Big Disability Rides To The Rescue With Too Little Much Too Late


In an unprecedented show of absolutely fuck all, members of the Disability Benefits Consortium – which includes some of the UK’s largest disability charities – have written a stern letter to Iain Duncan Smith asking him not to cut disabled people’s benefits.

In the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, due to be debated in the House of Lords next week, plans have been announced to slash some out of work sickness and disability benefits by almost a third.  New claimants in the so-called Work Related Activity Group, meaning people assessed as likely to be fit for work at some point in the future, will receive just over £70 a week – the same amount as those currently on the dole.  People in this group include those with degnerative or progressive diseases such as Multiple Schlerosis, Parkinson’s disease or cancer.  This vicious benefit cut is not being done to save money, but to ‘incentivise’ people to find a job.  It is about as vile as anything that Iain Duncan Smith has done so far, and he’s done a lot.

In response the Disability Benefits Consortium have written a letter, which only half of their members bothered to sign, and which was published in the Daily Mirror over the weekend.  Big fucking deal.

According to their website the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) is a “national coalition of over 60 different charities and other organisations committed to working towards a fair benefits system.”  They include Disability Rights UK, an organisation who have recently been handed a huge contract to work for Maximus – the shady US conglomerate who carry out the despised Work Capability Assessments which will be used to decide which disabled people face a benefit cut under the new rules.  Other charities involved in pretending to defend social security are MIND, RNIB, Leonard Chesire and Mencap – all of whom happily accepted lucrative sub-contracts to run Iain Duncan Smith’s  mandatory Work Programme which disabled people are forced to attend under the threat of vicious benefit sanctions.  Also on the list are the workfare supporting Papworth Trust, along with Age UK who in 2013 were accused of running a ‘workfare warehouse’ in East Sussex.  Citizen’s Advice, who welcomed the introduction of the Claimant Commitment under which unemployed people are forced into pointless jobsearch for 35 hours a week under threat of benefit sanctions, are also included in this fight for a fairer benefits system.

Despite the vast resources possessed by the 60 charities who make up the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), their website is hosted for free on  It looks like someone knocked it up on a cheap smartphone during their fag break.  Last year this group of fearless campaigners made a total of 12 posts on their blog – and I thought I was getting slack.  According to the website they have not been arsed to contribute to a government consultation on welfare reform since 2012.

Compare this to the now defunct Disability Works campaign – launched with a glitzy House of Lords reception by many of the DBC charities and used to lobby the government to hand them juicy welfare-to-work contracts and you see the true priority of these organisations.  Money.

The very worst thing that could happen is big disability charities hijacking the fight against welfare reforms, although there is little danger of that.  The fucking awful Hardest Hit demonstration they organised in 2011 was little more then a march to protect disability charity funding, not disabled people’s benefits.  And it’s been downhill ever since.  For every statement released by charities condemning social security cuts a story emerges of them quietly sidling up to the DWP in the hope of lucrative contracts. Until disability charities form a united stance of complete non co-operation with this government then their words mean fuck all when their actions are complicit in destroying the lives of sick and disabled people.

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98 responses to “Big Disability Rides To The Rescue With Too Little Much Too Late

  1. oh shut up

  2. It is my firm belief that there will be an exponential increase in suicides if the proposed ESA (WRAG) cuts become law. These cuts (starting from April 2017) must be stopped. Disabled people are terrified of being placed in the WRAG and will likely adopt a ‘support group or bust’ attitude, virtually guaranteeing that the DWP’s efforts to incentivize them into work will ultimately fail.

    Labour is taking advice from lawyers on whether benefit cuts under Universal Credit are illegal. I have written MP Owen Smith, Shadow Minister of State for Work and Pensions, urging him to also consider taking legal recourse to block the ESA (WRAG) cuts, scheduled to come into effect April 2017. I CC’d in that same communication Jorge Araya, the United Nation’s Secretary of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

    Cuts to ESA WRAG would ‘increase the burden on people who are already coping with serious illness or disability’, says Jeremy Lefroy MP, in this persuasive Spectator piece:

    That a Conservative MP is truly concerned is heartening indeed, but his fine words likely won’t be enough to convince the DWP and George Osborne to reverse the cuts. In my opinion, the only way forward is to file a human rights lawsuit against the DWP in conjunction with a UN CRPD “grave and systematic” violations finding.

    Full disclosure: Since January 2012, I have been reporting voluntarily to the UN’s human rights office, in Geneva, on the welfare crisis for Britain’s sick and disabled. [Fellow Canadian Leilani Farha (@leilanifarha) is the UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing; see You can tweet her on UK housing issues or e-mail her at the UN’s human rights office:; she does follow my Twitter account.]

    (Montreal, Canada)

  3. by the time anyone notices aktion t4 is rolling on without much of a ado even our mps talking in the siderooms aint getting nothing done more deaths more suicides while their aktion t4 plans roll on jeff4

  4. Make no mistake, this is nothing to what’s coming. The next attack will be on eligibility for PIP, in conjunction with passported benefits such as Carer’s Allowance. Some families are in danger of losing £800+ per month, whilst being subjected to the Bedroom Tax. DWP senior civil servants at a ‘consultation’ meeting in Edinburgh today hinted that an announcement to this effect could be made in as little as six weeks. Stern letter, anyone?

  5. The proposed retesting of the disabled and ill, looking at the support group too, already announced to find those who can do “something” for 10 hours…….well I was watching a trailer for a holocaust survivor documentary, and the voice over said “when we arrived at (Dachau) the camp they looked at everyone, looking for those who could work…..” And who will get the testing contracts, who will be subcontracted for the new “work (to death) programme” ……..those in the same group who are trying to hide behind this excuse of a fig leaf of a “letter”…..

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  7. Santa Hates You

    JV – Disability charities appear to have forgotten about the disabled people to whom they are supposed to support. My gut feeling is that they are more interested in gaining funding for themselves and having expensive ‘pre-paid training days’ (think – free bar piss-ups) rather than raising their game for disabled clients and their families.

    Just take a look at the bunch of clueless fuckwits over the last five years. They have cooperated with the most evil, anti-disabled government we have ever had. Why are these so-called charities not defending disabled people to the hilt? Why are they so complicit in destroying the lives of sick and disabled people who now live in fear and poverty due to this Nazi scumbag government? The simple answer is that these charities don’t care because they’re spineless arseholes. Disabled people are now on their own in the UK.

  8. Santa Hates You

    By the way – I got into an argument with a local Tory MP last week. The scumbag was so arrogant and dismissed my arguments as ‘leftwing twaddle.’ I noticed that his minders and helpers only came to his aid when I told him he was a ‘fucking Nazi bastard’.

    • paultheswineherd

      Santa Hates You – Good for you for standing up to him – it is only your sort of action on a very large scale that will eventually bring these fuckers down.

      • paultheswineherd – Still a bit unsettled because of possible repercussions due to what happened last week. But thankfully I’ve heard nothing yet. Maybe I guess this sort of thing happens more than we think, but isn’t reported.

        • Shy – Hope you are ok & can cite undue provocation if necessary … sometimes a stern letter really doesn’t say enough.

          • A guillotine wouldn’t say enough to these pontificating, lower class in my opinion, Nazi’s running the country.

  9. Under Universal Credit these charities will have access to an almost unlimited amount of free labour, under the ‘Work Preparation’ element of UC.

    ‘Betrayal is the only truth that sticks’ – Arthur Miller

  10. paultheswineherd

    (Firstly and foremostly, many thanks Johnny Void for this excellent article)
    As I personally understand it – ‘charity’ as such is something which one human being does for another human being (with no real expectation or wanting to be paid back as such).
    The ‘Charities Commission’ who regulate and oversee all ‘Registered Charities’ need to be looked at themselves. What a lot of these so called ‘Registered Charities’ are doing are really nothing short of ‘abusing people’s human feelings’ – give “£2 a month to this one”, “give £3 a month to that one” – “give £19 a month to help a homeless person” – “give £3 a month” to Centrepoint to ‘help a young girl scape from her stepfather’s clutches’ – give £3 a month to Oxfam, – give £3 a month to “Save The Children” to help ‘Kyumbai’ & ‘Koffee’ (whom we have had on our TV screens for over 3 years now) – give £5 a month to the RSPCA, – give £3 a month to the NSPCC – They do not say that a lot of this money goes in ‘administration’, not to say their Chief Executives and their huge salaries, as well as their mansions and swimming pools.
    They will say “we need to pay our CEO’s well – if not you will get ‘monkeys’ instead. What is not reported is that a lot of these CEO’s (like in business and retail) come from other sectors. They were out of a job one day and they were placed in this job the next. A classic example of this is ‘Sharmi Chakrabarti’ – the ex-chief executive of the ‘charity’ Liberty.
    I have now heard that she may be placed into the House of Lords (whether true or not, I do not know!)
    Nowadays, there are very few ‘real’ charities in Britain. A lot of them are chasing the £££££££££££££££££££££££££££ from whence it comes – a lot of them are ‘legalised’ tax avoiders. For goodness sake, I myself could go to the Charities Commission – set up a ‘Registered Charity’ and even if it was not ‘helping the poor’ etc,etc I could still do it. Even if I had a ‘registered company’ with Companies House – I could still register it as a bona-fide ‘charity’ with all of the ‘Company Directors et al.
    A lot of the so-called ‘charities’ are a businessman’s delight – his Company can avoid paying all tax owed – totally legally – and no-one says fuck all – let alone report him to the Charities Commission – they are in on it – he pays his ‘fees’ to them and they conveniently look the other way and turn a total blind eye.
    What a fucking disgrace – and then – on top of it all – some of these so-called ‘charities’ have the cheek and the gall to ‘invite the DWP to provide ‘workfare’ placements – and not only that – if they do not agree – a punitive sanction will follow. Attempted modern slavery if ever there was.
    Boycott Workfare – You have my own personal backing in your endeavours to close down these scummy bastard ‘charities’ – you are winning with them – please keep up the good work.
    As for these other cunts, (as Johnny Void mentions in his article) – they need to take a deep look at themselves – but they won’t because they are getting far too much money from this corrupt Government.
    Looking after the ‘old, the sick and the disabled’ – if they REALLY did this
    they would be losing far too much money – £££££££££££££££££££££££££
    Shame on them all – CUNTS.

    • Naga Munchetty's Knickers

      And Rita Chakrabarti who reads the BBC News just so happens to be Sharmi’s sister… 😉

      • paultheswineherd

        Naga Munchett’s Knickers – Yes indeed so! : )

        • paultheswineherd

          Naga Munchetty’s Knickers – Indeed, the same ‘Sharmi Chakrabarti’ who is so often invited by BBC News to ‘comment upon’ and ‘condemn’ other Countries ‘human rights abuses’. However, I do notice that Sharmi never at all mentions the ‘human rights abuses’ carried out by this present Government and IDS & the DWP in particular – she would not dare to do so – if she did she would never appear on BBC News ever again!

          • paultheswineherd

            The Beeb is also reporting on the ‘Coroner’s inquest into the Hillsborough Disaster’ – that was 25 years ago – why has this story suddenly surfaced?
            What about the various Coroner’s reports into the suicidal deaths caused by IDS & his DWP’s actions/policies – nothing at all mentioned on the BBC – or Sky for that matter. Is that a surprise – or is that not a surprise?

            • paultheswineherd

              Hey – I’ve got a really good idea – why do not Amazon, Starbucks, Costa Coffee and a million other ‘businesses’ and ‘multinationals’ also become ‘Registered Charities’ – then they could get away with paying ‘no tax whatsoever to anyone’ and they could also ‘help the poor and the underpriveleged’ (by paying no tax whatsoever to anyone) at the same time!

              • paultheswineherd

                Also incidentally – one can form a ‘Trust’ with a confirmed ‘Board of Trustees’ to oversee something – (such as an ‘historic house’ etc) – even this can be a ‘registered charity’ with an associated charity commission number – is this open to any abuse in any way? – Never!
                Is this in any way helping the sick, the poor or the underpriveleged?
                The whole system is a ship of shit and it needs to be urgently overhauled.

              • London 'ackney Driver

                It would save Amazon £40 knicker a year in corporation tax mate. And don’t Google and Starbucks do a lot of ‘charity’ work like… *scratches head*…

              • London 'ackney Driver

                Fink these conglo… *puts teef in* merates ‘av missed a trick on this one 🙂 And wots if wif ‘ousing associations being ‘registered charities’? Nufink charitable about these money-grabbing, ‘av you out in the street in a flash of Naga bleeding Munchetty’s knickers conglo….. *pushes teef back in* merates…………


    From: mr jones

    1 January 2016

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Dear Sir/Madam
    Please could you advise me where I send a county court summons for
    misconduct of public office and breach of section 7 HRA for which I
    wish to pursue in a court of law by applying for judicial review.

    Yours faithfully,

    mr jones




  12. “New World Order” has got its foot in the front door of the UK.
    Make no mistake, this government knows EXACTLY what is expected of them.
    The death stats showed the DWP that their dummy run worked, so they are now rolling it out. It was a test to see if stress really killed, and now they have the proof, full steam ahead.

    The UN will not save what little dignity we have left. Its one big scam.


      MULTI-BILLION-pound proposals to refurbish the UK Parliament building have been condemned by the SNP as “eye-watering” during a time of public spending cuts.

      The Palace of Westminster, largely constructed in the middle of the 19th century, has been hit by decaying stonework and subsidence and also contains asbestos and electric cabling, according to a report commissioned by parliamentarians last year.

      But as MPs and peers prepare this spring to recommend an option to take forward the work, which could cost up to almost £6 billion, the SNP have called for a rethink.

      “The cost of restoring Westminster is astronomical,” said the MP Tommy Sheppard. “The prospect of spending billions of pounds at a time of belt-tightening and damaging Tory austerity is eye-watering.

      “The people coming up with these proposals must live on another planet if they think it will wash with the public. Nothing damages the reputation of parliament and politics more than the establishment being seen to look after itself while services and social security for the majority are savaged.”

      • The Tory government could use the ashes of the thousands they have already killed to make mortar and plaster for the project, that is, if SUE MARSHES DISABILITY MURDERERS, MAXIMUS, increase the slaughter to ensure the building targets

  13. Cancer Research et al

    Pfft. Did you really think us charities would kill the golden goose. We at Cancer Research want cancer to exist so we can profit from it. Same for child poverty, cruelty to animals, endangered species, Band Aid etc.

    At least Scrooge was honest, unlike us corrupt cunts.

    PS “to run Iain Duncan Smith’s mandatory Work Programme which unemployed people are forced to attend under the threat of vicious benefit sanctions” Fixed it for you.

  14. stitchedupandbroken

    Paultheswineherd’s comments make sense. I don’t know where all this is going. I think all this is unreported or not reported. I think you do have the dismantling of the state as what held some decency. I haven’t been on this site for a bit,but wasn’t there something in the Daily Scum the other day about a mother topping herself in the same room where her daughter had killed herself brought about because of the bedroom tax. Expected to see it on tv. Nothing. Something has really gone wrong here: nowadays you set fire to someone sleeping on the streets or urinate over them. No way would that have happened in my youth. Let’s be honest on here folks,the Nazi Party won the GE and have the airwaves to themselves. Not so long ago we had Mengele Keith Joseph, Heidrich Peter Lilley,and The Bitch Thatcher,now the culling masters are better oiled.
    I wonder if they have covert police in amongst the disabled groups,maybe bedding the young and attractive. Sure they will have their peepers out.


      A sudden spike in the number of mental health patients dying unexpectedly in NHS care has prompted calls for a wide-ranging investigation into “threadbare” services that are “struggling to cope”.

      New NHS figures show that the number of deaths annually among mental health patients in England has risen 21% over the last three years from 1,412 to 1,713.
      ‘I didn’t matter’: the long wait for mental health treatment
      Helen Convery had serious anxiety after her husband fell ill and her father was told he had terminal cancer. Her struggle to get help only made things worse
      Read more

      The number of those killing themselves or trying to do so has also increased, by 26% from 595 in 2012-13 to 751 in 2014-15. It covers both those being treated as inpatients for serious mental health problems and also those who are being cared for while still living at home.

      Figures obtained by Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat MP, show that the overall number of “serious incidents” – involving unexpected or avoidable deaths, serious harm, injury and abuse – has climbed 34% to 8,139 a year. They have become so common that one trust, North East London foundation trust, had a total of 633 last year – almost two a day

      • Correct its their aktion t4 plans for those sick disabled but the majority of peasants havent realised they culling the stock by any means if the true figures of deaths ever got out they wouldn’t believ thos figures but then only the suffers under their control feel their effects yet they have surpassed those figures of the summer of forty one by the nazi party jeff3


        Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

        I have today attended a ESA assessment provided by Maximus, during
        my one hour 15 minute wait it was apparent that most if not all
        people ( myself included ) attending the centre during this period
        were attending an appointment previously cancelled by Maximus. In
        some cases this was the third or fourth appointment for that
        person. People were also being encouraged to rebook their
        appointment due to the excessive waiting time.

        I would like to ask:

        How many ESA assessment appointments are cancelled by Maximus?

        Do Maximus have any targets contained in their contract for waiting

        Do Maximus have any targets contained in their contract for the
        amount of times they can cancel an appointment?

        Yours faithfully,

        Karen Lorenz

        • They ask for you to turn up ten mins early but I ask for my travel first exspenses sheet then go through that rigmarole if kept waiting more than ten mins I ask once again about appointments no help then please can you remake appointment and leave sorry it does wash they try to but then

      • Ah yes, the morally corrupt libdems, who signed on the dotted line in blood in 2010 with the Tories.
        They knew the score, they new what was going to happen. The libdems are like cats shitting in the garden, and trying to bury the evidence,
        It was the NHS that done it…..honest mate, we had nothing to do with it.

        • Burying shit is a bad idea too – it allows parasites and whatnot to breed. Better to be more dog and leave you shit out in the open air. Cats just don’t like leaving shit lying about especially in the neighbour’s garden.

          • Crazy Old Cat Woman with 100 Cats

            I always chuckle when I peer out of the window and see one of my cat’s burying their shit in the neighbour’s garden lol Cat’s don’t shit on their own territory. I have never seen one of my cats shit in my garden 🙂 Funny thing is that the neighbour doesn’t even have a cat although they have 100 cats shit in there garden lol

            • Crazy Old Cat Woman with 100 Cats

              Cats like soft earth to burying their shit in. The neighbours garden has lots of that. There must be tonnes of shit buried in their garden lol

        • The labour party didn’t want office, they were going to do the same as the tories regarding austerity it was in their manifesto, but wanted to pass the poison chalice onto the tories to do it (it wouldn’t seem right if a supposedly left wing party started robbing the poor of their houses and benefits), that was why Clegg went in with the tories, labour didn’t dare touch it.

          • PS a lot of labour mp’s helped the coalition and their policies along by voting with them – who would trust the new labour turncoats?

  15. Dunko Donut the clown that he is hasn’t reckoned on the combined might of DPAC and the Crutch Collective 🙂


    Tens of thousands of tenants in sheltered housing, including frail older residents, domestic violence victims and people with mental illness may become homeless as a result of benefit cuts, landlords have said.

    Government plans to cap housing benefit for social rented properties from April will put an estimated 82,000 specialist homes under threat of closure, leaving an estimated 50,000 vulnerable tenants who are unable to work without support.

    Housing associations and charities have warned of closures on “a massive and unprecedented scale” unless ministers exempt supporting housing schemes from the housing benefit cap.

  17. I Understand why I am so Pissed Off with many So Called ” Charities ”

    They do Fuck All For the Underdog and the Oppressed of British Society

    I have Boycotted Shops that try to Charge 5pence for a Bag and those who
    try to Bully in the High Streets to do a monthly contribution

    They are Part of the Problem just like so Called ” Anti Austerity ” Organisations in which there is More Life in a Crowd of Horror Film

    Hands Off the Poor Increase Welfare Benefits

    No to Nazi Britain

  18. When the Con Dem Regime came to Power in May 2010 AD it took over
    10 Fucking Months for that Pathetic Little Demonstration on the 26th of
    March 2011 AD 10 Months of Effective Fuck All Political Zombieism
    enabling the Tories and Liberal Demopratts to do Nutcase Austerity

    A Lot of People in Con Dem Britain by Not Resisting Nutcase Austerity
    the Couch Potato Zombies the Oblivious the Out of Touch including the
    I Am All Right Jack Middle Class were and are No Better than Nazi
    Collaborators in Occupied France .

    The Poor and Vulnerable have Suffered whilst Millionaires have had
    Tax Breaks and MPS a 10% Pay Rise Not Forgetting the Expenses

    Racists grumble about Refugees that have Not done Anything Nasty
    but it is Arsehole Politicians such as the Austerity Stooges of the
    Parliamentary Labour Party amongst Others in the Ivory Tower of
    Luxury of the Palace of Westminster the so called ” House of Commons ”
    that have done Far More to Wreck this Country and Public Services

    No to Oppression No to Tyranny and No to the Class System

  19. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    Charities these days means a way of money laundering through charities. One of the reasons for the ESA deduction is loads of people went onto ESA instead of JSA & the rest on JSA went onto ESA.

    The problem with Natural Highs in society making people homeless because it`s rat poison & DDT. The Government should have banned these Legal Natural Highs years ago. It`s rife in prisons & the society has been killed off with Natural Rat Poison Highs.

    Deadly ‘spice’ drug sold to homeless addicts in under the counter sales

    Camden New Journal – 14th Jan 2016

  20. The Need For the Defence of the Welfare State and Proper Funding
    for Local Government and Public Services in the United Kingdom
    cannot be Left to Out of Touch so called ” Anti Austerity ” and ” Disability ”
    Groups that are so Supine Complacent and Utterly Out of Touch

    It Needs the Support of Decent People who Understand the Need For
    Peaceful Political Revolution ie the Triumph of Compassion and Common
    Sense and to be Politically Observant and Involved Not Celebrity Obsessed
    Donuts like too many out there are

    Increase Welfare Benefits

    No Nutcase Budgets

    House the Homeless

  21. I Wonder how many Demonstrations Protests Rallies the Labour
    Momentum Groups are Organising in Defence of the Welfare State
    and the Poor and Vulnerable or will it be a Case of Collusion by
    Non Resistance and Political Zombieism

    Materialism is a Virus of Evil Morality is More Needed

  22. Notice that Petition For the Resignation of Ian Duncan Smith as Secretary
    of State For Work and Pensions Now has 116, 295 Signatures

    There are a Lot of Resignations of Politicians in Westminster in Order
    such as those Slave Labour MPS who Voted for UK Airstrikes against
    Syria in December 2015 AD when they should of been Standing Up For
    the Poor and Vulnerable in the United Kingdom

    Defend the Welfare State Increase Welfare Benefits Hands Off the Poor

  23. The House of Lords has a Moral Duty whilst it Exists to Not be a Rubberstamp of All Diktats coming from the Alleged ” House of Commons ”
    which has been so Out of Touch with Decent People it takes the Biscuit

    Where there are Things Morally Objectionable such as Victimising the
    Poor and Vulnerable turning the Country into a Totalitarian State ETC
    it should Not Speak Out against them it should Oppose them

    Equally Many out There Need to Take Politics more Seriously instead
    of being Silly Trivial Minded Townie Mentality Zombies


    In the last month, recruitment website lists added almost 100 job advertisements for “functional assessor” roles with Maximus, the US company contracted by the Department of Work and Pensions to carry out assessments of claimants.

    Candidates, who are required to have two years post-qualification medical experience, are offered positions starting at £72,000 with some roles stretching to £98,000. The NHS salary for a junior doctor with two years experience would be around £30,000.

    One NHS doctor noted on Twitter that the company – motto: “Helping Government Serve the People” – was in effect “paying drs to medically endorse a political agenda regardless of how it affects patients”.

    The recruitment drive follows a National Audit Office report earlier this month which found that Maximus was “not on track” to meet government targets to reduce benefits costs.

    The NAO suggested these failings were “largely due to problems reaching the full staff complement” and spiralling costs due to the “rising salaries for healthcare professionals”.

    Earlier this month, a Maximus whistleblower alleged medical professionals working for the company “questioned the ethics of what they were doing, and whether the tests were making people mentally and physically worse off”.

  25. Indeed I Agree it is an Astronomical Cost to give the Sheepliament of the
    United Kingdom of Nazi Britain a make over

    So too was and is the Cost for the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood and
    Shame on the ” Scottish National Party ” For Abstaining from the Vote on
    the Housing Bill because Scotland was Not Affected

    Politicians are far too Out of Touch wherever in Holyrood or Westminster

    GEOFF REYNOLDS | January 25, 2016 at 11:53 pm | Reply


    MULTI-BILLION-pound proposals to refurbish the UK Parliament building have been condemned by the SNP as “eye-watering” during a time of public spending cuts.

    The Palace of Westminster, largely constructed in the middle of the 19th century, has been hit by decaying stonework and subsidence and also contains asbestos and electric cabling, according to a report commissioned by parliamentarians last year.

    But as MPs and peers prepare this spring to recommend an option to take forward the work, which could cost up to almost £6 billion, the SNP have called for a rethink.

    “The cost of restoring Westminster is astronomical,” said the MP Tommy Sheppard. “The prospect of spending billions of pounds at a time of belt-tightening and damaging Tory austerity is eye-watering.

    “The people coming up with these proposals must live on another planet if they think it will wash with the public. Nothing damages the reputation of parliament and politics more than the establishment being seen to look after itself while services and social security for the majority are savaged.”

  26. There should be Boycotts and perhaps Peaceful Demonstrations outside
    ” Charities ” that Collide with Slavery Fail to Stand Up For the Poor and
    Vulnerable in the United Kingdom and who Drive People to Suicide
    through demands for monthly contributions as in at least One Tragic Case

  27. Nutcase Austerity Need’s to be Stopped and Reversed

    That Means No Nutcase Budgets and Taking from the Poor and

    Millions Need to be Demonstrating and Involved in Politics For the
    Better Not being Oblivious Zombies

    If the Official Opposition is being a Parody of an Actual Opposition
    Nutcase Austerity Still Need’s to be Stopped

    Stuff the Consensus of No Choice

  28. But in any case, £72 is illegally low for even the unemployed never mind the sick. According to the Council of Europe UK Benefits are being underpaid by about 45%. JSA is supposed to be about £125 per week. As for me, I don’t know how much more I can take of the patronising utter bullshit that is ‘Skills Conditionality’. What a fucking day .

  29. Slavery is Evil and Poverty is a Tool of Oppression

    An Independent Britain can have the Resources to Care For the Poor
    and Vulnerable

    The Country is Fucked Up by Nutcase Austerity and Neo Liberalism

    Increase Welfare Benefits

  30. paultheswineherd

    The very cheek of these Lords bastards! This overly cossetted wanker needs to get off of his gravy train and preferably ‘pop his clogs’, so saving the ‘hard working taxpayer’ a huge packet of dosh!

  31. paultheswineherd

    The Tories, Brussels & the good USA – they are all corrupt and secretive and last, but not least – they are ‘all in it together’!

  32. paultheswineherd

    Another absolute cheek! Are you going to be over 75yrs old in 2020? If so, the Beeb’s overpaid stars may be going to ask you to give up, or contribute to, your previously ‘free’ TV licence.
    Rona Fairhead (Tory) Head of the BBC Trust is probably well proud of this ‘costcutting’ idea for the ‘financially strapped’ BBC ‘Public Broadcaster’!

    • I don’t give a shit about any TV Licence as I don’t watch TV, however I’ll be seriously pissed off should the BBC succeeding in having 12 quid a month applied to the cost of my broadband as a “Media Tax”.

      • We DO NOT Require A TV Licence ;)

        That is the way it is going. The ‘TV licence’ is dead in the water so Auntie Beeb needs another way to secure her cash for staff junkets etc.

        The ‘TV Licence’ is now antiquated and anachronistic, that increasing numbers of people are realising that they don’t have to pay for and not paying for. It is a quaint relic of an old British institution; it is now considered a ‘voluntary tax’.

        The ‘TV licence’ might have worked back in the £50s when TVs were TVs and you were guaranteed a visit from the repair man within a couple of days of purchase of your new TV. Back then TVs were big heavy things with solid wooden frames, that took pride of place in the living room, that took ages to warm up, had valves and cathode rays, smelt of burning, contained dangerously high voltages and their was only one BBC channel on offer. Nowadays, we buy cheap, flimsy, throwaway plastic flat-screen LCD panels with on-board computers that are already manufactured with the recycling plant in mind.

        Back in the 50s the ‘TV licence’ represented only a small fraction of the cost of a TV. Nowadays the cost of a ‘licence’ dwarves the cost of a TV. If you kept a TV for 5 years and paid for a licence the licence would add £750 to the ‘cost of ownership’ of the TV. When you see a flat-screen TV for £200, would you pay £950 for it. Well, certainly not in this household… 😉

  33. paultheswineherd

    P.S: No need for ‘www’ for that one – direct typing of the address above should bring the page up!


    DWP Litigation Division
    Caxton House
    Tothill Street
    SW1H 9NA

    As shown on the DWP homepage:

    Link to this


    From: SS

    11 August 2015

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
    Could you please provide the following information

    The percentage of current DLA claimants, who, on conversion to PiP,
    were either reduced in their claims or were stopped from claiming ?
    Please could you provide the data based on the companies who
    carried out the assessments ?

    ie) To allow comparison between the assessing companies.

    Yours faithfully,


    Link to this

  36. paultheswineherd

    The so-called ‘Charities’ will be jumping up and down at this news.
    PLEASE MAKE A NOTE FOR ‘JUNE’ ON YOUR CALENDARS! Let’s hope that Austerity & Welfare Reform/Disabled campaigners give the old scrounger hag bitch a true 90th birthday of LOUD DEMONSTRATIONS to remember!


      Adviser action to award or not award FSF payments

      To action a FSF payment, the adviser will:

      Discuss with you what support is needed
      Check that you meet the criteria set out in the current FSF operational guidance
      Check the ‘Notes’ on the Works Services Platform (WSP), Labour Market System (LMS) and the Advisory Discretionary Fund (ADF) ‘Hotspot’ to see if any previous awards of FSF have been paid to you
      Consider if evidence has been provided to support the application. If there is not enough evidence, the adviser will tell you to contact Universal Credit once the evidence has been gathered
      Tell you that the award is being considered
      Complete relevant forms with you. Both you and the adviser must sign the declaration
      Submit forms to a countersigning adviser

      The countersigning adviser will:
      Consider if the application can be approved
      Return the form to the original adviser. The award will either be approved, declined or an amendment maybe required before approval

      The adviser will then:
      Discuss the outcome of the countersigning decision with you. If there is an amended offer and you agree to it, new forms will need to be completed
      Decide if a receipt is required. If a receipt is required, they will advise you that you need to provide a receipt within 14 days. A 14 day task needs to be set to contact you if no receipts have been provided
      Record the FSF award in WSP, followed by details of the award made – for example the amount, reason for the award, date of award, specific details of what the money will be used to pay for

      If an adviser rejects the award, the adviser will:

      Give you an explanation
      Input notes in WSP, stating ‘FSF award declined’ followed by details of the reasons for refusing the application
      Select ‘Save and close’


    • …………spot on Paul, it has all the hallmarks of the seeds of hope.

      A watershed event in modern European history, the French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this period, French citizens razed and redesigned their country’s political landscape, uprooting centuries-old institutions such as absolute monarchy and the feudal system. Like the American Revolution before it, the French Revolution was influenced by Enlightenment ideals, particularly the concepts of popular sovereignty and inalienable rights. Although it failed to achieve all of its goals and at times degenerated into a chaotic bloodbath, the movement played a critical role in shaping modern nations by showing the world the power inherent in the will of the people.

      • paultheswineherd

        Yes, thank you for that Geoff – as you say, this could be the start of change at last. One thing is certain – there is a long time between now and June to get things well organised – ready for the day!


    ………..It didn’t take long for the true reasons of running a “SNOOPERS CHARTER”, to unfold………..

    The nanny state is trying to suppress opposition to it’s hugely unpopular policy making.

    We, in the UK have a lot to learn from what is happening over the pond.

    In OREGON there is an ongoing armed standoff between the police and government agencies against a group wishing to have state land grabbing laws overturned.

    In MICHIGAN, the citizens are putting up a stance against the authorities putting chemicals in the Flint River against their wishes.

    These two incidents of the people taking on the state, are gaining momentum among other radical groups opposed to what is being thrust upon them in a so called, democratic nation……………….

    SNOOPERS CHARTER has only one objective and that is to eliminate anti government hostility.

    How long will it be before our cops are used as bully boys to ensure the ideals of a rogue state?

    We are almost there with sanctions, the threat of forced starvation for not toeing the line………….

    The right to strike being eroded at each turn of the screw while union membership is put under increasing burdens.

    I didn’t elect this shower of shit that purports to support all, but penalises the disabled and the poor, the elderly and the children……….

    The time to act is now.


    URGENT: In less than 24 hours, the House of Lords could vote to send Iain Duncan Smith back to the drawing board on harsh cuts for disabled people. Let’s make sure they vote the right way – sign the petition now.


      Tories WILL spare carers the benefit cap in huge U-turn after £50,000 High Court defeat

      11:45, 26 Jan 2016

      The U-turn comes just weeks after officials spent £53,000 on lawyers fighting to keep the cap

      Defeat: Iain Duncan Smith faced humiliation in the High Court

      The Tories will spare carers the cruel benefit cap after they were forced into a U-turn by the High Court.

      Campaigners are jubilant after a minister slipped out the major change affecting 700,000 people last night in the House of Lords.

      They feared the £20,000-a-year limit, £23,000 in London, would be “discrimination” because it would restrict a benefit for what many carers consider a full-time job.

      Now it has been confirmed the cap will not apply to payments under the government’s £62.10-a-week Carers’ Allowance, which was being claimed by 738,000 people last May.

      The Department for Work and Pensions claimed the move was to honour the “hugely important contribution carers make to society”.



        A DWP spokesman said: “In recognition of the hugely important contribution carers make to society, we will be exempting all recipients of Carer’s Allowance from the benefit cap.”

    • paultheswineherd


      • Why didn’t the Lords not reject the Bill in it’s entirety? Its all a load of shite!

        • Anyway, it is not the first time this kind of ‘setback’ had occurred – IDS will just bring the Bill back through the Commons. It will enter into Law soon enough… 😉

  39. paultheswineherd

    Please also have a look at the ‘Latest News’ section of
    There is some important (actionable and urgent info on there) – including submissions to the Public Accounts Committee (re the investigation into ATOS, MAXIMUS & CAPITA) and how you can avoid your ‘identifiable’ medical records being passed onto ATOS by your G.P. – this is due to start very soon.

  40. Notice that Petition For the Resignation of Ian Duncan Smith as Secretary
    of State For Work and Pensions Now has 116,324 Signatures

    Defend the Welfare State Increase Welfare Benefits Hands Off the Poor

  41. Fucking Well Disgusting

    Looks like a Murder Inquiry has been Launched after a Homeless Man
    in Salford was Found in a Burning Tent and Died from Multiple Injuries

    The Fucking Evil Scum who did this are Arseholes

  42. So Called ” Charities ” that Do Not Care about the Poor and Vulnerable in
    the United Kingdom Boycott

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  44. Effin’ ‘ell, it is a piss poor WordPress blog! You are quite right and, so intrigued was I, I could not resist “Following” it! (Never fear, I’m going to “Unfollow” as soon as I can),

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