEECHAM………………………..

      THESE COMMENTS FROM AN ARTICLE DRAFTED BY THE KINGS FUND IN 2014, INDICATE THE DIRECTION THEY WOULD LIKE THE NHS TO ADOPT;

      King’s Fund study suggests the current health and social care systems are no longer fit for purpose

      The report concludes that social care is already in crisis and that the NHS is heading the same way.

      MORE PATIENT CHARGES may need to be introduced in the NHS, including fees for hospital and GP appointments and removing the blanket exemption from prescription charges for the over-60s, according to a report from the King’s Fund, which suggests the current health and social care systems are no longer fit for purpose.

      The interim report from the five-strong Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England, chaired by Kate Barker, a former Bank of England economist, has been published as all three main parties decide how to approach the issue of social care in their election manifestos.

      …………………..THE BBC NEWS, BULLSHIT UNLIMITED

      • “THE KINGS FUND”
        The Kings Fund’s ideas include:

        · Over 60s (except those on pension credit) to pay for prescriptions – £1.5bn

        · Increase the qualifying age to 65 – £value unknown

        · Raise the prescription charge to £10 – £100m.

        · Or remove all prescription exemptions and charge £2.45 to all – £2bn

        · Charge to visit the GP from £5-25 – £3 billion

        · Charging to attend A&E £10 – £220 million

        · Charge £10 for outpatient attendance – £800m

        · Charge £10 for each day in hospital – £500m

        · Charge £50 for each hospital ‘procedure’ – £900m

        • Meanwhile a Cannel 5 is advertising on Gumtree for people willing to grass up benefit cheats, I replied to the add and this is part of what I got back.

          “My name is Paul Connolly. I am a producer and presenter with Channel 5 and ITN Productions.

          I’ll be your point of contact.

          Could we perhaps have a chat over the phone? You can reach me on 07732585692.

          Alternatively, you can email your number and I’ll give you a call.

          As I said, there’s no obligation to reveal any of your personal details. ”

          Ok guys have fun with this twat
          Wind him up ..teach these fuckers a lesson that ppls suffering isnt for entertainment purposes
          Contact this prick and expose this shit

        • Benefit fraud penalty set to rise http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-31031665

          BENEFIT FRAUD PENALTY SET TO RISE

          • “in an effort to further penalise the poorest and disabled, the DWP ISSUE A SERIES OF FINES THAT THEY ACTUALLY INVENT THEMSELVES”

            YOU ARE NOT FOUND GUILTY UNDER CRIMINAL LAW, YOU NOW STAND ACCUSED BY THE DWP ONLY…………………..

            THEY ARE NOW A LAW UNTO THEMSELVES…………..

            THEY FIND YOU GUILTY, THEY APPLY THE FINE WITHOUT GOING TO COURT AND THEY PROFIT GENEROUSLY.

            USING CIVIL LAW THEY ISSUE YOU WITH NOT JUST THE AMOUNT THEY CLAIM YOU OWE, BUT ADDON A PENALTY WHICH IS OFTEN FAR TIMES THAN THE DISPUTED AMOUNT.

            AS AN EXAMPLE, I WAS TOLD THAT I OWED £18 FOR A DENTAL BILL, THE DWP, USING A PRIVATE COMPANY, THEN ADD A PENALTY, THIS TOOK THE £18 UP TO £117.50.

            (YES THATS RIGHT, I OWED £18 ONLY BUT THEY ADDED A PENALTY THAT TOOK IT UP TO £117.50)

            THEY THEN INFORM YOU THAT YOU HAVE BUT ONE MONTH TO PAY, OR GO TO COURT AND PAY AN ADDITIONAL PENALTY.

            AFTER ONE MONTH I RECEIVED A LETTER TO SAY THAT I NOW OWED £157 WHICH MUST BE PAID OR GO TO COURT.

            I RECEIVE ONLY £33.20P PER WEEK TO LIVE ON AND I AM DISABLED FOR LIFE.

            WHEN YOU GO ONTO THE DWP WEBSITE THAT SHOWS PAYMENTS FOR VULNERABLE GROUPS, ALL THE INFORMATION HAS BEEN DELIBERATELY REDACTED, (BLACKED OUT).

            WHEN YOU TRY TO APPEAL AGAINST THE FINES, EMAILS THAT YOU SEND ARE SENT BACK TO YOU SAYING, “MAILBOX FULL”.

            I WOULD RECOMMEND ANYBODY WHO RECEIVES THIS TYPE OF CIVIL FINE, TO ELECT TO GO TO COURT,

            THIS IS NOT JUSTICE, JUST GOVERNMENTAL THEFT ON A HUGE SCALE, WHICH IS AGAINST THE CLAIMANTS RIGHTS OF THE DUTY TO HAVE A FAIR AND INDEPENDENT TRIAL UNDER THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT……………

            • @GEOFF and the DWP GP benefits hotline was the Atos hotline for some reason so who was is running the DWP ? Maximus atos or A4e ?

            • “IGNORE YOUR FINES”

              17:56, 24 January 2015

              The chaos in the country’s courts means 61% per cent of fines are either written off or remain uncollected

              Criminals are dodging an astonishing £549 million in unpaid court fines, according to shocking new figures.

              The chaos in the country’s courts means 61% per cent of fines are either written off or remain uncollected.

              The huge sum is the total amount outstanding at magistrates and crown courts in unpaid fixed penalty notices, as well as compensation and cost orders and victim surcharges.

              Critics warned last night that the massive shortfall will add to courtroom delays and increase the risk of miscarriages of justice.

              Fines are the most common type of sentence handed out by the courts and are imposed for serious crimes such as fraud and theft as well as driving offences and other crimes.

              But the latest figures show that just 39% of fines are collected, with 53% of fines still outstanding and 8% cancelled.

              In London alone, the total of outstanding court fines is more than £127 million. In Manchester, the figure is £36.7 million and there are £29.4 million in outstanding fines on Merseyside.

  26. They’re not receiving it, their landlords are, because rents have gone up to much. The majority of them are working, like you, full time, but wages haved lagged behind rents for years. Which means when the cap is imposed, no poor people will live in London. In other words the entire fucking article you obviously didn’t read before opening your fucking trap. Jesus!

    • Benefit caps means ALL benefits JSA, ESA etc. + HOUSING BENEFITS. Tenants do not receive one single penny of Housing Benefits – it all goes to greedy fucking landlords i.e George fucking Osborne and his toff mates!

      • Also Housing Benefit is an IN-WORK benefit as well as an out of work benefit. Most claimants of Housing Benefits and who make up the majority who are affected by these ‘caps’ are IN WORK. They have to claim housing benefits simply because rents are too fucking high and wages are too fucking low.

        • overburdenddonkey

          i really don’t know how people can cope with this high/extreme level of uncertainty…what would worry me, and cause rational anxiety is when they stop benefits especially if one is on e and sa and the ensuing mountain of debt…i feel that it would be a mind numbing experience to endure, must be like living on a knife edge, with a subsequent detriment to emotional and physical health…in the sg one is exempt from the benefit cap but that is dependent on not being found fit for work @ some point…the only way to gain temporary relief is if somehow one could move out but then localism kicks in, and one is locked into purgatory…i’m just glad i don’t live in the south east any more, but it’s bad everywhere with some places being worse than others…but i cannot imagine being in a worse situation than living in the se or ldn and being forced to depend on this level of benefit sanctions and conditionality….

  27. “MORE LIES FROM THE DWP”

    taken from hansard
    13. UnumProvident is actively engaged with the Government, policy-makers and large employers to share best practice and to see where our systems and approaches might be applied more widely. We are currently working with the Department of Work and Pensions on this, and have had discussions with officials in HM Treasury and the Prime Minister’s office. We have met with officials to help better understand the nature of the IB casebook, and to discuss how our commercial experience and expertise might be more widely applied. In addition, we will shortly be supporting the National Employment Panel in its work on the New Deal for Disabled People through a secondment of one of our senior managers.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    DWP RESPONSE TO A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

    After consideration the internal review has confirmed that DWP does not hold any information on
    the Corporation identified above, as they are not connected to the DWP Medical Services
    Contract.

    You might find it helpful if I explain that Freedom of Information (FoI) Act is about the supply of
    recorded information held by the Department rather than explaining or confirming whether your
    assumptions are correct or not.

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

    Yours sincerely

    DWP Business Management Team
    Health & Disability Assessments (Operations)

  28. DWP Press Release – 29th Jan 2015

    Benefit fraud clampdown as maximum penalty to be more than doubled

    Parliament is to consider plans to more than double the maximum administrative penalty for benefit fraud from £2,000 to £5,000.

    Plans to more than double the maximum administrative penalty that can be offered as an alternative to prosecution for benefit fraud are to be considered by Parliament today.

    Rad More:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/benefit-fraud-clampdown-as-maximum-penalty-to-be-more-than-doubled

    • DWP admin cutting corners & cutting costs. FAILURE !!

      • RESULT = DWP fraud within the DWP itself.

        • The DWP Admins are getting skint & want your money. DWP Admins Fraud.

          • Work and Pensions Minister, Mark Harper, said:

            “The amount of money lost to benefit fraud stands at some £1.2 billion – cash which otherwise could be spent on supporting those in genuine need, improving public services or reducing people’s taxes.

            “There are still too many people who continue to ignore the warnings and steal from the benefits system. They deserve to pay a heavy price for doing so and that is why we are taking action. I hope this new measure attracts widespread support in the Commons.”

            Look within your own department for fraud Mark “Lazy” Harper.

            • “DWP FULL OF SHIT”

              IF THE BENEFIT FRAUD IS ONLY £1.2 BILLION AND THE UNDERPAYMENT OF BENEFIT BY THE DWP STANDS AT £1.6 BILLION, WHO IS DEFRAUDING WHO?

              TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE, 0. 7% FRAUD MEANS THAT 99.3% OF ALL PAYMENTS ARE CORRECT.

              THESE MEANS THAT THE DWP WOULD RATHER PERSECUTE EVERBODY FOR A MERE FRACTION WHILE THE HMRC IGNORE TAX EVASION BY THE TOFFS, AMOUNTING TO 12 TO 35 BILLION PER ANNUM.

              IF THE DWP CAN WORK OUT THAT £1.6 BILLION HAS BEEN UNDERPAID, THEN THEY MUST KNOW WHO HAS MISSED OUT?

              WHY DON’T THEY INFORM THE CLAIMANT OF THEIR SHORTFALL?

              WHO IS THE THIEF HERE???

    • Stepping – Are the penalties for tax fraud also doubled? I think I can answer that one……………………

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  30. FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST

    Do the DWP work with IDS?

    A. Sorry we have no information on that.

  31. Are you the Freedom Of Information office?

    A. Sorry we have no information on that.

  32. What happens when a dictatorship gets promoted = A Rogue State.

  33. Music therapy time [That’s 4 times a day like medication]

    Inna Rub-A-Dub Style Riddim Mix {John John} Aug 2013

  34. Anyone remember the outcry when actors were exempted from JSA conditionality and musicians wanted to get in on the act.

    Arti-Farti scumbags conditionality for the working class low-life but not the wannabe darlings.

  35. Concrete proof that a work coach intended to raise a doubt and sanction before the appointment even commenced …

    DWP/JCP is that benefit fraud?

    DWP/JCP has a criminal offence been perpetrated against a claimant by such a premeditated sanction?

  36. ……….and the moon is made of cheese DWP

    Date: 17 January 2015

    Dear John Heath,

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FoI) request received on 6 January 2015. You
    asked:
    I would like to know the percentage of employed people who are on Zero Hours
    Contracts

    .
    Following a search of our paper and electronic records, I have established that the information
    you requested is not held by this Department.

    • You know with months or so until the election i’m in a quandary now. I want in my heart to vote SNP but the thought of the SNP vote letting that prick Cameron in for another term doesn’t bear thinking about!!!

      Now i know Labour are a joke and not much better than the Tories. But there’s just something revoltingly objectionable about Cameron, IDS, McVile, Osborne, Pickles, Lansley and all the rest of those upper crust tits that is making me think of holding my nose and voting Labour, though i vowed i never would again!

  37. “NOW THE DWP IS KILLING CHILDREN”

    A 7-year-old Cambridge boy is battling with a devastating cancer – but his disability benefits have been stopped forcing his mother to go without food.

    And devoted mum Ruth Miller, 39, has faced eviction and struggles to pay for heating as she and her husband Kevin, 42, of Thorpe Way, Abbey, have been battling with the Department for Works and Pensions (DWP) since May for disability living allowance for their son Tommi.
    Advertisement

    The couple, who have a daughter Kacey, 8, and 16-year-old Kharis, have been forced to give up their jobs to care for Tommi but have been left to struggle without the allowance.

    Little Tommi faces another two years of gruelling chemotherapy because the devastating condition returned in September after he was given the all clear in May.

    http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Cambridge-boy-7-battling-cancer-mother-furious/story-25936183-detail/story.html?dwrMeth=addComment&afterReg=Y#7i4xU6zCWAd4f1XY.01

  38. I can work as a trip artist going to job interviews & tripping over & sueing them at 10 job trip interviews a day. Work pays tripping over at work pays.

  39. Raining,

    The 2015ge should be an open goal for the Labour Party but they have remained politically lame, their traditional working class support has lost confidence in them not only that but the Labour Party have lost that art of communicating with that base. The sentiments of the British peoples have shifted to the right this gives the Labour Party two options to chase those sentiments further to the right or to anchor themselves further to the left both options will cost them votes and the 2015ge regardless of the SNP vote.

    Why vote for an imitation Tory party when you can vote for the real deal.

    • overburdenddonkey

      mr r
      yep, labour and tory have colluded in pursuance of their common interests for @ least 35yrs now…keep ’em both out….trust is lost, vote for one, may as well vote for the other…

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  41. come and work for us johnny 80k a year what do you say.

  42. The problem labour have if they win in May 2015 is that they are contracted to Maximus till 2018. The only way to get out of the contract is to pay Maximus off which labour cant afford to do, so we are stuck with Maximus whoever wins in May.

    Labour & Conservatives in power or UKIP & Conservatives. Might as well give Maximus the contract until 2030.

  43. I can see the WCA well into 2020 – Will there be any disabled people left by then because they are not in work but Sanctioned which is a job figure. SANCTIONS ARE A EMPLOYED JOB FIGURE.

  44. Town Hall accused of spending £3 million on gagging clauses to keep departing staff quiet

    Camden New Journal – 22nd Jan 2015

    THE Town Hall stands accused of spending huge amounts of public money on making sure staff “keep their mouths shut” about the reasons for their departure.

    The charge came from Liberal Democrat councillor Flick Rea as it was revealed that Camden has spent more than £3million in a series of secretive pay-off deals bound up with gagging clauses. She described the figures as “obscene”.

    The figures were revealed after she pressed Labour council chiefs on the issue at Monday’s full council meeting.

    Gagging clauses stop exiting employees from talking about their work at the Town Hall, or the story behind their departures. More officially, they are described in council circles as compromise agreements.

    Read More:
    http://www.camdennewjournal.com/news/2015/jan/town-hall-accused-spending-%C2%A33-million-gagging-clauses-keep-departing-staff-quiet

  45. MAXIMUS KILLS THE DWP – THE DWP KILLS MAXIMUS.

  46. Why Disability Rights UK is providing training for fit-to-work assessments

    The Guardian – 27th Jan 2015

    We may be giving training to those carrying out the work capability test, but that does not mean we will stop campaigning vigorously to improve government policies on disability

    What do you do when government policies don’t work at all? The work capability assessment (WCA) is an obvious example. It is part of a system that is meant to help disabled people into work when possible, and support those who can’t work because of illness and disability. Instead, it is a fit-to-work test that doesn’t function properly, because it is badly designed and poorly carried out. Many disabled people find the WCA punitive, humiliating and distressing.

    These problems are well documented, including the failures of Atos to conduct WCAs. From March, a new company, Maximus, will be taking over that contract.

    Read More:
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/28/disability-charity-training-staff-atos-maximus-work-capability-assessments

    • Disability Rights UK are now working for Maximus on a contract. Sue Marsh works fast.

    • overburdenddonkey

      stepping
      this is open betrayal, by druk…they should be campaigning to scrap the WCA….

      • All of the charities are getting picked off one by one.

        • http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arlington_House_%28London%29

          ARLINGTON HOUSE HOMELESS HOSTEL GOT PRIVATISED IN A DEAL WITH ONE HOUSING GROUP AND CAMDEN COUNCIL
          Also oddly enough one housing group
          Have odd connections via their advisor who was pps to tha late LEON BRITTAN
          And who runs the place i am at ?
          One Housing group who have odd connection to Dolphin Square foundation and Dolphin sqr is where VIP csa abuse took place
          @GEOFF REYNOLDS And All
          GO FIGURE that lot out spooky eh??

        • Before joining the City, Nigel was an army officer, commissioned into the Royal Artillery while reading mathematics at Durham University. He served in Germany and the UK, completing three emergency tours in Northern Ireland. Subsequently Nigel joined the Home Office, working on criminal policy issues and establishing HM Inspectorate of Prisons, and was twice appointed private secretary to Leon Brittan.

          Nigel has extensive direct experience of the not-for-profit sector, where he has accumulated over fifty years collective involvement as a director of seven organisations, twice as chairman. He remains chairman of The Arvon Foundation and is a non-executive director of One Housing Group.

          NIGEL PANTLING
          @Razor @GEOFF @OBD @jphnnyvoid and all ..
          Creepy eh ?

  47. Stuff Tory Tyranny Stuff Oppression Down with the Oblivious

    Socialism Now

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