The True Horrors Of In-work Benefit Sanctions Have Not Yet Been Understood

sanction-sabsSo called hard-working people will soon be abandoned to unprecedented poverty when payments intended to cover housing costs are sanctioned for the first time under sweeping reforms to in-work benefits.

When Universal Credit is fully introduced (stop laughing) part-time workers on a low income will be expected to constantly look for more, or better paid work as a condition of receiving vital in-work benefits.  Any failure on the part of claimants to prove that they carried out constant job searching in the hours they were not working will mean benefits are sanctioned.

For claimants who are unemployed the sanction system will remain largely unchanged under Universal Credit.  Those without health problems who are sanctioned will lose all of their personal benefits except what is required to pay for housing costs or children.  This will mean a childless claimant will have no money at all once they have paid their rent – although they may be eligible to apply for emergency Hardship Payments of around £40 a week.  It is this nasty regime that has led to the explosion in foodbanks and been linked to a growing number of suicides.

If this same claimant is in part time work then they may not receive any additional benefits other than the housing element of Universal Credit – the replacement for what is now known as Housing Benefit.  And so, for the first time, it is this benefit which will be sanctioned should they fail to carry out Jobcentre demands to look for additional work.

Working claimants who are sanctioned will lose the same amount as those who are unemployed  – the equivalent of a current weekly dole payment of £71.70.  That means if some is working on a low income and claiming help with their housing costs then £71.70 will be deducted from their benefit.  To see the full horror of how this will play out in some people’s lives then you have to do some sums.

Take a single, childless person in Bristol working at the current minimum wage for 20 hours a week and paying £120 a week in rent – the local housing allowace rate in the area for a claimant over 35.  Under Universal Credit this person will have a weekly income of £244 made up of £144 a week in wages and £100 a week in benefits.  Once their rent is paid this will leave them with £124 a week.  If they are sanctioned however they will lose £73.10 leaving them with just £50.90 a week to live on.  That’s over £20 a week less than the current dole and just £10 a week more than Hardship Payments.  Universal Credit will therefore not make work pay for those who have been sanctioned.  It will however make work compulsory.

The claimant will not be able to leave their job without risking a disallowance – meaning no benefits at all.  In the hours they are not working they will still be expected to carry out work related activity to look for a better job, which under current rules, could include some form of workfare.  The meagre income they receive means they will be unlikely to qualify for additional Hardship Payments.  And astonishingly they are also likely to have to pay Council Tax out of that sum.
In Bristol they would be expected to pay around £9 a week in Council Tax assuming they lived in the lowest possible band.  This brings their weekly income down to about £42 a week – and they are working.

A weeky bus pass in Bristol costs £23.80.  Claimants must be prepared to travel at least 90 minutes on public transport to their job so in most cases this will be a necessary expense.  This will mean hard working people surviving on less than £20 a week for food, clothes, basic hygiene costs and bills.  That of course assumes they aren’t subject to the Bedroom Tax in which case they will get no money at all in some cases, just a steadily increasing debt.

The only real option for most will be to dig into money intended to cover rent.  For working claimants a sanction will mean inevitable rent arrears – and as a sanction can last up to three years – for many it will mean homelessness.  And therefore eventual joblessness.  And with no benefits because losing their job will have been deemed to be their own fault.

This system is designed to ‘incentivise’ people to look for more, or better paid work.  So imagine, by some fucking miracle, that an in-work benefit sanction doesn’t destroy someone, it motivates them.  That they pull their socks up and by some other fucking miracle manage to find an additional job which doesn’t clash with their existing hours.  Let’s say they gain an additional 10 hours a week work on the Minimum Wage.  Will it make any difference?  Barely, because the sanction will still apply unless they have been working full time for a period of six months.

Much of their additional wages will be eaten up by housing costs as their already sanctioned claim is reduced the more they earn.  So somebody working 30 hours a week, with a sanction, in the cicrumstances described above, would receive a total of £207.68 a week in wages and no Universal Credit at all.  After rent and Council Tax is paid that will leave them with £77.  Less than a fiver more than the current dole.  For working 30 hours a week.

There is nothing particularly special about this claimant’s circumstances other than that they live in the south of England where rents are higher.  In London and other areas many will fare even worse.  There should be no doubt about what these sanctions are intended to do.  This is the bureacratic annihilation of an individual as a message to everybody else that if you do not comply – that if you do not constantly strive – the government will destroy you.  It is like nothing that has been seen in UK legislation since the horrors of the workhouse.

According to the DWP benefit sanctions are only used as a ‘last resort’.  There have been 1.6 million ‘last resorts’ since the system was toughened in 2012.  In work benefit sanctions are already being trialled in some parts of the UK with desperate results.  The extension of this brutal regime will create in-work poverty that has rarely, if ever, been seen before in the UK.  People working for pennies, with no quality of life at all. Those already living in the cheapest possible accommodation that can be found in most of the country facing homelessness.  Some of these people will be ill, wrongly found fit for work by Atos or Maximus.  Some will be left with no money at all depending on if they are subject to the Beneift Cap or Bedroom Tax.  Others will have debts they will never hope to pay back whilst sanctioned and so will just get bigger and bigger.

An in-work benefit sanction for many will be a life sentence, especially for those who are older and carry any debts incurred into retirement.  For others it will be a death sentence as the strain of extreme poverty, hard work and constant Jobcentre harassment pushes some over the edge.  DWP ministers are happy to accept this collateral damage as part of their attempt to dicipline the working class into accepting a life of hard-working drudgery for poverty pay.  The only question that now remains is will the trade unions, charities and others that have cowardly accepted vicious welfare refoms continue their co-operation when it is their own workers and members who are subject to this torment?

You can read the current rules for Universal Credit, and many other benefits at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/advice-for-decision-making-staff-guide

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179 responses to “The True Horrors Of In-work Benefit Sanctions Have Not Yet Been Understood

  1. Has in-work conditionality been applied anywhere else in the world? America as far as I know, not exactly the most sympathetic country in respect to benefit claimants, has never used in-work conditionality even though it time-limits welfare. Does anybody know if any country on the planet has tried to impose sanctions based in-work conditionality on its poorest working citizens?

    • The Work and Pensions Committee says the employment support service for in-work claimants of Universal Credit (UC) holds the potential to be the most significant welfare reform since 1948, but realising this potential means a steep on-the-job learning curve, as the policy appears to be untried anywhere in the world.

      http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/work-and-pensions-committee/news-parliament-2015/in-work-progression-report-published-15-16/

    • I think this is the only country in the world doing this to in – work claimants, you couldn’t make this crap up could you.

      • Thing is most jobs aren’t round the corner from your home and involve travel to get to, which makes it very hard for most people to juggle multiple part-time jobs unless they’re willing to work during the day and evenings or during the evenings and at night. With two jobs say, you’d have to get from home to your first job and from there to your second. At present the Jobcentre says you have to be willing to travel for up to 1.5 hours to get to a job you can do so if you have more than one job, involving several journeys, you’re going to end up with one hell of a long working day with bugger all reward at the end of it.

        Surely time constraints and travelling costs render in-work conditionality a laughable impossibility? How could such an utterly crap idea be workable in the real world?

        • I have 3 jobs, work 44hr a week, travel to work on the bus or by foot and i am a single parent, If you want it, you find a way to do it. there is no excuse not to find work.

          • What about if you dont?

            What about if you’d rather spend time with your children than flip burgers? Or chat to your elderly mother than spend hours each day on your phone on a bus between jobs.

            Im not saying yourlifestyle is wrong, if it makes you happy thats fine. But its not for everyone and no-one should be forced into it and still struggle to heat and eat

          • That’s nothing! I work 120 hours a week and i have 6 jobs. You’re just a total layabout and i bet you’ve got the nerve to be asking for tax credits as well eh? Get more hours or get another job and stop moanin’ on here.

            DWP + JCP = SCUM.

            • Dissidentdiva

              Why were you wasting time posting on here? You could have fitted another part time job in, instead of reading and commenting! no work ethic, some people………

              • Hey hold on i just attended another interview for a part time toilet cleaning job today. I think i got the job but i’ll hear for sure in a day or two. It’s a shit job but someone’s got to do it!

                • Dissidentdiva

                  Keep us updated, I hope you’re flushed with success…….Really, though, this is what UC is all about, keeping non-working AND working people tied to the yoke of conditionality. 21st century electronic serfdom.

            • That’s nothing! When i were young we had to eat gravel & we were grateful …

              • Gravel is chock full of fibre. Good for cleaning out the bowels😉

                • Ivan Denonovitch

                  Gravel makes a good topping for your boiled grass. Yummy!🙂

                • Dissidentdiva

                  Am on diet. A little dust, twice daily for me.

                • Gravel is actually very filling. I gives my kids a large bowl of gravel with water before they head of for school in the morning. It keeps them going all day until they have another large bowl of gravel in the evening. Only thing is that the neighbours are getting suspicious as their cars are beginning to sink into the drive😉 they need a gravel top-up…… 🙂

                • Fuck Austerity

                  This is the same shit that loathsome whatever-her-name is woman who is always preaching about how you can feed a family of five on less than a fiver a month: “Stick to the basics: gravel, cardboard and grass. And plenty of FREE tap-water.”

                • Feed a family for fuck all

                  That feed a family for fuck all woman always says to dilute milk to 10 parts water to 1 part milk: “It will go a lot further”. Is that like an occasional treat to go with the gravel?

              • Ivan Denisovitch

                😀

              • Hey shirley,

                You’re lucky. When I were a lad, all I got were kick up arse ant’ catshit sandwich. Those were the days: eeee…by gum lass!

          • How much time do you spend travelling between home and work and between job and job? And that bit about “… there is no excuse not to find work…” is bollocks. The availability of work varies geographically and is not homogeneously distributed across the UK. If you are older, or younger, or have a health problem, or – basically for any number of reasons – you may not be able to find work or may be denied work.

            If you really believe what you say I’m surprised you have managed to get three employers to offer you part-time work because your an idiot. Why aren’t you good enough to work a full week with one employer? What actually do you do in your trio of jobs?

            • Well said Cocky. That’s got to be Rodger or Big Dick McPhee in another guise. Just another Tory troll on here trying to stir the shit about people being UE.

          • If you’re child/children are young I would call you a negligent and a piss poor parent to be away from them for so long. What is you’re work pattern? If you do pretty much a whole day with each employer during the week that’s no different from a full-time job i.e., one journey to and from each job per day. What is being discussed here, I think, is the difficulty of visiting two or more workplaces, possibly quite far apart, to try to make up the hours equivalent to one day’s pay on the minimum wage. Which is quite different. Four hours here, two hours there and another couple of hours somewhere else with longish distances between each job and home for a minimal wage represents a really shitty way to live your life, as well as a low paid and unrewarding one.

            Come t think of it, based on what you’ve written, maybe you child/children are better off seeing you as little as possible and brought up by someone a lot kinder, more sensible and more humane.

            I recommend you take on as much overtime as possible.

          • Bullshit Detector

            How do you manage about childcare?

  2. The only thing that should be smashed is the tory scumbags that rule over us!

  3. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    Impossible targets with the Claimant Commitment. I work & look for jobs 28 hours a days.

    Human Rights of The Right To Live. Or is that Human Rights of The Right To Die. Suicide Is Legal – Where as assisted suicide is illegal. DWP Assisted Suicide.

  4. Benefit sanctions against people with mental health problems up by 600 per cent.

    The number of benefit sanctions imposed on people with mental health problems has increased by over 600 per cent over the last four years, Department for Work and Pensions statistics show.

    A joint analysis of the figures by the Independent and the mental health charity Mind found that 19,259 people with such conditions had their benefits stopped under sanction in 2014-15 compared to just 2,507 in 2011-12 – a 668 per cent rise.

    The finding comes weeks after ministers rejected a call to investigate whether such sanctions – which involve stopping a person’s disability benefit income for weeks at a time to enforce compliance – are damaging to mental health.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefit-sanctions-against-people-with-mental-health-problems-up-by-600-per-cent-a6731971.html

  5. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    I have read all the guidance given to the staff to treat people with mental health & it`s all about fast tracking something with no human rights or a human being, meaning they are so stupid even by your staff guidance rules.

  6. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    Let`s all go through medical judgements even to ask a question. You are not in a mental state to ask a question, we the staff control your mental state. Welfare State aka Mental State. Who`s to judge who is & who is not in a mental state just for asking a question. Now everyone has a medical judgement.

  7. I am so sick of this country, I am sick of this government, I am sick of the apathy the people of this country have. Over 240,000 went to watch a football team come home – A BLOODY FOOTBALL TEAM! We can’t get half that amount to go and demonstrate about austerity, the deaths and cruel treatment being given out to the disabled and long-term ill, the unemployed, the elderly, and the working poor.
    I am ashamed to be British, I really am.
    A SODDING FOOTBALL TEAM!!

    • jaypot2012: A legacy of what the Thatcher years started and Blair and Cameron have carried on; a “Couldn’t give a toss! I’m alright Jack!” attitude that is at the very core of Capitalism as exemplified by the Tory and Red Tory parties.

    • Says it all doesn’t it, all the great British public are interested in is football, soap operas and x factor – all invented by the complicit media to distract people from what’s happening right under their noses.

      • Sibrydionmawr

        Classic ‘Bread & Circuses’ stuff, as perfected as long ago as Roman times.

      • Dissidentdiva

        Yep. Sated by ‘popular’ entertainment, the general public do not realise the full horror of what is being unleashed on them.

    • It is because they are not personally affected, that is why they are apathetic. Wait until more people lose their jobs, e.g. those who lack apathy, are involved, then they will be more interested.

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  9. Been aware of the horrors of UC for a while but the reality in cold numbers is shocking.How many hard working strivers are aware of their fate? How can this message reach its audience? Greece and her assets were robbed…raped by the triad of the ECB EU and Goldman Sachs…the Popular uprising was coopted and undermined by the PTB and the looting and abuse continue.In the UK the majority of people are OK…most of my family and friends…but not all.I reckon most have pretty huge but just manageable debt.They will only wake up when interest rates shock them.Crazy daze…

    • Sibrydionmawr

      I think that could well be the tipping point. Why else would the government be desperate to keep interest rates at such historically low rates, even though it affects the incomes of pensioners who would probably tend to otherwise support the Tories? It must be because the Tories realise that any significant increase in interest rates would start to affect not only those in debt, but able to manage things at the moment, but would also lead to high inflation as companies sought to cover their repayments on loans taken out when interest rates were very low. Desperate people do desperate things, and more people are going to get increasingly more desperate, unless things change, and change soon. Low interest rates can’t last for ever, and even if they increase to ‘only’ 5% a lot of people are going to be very desperate indeed.

  10. DWP + JCP = SCUM.

  11. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    DWP + JCP = Assisted Suicide.

  12. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    ANNOUNCEMENT: The People v DWP Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling – Scotland’s leading human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar mandated to act on Black Triangle’s behalf

    For the attention of PC Nick Porter, Police Scotland

    Mandate for Solicitor Advocate Mr. Aamer Anwar

    Monday 16th May 2016

    Allegation of Breach of Duty in Public Office by Mssrs. Iain Duncan Smith MP and Chris Grayling MP – Incident/Crime number 2143 – 23/3/16

    To all whom it may concern

    I hereby mandate in full Solicitor Advocate ………………………….

    Read More:
    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2016/05/16/announcement-the-people-v-dwp-iain-duncan-smith-and-chris-grayling-scotlands-leading-human-rights-lawyer-aamer-anwar-mandated-to-act-on-black-triangles-behalf/

  13. Reblogged this on paul8ar and commented:
    How to terrorise the low paid hardworking even more.
    Poverty and homelessness await.

  14. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “WHOLESALE MURDER BY ANY OTHER DEFINITION”

    Officials have removed from the reports any references to the specific events that triggered an investigation, as well as dates, names of claimants or staff and locations. Several of the inquiry reports have been stripped of almost all data.

    But a number retain entries under the heading “Lessons learned”. Collectively these show that investigators examining the links between a claimant’s death and their treatment by local DWP officials uncovered persistent problems.

    They found frontline officials were often unable to identify potentially vulnerable claimants, failed to deal sensitively or appropriately with them, or anticipated problems they may have negotiating their way around the welfare bureaucracy.

    Investigators found, variously, that communication between officials and vulnerable claimants was often poor, that practice guidelines were not followed, and that benefits staff often rigidly adhered to the rulebook rather than using “common sense” in their dealings with claimants.

    In two instances, investigators reported that it was difficult to carry out a proper inquiry because DWP records had been purged, or not kept properly. In another instance the investigator concluded that officals precedural actions were followed correctly and could not have prevented the death of the claimant.

    Other peer review findings include:

    • Local DWP branch officials should be given awareness training to deal with “customers who made suicide/self harm declarations”, one report urges. It concludes: “In learning from this experience it is clear there is work to do”.

    • In one local office staff failed to provide adequate support for vulnerable claimants, according to a report. It says: “It is clear that we had several opportunities to identify and address the errors made over the duration of this claim, but we neglected to do so”.

    • DWP staff who decide on whether to award or disallow disability benefit claims should always consider the claimants’ full historical case files and medical history, a report concludes, to “minimise the risk of withdrawing benefit inappropriately and placing a vulnerable claimant at risk”.

    It is understood nine similar DWP peer reviews have since been undertaken since August 2014 and are subject to further FOI requests.

    guardian.co.uk © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

    Sign the petition asking the government to examine the DWP, ATOS & Maximus’s culpability for deaths of benefit claimants

    “There’s been a marked increase in the number of deaths & suicides of claimants recently found “fit for work” by work capability assessments, possibly implying those benefits entitlements were removed hastily and that the DWP, ATOS & Maximus failed in its duty of care to vulnerable benefit claimants.”

    https://kittysjones.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/secret-internal-reviews-show-clear-link-between-tory-welfare-reforms-and-suicides/

  15. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION”

    To examine the DWP, ATOS & Maximus’s culpability for deaths of benefit claimants

    https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/114744

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  17. The Trade Unions and Labour have gone along with Universal Credit from the start. So there will be precious little help from that direction.
    In the end this is down to the British people. If they want to live like slaves in a neo-liberal Tory state, while eating their dinners in front of the TV, and arguing about the X-Factor, then they can look forward to many years of the same. While the Tory elite, the rich landlords and zero-hours employers party like there’s no tomorrow.

  18. part-time workers on a low income will be expected to constantly look for more, or better paid work

    Its like living at the end of a whip.

    • Not just part-time workers, full time workers on a low wage will be affected as well, if they claim any rent or tax credit help.

    • Dissidentdiva

      It will take us to mental and physical illness, decreased life-expectancy (via exhaustion or suicide) and all the knock-on effects on dependants. Lovely, ain’t it..

  19. Universal Credit = Universal Poverty

  20. Genocide.

    • ? Democide ?

      • Dissidentdiva

        Democide? Definitely.

        • Democide:- causing the death/s of one’s own citizens. Learned this term a few years ago from an online commenter (i think on here). Not heard it used before then to describe what’s happening here in uk.com, but it has a clear (& different) meaning from genocide. A very similar aim/consequences though.

          • Dissidentdiva

            Reading your comment was the first time I had seen/heard ‘democide’ – and it fits exactly my own view on what is the end game with the roll-out of UC.

  21. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “CROCODILE TEARS FROM OUR SCROUNGING, INBRED MONARCH”

    …………..Let’s face it, what has the Queen done for the people of the UK?

    There is only one answer, absolutely fuck all!

    In only a matter of days she will give the Tory government enough rope to kill several more thousands of her poorest and crippled subjects.

    Behind the false tears pictured in the tabloids lays the most vicious, avaricious cow this century has had to contend with……………….

    She is as far detached from the lives of her begging subjects as i am to the man in the moon…………

    …………..in fact the Tesco voucher she recently won would not even suffice to pick the venison from her bloated chops.

    Crying crocodile tears for fallen heroes is a PR stunt as she readies her hand to sign government legislation to offer Drone strikes on far away lands to comply with America’s wishes.

    The Queen is neither a figurehead nor a diplomat, more a knucklehead and a prat.

    Our service personnel who fought Blair’s phoney wars, are just yesterdays discarded junk. Old Bess decided when signing the Welfare Reform Acts, that the UK’s casualties of war could face the wrath of the pretend medical report writers of ATOS, CAPITA and MAXIMUS.

    Everyday we read of ex sevice personnel, limbless and broken, shellshocked and maimed, being ruled fit for work. The clown who lives in a gaff big enough to house a hundred families has no idea…………..

    Give her a gilded jewel encrusted fountain pen and she will sign it.

    No offcuts of meat in a poly wrap from Heron for this old tart, just another year of fuck you Jack, me and my morons are well catered for……..

    • Queens speech the ceremonial bullshit that passes off as some kind of democracy ( all these political lackeys show who their true allegiance is to )

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/what-queens-speech-2016-21-7994740

      • Marie, the old dogs breath couldn’t give a badgers bollocks about any of it, as long as its scroungers allowance keeps rolling in all is tickety boo in the greedy bastards pampered life!

    • How right you are Geoff, one wonders how the piece of filth sleeps at night,very soundly i suspect, never having to worry where the next meal is coming from, if there’s enough money for rent/bills etc or fearing the dreaded brown envelope! FUCKING BITCH!

    • Geoff – I bet all that venison stuck between Old Bettys gnashers could feed a homeless person for a week 😃

      • paultheswineherd

        Geoff, Debs & Marie – She is another one that should be brought up before the law! She herself has signed off on so many murderous policies of her various Governments (not the least, this present one) that she should also be held to account.
        That old baggage could have stopped the murdering of her ‘subjects’ – but she did not – she is complicit with it all as well.
        She herself, by her actions (and her signatures) have resulted in unneccessary deaths. She is a murderer (just like so many of her ancestors) or at the very least she is guilty of culpable homicide (otherwise known as manslaughter)
        Unfortunately though, if she was brought to book – her cunt licking judiciary, Cameron and all of her excessive £££££££££££££££££££££££££ would save the old cow.

        • She sure is a murderous old bag!

          • paultheswineherd

            Marie – Even the fucking ‘state crown’ had it’s very own ‘state coach’ – I tell not a lie I saw it with my own eyes on a recording of the ‘state opening of parliament’. In an obscenely wealthy pandering to her very own Cameron’s government – she must have authorised this herself.
            Like so many of her murderous ancestors, Lizzie is just the very same – trample and kill the poor (her subjects, just like queen Victoria also) –
            “PUT THE LOT INTO PRIVATE WORKHOUSES RUN BY G4S, CAPITA, ATOS & MAXIMUS”. Months ago now I warned of this, these bastards are slowly but surely doing this – if you are ‘single’ and ‘unemployed’ – be warned my friends – they will try to do this to you before too long.
            The BBC are already well over themselves by ‘looking after the interests of ‘prisoners’ in her majesty’s prisons!

          • As someone who hates the royal family with a passion I’m loving this.! Put liz and philosophy on the top floor of a tower block on the state pension. No garden means no corgi’s either?!

  22. SANTA HATES YOU

    Sanctions for many people is like a nuclear bomb going off in their lives. Having experienced it myself I can tell honestly it ruins everything because it puts you in debt, so you don’t eat, you don’t wash or keep warm as you can’t afford any heating. You don’t bother getting out of bed as there is no point. Finally you become ill and isolation becomes your only companion. I nearly topped myself over this experience, but my family saved me.

    Together with cuts to accessing to legal aid, little to no access to benefits advice and support, life for claimants is being made impossible. Clearly calculated into the benefits system by Tory cunt government ministers, the strain, especially for those who are disabled, old or have debts, will obviously destroy benefit claimant’s lives. On top of this, throw in some nasty Jobcentre Plus bullying and harassment tactics to fatally grind people into the ground will result in many more suicides.

    With no accountability from the Tory government over thousands of claimants deaths already, coupled with general disinterest from the British UK public, is creating a perfect storm for the destruction of many more lives.

    SHAME ON THE BASTARD TORY GOVERNMENT – SANTA HATES YOU!!!

  23. I, Daniel Blake

    Overheard in the jobcentre:

    Distressed claimant in tears on the ‘phone to a ‘decision maker’: “What am I supposed to live on?”

    • Robotic voice on the other end of the line says ‘You should have thought of that before and adhered to everything we told you to do in your claimant commitment. Including but not limited to; working 30 hours or more per week for 6 months, or more, for nothing for a greedy scumbag organisation that likes to exploit people. If you had played the game and done that this wouldn’t have happened’.

      DWP + JCP = SCUM.

  24. “In the hours they are not working they will still be expected to carry out work related activity to look for a better job, which under current rules, could include some form of workfare. The meagre income they receive means they will be unlikely to qualify for additional Hardship Payments. And astonishingly they are also likely to have to pay Council Tax out of that sum.”

    Sorry, but how is this any different to a part time worker under JSA who is subjected to exactly the same thing and has been for years (including having the work programme and workfare inflicted on them)? All that is truly different under UC is that anyone earning above the single or couple rate of JSA and claiming any other benefit (such as rent) will be dragged into the joke centre and forced to face a swivel-eyed psychopath, just like part time claimants under JSA have been for a long time.

    Monetary- wise JSA part time workers have had to live on their meagre wages during a sanction way before the idea of UC came along, so “in work conditionality” and sanctioning people in work really is not new. What is new is that the DWP are going to widen the net and scoop up everybody else who isn’t subjected to their pointless and vindictive sanctions regime.

  25. Can you work part time and sign off and still get full housing benefit on a nil income basis as long as you are only earning around 70 quid a week? Seems to good to be true.

  26. All designed by default, psychopaths know exactly how to psychologically torture a human being, everything is engineered down to the finest detail, all the crap banded about the politicians being “out of touch” is complete nonsense, they know exactly what they are doing.
    There is a very hideous little man in the DWP who`s great grandfather was behind psychological goings on within the political elite, the master of mind control, his ghost never left the corridors of Westminster, they still use his methods of mind torture today. Freud was hailed as the greatest psychotherapist ever………….by the elite of course, he could do no wrong, justifying elitist criminal behaviour by branding “normal” people as the ones having mental failings, we are seeing this cycle once again.
    UC credit is the brainchild of lunatics trying to gain control of the population by fear and destruction, anyone in Westminster who quotes UC is great, is either lying or deluded, or both.

    • ” Freud was hailed as the greatest psychotherapist ever ” don’t you mean psychopath sage 😨

      • Freud makes for an interesting read. You shouldn’t be making comments if you have read all his books! He made lots of interesting observations… penis envy… young whores become old nuns… which is true…. fixations… railways carriages… well worth a read😉 He actually gave up on trying to understand women🙂

        • My sister used to envy me because my parents paid for me to have piano lessons. I reckon she must have been suffering from pianist envy!

      • Freud makes for an interesting read. You shouldn’t be making comments if you have n’t read all his books! He made lots of interesting observations… penis envy… young whores become old nuns… which is true…. fixations… railways carriages… well worth a read😉 He actually gave up on trying to understand women:) Freudian slip🙂

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      “SIGMUND FREUD WAS A FUCKING NUTCASE”
      A FAMILY TRAIT, OBVIOUSLY……..

      Freud had a collection of very strange theories, many of which are pretty much discredited today. His main belief was that young children, even infants, had unconscious sexual feelings. Among these were various stages of fixation, such as oral, anal and phallic. Someone with an oral fixation gained in this early stage may end up constantly needing to chew on something, or have something in their mouth, while someone who wasn’t raised properly during the anal stage could be anal-retentive, which is where the expression comes from. He also had theories involving the Oedipus Complex, which had young boys attracted to their mothers, and the Elektra Complex, which had young girls attracted to their fathers.

      ……….and they thought Josef Mengele was crackers?

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        “HOW LORD DAVID FREUD PERSUADED THE UK GOVERMENT TO USE HIS GREAT GRANDFATHERS THEORIES ON THE DISABLED”

        SIGMUND FREUD
        Freud and his brilliant medical colleague, Hans Breuer, examined these paralyzed and ill young women. In intensively collecting background information they discovered a common denominator in all of their lives: they had suffered severe and repeated trauma as young teenagers and adolescents. The trauma was mostly some type of sexual molestation and mostly by a member of the family. Unable to cope with their feelings of shame and guilt as well as anxiety and depression associated with those events, they repressed these traumatic events into their unconscious minds and became physically ill.

        DISABILITY IS ALL IN THE MIND…………………..

        ………… HENCE THE HUGE PILES OF DEAD WELFARE CLAIMANTS CROPPING UP AT THE EMBARRASSMENT TO THE TORY GOVERNMENT.

        DAVID FREUD CAME UP WITH A BULLSHIT THEORY PAPER WRITTEN BY WADDEL AND BURTON, FINANCED BY A ROGUE PRIVATE INSURANCE FIRM, UNUM.

        HE PERSUADED PARLIAMENTARIANS THAT THE THEORIES CONTAINED IN THE BOOK WOULD BE A MIRACLE PANACEA TO REDUCE WELFARE SPENDING. THE CONTENTS OF THE BOOK ARE LAUGHED AT BY REAL DOCTORS.

        IT WAS WRITTEN SOLELY TO DISCREDIT DISABILITY CLAIMS TO ENSURE BONAFIDE CLAIMS COULD BE REFUTED BY ROGUE INSURERS.

        THE BOOK EVEN REFUTES THE PRESENCE OF M.E., CLAIMING THAT THE DISABILITY IS ALL IN THE MIND.

        OUR WHOLE WELFARE SYSTEM WAS BUILT AROUND THIS LUNATIC THEORY WHICH LORD DAVID FREUD SOLD TO A BUNCH OF MISCREANTS WILLING TO GRASP ANYTHING TO REDUCE PAYOUTS.

        FREUD IS THE CON MAN BEHIND ALL THE WELFARE MORTALITY DEATHS, OUR PARLIAMENTARIANS COMPLICIT IN THE USE OF A DOCUMENT NOT FIT TO BE USED AS SHITHOUSE PAPER.

      • He might have been right about the Oedipus thing. After all his great grandson David Freud has turned out to be a complete and utter motherfucker.

  27. If they want people to be in work, rather then claiming benefits, the right way to go about it is

    1-The working wage to by law be enough that benefits are not needed for anyone in work.
    2-Each employer to be forced to employ a quota of the less desirable employees by law (disabled people, people with minor criminal records, old people, women of childbearing age, trade union members) so that only the truly unemployable don’t have a job.

    That would cut the benefits bill by about 80% without leaving anyone with no money.

    • Disabled people, minor criminal records, old people, women of child bearing age, trade union people, are less desirable???????How dare you say that, you horrid scumbag!!!!!

    • paultheswineherd

      Thomas – I normally agree with your comments including (1) – no problem with that at all.
      (2) I think that you maybe made a mistake in your description of ‘the less desirable’ employees by law, in that you meant that the ’employers’ would RATHER LESS employ “disabled people, people with minor criminal records, old people, women of childbearing age, trade union members”)

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  29. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “COMMISSIONED BY THE DWP, FINANCED BY UNUM PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE”

    IS WORK
    GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
    AND WELL-BEING?

    Gordon Waddell, CBE DSc MD FRCS
    Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, Cardiff University, UK
    A Kim Burton, PhD DO EurErg
    Centre for Health and Social Care Research, University of Huddersfield, UK
    The authors were commissioned by the Department for
    Work and Pensions to conduct this independent review of
    the scientific evidence. The authors are solely responsible
    for the scientific content and the views expressed which
    do not necessarily represent the official views of the
    Department for Work and Pensions, HM Government
    or The Stationery Office.

    BULLSHIT EVIDENCE FINANCED BY THE BIGGEST DISABILITY DENIAL CROOKS IN THE BUSINESS……….UNUM

    SOLD TO GULLIBLE POLITICIANS AS A QUICK FIX TO REDUCE WELFARE EXPENDITURE…………

    THE SMELL OF DEATH IS BECOMING OVERPOWERING AT THE DWP AS THE HUMAN GUINEA PIGS IN A SOCIAL CLEANSING EXPERIMENT CONTINUE TO PERISH…………………………

    “10, 600 died shortly after being found fit for work. The DWP investigated only 49 incidences. Initially they refuted having done any investigations whatsoever……………

    How many must die before the lame ducks of the police investigate?

    How many of the bent Judiciary are complicit in the state murder programme?

    Who are the uk members of the EHRC that are hiding the deaths?

  30. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “NOTICE HOW THE DWP DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM THE MEDICAL SUBMISSIONS THEY USED TO BUILD UK WELFARE REFORMS”

    IS WORK
    GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
    AND WELL-BEING?
    Gordon Waddell, CBE DSc MD FRCS
    Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, Cardiff University, UK
    A Kim Burton, PhD DO EurErg
    Centre for Health and Social Care Research, University of Huddersfield, UK
    The authors were commissioned by the Department for
    Work and Pensions to conduct this independent review of
    the scientific evidence.

    “The authors are solely responsible
    for the scientific content and the views expressed which
    do not necessarily represent the official views of the
    Department for Work and Pensions, HM Government
    or The Stationery Office”

    .

    THE DWP ARE FULLY AWARE THAT THE BASIS OF WADDELL AND BURTONS REPORT IS FLAWED, HENCE THE DISCLAIMER.

  31. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    Unum Chief Medical Officer’s Report 2006: Rehabilitation – Keeping People in work

    Index to sections:

    Introduction – Professor Michael O’Donnell, Chief Medical Officer, UnumProvident

    Principles of Rehabilitation for Common Health Problems – Professors Gordon Waddell and Kim Burton

    Rehabilitation – what works and what doesn’t – Joy Reymond, Head of Rehabilitation Services, UnumProvident
    Escaping from incapacity – a biopsychosocial approach to overcoming health-related unemployment – Dr Bob Grove
    Why managing sickness absence and return to work practices is part of HSE’s strategy for improving workplace health – Keith Wiley

    ……..UNUM’S KILLER ELITE AND ADVISORS TO THE DWP

  32. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    The DWP duties in DWP Assisted Suicide are sanctions & cut all benefits. The Think Tanks are trying to be street & mafia & are not very good at it. Some say the mafia street tactics have gone very well. The DWP Decision Maker has made a decision on DWP Assisted Suicide & has said the DWP never knew the person suicide was the only option. The no morals of the story is University Oxford playing street mafia.

  33. Home educators are also going to suffer under universal credit..

  34. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “HIDING THE MORTALITY DEATHS UPDATE”

    Ministers refuse to say if they implemented 10 measures to save lives

    Ministers have refused to say if they implemented 10 measures – recommended by their own civil servants – that would have made it less likely that “vulnerable” benefit claimants would lose their lives.

    The 10 recommendations were taken from some of the 49 heavily-redacted, secret “peer reviews” that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) finally published this week after losing a 21-month legal battle with Disability News Service (DNS).

    Although key parts of the peer reviews are missing, DNS has found 10 key recommendations for national action to improve the way the department treats vulnerable benefit claimants, many of whom will have mental health conditions or learning difficulties.

    Many of the 49 reviews relate to the process of applying for the out-of-work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA)*, through the much-criticised work capability assessment (WCA) process.

    And many of the reviews – 40 of which refer to suicides – relate to the ongoing process to reassess long-term claimants of incapacity benefit (IB) through the WCA.

    The question of whether the recommendations were acted on could provide crucial evidence for calls – led by the Scottish-based grassroots group Black Triangle, and backed by many other disabled activists – for former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to face a criminal investigation for misconduct in public office following his refusal to address a coroner’s concerns about the safety of the WCA.

    They want to hold Duncan Smith and his former employment minister Chris Grayling to account for their failure to improve the safety of the WCA, even though they were warned that it risked causing further deaths.

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2016/05/19/ministers-refuse-to-say-if-they-implemented-10-measures-to-save-lives/

  35. Home educators will also get hammered as will the self employed.. http://pyjamaschool.co.uk/universal-credit-for-home-educators/

  36. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “MORTALITY DEATHS UPDATE”

    How a single word shows DWP has finally owned up on benefit deaths

    IDS GuiltyDNS

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has finally admitted that it could be partly responsible for the deaths of some benefit claimants.

    The admission came – quietly – after its release of heavily-redacted versions of 49 secret “peer reviews” into benefit-related deaths, following the loss of a 21-month battle with Disability News Service (DNS) to keep them secret.

    Although the circumstances of each death are redacted, analysis of the recommendations for local and national improvements suggests strongly that the DWP civil servants who carried out the reviews believed that the way the benefit claimants had been treated had been partly responsible for many of the deaths.

    One peer review author says: “The risk associated with disregarding the possibility that some of these claimants need more support or a different form of engagement is that we fail to recognise more cases like [REDACTED NAME OF BENEFIT CLAIMANT WHO DIED], with consequent potential impact on the claimant.”

    “Processes… have been revised to ensure it does not happen again, to make sure we provide adequate support for vulnerable customers,” says the author of another review into a claimant’s death.

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2016/05/19/how-a-single-word-shows-dwp-has-finally-owned-up-on-benefit-deaths/

  37. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “BRING BLAIR TO TRIAL”

    The fight to prosecute Tony Blair over the Iraq war is heating up

    Over ten years ago, a cross-party group of MPs led efforts to impeach Prime Minister Tony Blair for taking Britain to war in Iraq on false pretences. Now, with the Chilcot Inquiry into the invasion set to come out in July, there have been renewed calls for Blair’s prosecution.

    Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond led SNP opposition to the Iraq war back in 2003 and was involved in the opposition attempts to impeach Blair. Now Foreign Affairs Spokesman for the SNP, he has expressed his desire for international criminal proceedings against the former prime minister to begin as soon as the long-awaited Chilcot Inquiry is released.

    Salmond says:

    If Chilcot finds – as I hope and believe he shall – that Blair pre-committed to war in the Crawford Ranch in 2002…, in my view everything that happened after that was a fabrication in order to provide a justification for a decision that had already been made… So that’s dodgy dossiers, slanted intelligence and a whole panoply of deception that was designed in order to justify that original pre-commitment…

    According to memos from former US Secretary of State Colin Powell which were released in 2015, Blair had offered his “strategic, tactical and public affairs lines” in order to “strengthen global support” for war in Iraq a year before it actually began. This revelation appears to back up Salmond’s talk of a “pre-commitment”.

    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/05/17/fight-prosecute-tony-blair-iraq-war-heating/

    • Phoney Blair definitely needs to be prosecuted, thanks to him millions of innocent people have lost their lives or have been maimed for life.

  38. A Lot of the Slave Poor have been Brainwashed to ” Think ” that the
    Poor and Vulnerable are the Scroungers…..NO they are the Victims
    of Oppression

    NO Austerity and NO to Pretend Opposition like Slave Labour even under
    Jeremy Corbyn

  39. NO Austerity

    Defend the Welfare State and NO to Universal Credit

    Jeff Smith | May 17, 2016 at 10:22 pm | Reply

    The Trade Unions and Labour have gone along with Universal Credit from the start. So there will be precious little help from that direction.
    In the end this is down to the British people. If they want to live like slaves in a neo-liberal Tory state, while eating their dinners in front of the TV, and arguing about the X-Factor, then they can look forward to many years of the same. While the Tory elite, the rich landlords and zero-hours employers party like there’s no tomorrow.

  40. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    Confusion In A Babylon.

  41. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    Universal Credit is the welfare State.

  42. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “TORY GOVERNMENT MURDERS 29 PER DAY”

    The government’s own statistics show that between 2010 and 2011 10,600 sick and disabled people died within six weeks of their ‘fit to work’ assessment by Atos and the DWP. This is 204 people a week, or 29 people a day, dying of the illnesses and conditions that the government has asked them to prove. These people spent their final weeks alive being harassed by the Job Centre, late payment notices and threats of eviction as their social safety net was ripped away.

    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/05/17/austerity-is-not-only-killing-people-its-leading-to-people-killing-themselves/

  43. People need economic rights just like political rights. If a company gets rid of someone without a good reason-make the company pay the person a year’s salary. If a company gets rid of a pregnant woman-make them pay her salary for 18 years or until she finds a new job, whatever happens first.

    Of course, there are good reasons (violence, incompetence and the like) for sacking people, but it’s making people redundant for no good reason that annoys me.

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    the web will be much more useful than ever before.

  45. paultheswineherd

    (Off-Topic) “Royal Naval” news
    Fantastic couple of ‘new’ British aircraft carriers – but with the new “F-35” aircraft aboard – these aircraft would be absolutely no match for the ‘old’ Mig and Sukhoi Russian aircraft.
    In a wartime situation – the Russians would be the victors.
    The F-35’s have been proved by the Americans (in testing) as ‘slow hippos’ – slow to respond, slow to maneouvre.
    Britain should have bought shipboard F-15’s or the even better (for shipboard use) F-18 Hornets/Super Hornets to operate from them. Another monumental waste of taxpayer’s cash!
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-new-aircraft-carriers-enough-8008778

  46. paultheswineherd

    “FUCK IDS & FUCK CAMERON – BOTH OF THEM ARE ARCH-BASTARDS IF EVER THERE WERE TWO OF THE SAME – THE MEDIAN IS “POWER”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/queens-speech-2016-iain-duncan-smith-david-cameron-sovereignty-bill-eu-referendum-remain-brexit–a7035391.html

    • paultheswineherd

      Both of these cunts want and need “POWER” but – the law is soon going to be at both of their heels. IDS & Chris Grayling, you can both SMIRK, as if to say – well – the law is not going to touch me!
      IDS & GRAYLING – you are wrong – wipe that cunning SMIRK off of both of your sorry faces – I can assure you that the law is going to after both of you – and it is going to be very soon.

  47. paultheswineherd

    The ‘public’ of the U.K. should be totally ashamed of their total disinterest in what is going on in Britain today. I can remember in the 1980’s when Maggie Thatcher’s hated Tory Government was overthrown by discontent and mass demonstrations and the rightful fight by the miners.
    Also the Tory party themselves overthrew the cowbitch.
    The ‘public’ nowadays are weak PUSSIES – living their workaday lives – happily receiving everything that Cameron and his henchmen throw at them – and happily believing what SKY NEWS & BBC NEWS tell them.
    Where is the bile?- Where is the fight? – It is seemingly all gone!
    JUST AWAIT NOW – UNTIL THE WORKING PEOPLE GET HIT – IT IS COMING – AND IT IS GOING TO HIT THE ‘WORKING’ PEOPLE HARD.

    • paultheswineherd

      Needless to say – they will all rue the day that they ever voted “UKIP” in the hope for a ‘better’ life’. The bastards may just as well have voted for the Tories – for, in the end, because of the ‘broken’ ‘First Past The Post’ voting system, the Tories is exactly what they got – in POWER at 24% of the total vote.
      They did not want ‘Labour’ because of ‘Gorgon Brown’ and the ‘broken economy’ – “but look you now bach, that is exactly what you have got” – but now, a whole lot worse.

  48. Ministers have refused to say if they implemented 10 measures – recommended by their own civil servants – that would have made it less likely that “vulnerable” benefit claimants would lose their lives.

    The 10 recommendations were taken from some of the 49 heavily-redacted, secret “peer reviews” that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) finally published this week after losing a 21-month legal battle with Disability News Service (DNS).

    Although key parts of the peer reviews are missing, DNS has found 10 key recommendations for national action to improve the way the department treats vulnerable benefit claimants, many of whom will have mental health conditions or learning difficulties.

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ministers-refuse-to-say-if-they-implemented-10-measures-to-save-lives/

  49. A Tory phoned the police on a woman for bashing Cameron, what happens next is brilliant!

    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/05/19/tory-phoned-police-woman-bashing-cameron-happens-next-brilliant/

    • A comment made earlier regarding the first past the post electoral system. If we had that in Wales then Neil Hamilton the former tory who was guilty of cash for questions would not now be a member of the welsh assembly and leading UKIP. At least first past the post gives us a chance to stop low lifes like Hamilton from holding office.

    • GEOFF REYNOLDS

      …………absolutely marvellous enigma. The backlash is starting to hit home.

      • GEOFF REYNOLDS

        “UNSUCCESSFUL CREDIT”
        …………….THE LATEST RECIPE FOR CLAIMANT DEATHS

        Councillor Fraser McAllister said East Lothian Council already had one of the worst rent arrears debt in the country despite charging one of the lowest rents. He said the new credits gave those in need less and put them under more pressure.

        He added: “We are living in a high-cost, low-wage society. It is an experiment and like all experiments there are unknowns but one of the most definite outcomes is that the poor and most vulnerable in our society will become poorer and more vulnerable. It is an experiment in cruelty.”

        The new system means the council faces having to collect an additional £8.3million in rent from tenants rather than relying on the money coming in automatically.

        Kenny Christie, council service manager for revenue, admitted his department was already “feeling the strain” of the new system.

        And he said claimants were already making tough choices, saying: “We are seeing evidence of it already. People are saying ‘I did not pay you [rent] because I had to put food on the table’. That is the reality. It is a significant change.”

        The Department for Work and Pensions said anyone experiencing difficulty should contact JobCentre Plus in Musselburgh. A spokesperson said: “Short-term support is available to cover any delay and we are offering personal budget support and can direct people to various money advice services available if there are concerns.”

        http://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/14503502.Pilot_of_new_benefits_system_in_East_Lothian_labelled_an__experiment_in_cruelty_/

  50. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “WELL SAID NAOMI”

    19th May 2016 by Naomi Dure

    It is well known, surely ? that stress exacerbates any illness, claiming benefits is incredibly stressful, especially with all the additional complications caused by them changing the rules, changing the way you claim, what you may or may not be entitled to etc. Then you also have the added stigma from society and the media for being a benefits claimant. So it does not surprise me in any way that people cannot cope and when all avenues they see open to them closing in front their eyes, even an appt. at the GP taking 3 weeks and then when you get to see GP if you are lucky enough for them to even count you as a person with a real problem and they refer you for psychiatric help you will then have a further wait of 3 plus weeks before even getting an appt. That appt. can then be another 3 weeks away and that’s only for an assessment. Trying to cope and sort all this when you are struggling mentally is hard enough, for some impossible.. but add in a physical health issue as well and add no money and piles of unpaid bills due to all the benefit cuts and it is no surprise people choose to take their own lives. SO government.. do not tell me the benefit cuts and changes are not responsible for the increase in benefit claiming suicides.. You are lying.

  51. GEOFF REYNOLDS

  52. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    The Queen just announced that private companies can lock people up, and nobody noticed…………………..

    “SOON WE WILL WITNESS BENT JUDGES ON THE TAKE, SENDING MINOR OFFENDERS TO JAIL FOR BACKHANDERS”

    “THE PRIVATELY RUN PRISONS WILL ACCRUE EXTRA PAYMENTS PER PRISONER HELD AND THE HIDDEN TORY INVESTORS WILL SHARE THE PROCEEDS OF CRIME”

    The government has announced the “biggest shake-up of prisons since Victorian times”. But while the media focuses on ‘iPads for prisoners‘ and ‘weekend inmates‘, the real story is in the handing of new financial powers to prison governors, allowing them “unprecedented levels of control over all aspects of prison management”. The government is using the academies model to privatise our prisons through the back door – and the results will be just as disastrous for prisons as they have been for schools.

    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/05/18/queen-just-announced-privatisation-prisons-nobody-noticed/

    • @Geoff
      It’s already happening in the US. Their “Three strikes and you’re out” means someone convicted of, say, shoplifting could face life without parole. A measure intended to keep private “correction facilities” well stocked. Taxpayers’ money in the private pockets of the industrial correctional complex.

    • Welcome to the NEW WORLD ORDER, and people thought it was a myth, the little fuckers WILL make money out of you, even if you are on your knees starving hungry nicking a loaf of bread.
      Next stop FEMA CAMPS, or perhaps the new prisons already are.

  53. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    …………and the proof

    US judge receives 28-year jail term for his role in kids-for-cash kickbacks

    An American judge known for his harsh and autocratic courtroom manner was jailed for 28 years for conspiring with private prisons to hand young offenders maximum sentences in return for kickbacks amounting to millions of dollars.

    Mark Ciavarella Jnr was ordered to pay $1.2m (£770,000) in restitution after he was found to be a “figurehead” in the conspiracy that saw thousands of children unjustly punished in the name of profit in the case that became known as “kids for cash”.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-judge-receives-28-year-jail-term-for-his-role-in-kids-for-cash-kickbacks-8598147.html

    “FIVE YEARS FOR RIDING A PUSHBIKE DURING THE DAY WITHOUT LIGHTS WILL SOON BECOME A REALITY IN THE UK”

  54. John Costello

    Now, more than ever, it is time for a new Peasants’ Revolt.

    John Costello
    Activist for ‘We Are Shadows’

    • Dissidentdiva

      Who will be our new Wat Tylers?

      • John Costello

        I share your sense of pessimism.

        As an ardent Francophile I have been heartened to see the demonstrations across France as a response to the proposed changes to employment law which would result in a reduction in worker’s rights and reduce the power of the trade unions.

        It would seem to be ‘the British way’ to grumble amongst ourselves but offer little in the way of resistance.

        We should be more like the French.

  55. Benefits are what stops mass theft and huge political protests and the Tories seem not to know that.

  56. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    • Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      Charlotte Marion Smith

      Just got back from town, wearing my “Things David Cameron has fucked”, shirt.
      The Tory woman in town went mad, really mad, saying it was offensive and not true and how much of a good prime minister David Cameron is.
      She said my top was highly offensive and is causing her distress so she called the police.

      minutes later the police arrived and they told her off for wasting their time and said they would fine her next time she phones them for no reason. They then moved her along then they had a chat with me about how David Cameron had divided this country. They also asked if I could get them a shirt as they would happily wear it themselves.

      • paultheswineherd

        Stepping – Brilliant! And good on her! These T-shirts should be sold nationwide – I am sure there would be shedloads of them sold!

      • Andrew Mitchell MP

        The police moved on a Tory? What a bunch of fucking Plebs!

    • Dissidentdiva

      Stepping, your post and pic have absolutely put me in a great mood for the rest of the day. Thank you!

    • And another thing David Cameron has fucked and you can put on that strangely jarring T-shirt is Muslims…. nothing like a spot of co-opting is there;) lol

  57. paultheswineherd

    IDS on Brexit (Liar Extraordinaire) – He cares for the poor? – My arse he does! He is now counting down the days until he appears in a criminal court’s dock and he has to have an excuse to get his psychopathic mind off of it! Don’t worry IDS you old bastard – your day is coming!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tom-pecks-sketch-don-t-worry-little-people-iain-duncan-smith-has-got-your-back-in-the-eu-referendum-a7023341.html

  58. Of course IDS cares for the poor, that’s why he resigned from the DWP, and if I was a middle to high income family living in the suburbs with no connection to the DWP, I would believe him.

    He speaks to them, not us.
    That’s how mind control works.

    • Dissidentdiva

      You are correct, the sage. Mind control for the (relatively) moneyed – FULL control for the poor – waged and unwaged.

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  60. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    “HAS GEORGE OSBORNE DROPPED A MONUMENTAL BOLLOCK OR IS IT ALL PART OF THE CORPORATE PLAN?”

    Ask yourselves why an inept chancellor would raise the issue of a BREXIT lowering house prices?

    Is it all part of a mind game or is he so stupid, naive and out of touch to realise that the concept of more affordable homes will be a crowd pleaser to millions?

    Only the deluded rich consider property prices to be a major issue, many, like myself, consider a roof over my head to be fundamental human right……………

    Are we being coralled into a mind game of opposite thinking or are the politicians so devoid of the reality of “Shithouse UK”?

    …………One thing is for sure, Osborne’s ego could backfire either way.

  61. GEOFF REYNOLDS

    …………….meanwhile, on the old battlefield of the capital of Iraq, Baghdad, mass demonstrations, security services in tatters and a corrupt government placed in power by us………………

    The news media UK don’t want you to know about it, BBC and Sky hushed by the blue puppetmasters of Westminster.

    Every where we invade has been dealt a legacy of being ten times worse than before we interfered. The American poodle fucks up everywhere it treads.

    At present we have an unknown amount of our service personnel trying to sort out the shithole that we created in Libya. What a fucking joke we must seem to the rest of the world……………..

    Michael Fallon knows about as much about tactical deployment as the man in the moon………

    Chilcott’s long awaited diluted and redacted fairy story an embarrassment to those sat on the sidelines missing limbs, shellshocked or lining ornamental urns.

    We all witnessed a parliamentary vote that excluded boots on the ground. It was the will of the UK people.

    The reality is mission creep on a scale so fast that Fallon would be on his arse if the populus realised what was happening under their very noses.

    Thousands of our crack troops are being placed in combat roles yet the politicians continually lie…………….

    Selling weapons of mass destruction, closing dissenting voices and protecting oil and gas reserves will always be top priority to these corrupt shores.

    Capitalism thrives on greed yet the political elite never factor in the cost of human tragedy and the clean up of what we leave in our wake, todays profit held above sane common sense……………..

    • paultheswineherd

      Geoff – Very well said and so true. The majority of the UK population hasn’t got a clue what is being kept covered up by the Gov’t & the Media.

  62. UN asks government to explain two-child cap on child tax credits.

    SNP raised concerns about ‘medieval’ clause that it says discriminates against those who may want larger families for religious reasons.

    The government’s decision to limit a family’s child tax credits to two children, unless a further child is the result of rape, has been referred to a United Nations panel.

    A complaint by the SNP MP Alison Thewliss to the UN will be examined by its official committee on the rights of the child, before hearings on the impact of Britain’s welfare policies next week.

    At the evidence sessions, a UK government delegation will have to explain how its recent welfare reforms conform to its UN obligations on child poverty.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/21/two-child-cap-child-benefit-un-snp

  63. Make sure its a tower block where the lifts dont work so the pair of cunts have to do the stairs, that should finish them off!

  64. paultheswineherd

    “THE BREXIT GANG OF 5’s CREDENTIALS TO BE IN CONTROL”
    BORIS JOHNSON: Would be premier (never happening) a jovial, but bumbling Eton boy. Full of supposed humour and extremely rich to the very core. Hates the poor – they all ‘plebs’ to him.
    IAIN GEORGE DUNCAN SMITH: Ex-Minister for Work & Pensions, a liar, a fantasist, a psychopathic murderer, a two faced arse-licker who hates almost everyone, including most of his Tory M.P. friends/Ministers.
    Potential criminal. Hates the poor – they are all ‘plebs’ to him.
    CHRIS GRAYLING: Ex-Employment Minister (& Justice Minister) outwardly jovial, but deep down, probably also a two-faced psychopath who would most probably sell his own parents for profit.
    Hates the poor – they are all ‘plebs’ to him.
    PRITI PATEL: The so-called ‘Grim Reaper’ a total bitch of an Employment Minister. Loves cigarette smokers as they help to provide for her ‘family business’. Detests the unemployed and all ‘claimants’ – as far as she is concerned they are all ‘scroungers’ to a man and a woman. She would sell her own children for a ‘decent profit’ to the highest bidder.
    Hates the poor, ‘let the bastards slowly die’ she would say, with an evil pout.
    MICHAEL GOVE: Justice Minister. Married, (but secretly, allegedly a gay bum boy), public school educated, very rich, very pompous, knows everything about everything, but in reality, knows nothing about nothing.
    Another arse-licker who would sell his own family down the river for profit.

    WHAT A TOTAL BUNCH OF CUNTS – IF BREXIT HAPPENS, IT WILL BE THIS LOT WHO WILL KICK THEMSELVES TO POWER. FUCKING HELL.

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  66. Get a grip Paul.
    You think the faceless politicians at the EU are any different?
    At least we can go down to number ten and sort them out, there’s no similar door to kick in, in Europe

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