They Are Coming For The Internet – New Porn and Copyright Laws Could Criminalise Millions

facepalmIf you ever needed confirmation that the UK is not run by a shadowy cabal of sinister plotters but a bunch of chinless fucking idiots then the upcoming Digital Economy Bill is a good place to start.

As well as massively increasing personal information sharing amongst government departments, the proposed new laws will seek to ensure that all pornographic content available on the internet in the UK carries an age verification system.   The bill will also introduce new copyright legislation which could mean that simply sharing or retweeting an internet meme, such as the one that accompanies this post, could mean prosecution with a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment.  Really.

According to the government age-verification is necessary to protect children from the danger of online porn.  And wouldn’t it be nice if it were that easy.  The reality is that this bill will do nothing to stop teenagers accessing porn but will create a potentially chilling effect on all creators of online material which could be said to be adult in nature.  If this legislation is successfully implemented then it is unlikely to end there.  If seeing sex on the internet is banned for under 18s then why not violence, or swearing, or anything else that government censors decide is unfit for young minds?

Of course this legislation will not be successful because it was drafted by a bunch of dickheads who don’t appear to have ever used the internet.  They can’t even decide what internet pornography is, insisting that anything which would normally carry an 18 certificate, and which is designed to sexually stimulate, should be covered by the law.  So content creators will not even know that they need to provide age verification until some state-appointed literal wanker decides that they are pornographers.  The new laws will also apply to content which is sound only, ominously bringing the written word under censorship laws.  Sites hosting ebooks with erotic content may find themselves falling foul of the legislation.  We could be heading back to the days when someone faces legal sanctions for publishing Lady Chatterley’s Lover in an audio format.

At a protest this week outside parliament, feminist and queer porn producers warned this law will shut them down leaving only the big mainstream porn companies able to afford the age verification software that will be necessary to comply with the law.  And astonishingly this software does not yet exist – the government has decided that the market will somehow invent a solution.  Anti-privacy campaigners have warned this will lead to the creation of giant databases detailing the UK’s porn watching habits, with all the risk that entails of that information being released to the public.  Of equal concern is that there is a shitload of adult content on sites like twitter, tumblr and wordpress, potentially meaning that social media and blogs may also be required to implement age verification.

None of this will have any impact on the availability of online porn, most of which is not produced in the UK.  These sites will only face the possibility of the government asking credit card companies to refuse to process payments from the UK.  They may well tell the government to fuck off.  And it is unlikely that the large number of youtube style porn sites, who are largely funded by advertising, will give a shit either.  All this legislation is likely to achieve is the annihilation of an industry catering to sexual minorities and massive insecurity for anyone making edgy or erotic content who could face sanctions if they accidentally give a government censor a hard-on.

The new copyright laws are equally draconian. The Open Rights Group, who campaign to protect free speech and privacy online, warn that simply sharing a well known image online could lead to prosecution, using the archetypal image of the Vietnamese child suffering napalm burns as an example.  Millions of social media users may soon find that many of their posts are technically illegal.  The group also caution that these new laws could affect teenage file sharers, with a new threat of prosecution for anyone uploading to torrent sites.  The same government that wants to protect young people from seeing sex is quite happy to terrify them with the threat of prosecution and jail if they impact even in the slightest way on the profits of the giant entertainment corporations.

What these laws are attempting to do is change the culture of the internet in the UK.  Most of the internet is not in the UK though and will carry on as normal.  Meanwhile those of us here will face complex censorships rules and petty legal action – such as the recent attempt by police to prosecute a man for having a video of someone dressed up in a tiger suit having sex.  A government which introduces laws which will affect millions of its citizens is a dangerous thing.  That they seem to be doing it by accident is even more chilling.  Much like the police, don’t assume that just because they are stupid it means they aren’t dangerous.

You can sign a petition aimed at stopping this bill at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ensuring-personal-privacy-and-sexual-freedom

I’m back by the way, but will be some time before I’m up to full speed.  DWP/benefits stuff is coming up.

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843 responses to “They Are Coming For The Internet – New Porn and Copyright Laws Could Criminalise Millions

  1. Good to see you back….. wondered where you had gone.

  2. Use the FREE TOR browser which anonymises your identity or download a copy of the FREE Opera browser which allows you to connect to the web via Opera’s FREE and unlimited Virtual Private Network (VPN). (Actually it’s more like a proxy service than a VPN but works well enough anyway.) There’s always a way around any kind of tracking and/or monitoring if you’re technically savvy.

    Mandelson failed miserably to stop file sharing and similar when Labour was in power with his version of this shite and so will May and her crew of killjoys today,

    Fuck ’em!

    • You need to be very careful with tor because the government agencies compromise some nodes to gather information and track you down. That said it’s a very small risk but a risk nonetheless. I have the Opera Browser with the VPN/proxy service but have not used it yet. Must try it out sometime!
      It makes me laugh that our rulers are so paranoid about the citizens they rule over yet constantly tell us we live in a free and democratic society and they are our servants and have our interests at heart. Yeah! pull the other one!

      • Yes. If you use TOR don’t do banking or anything really sensitive on it (because you can’t be 100% sure how your data packets get routed) and always update the browser as soon as a new version is available. Opera is quicker and easier but isn’t perfect and can leak you IP address to servers which you can stop with this add-on.

        https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/webrtc-leak-prevent/?display=en

        No free solution is 100% effective but either TOR or Opera make you much more difficult to track, identify and observe than doing nothing.

        • You would have to be nuts to do your internet banking through TOR. Besides, your bank would probably also block the connection. Your comment also demonstrates one of the major drawbacks to using TOR/VPNs in that you can’t do the ‘sensitive’ stuff like online banking, online shopping or anything that involves electronic payment through these networks, so regardless you leave an electronic paper trail of who or whom you bank with, online retailers etc. for the Government, State Security, Police, DWP… to peruse at their leisure. The very stuff you most likely want to hide you can’t hide!

          • MFI (Sale Now On)

            TOR encrypts up until the exit node, traffic (passwords etc.) leaves the exit node in ‘plain sight’. Banks uses secure end-to-end connections though, so you would expect a connection made through TOR to be secure from end to end. It would be a great big red flag to a bank though. If you could attempt it it would probably raise a security alert and result in the account being frozen. Of course it might depend on what type of transactions you were trying to action. Withdraw money from a TOR connection!?

      • Your not paranoid if they really are out to get you and under the Tories government departments like the DWP really are out to nail your hide to the wall if they can. Oh! And when using the Opera VPN set your location to Germany or the Netherlands, both of which have very much stricter digital privacy laws than non-EU countries like Canada and the USA.

        • Switzerland is even better as there are specific laws that make it illegal to track people’s activity on the internet. Companies are not even legally entitled to track torrent users. But Germany and the Netherlands do have much better protection for their citizens using the internet than post Brexidiot Britain, which is renowned for being one of the countries where online censorship and surveillance is significant.

      • Funny how in spite of being the most innovative browser Opera has always had the lowest market share! And spyware crap such as Google Chrome has the highest market share!

        • Opera was the first browser to introduce all sorts of features that later got copied by others, e.g., tabbed browsing. The latest Opera has got a VPN, built-in speed dial, built-in advert blocker, built-in malware and animalware protection, and a built-in battery saver for those using laptops or battery powered devices. It also has a unique feature called Turbo which when enabled compresses data while you browse to speed up website loading if you’re surfing on a slow network. The browser also boasts lot’s of other frills and goodies, e.g., tab previews, and when you put all of this together you end up with a cross platform Scandinavian browser which leaves the competition in the shade.

          Where Opera goes today other browsers go tomorrow.

          Give it a go folks – it’s free – and see what you reckon.

          • It appears to be the case that having VPN enabled on Opera chews through bandwidth, something to bear in mind if you if you are on a limited tariff, or you are wondering where your bandwidth is going since enabling Opera VPN : “In general, it’s hard to connect with a VPN, and they tend to be slow because they simulate a dedicated secure pipe by encoding IP packets within a secure wrapper, he added. “The wrapper consumes bandwidth — so you really don’t want to use a VPN on a slow connection.” Opera Turbo, however, is supposed to conserve bandwidth.

            http://hiiloaded.com.ng/operas-free-vpn-now-secures-your-internet-privacy/

            • VPNs can add overhead to a connection, and a VPN that’s on all the time may burn up a lot of data on a user’s data plan, Jude pointed out.

            • Still, using the VPN “will be the purview of power users,” IDC’s Hilwa told LinuxInsider. or those with big data plans😉

    • If the UK outlaws TOR, VPNs and proxies that will being us up there with China and Iran!

    • If the UK outlaws TOR, VPNs and proxies that will bring us up there with China and Iran!

    • Via Opera VPN

      “Your IPv4 Address Is:
      185.137.19.130
      Your IP Details:
      ISP: SurfEasy
      Services: Suspected Network Sharing Device
      City: Cagayan De Oro
      Region: Misamis Oriental
      Country: Philippines”

      Fuck you, Big Brother😀😀

    • I use Opera and consider it the best browser available. Users can make it better and more secure by installing the add-ons called “HTTPS Everywhere” and “Privacy Badger” made available by the much respected Electronic Frontier Foundation: the first add-on ensures that you always connect to websites using secure sockets when possible (encrypting data in the same way as when shopping on line etc) and the second gets rid of any tracking cookies which can be used to monitor which websites you’ve visited. Both are 100% free and 100% safe and make surfing the web more private and secure. You can get HTTPS Everywhere and Privacy Badger for Firefox and other browsers too. (Not for Microsoft’s Edge but why would you be using a piece of crap like that anyway?) Both add-ons are well worth having.

      • EFF should remove that damned “EFF has no sources of funding so here’s a quick reminder that you can help ensure it continues by making a donation.” button.

      • I don’t hardly use Edge as adblock plus on it no longer works. I mainly stick to the latest Firefox version, since anyway I have massively tweaked the about:config for maximum privacy, security and internet network speeds.

        • Adblock plus does work on the edge browser now. I am guessing that Microshit got so much grief from people trying to use the browser they gave in. I installed it on 2 work computers using edge yesterday

        • Firefox is a nice browser with pretty much universal compatibility as far as websites go, more even than Edge at the moment, I’m not that mad on the Australis interface myself but the guts of the browser has always been top quality.

          • Opera is the most compliant browser as far as the ACID tests go, but it is websites that are not compliant with Opera which let Opera down even though it wasn’t Opera fault and Opera was 100% web compliant unlike the shite Billy G churns out from his arse. Opera has had to abandon a lot of their best features, Opera notes to name one, re-invent itself and become a clone of Chromium just to survive. And we have shit from Microshit dominating the browser world.

            • Websites were too busy making themselves compliant with Billy G and the shit offerings from Microshit even though Microshit browsers weren’t web-compliant. A cynic would think it was an attempt by Microshit to force competitor browsers out of the market. And Internet Exploder wasn’t even from Microshit, it was developed i..e stolen from an already existing browser, Melon!

            • That’s true. The original Opera browser based on Opera’s own Presto engine was fantastic and still the only version of the browser available for 32-bit Linux. When Opera was 100% Opera it blew away the competition and was the fasted browser out there. Like Google’s Chrome the new generation of Opera browsers moved away from Presto and are now Webkit based but still head and shoulders better than other Chromium derivitives like Chrome, which eat up power on a laptop like nobody’s business. I wish Opera would bring back the Wand password keeper though: I’m not mad on having no master password set locally by me to encrypt passwords stored by any browser. That would save me from having to use Keepass to manage a lot of my passwords.

              Personally I still use Opera.

              It’s simple, does the business, is as secure as any browser can be, and boasts a shitload of innovations, improvements and extras that leave Chrome standing. I can’t imagine why Google’s Chrome has become the go to browser for so many with a vastly superior sibling like Opera out there.

              • Opera’s built-in ad-blocker does a sterling job too! Don’t see any other browsers blocking ad out-of-the-box. The roaring success of Google Chrome compared with the low uptake of Opera just goes to show how thick the general public are.

                • Opera used to make money of the pre-populated entries in bookmarks. And now it has moved onto the pre-populated entries in the speed-dial! Not exactly in the same league as spyware Google Chrome though!

                • Mesembryanthemum

                  Yes. Opera does get backhanders from commerce to help cover costs. For example Opera sets the search engine in its search box on the speed dial to Google and won’t let you change it. Easiest thing to do is to disable the search box altogether if you don’t like Google, which gives you more room of the speed dial, and set you default search engine via Opera settings to whatever search engine you like and do searches using the combined search and address bar – another browser innovation first introduced by Opera which was later copied by the world and his wife. The “Suggestions” Opera makes, i.e., adverts, appear right at the bottom of the speed dial and are relatively unobtrusive. Opera’s speed dial groups are great! You can drag separate tiles together to form groups of related tiles which is very handy. With Chrome you’d need to add several extensions to do stuff like this while Opera has these features better implemented out of the box.

        • Jongleur Honorificabilitudinitatibus

          The author of adblock plus takes back handers to whitelist commercial adverts so that the extension doesn’t block them. If you use that add-on you need to click on the ABP icon in your browser, select “Filter Preferences” and uncheck “Allow some non intrusive advertising”. That’s for Firefox.

    • Yeah, it was Mandelson and his fellow New Labour knobheads who tried to push this Digital Economy Bill crap through just at the last minute on the very last day of their term in office as they were literally getting turfed out of the Parliament building.

      • How much p2p file sharing did it stop. Zilch. And how many p2p people got threatening letters from their ISPs threatening to cut off their internet access. Not many. When video recorder became cheap enough to own I remember there was a big fuss about people recording films and programmes shown on TV and breaking copyright by doing so and such like: in the end the powers that be couldn’t stop it happening, stepped back, and let people use the equipment as they wanted because the copyright issue was unenforceable. Same with the web. Politicians don’t understand the internet at all.

        • The Dual Casssete Tape Recorders

        • Confessions of a Home Taper

          Many happy memories of taping the Top 40 on Radio One. It was as really as annoying as fuck though when they played that ;Raaaaaaaaaaddddddddiiiiiiiiiiiiiooooooooooooo One jingle right in the middle. Loved it when they played a single from intro to fade out at the outtro uninterrupted🙂 But a single would have to have been on there way out of the top 40 before they did that🙂

        • Yeah, they don’t understand why customers of ISPs PAY for unlimited bandwidth and fast connections. They just don’t get it do they?

          • In fact, they don’t get why we PAY for internet access in the first place! Can they really be THAT fucking stupid!?

          • Do these fucking knobheads think that if they got there own way that ISPs would be left with any customers PAYING just so they can get on universal fucking jobmatch!? What are they fucking smoking?

        • “And how many p2p people got threatening letters from their ISPs threatening to cut off their internet access.” It’s a rock and a hard place for ISP because they KNOW what their CUSTOMERS are PAYING them for – FREE SHIT! Movies, music, books, software, Bill Gates operating systems….

          • I wouldn’t waste my bandwidth downloading bootlegged Microsoft garbage. Unless I have to use some flavour of Windows to run some software for which there is no similar open source equivalent I use Linux for everything. It’s free, secure, has no MS back doors built in (like Windows 10), doesn’t suffer from virus or malware woes (doesn’t need an anti-virus), isn’t fragile and easily corrupted like Windows (with its fucking registry slowly filling up and growing stagnant like a cesspit) and is way less likely to go wrong than the hardware hosting it. Check out Linux Mint Cinnamon or Linux Mint Mate for a Ubuntu based foolproof Linux with a lovely Windows-like desktop.

    • “Meanwhile The Guardian is currently using nine trackers on its site to look over the shoulder of those using it.
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      13, it says for me.”

      lol the privacy-consciousness Guardian is really back for trackers, up to 140 ‘hits’ already and counting…
      What the Guardian site connect to:

      discussion.theguardian.com +     
      hits-secure.theguardian.com      −
      ophan.theguardian.com    −−−
      http://www.theguardian.com +     
      facebook.com
      graph.facebook.com +     
      staticxx.facebook.com +     
      http://www.facebook.com      −
      facebook.net
      connect.facebook.net +     
      google-analytics.com
      http://www.google-analytics.com      −
      googleadservices.com
      http://www.googleadservices.com      −
      gu-web.net
      beacon.gu-web.net      −
      guardianapps.co.uk
      api.nextgen.guardianapps.co.uk +     
      guim.co.uk
      assets.guim.co.uk +     
      avatar.guim.co.uk +++   
      i.guim.co.uk ++    
      imrworldwide.com
      secure-au.imrworldwide.com      −
      krxd.net
      cdn.krxd.net      −
      ophan.co.uk
      j.ophan.co.uk +     
      outbrain.com
      widgets.outbrain.com      −
      scorecardresearch.com
      sb.scorecardresearch.com      −
      sonobi.com
      mtrx.go.sonobi.com

    • All these privacy apps are a right royal pain in the arse. We shouldn’t have to resort to use them to protect our privacy! Where is this? Russia? China? Iran? fff And what’s it with that Opera ‘VPN’: “VPN cannot connect. Opera is resolving the problem.” If the Guvmint wasn’t monitoring our connections we wouldn’t have to bother with this shit!

      • Probably too many folk trying to connect to Opera’s surfEasy servers at the same time. If demand outstrips supply Opera might set limits on user access. Hopefully this won’t happen though.

      • The Duke of Earl

        If Opera’s VPN can’t connect using its “optimal location” pick another from those on offer. Canada usually works for me some reason.

        • Opera VPN is PANTS

          Opera VPN is complete. You don’t even know if you are connecting through a VPN since the icon is always orange. It might be something to do with Void readers downloading Opera in the last 24 hours. But if a feature doesn’t work why function properly why no just remove it and throw it in the trash? Why waste people’s time with a load of garbage?

        • Opera VPN is PANTS

          Even the Opera forums are saying the VPN is utter garbage! 0/10! Total junk!

        • Opera VPN is PANTS

          You can still access torrents sites without that fucking ‘error-site blocked’ horseshit message, so maybe it connect to the VPN when you load a site or something.

    • If you are using TOR expect to come up against Cloudfare and their crap ‘roadblock’ often: “Just a moment while you complete this impenetrable fucking caption”

    • If you are using TOR expect to come up against Cloudfare and their crap ‘roadblock’ often: “Just a moment while you complete this impenetrable fucking capcha”

  3. paultheswineherd

    This is ‘Theresa May’s (she, as we all know was the answer to the Tory’s answer to Hitler – seconded only by Margaret Thatcher – a Tory Home Secretary who, in reality (and always have) wanted to spy on the private communications of ‘everyone’ in the British Isles who is in any way digitally connected) Britain in this day and age – a ‘Britain that has never ever been so spied upon – from CCTV to Internet usage’ – THEY WANT TO KNOW AND RECORD EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY (IF YOU INDEED HAVE ONE!). Theresa May now ‘runs’ the present Tory administration – her back benchers are too weak even to consider – but – HER FRONT BENCHER CABINET (mark my words!) will be her eventual downfall – they are half behind her and half against her.
    This is indeed now a ‘one-party state’ – the Tories now actually control EVERYTHING in our country today – this, in effect, by a default state – created by a broken LABOUR party, a totally broken and discredited LIB-DEM party and far too many votes for the now broken and almost completely bankrupt UKIP party.
    Theresa May may be ‘home and dry’ – but, given certain political falanderings, not too far down the line – she could be out on her ear – AND SO COULD HER TORY GOVERNMENT BE ALSO!

    • Privacy International

      The citizens of the UK are the most spied upon in the world. YOU are under surveillance – you just don’t know it…😉 In terms of surveillance the UK outstrips even Russia, China and Iran!

  4. paultheswineherd

    THERESA MAY HAD BETTER GET HER ACT TOGETHER – AND SOON!

  5. paultheswineherd

    UKIP facing bankrumptcy as leading donor ‘threatens to walk away’
    GOOD – GOOD – GOOD – GOOD – GOOD – GOOD – GOOD – GOOD –
    (and a million other GOOD’s!)
    FUCK NIGEL FARAGE AND ALL THAT THE BASTARD STANDS FOR!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/ukip-bankruptcy-arron-banks-biggest-donor-nigel-farage–a7368876.html

    • When Kippers like Farage and Nuttall can’t milk the EU for MEP salaries and live the high life on EU lavish expenses, I would imagine it won’t be long before they disappear back into the woodwork. Farage himself is the cunt of cunts. Best thing he can do is fuck off to the south of France and give us all a good laugh as per his choice of retirement location. What a complete and utter homegrown arsehole.

  6. paultheswineherd

    THERESA MAY – SHE IS ALREADY A ‘BROKEN’ PRIME MINISTER! –
    Totally ineffectual and non-decisive about ‘anything’ – including ‘BREXIT’
    (AND SHE IS ONLY ABOUT 4 MONTHS IN TO HER PREMIERSHIP!)😦
    “Theresa may hints that Britain could miss 2019 deadline of leaving the EU”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-theresa-may-article-50-negotiations-extension-eu-latest-two-years-more-2019-2020-2017-a7369466.html

    • I’m surprised at May. Watching her do PMQs I’m struck by how wobbly, jittery and uncertain she seems to be. To be honest she looks like someone over promoted and not up to the job she has been given: May has never worked in the treasury or foreign office and although she’s spent a long time in the home office is rather an unfinished, incomplete politician. Not the kind of person you really want in Downing Street with all the banana skins lying around post-Brexit. It is possible to likely that she will drop the ball and become a complete disaster.

      • Claudia WInklepicker

        May used to present Bake Off and appeared on ‘Strictly’, if that’s not qualified for the job of PM don’t know what is!

      • JV,

        Nice to see you back – hope things are okay with you and yours.

        As for Thatcher Mark 2.0 T.May, I never worked directly for HO but do know some who do and they all called her “Witch May”…

        There’s a message there if staff call her that.

      • She is just elderly & not in great (physical) health. Unfortunately though, her deeply unpleasant brain still appears to be working overtime.

  7. paultheswineherd

    And then – to add total insult to injury – it was reported today that in the Witney by-election tomorrow (Thursday) – the Tories could lose out to the LIBERAL DEMOCRAPS. Fucking hell – David (Pig-Fuck!) Cameron should be ashamed of himself. WITNEY, OF ALL PLACES – A PAST TORY ENTRENCHMENT! – BUT (PERHAPS) – FOR NO MORE!!!!?????

  8. paultheswineherd

    MARK MY WORDS – I RECKON THAT BY MARCH 2017 THERESA MAY WILL NO LONGER BE THE TORY PRIME MINISTER!

    • It has to be top down. Start with MPs and imprison them for lengthy periods. Then we can elect some proper ones who will behave responsibly.

      • paultheswineherd

        Franklin Percival – Yes – I agree with you entirely.
        Also, it has come to my notice that there is an advert running on TV now –
        Ken Loach’s film – “I, Daniel Blake” – in Cinemas now from 21st October 2016 – “If you do not see anything else this year – then please see this”!

  9. ……………….ever noticed how the kiddy fiddling paedophile hunt goes cold with every government elected head of the historic child abuse inquiry suddenly deciding to call it a day……………

    Three have already jacked in at a cost to the taxpayer of umpteen millions.

    When the inquiry started to put two and two together the big political names, judges and senior police officials involved decided it was time to pull the rug……….

    The very people who purport to be squeaky clean are the very perverts that come up with all the laws to sanitise the rest.

    Cunts like Vieth Kazz want turning upside down and a bottle of bleach up their arses followed by a pull through with a christmas tree.

    About half the government are bent in some form or another and the Royal Family a minefield of in breeding and debauchery.

    If you can’t get the real thing in pictures you will be tempted to go for second best thing, human contact…….

    Rapes will increase accordingly as the pent up release their hormones elsewhere.

    ………..No wonder they call them whips.

    • …………and all the photographs, witness statements and dossiers of high ranking officials with connections to the most vile subhuman acts ever perpetrated on UK soil suddenly, mysteriously vanish from view.

      And a few weeks later the governments propaganda arm, the inglorious BBC, reports that those who were accused have been found to be whiter than white with the wife of the aforesaid usually demanding an apology.

      Every week we hear tales of somebody with rank who purports to be in charge of vice or social services having child porn on their own computers, even headmasters at kids schools.

      Some people even get kicks watching injured people die, i call them DWP.

      ………..and the biggest wanker ever to set foot on our planet, LORD FRAUD.

  10. :devil: Johnny Void appears to have risen from the grave :devil: :devil: Welcome back to the land of the living dead :devil:

  11. 👿 Johnny Void appears to have risen from the grave👿👿 Welcome back to the land of the living dead😀😀👿

  12. If enough people tell the government where to go, then the Bill will die a death. Yes, there *is* some porn that is genuinely evil-child/baby porn and stuff involving (real) animals. But the thing to do is to go after that, not anything that people find sexy.

  13. People try to stay on topic!

    IP Law correctly interpreted means “imaginary property” not “Intellectual Property” There is nothing clever or intellectual in putting Culture and Knowledge behind paywalls for life plus 70 years. This is called extortion in all other aspects of life and should be regarded as such by all. Knowledge and culture are meant to be shared so that all may be enlightened and education is open also for all not just those who can purchase it. Copyright in it’s modern form is just another rehash of full censorship used to keep rich and powerful gatekeepers and middlemen fed with an unending supply of cash from the poor and exploited of the world. The original reason for copyright was so that creators could have a right to control distribution for “Limited Times” in order to encourage more creation. Copyright now can be passed on after death to other family members and or corporations to continue to exploit others even though they never created anything themselves. It’s an absolute disgrace by any reasonable persons standards. As for the destruction of free speech and the internet did anyone really believe our masters and benefactors (sarcasm intended) would continue to allow people to think for themselves? Such a dangerous notion never crossed their minds. They know full well that a free and open internet undermines their power base, and indoctrination and control cannot succeed when governments cannot manipulate public opinion to support the spread of greed, war, and hatred. Take a look at the complete hypocrisy of the reporting of the war in Syria as an example. All Russian airstrikes are apparently targeting civilians but USA airstrike that kill civilians are somehow collateral damage or an accident. Do me a favour!!!! Just how dumb do they think we are. Well obviously very dumb, or this piece of legislation would have been binned ages ago. As a footnote remember the Labour Party supports this shit as well as the Tories so the lesson is beware of all politicians and be alert. As for the governments measures they will be about as successful as the war on drugs or the war on terrorism. So don’t worry too much just carry on as usual.

    • They think ‘we’ are distracted by cheap alcohol promos, C5 & now by increasing levels of xenophobia/job insecurity.

      Come back Eric Blair, all is forgiven.

      • Don’t miss the upcoming series “Benefit Claimants do the funniest things”, “Benefit Claimant Big Brother” and “Benefit claimants win prizes” on Channel 5 over Christmas.

  14. As far as really nasty pornography goes it’s the sites and the site owners that should be attacked not individuals that sometimes want access to acceptable sexual material online. (Personally I don’t see that watching adult human beings performing consensual sexual acts, which don’t involve coercion, violence or cruelty, is a bad thing.) In point of fact many ISPs already require customers for proof of age before allowing them to access adult material. A so called “adult lock” is common with mobile broadband for example and can be unlocked by means of a credit card number, or, in the case of Giffgaff a driving license number, or whatever. Sadly for ISPs you can easily get around a “lock” like this via TOR or Opera, or a VPN, or sometimes a proxy server which most teenagers know about and probably do all the time defeating in one bound this kind of “protection”. Politicians are not normally technically expert and seem to be being poorly advised.

    • I don’t have a driving license and don’t feel ok putting my financial details online in case they get stolen.

      • Jongleur Honorificabilitudinitatibus

        If you pay for an internet connection your ISP more than likely already possesses your financial details in some form or other.

    • Tor doesn’t let you play flash video and isn’t much good if you want sound and motion pictures. Opera does and using any browser over a VPN does.

    • These tools are all intended for, and marketed at oppressed countries though; ones where the Guvmint monitor, filter and block their citizens connections. For instance, in the UK you can’t even visit a torrent site without having to use a tool to tunnel out to the ‘free world’. The UK is a totalitarian shit-hole of a country if ever there was one!

  15. To reduce the likelihood of being snooped by intelligence you could follow the lead of the Russian intelligence service and use manual typewriters. Or you could live in a Scottish croft with no internet access. For the rest of us, we will have to accept that snooping by intelligence agencies is a fact of modern life.

    Instead, I suggest you have a clear data management policy, collecting only the data that you actually need and then for only as long as you need it, destroying the data you don’t need. Maybe you should then encrypt the data you do want and hope that the NSA hasn’t finished building its encryption cracking quantum computer. Any better ideas?

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/20/nsa_gchq_and_even_donald_trump_are_all_after_your_data/

    • Manual typewriters – way more aesthetically pleasing but a challenge to multi-taskers everywhere.

    • this government as most government’s track its people, government’s want to know your every move, what your looking at what your talking about what your dong where you are ect ect ect.
      they can track you by your mobile phone track you via your internet, they track you with a ni number, bank accounts ect.
      they insist your registered to vote just another cynical way of keeping tabs on you!!.
      this government wants to know where you are and what your doing 24 hrs a day!.
      if they had their way we would all be fitted with a micro chip at birth!!.
      all our freedoms have bee eroded , freedom to do what you want when you want has vanished for ever.
      its our own fault we let it happen we let them do this to us.
      the words FREE COUNTRY AND DEMOCRACY are now resigned to the history books. you can all write your whinging moaning posts in here but your achieving nothing! we all know what needs to be done we all know what we have to do .

  16. PERSONAL HEALTH RECORDS ALREADY IN THE HANDS OF THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY

    ……………AND WHEN THE TORY’S FUCK UP THE NHS, MILLIONS WILL BE HIT BY ASTRONOMICAL HEALTH INSURANCE QUOTES

    Care.data was expected to cost £50 million and the government had already spent £7.5 million before it was scrapped.

    Given the brutality of the Tory attacks on the NHS, it seems almost inevitable that universal access to health care will be abolished and replaced with a US style system of private medical insurance if they get their own way. If such a system comes about, and the private insurance providers built themselves databases of “re-identified” private medical records, it is easy to see how millions of people with complex medical histories, or family histories of illness could be hit with astronomical insurance fees, or get outright blacklisted from the health service.

    ON THE SAME DAY THE CHILCOT INQUIRY WAS RELEASED OUR CORRUPT GOVERNMENT SLIPPED THIS OUT QUIETLTY HOPING NOBODY WOULD NOTICE

    A controversial scheme to share the health records of everyone in the country has been quietly scrapped by the government on the same day as the Chilcot report was published.

    Under the care.data scheme, the medical notes of everyone in the NHS were to be pooled in a vast central database which could be accessed by doctors, researchers and pharmaceutical companies.

    Medical experts and charities backed the database claiming it would help them understand the causes of disease, spot side effects to new drugs and detect outbreaks of infectious diseases.

    The Department of Health was also criticised for failing to inform people they would be automatically opted into the scheme and would need to fill in a form if they wanted their medical records removed.

    BUT THE UK GOVERNMENT HAVE ALREADY RELEASED 47 MILLION OF YOUR PERSONAL RECORDS

    However, a report by a major society of actuaries discloses that it was able to obtain 13 years of hospital data – covering 47 million patients – in order to help insurance companies “refine” their premiums.

    The report by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries details how it was able to use NHS data covering all hospital in-patient stays between 1997 and 2010 to track the medical histories of patients, identified by date of birth and postcode

    Public lacks trust over medical records because too many lies in past 04 Mar 2014

    It boasts that “uniquely” they were able to combine these details with information from credit ratings agencies, such as Experian, which record the lifestyle habits of milllions of consumers.

    The calculations were used to advise companies how to refine their premiums.

    The report advises that levels of illness among most customers below the age of 50 were found to be higher than previous calculations had found.

    As a result of the work, insurers were likely to increase premiums for this group, experts said.

    The 274-page report describes the NHS Hospital Episode Statistics as a “valuable data source in developing pricing assumptions for ‘critical illness’ cover.”

    ………….THE UK GOVERNMENT IS IN THE ARSE POCKET OF THE PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE COMPANIES

    • ………..NO WONDER THAT GOOGLE WAS GIVEN TAX SWEETHEART DEAL

      Google handed patients’ files without permission: Up to 1.6million records – including names and medical history – passed on in NHS deal with web giant

      Google agrees new data share deal with Royal Free NHS Trust in London
      Internet giant is developing new app to help care for kidney patients
      But Google can access complete medical records – not just kidney data
      Campaigners unhappy Google will have free access to all patient records

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3571433/Google-s-artificial-intelligence-access-private-medical-records-1-6million-NHS-patients-five-years-agreed-data-sharing-deal.html#ixzz4NdO7NXBv
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      • The data given to the internet giant would include patients’ complete medical histories, including whether they had been diagnosed with HIV, depression, suffered from drug or alcohol addiction, or had an abortion.

        The Google app is being developed by its subsidiary company DeepMind, which was bought for £275million ($400m), to alert doctors when patients are at risk of a form of kidney failure caused by dehydration. The app will process blood test results and immediately inform doctors in charge of their care if they are at risk.

        But neither Google nor the Royal Free could explain why the data of so many patients was needed for the software to be developed.

        The project is a pilot and if it is deemed a success, other hospitals may ask Google to develop similar apps and pass on medical files.
        Concerns: Experts say the deal between Google and the Royal Free NHS Trust could set a precedent for patient data to be routinely passed on to private firms
        +4

        Concerns: Experts say the deal between Google and the Royal Free NHS Trust could set a precedent for patient data to be routinely passed on to private firms

        Under the arrangement, Google’s DeepMind has access to the details of all patients who have stayed overnight at Barnet, Chase Farm or Royal Free Hospitals or attended A&E over the past five years. It is not clear exactly how many patients this covers. The company will also be given information on a monthly basis relating to all inpatients and those attending casualty until 2017.

        Although patients can theoretically opt out of their information being passed on in such a way, they would firstly need to be aware such arrangements exist. They would then need to contact the hospital’s data protection officer in writing to make a specific request.

        …………AND THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY JEREMY CUNT IS FUCKING UP OUR BELOVED NHS

  17. NAT WEST BACKS DOWN ON FREEZING RUSSIAN NEWS AGENCY RT, AS MOSCOW THREATENS TO SHUT DOWN BBC

    A state-owned British bank appears to have backed down from its threat to close the account of a television station accused of running propaganda for Vladimir Putin.

    NatWest, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), sparked an outcry in Moscow after it sent a letter to to Russia Today which announced the closure of the broadcaster’s British bank account. No reason was given.

    It is understood that Moscow responded to the threat by claiming it would freeze the BBC’s finances in Russia and report Britain to international watchdogs for violating Russia’s right to freedom of speech.

    Over the next 24 hours, the bank appeared to change its mind and announced in a later statement that the decision to close Russia Today’s account was under review.

    “These decisions are not taken lightly,” an RBS spokesman said. “We are reviewing the situation and are contacting the customer to discuss this further. The bank accounts remain open and are still operative.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/18/natwest-backs-down-over-threat-to-freeze-russia-todays-bank-acco/

    • ………….I wish Nat West would shut down the BBC as well

      • paultheswineherd

        Geoff – Yes, that would be a good thing. Good for Russia for threatening to shut down the BBC in Moscow!
        Also (off topic now”) if anyone on here can have a look at a re-run of Channel 4 News (7 PM) this evening, there is a really good interview with Ken Loach (re the film I, Daniel Blake) and Tory MP for Spelthorne, Kwasi Kwarteng. Ken Loach did a sterling job in explaining what happens re the bullying/sanctioning/1 million+ foodbank handouts and cruel benefits system that we now have in Britain. Kwarteng meanwhile, largely (but not wholly), pooh-poohed what Loach said and made out, as usual, that the Government was running the economy well, employment was up and it is now ‘not as bad for people as in 2012, during the previous ‘downturn’.
        Kwarteng obviously doesn’t know much about what is happening and, largely through his loft position as a pampered M.P. – he probably does not really give a tuppeny shit anyway.

        • It’s so funny to think that the majority of the UK public believe either RT or BBC are telling the truth. The fact is all news is propaganda in some form or other. All governments and their corporate lackey’s who run the so called free media pump out the agenda of the day. Did anyone see the fuss made over the Russian Aircraft carrier going through the North Sea on its way to the med. It was hilarious to hear what a terrible threat this is. The Russian navy with one old aircraft carrier is a threat to the USA with 10 aircraft carriers. Who are they trying to kid? You only have to do a quick search on fighting capacity of Russia and USA to see the USA has them at a huge disadvantage with conventional weaponry. The problem begins when the war kicks off and one side is defeated, has nothing left to lose and only has nuclear weapons left.

  18. If anyone wants to see how low the bottom feeding concerning IP can get check out:

    https://popehat.com/2013/11/06/another-hammer-drops-on-prenda-law/

    https://popehat.com/2016/05/25/fbi-actively-investigating-prenda-law-team-for-fraud/

    The Saga is long and involved: Fraud on Federal Courts, Id theft & Fraud, shakedowns, threats, all the lovely stuff shady lawyers do…

    Most amusing:

    https://popehat.com/2015/05/04/prenda-law-and-the-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-appellate-argument/

    Enjoy…. I do.

  19. paultheswineherd

    Kwarteng’s career in politics – of course he knows fuck all about the benefits system. He’s a right-wing Tory MP in a Surrey constituency and he also went to Eton! Says it all really does’nt it!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwasi_Kwarteng

    • Jimmy Crackcorn

      Even this prick admitted on Channel 4 news last night that welfare reform had led to “some cases of hardship” but that, despite the fact that Labour and Ed Miliband had kicked up a stink about the food bank explosion, the people had re-elected the Conservatives, with a majority, and so tacitly approved of the Tory welfare agenda even if led to millions queuing for nourishment at food banks and similar. “We’re not perfect,” Kwarteng admitted talking about his party “but the government is creating jobs.”

      He was appearing with Ken Loach to talk about the release of “I, Daniel Blake” – which has garnered rave reviews – in cinemas despite the fact that he hadn’t actually seen the film. I thought it was significant that even he didn’t try to claim that all was well with the benefits system and that the welfare changes were the best thing since sliced bread and were “getting more people into work and keeping them in work longer” than the system which preceded them.

      http://uk.watsupeurope.com/news/ken-loach-life-in-austerity-britain-is-consciously-cruel/

      Catch the interview here if interested:

      http://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/display/playlistref/201016/clipid/201016_LOACHPAB

  20. “ALL THAT GOVERNMENT HYPE ABOUT LOWEST CRIME FIGURES”

    Violence soars with 681 UK murders in just one year

    CRIMES involving violence have rocketed by a shocking 24% to more than a million cases in the past year.

    Published 20th October 2016

    VIOLENCE: Crimes involving violence have rocketed by a shocking 24% to more than a million case

    Police forces across Britain recorded 30,000 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument, up 9% on the previous year.

    And firearm incidents also climbed by 7% to 5,244, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed.

    The 24% rise in overall cases of violence was the highest figure since present recording standards were introduced in 2002.

    There were 6.4million incidents of crime, including 681 murders.

    ………………….but bicycle theft is down

    • ……….but crime figures would rocket if the police followed up Tory election fraud, hidden kiddy fiddlers and the role of IAIN DUNCAN SMITH, DAME CAROL BLACK and LORD DAVID FREUD in claimant deaths…..

    • It’s a well known fact that countries where the general population is treated with respect and poverty is low with good welfare and health provision are safer, with less crime and better health. However for the greedy people who support the Tory system that would mean giving up a very small portion of their excessive wealth in order to bring this about, and that won’t happen as exploiting and looking down upon others is at the very core of their existence.

  21. Santa Hates You

    Welcome back JV. Really sorry can’t make any reasonable comment about the ‘Internet – New Porn and Copyright Laws Could Criminalise Millions’ stuff as I’m on som new anti-depression meds that blank my mind. I feel like like a zombie.

  22. paultheswineherd

    (Off topic!) Now the Tories are after the chemists/pharmacies.
    Continuing Tory cuts – is this a plan, by the back door to further weaken health services to the public in order to privatise them!??
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hundreds-chemists-face-closure-tories-9091579

  23. paultheswineherd

    (Off topic!) Marvellous! – another Tory MP, Alan Duncan, with his snout in the financial trough!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/alan-duncan-pay-off-50000-oil-company-minister-tory-mp-a7371796.html

    • Jimmy Crackcorn

      Duncan has previous form. He’s a very dodgy gay Tory.

    • “THE TORY MAGGOT”

      historydoctor

      On 8 January 1994, Alan Duncan resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary after it was revealed that he had acquired a council house at a reduced price by exploiting a government programme to increase home ownership by the underprivileged. (Wikipedia – Back to Basic campaign)

      Within weeks it emerged that he had lent his elderly next door neighbour money so that he could buy his home under the right-to-buy legislation.

      The neighbour bought the 18th century council house at a significant discount and sold it to Mr Duncan just over three years later. In the ensuing furore, Mr Duncan resigned from his ministerial position.(Daily Telegraph)

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5304976/Alan-Duncan-claimed-thousands-for-gardening-MPs-expenses.html

  24. “TORY CUTS FUEL HUGE RISE IN A&E ADMISSIONS”

    Tory cuts have led to a 72% rise in A&E admissions for mental health problems.

    Policies such as the benefits cap and Bedroom Tax have plunged needy families into poverty, sparking an epidemic of depression and self harm.

    Hospital emergency units, with budgets already slashed to breaking point, had to deal with an extra 67,000 psychiatric patients in 2015.

    And police are now spending over a third of their time on mental health incidents with call-outs up 8% last year.

    One suicidal woman was left in A&E for 19 hours be­­­cause not a single mental health bed was available in the entire country.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brutal-tory-cuts-lead-massive-9093021

  25. “TORY MINISTERS, MORDAUNT AND GREEN TELL LIES ABOUT PIP IN THE COMMONS BUT REFUSE TO APOLOGISE”

    In the space of just 20 minutes, work and pensions secretary Damian Green and minister for disabled people Penny Mordaunt both misled the House of Commons about how personal independence payment (PIP) was affecting disabled people.

    The first House of Commons work and pensions questions after the break for party conferences saw about 20 questions from MPs across the main parties with concerns about the way PIP was operating, far more than for any other issue.

    In one answer, Mordaunt told MPs that under PIP – compared with disability living allowance (DLA), which it is replacing for working-age claimants – “more people are entitled to use the Motability scheme”.

    But Motability’s own figures show that of their customers who have been reassessed for PIP so far, 44 per cent have lost their entitlement to the scheme and have had to hand their vehicles back.

    Responding to another question on PIP, Green told MPs on Monday that “many more people are eligible to receive PIP than were eligible to receive disability living allowance”.

    But the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) own figures from June showed that only about seven in 10 disabled people who were previously claiming DLA were being found eligible for PIP.

    The DWP figures showed just 71 per cent of DLA recipients who applied for PIP were successful with their claim in April 2016, once withdrawn claims were excluded.

    PIP was introduced with the intention – announced by chancellor George Osborne in his 2010 emergency budget – of cutting the number of working-age claimants by 20 per cent.

    http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2016/10/21/ministerial-duo-face-questions-after-misleading-mps-over-pip/

  26. Al Doyle @aldoyletweets

    #Child #Refugees don’t look young enough. #Disabled people don’t look disabled enough; #Poor people don’t look poor enough: These are bases for policy.

  27. “ATLANTIC HOTLINE BUZZING AS RUSSIAN WARSHIPS GAZE DOWN ON OUR DEPLETED NAVY DEFENCES”

    ……………Who left those canoes out?

    The mandarins in Whitehall will be in panic mode as the flotilla of Russian naval vessels casts a big dark shadow upon our miniscule coracles of mass destruction………..
    Yankee pro war experts will be monitoring and advising on each and every possibility with the possibility of a Belgrano move that could lead to an all out war……….

    It didn’t matter that the Belgrano was outside the Falklands territorial waters exclusion zone when Thatcher realised her claim to world fame was knocking on the door.

    A single stupid error could trigger trigger the beginning of Armageddon and the Yanks are just the right people to do it.

    Trident missiles would take out the South coast, the Channel islands and Normandy, what a marvellous deterrent………..

    …………BREXIT COULD COME QUICKER THAN ANYONE THINKS

    • “MOD PROPAGANDA”

      Machine guns at the ready, terrifying armed soldiers stare at Dover locals from on board a Russian military ship just off the British coast today.

      As these extraordinary photographs show, the Russian personnel were clad in bullet-proof vests and helmets as the pointed their automatic weapons towards English soil.

      ……MUST HAVE BEEN USING HIGH POWERED BINOCULARS

      • paultheswineherd

        Geoff – Propaganda indeed! In the footage that I have seen, there seems to be no ‘imminent threat of action towards the British Isles from these Russian vessels – including the carrier’!
        A ‘typical’ task group traversing a stretch of water, en-route to somewhere (as supposed, most probably the Meditteranean to take part in action in Syria) posing no ‘threat’ as such to anyone along the way!
        Their 2 ‘versions’ of the ‘American’s F-15’s are parked on the forward end of the flight deck – if they were ordered to become airborne, they would need to traverse the entire length of it first!
        It’s just lucky that they have not gone anywhere near the coast of the U.S.
        The U.S. would probably have opened fire on them first and asked the relevant questions later. Uncle Sam is very trigger happy, as we have seen in so many ‘wars’ over the years – mostly though affecting other Countries territories!

  28. “DWP REALIZE THAT IF YOU CAN SQUEEZE SOMEONES THUMB, YOU HAVEN’T GOT MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS”

    ……The miracle finding of a 21 hour disability specialist induction course using role players.

    A severely disabled mum-of-two who struggles to walk more than a few metres has had her mobility allowance axed – because she can squeeze someone’s THUMB.

    Mel Wiseman, 43, suffers from debilitating multiple sclerosis (MS) and is unable to walk unaided for more than five metres.

    She qualified for disability benefits but has now had her £87-a-month personal independence payment (PIP) cut.

    Assessors from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) visited her at home in July and decided she was no longer eligible for PIP.

    Bizarrely, the decision was made after Mel, from Leicester, demonstrated to officials that she was able to squeeze someone’s thumb.

    http://swns.com/news/mum-who-suffers-from-ms-has-benefits-cut-because-she-can-squeeze-someones-thumb-76513/

    A DWP spokesman said: “Decisions on personal independence payment are made following the consideration of all information provided by the claimant, including any supporting evidence from their GP or medical specialist.

    “A claimant who disagrees with the outcome of their assessment can appeal and if their situation changes, can ask to be reassessed.”

    ………….”KEEP ON BURYING YOUR MISTAKES”

  29. The porno sites (and any others using an age-verification for access) will see there (UK) traffic fall through the floor. Once a potential visitor comes up against a ‘roadblock’ which hinders their access they will just close the browser or go to another site.

    • Jongleur Honorificabilitudinitatibus

      The age verification being talked about is almost certainly via ISPs, i.e., you prove your age to your ISP once and request any “adult lock” to be removed after which you can view pretty much any material available online. I can’t see any other way this could be affordably done. So I would imagine your ISP would need a credit card number (debit cards can be had by under eighteen year olds and won’t do), or a passport number, or driving license number, or, I suppose a national insurance number, or whatever to cross match you identity to your chronological age. If they get really pissy you might have to take documentary evidence to a local shop or office to be inspected, copied, and verified.

      Annoying but not the end of the world, As somebody mentioned earlier this is already common practice with mobile broadband services. Here’s an example:

      https://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Data-on-the-go/Content-Control-How-can-I-get-it-removed/td-p/400914

      • The Blue Pencil Brigade

        They tried this shit before. It was to be a case of an automatic opt-out for ‘adult’ content and if you wanted access to ‘adult’ material you would have to ‘phone your ISP and ask to be added to the ‘pervert list’. There was such a furor that the Government had to back down and leave it to ISPs to offer optional ‘parental controls’ which only a tiny minority of customer opt in to in any case. So the Governement is only really re-visiting the same old shit then. The never give up, do they.

      • The Blue Pencil Brigade

        “Hi, is there any other way apart going to a shop to remove the Content Control on my mobile dongle, I called up vodafone but as I only have debit cards, and not any credit cards they told me they could not remove it, thanks.” – A lot of the ‘adult’ population don’t have a credit card!

      • The Blue Pencil Brigade

        This is the ONE reason that a lot of peeps don’t bother with mobile broadband. Do the mobile broadband providers realise how much business they are losing because of this shit!?

      • Mesembryanthemum

        On the off chance that anybody reading these words wants to use unrestricted mobile broadband I know for a fact that Three comes without any adult lock. So if you’ve got an unlocked dongle (or a Three dongle) stick a Three SIM in it and away you go! And if you don’t register it and only top it up with vouchers bought in garages and shops nobody will know who is using it. A lot of the Three network is already 4G so if you’ve got a forth generation device it’s bloody fast too.

        • Yeah, having to ID yourself to have an ‘adult lock’ removed kind of defeats the whole point of pay-as-you-go…😉

  30. The Dual Casssete Tape Recorders

  31. “HERMES WORKERS PAID £1.50 MORE THAN LORD FREUD WANTED TO GIVE THE DISABLED”

    “I feel like we are now being listened to,” said one Hermes courier in Manchester, Marie, 42, who estimates she earns £3.50 per hour after expenses. “My customers are asking me if it’s true I am earning less than the minimum wage and when I say ‘Yes’, they are disgusted.”

  32. “DWP START TO TWITCH AS EXTENT OF DOCTORED PACE TRIAL STUDIES EMERGE”

    …….BENEFITS REFUSED BECAUSE OF TAINTED EVIDENCE

    Retraction Watch

    Tracking retractions as a window into the scientific process
    UK tribunal orders release of data from controversial chronic fatigue syndrome study

    with 23 comments

    court caseA tribunal in the UK has rejected an appeal by Queen Mary University of London, who sought to reverse a previous order that they release data from a controversial 2011 paper in The Lancet about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

    The decision is one in a long series of judgments about the so-called PACE trial, which reported that two treatments — known as cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy — helped alleviate the symptoms of the condition. But ever since The Lancet article and follow-up papers have been published, patients and critics have questioned the conclusions and clamored to see the raw data.

    The main criticisms: The findings may prompt some to believe chronic fatigue is a mental, not a physical, disorder, and the PACE program could actually be harmful to patients by encouraging too much exercise. These criticisms were recently bolstered by a re-analysis of the evidence by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which downgraded its original conclusions about the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy.

    In March 2014, Alem Matthees petitioned Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) — home of some of the authors of the PACE trial — to release the anonymized patient data behind The Lancet paper, under the UK’s Freedom of Information Act. QMUL refused, citing concerns doing so would “prejudice its research.”

    http://retractionwatch.com/2016/08/17/uk-tribunal-orders-release-of-data-from-controversial-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-study/

    • FOR THOSE NOT FAMILIAR

      …….THE UK GOVERNMENT PAID £6 MILLION TO FUND RESEARCH INTO CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME.

      THEY TOLD THE SUFFERERS IT WAS ALL IN THE MIND.

      THE NHS OFFERED CBT, (COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY), GET YOUR MIND RIGHT LUKE………..

      It has long been the theory of a group of psychiatrists who call themselves the “biopsychosocial” school of medicine that CBT, combined with graded exercise (together called CBT/GET) does not simply help patients with this disease – it CURES them. The theory is based on the assumption that the symptoms experienced by the patient cannot be explained by physiological evidence. Rather, the patient has “false illness beliefs” that are reinforced by deconditioning caused by “playing the sick role.” For two decades they have claimed that ten weeks of CBT, to teach the patient she really isn’t sick (and it is always a “she”), combined with ten weeks of graded exercise to get her back into condition, will return the patient to normal functioning. [In recent years they have dialed back both the conviction that a cure will be achieved in ten weeks, and that all patients can be cured by it.] At the same time, CBT/GET has become the ONLY treatment offered by NHS, with unfortunate consequences for many patients (in polls, over 70% of CFS and ME patients who have undergone CBT/GET have said that it made them worse, often permanently worse).

      THIS BEHAVIOURAL CLAPTRAP SCIENCE WAS PUSHED BY NONE OTHER THAN THE DETESTABLE, LORD DAVID FREUD, TO PARLIAMENT…….

      BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL SCIENCE IS THE FOUNDATION OF WELFARE REFORM EXAMINATIONS THAT HAS BEEN USED TO STRIP BENEFITS FROM THE DISABLED, FIND THE SICK FIT FOR WORK AND KILL CLAIMANTS.

      • THE ONLY treatment offered by NHS, with unfortunate consequences for many patients (in polls, over 70% of CFS and ME patients who have undergone CBT/GET have said that it made them worse, often permanently worse).

        …………BUT IT SAVED THE TREASURY A FORTUNE IN DISABILITY DENIAL ON AN EPIC SCALE

  33. paultheswineherd

    IDS cannot bear to see further ‘hardship’ being foisted upon Universal Credit claimants – I don’t believe it – there must be something in it for him!
    “Theresa May faces backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits”
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/21/theresa-may-tory-backlash-cuts-in-work-benefits-universal-credit

    • From executioner to angel, the act of a very frightened man Paul….

    • Mesembryanthemum

      It’s only the working poor they’re worried about. As far as the non-working poor are concerned, well, let’s put it this way, if we have a bitterly cold winter that cuts a swathe through the unemployed, sick, disabled and single parents it would be welcomed privately, by many a Conservative, as a natural cull by the elements of non-working benefit claimants, who probably wouldn’t end up joining the ranks of the “hard working” any time soon. From Iain Duncan Smith’s perspective deaths like these would probably be regarded as an act of God rather than any failing in social policy.

  34. paultheswineherd

    Whilst the Nation goes indescribably mad about the ‘acts’ on Strictly Come Dancing and the X-Factor and some unknown ‘actress’ places one teddy bear in amongst a host of other ‘teddy bears’ outside of the gates of Parliament, to represent those poor unfortunate children who have been killed (by both and all sides) in the current ‘war’ in Syria – please do not forget also those poor unfortunates in this once great Country – who by the actions of private Companies, such as ATOS, MAXIMUS & CAPITA and their despicable ’employees’ – their so-called ‘health-professionals’, – who are comprised of a truly mottley crew of, in particular, ‘physiotherapists’, and lowly ‘nurses’. A murderous crop of shite indeed, wanting not only to make their shameful names with their respective ‘Companies’, but also to fully support their ‘Employers’ and their proxy & phony friends – the DWP – (another bunch of murderers of the innocent – fully supported by ‘Lord Freud and his Conservative paymasters) and in the process, to make as much money as possible in ‘bonuses’.
    Further, – it is also being repoited this evening that UKIP’s paymaster Banks is going to fully support Naseem Kazeem (?) – a right-wing ‘adviser’ to Nigel Farage to become the next ‘leader’ of UKIP. The ‘Daily Express’ will, no doubt be jubilant at this ‘welcome’ (for some!) news.
    In Britain today (unlike what the Tories, The Sun & The Daily Mail will have you believe) – there are people who are virtually starving – through terribly unfair DWP & Tory policies (austerity!) and they are having to go to foodbanks to survive – many are still topping themselves.
    Still – not to worry – the ‘Nation’ is still very much engrossed in their weekly Saturday evening fare of Strictly Come Dancing & The X-Factor, whilst also supping their beers and munching on their massively giant takeaway pizzas, whilst waiting eagerly for their next ‘week of work’ to start on Monday of next week!

  35. paultheswineherd

    “OUR NHS IS DEFINITELY UNDER THREAT FROM THE TORIES”
    Honestly and in all conscience, do you really want to see OUR NHS PRIVATISED INTO A ‘NOMINAL’ FORM OF THE U.S. BASED ‘OBAMACARE’ – OR A ‘SMITHGLAXOKLEIN’ TYPE OF SUBSIDIARY –
    IN THE FUTURE COMPANIES SUCH AS SERCO, CAPITA/ AND/OR G4S COULD SUPPLY YOUR AMBULANCE (NOT TO MENTION ALSO ANOTHER LOAD OF OTHER ‘CHANCER’ AMBULANCE COMPANIES?

    In a ‘totally’ privatised N.H.S. Scenario – this is exactly what could happen to you:

    Call ‘999’ (Nay – ‘911’ now in the year 2024!)
    “What service do you require? – “Ambulance Service please!”
    “OK – Is it you, or someone else that requires the Ambulance Service”
    It’s me – I’ve got chest pains – I may be having a heart attack!
    “Is your Health Insurance valid & can you give me the expiry date on your Health Insurance”
    “Fuck off – I don’t know, I am alone and I am in a lot of pain”
    “OK – Have you got your Credit Card details and it’s expiry date?”
    “Fuck off – I don’t know – I am in a lot of pain and my arm and chest hurts –
    the paramedics will have to check me out when they come – I don’t know!”
    “OK – Ambulance is on the way – make sure you give them your ‘financial’ details when they arrive at your door”

    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/10/21/shocking-nhs-privatisation-plans-hidden-public-now

    (P.S. – You definitely wont hear any of this from SKY or the BBC!)

    • paultheswineherd

      Sorry – that should read “GlaxoSmithKlein”.
      The populace of Britain is slowly, inexorably sleepwalking into a time of “Privatised Healthcare”. (very ably supported by our M.P’s/Ministers whom are so fully involved with the ‘Healthcare Companies’ that even if anyone asked them directly, they could not give them a direct answer – as normal!)
      Our ‘NHS’ is now definitely and increasingly up for grabs by the biggest and most lucrative of the “Healthcare Companies/Conglomerates” – our G.P.’s are going to be steadily ‘underfunded’ so that in the future (just like Dentists – and who can really blame them – due to their NHS patient cuts in funding – most of them are now private!) they will go more private too – the ‘patients’ who can pay the most will get the ‘best’ treatment and it is these that will be ‘prioritised’ to get the best and the most effective treatment possible.
      If you are low paid or you are ‘out of work’ – then you will, most probably just have to either ‘put up with it’ and medicate yourselves the best that you can and then, hope for the best.
      “I can’t afford the antibiotics to tackle the infection that I have – but, if I am lucky, my bodily defences will overcome the infection – or, if not, sepsis and/or blood poisoning will occur and then I will slowly, but surely die”

      • paultheswineherd

        Incidentally, it is also totally shameful (in a so-called ‘democracy’) that so many M.P.’s (More than 245 of them in the House of Commons alone – of various Parties, but by more than any other – the Tories) have so many interests/shares/consultancies/company interests in “Healthcare Companies” – NOT LEAST, THE CURRENT CONSERVATIVE HEALTH MINISTER – JEREMY HUNT AND ALSO THE CURRENT CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER PHILIP HAMMOND.
        The Conservatives want to see our NHS privatised – and at the moment, there is really absolutely nothing to stop them from doing just that.
        THE OTHER ‘PARTIES’ ARE A HORSECART LOAD OF SHITE THAT CANNOT, AT THE PRESENT MOMENT STOP THE TORIES FROM TOTALLY PRIVATISING OUR MOST PRIZED SERVICE – THE NHS.

      • Since when the fuck was so-called NHS dentistry free? You have to pay a ‘contribution’ i..e the full cost. Got screwed for over £233 knicker for a fucking crown on the NHS. Thank fuck for our much cherished and ‘free’ NHS. What a crock of shit.

      • And that’s a gold one. It costs £335 knicker for a ‘tooth-coloured’ one even in a front-facing tooth – on the fucking N-H-fucking-S! Thank fuck the ‘free’ NHS.

      • And don’t even think about going fucking ‘private’, This country is like fucking America. You have to take insurance – only it doesn’t cover jack-shit. It’s the same in fucking Oz. Had a relative with a screwed up gallbladder. The only way to get it fixed is ‘elective surgery’ i.e. you/the surgeon choose, in other words a non-emergency/non-life threatening situation. The only way to it treated for ‘free’/through insurance is when you are at writhing in agony/deaths door and the procedure will likely kill you. The NHS will leave you in agony too, say your condition is ‘un-treatable’ or whatever. The NHS is not all it is cracked up to be!

    • The same thing will happen with ambulances like what already happens in Poland (and no doubt other places). The ambulance crew do deals with the undertakers. It is a race to get you in the back of the ambulance and snuffed out. It is like when Working Links entered the welfare sphere. And nobody cared about their shady business practices… well, because they weren’t unemployed. Of course peeps were saying at the time that in the near future we would see Medical Links spring up with the same ‘business ethics’ applied to medicine. And this is what is happening the same anything-for-a-quick buck that has long since been over-riding practice in the welfare-work-industry is now like a parasite taking over healthcare. If you want a glimpse into the future of your ‘healthcare’ take a look at how Working Links and any of the other welfare-to-workfare parasite operate.

  36. “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PSYCHOTIC KILLER”

    Duncan Smith wrote: “I was very sorry to read of your father’s death. I offer my sincere condolences to you and your family at this time.

    “I know nothing I can say will do anything to ease the pain of losing your father, but I’d like to explain why the Government’s reforms to the sickness benefits system are so important and how much work we’re doing to make the process as fair as possible.

    “I know this will be a difficult time for you and I’m grateful this was brought to my attention.”
    Iain Duncan Smith blasted on Question Time over Kieran McArdle

    The letter is machine- printed on DWP paper, with the only sign of humanity an illegible scrawl – presumably Duncan Smith’s signature

    Kieran had hoped for an apology and an explanation for his dad’s treatment that would have given hime some closure.

    Brian was left paralysed from a stroke on Boxing Day last year. But he was still ordered to an Atos “work capability assessment” – part of the Con-Dem Government’s bid to cut billions in benefits.

    A month later, Brian got a letter telling him he would lose his disability benefits on September 26. The day after his benefits were axed, Brian collapsed and died.

    ……………..THE POLICE HAVE BEEN TOLD TO LOOK AWAY

    • paultheswineherd

      Geoff – That ‘letter’ really says it all.
      IDS – a repentant psychopathic murderer who, in all intents and ‘his’ morality is doing nothing to recompense this poor family as to what they have gone through – IDS’s real intent is ‘TO SAVE MONEY TO THE PUBLIC COFFERS’ (by killing people, but not admitting to it!) and to save his friend George Osborne any embarrassment at all)
      THE FUCKING BASTARD THAT IS THE PREVIOUS DWP ‘MINISTER FOR WORKS & PENSIONS’ – ‘IAIN GEORGE DUNCAN SMITH’ is still, nevertheless, being ‘investigated’ (together with his friend and confidant, Chris Grayling) by Police Scotland – for ‘Derelictions in his Public Duty’ by, allegedly, ignoring a ‘Coroners Report(s)’ into the alleged ‘deaths of claimants’.

      IAIN GEORGE DUNCAN SMITH CANNOT, IN ANY WAY, GET AWAY FROM HIS ‘LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES’, WHILST HE WAS AN OFFICIAL CONSERVATIVE MINISTER FOR WORKS AND PENSIONS FOR THE ‘CLAIMANTS’; UNDER HIS OFFICIAL DEPARTMENT’S ‘CARE’.
      He, and he alone, is (in law) responsible for any deaths under his ‘stewardship’ of his ‘DWP’. That is, and will always remain, until his eventual ‘death’ – ‘his’ and ‘his alone’s’ responsibility.

  37. “G4S SERIAL ABUSERS GET PAID A BONUS”

    Senior managers at a privately run children’s jail received bonuses this year despite the prison being taken out of their hands following allegations of abuse. The managers received performance-related pay awards in April, weeks after the chief inspector of prisons said that “managerial oversight failed to protect young people from harm at the jail”.

    https://www.facebook.com/ATOSM/

  38. “YET ANOTHER LYING CAPITA HEALTH PROFESSIONAL”

    ……21 HOUR CLASSROOM EXPERT

    A benefits assessor working for the outsourcing company Capita repeatedly “lied” in her report, after carrying out a face-to-face assessment of a disabled nurse which was observed by her husband, a retired GP.

    The disabled woman and her husband have asked not to be named – so their claims have not been put to Capita or the Department for Work and Pensions – but they have provided proof to Disability News Service (DNS) that they are both on their respective professional registers.

    They believe the behaviour of the Capita assessor, herself a registered nurse, makes her unfit to remain in her profession.

    Although DNS has received a string of credible reports from disabled people who say their benefits assessors lied in reports written after face-to-face medical assessments, this account is particularly credible because the behaviour was witnessed by both a nurse and a doctor.

    The woman, Mrs A, lodged a complaint with Capita even before she knew the result of the test because she and her husband were so appalled that last month’s assessment at their home in south Wales was so rushed, impersonal and poorly carried out, and ignored key questions.

    ……..NO WONDER THE DWP TRY THEIR UTMOST TO STOP CLAIMANT RECORDINGS

  39. “HOMELESS MAN FOUND DEAD IN TENT IN CHURCHYARD”

    Sadly the 48–year–old’s body was found in a tent by Northumbria Police on Sunday.

    A spokesman said: “On Sunday, October 16 police were informed that a man had been found dead inside a tent in the churchyard of St Nicholas’.

    “No third party is believed to have been involved,

    “A report has been prepared for the coroner.”

    Michael had become a popular figure within the community.

    One resident, who did not wish to be named, had befriended Michael and helped him get a tent and the bike he was often seen riding round on through local charity Community Corner.

    She said: “Michael was very popular and lots of people stopped to speak to him.

    “Everyone in Boldon knew him or knew of him, whether it be the sandwich shop, the barbers or in the pub

    “It really saddens me to think that in this day and age people are dying alone in tents.

    http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/homeless-man-found-dead-inside-a-tent-in-church-graveyard-1-8192235

    ………….THE NORTHRN POORHOUSE

  40. “DWP SHUNS EASY QUESTION”

    Trudy Baddams 24 September 2016
    Delivered

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    What is the percentage of wrong disability decisions in the UK in 2015/16

    Yours faithfully,
    Trudy Baddams

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/what_is_the_percentage_of_wrong#incoming-875214

  41. paultheswineherd

    (Off-topic) – Insider (myself) military (Royal Navy) intelligence!
    Well – is this really a surprise? – No – of course it is not!
    The U.K. & the U.S. sells masses of arms annually to Saudi Arabia.
    Both of these Countries are the Saudi’s friends (NOT TO FORGET OIL!)
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/saudi-arabia-yemen-conflict-bombing-latest-uk-training-pilots-alleged-war-crimes-7375551.html

    • paultheswineherd

      SKY NEWS re Mosul – Do not believe what you are told – it is very likely that ISIL are putting up a huge resistance. It is also very likely that ISIS are holding very many civilians as a so-called human shield.
      The so-called (in my own opinion – tomorrow Sunday – and most probably Sunday night!) a major ‘offensive’ on MOSUL will, most likely involve a massive ‘COALITION AIR STRIKE’. They will bomb them to hell. Just you wait and see!

  42. THIS IS BRITAIN 2016

  43. Anyone know how to rig or re-program a clocking-in palm scanner so it not only scams the company out of thousands but also so it can work in my favour?

  44. Woah there, Tiger! work pissing you off?

  45. “THERE IS NO LINK TO CLAIMANT DEATHS AND DWP POLICY”

    ‘We were wrong’: Government admits it should not have axed disability benefits of Asperger’s sufferer who starved to death just five months later weighing five-and-a-half stone

    Mark Wood, 44, weighed 5.5st when he died after Atos cut his benefits
    Had more than 7 illnesses including Asperger’s but told he was ‘fit to work’
    Ordered to find employment and given just £40 a week to live on
    Died of malnutrition after 5 months, his GP claims benefit cut ‘pushed him’
    Today Department for Work and Pensions told family the cut was ‘incorrect’
    David Cameron branded case ‘tragic’ and backed urgent review into Atos

    ……………………YET THE GOVERNMENT ADMIT THEY WERE WRONG …

  46. “HOW TO KILL A BABY”

    …………A DWP NEW LOW

    A baby bank founder has posted an emotional video Online after receiving a heartbreaking call from a Coatbridge mother who had no food for her two-year-old.

    Bernadette Murphy, who established the Lanarkshire Baby Bank, shared the tearful video with her Facebook friends.

    She said: “I just took a really sad call from a mum who has a two-year-old and she has absolutely no food for him.

    “She is actually sitting in the Citizens Advice office just now in Coatbridge because she has got no food, nappies- anything for this wee boy.

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14817854._This_is_breaking_my_heart___Emotional_video_makes_desperate_plea_for_food_for_Scots_toddler/?ref=fbshr

    “Her benefits have been sanctioned for four months and I just felt so sorry for her.

  47. “COMMENTS ON A DWP PIP MEDICAL EXAMINATION REPORT”

    OBSERVATIONS
    SHE BROWSES THE INTERNET, WATCHES A MOVIE, SHE HAS ONLINE BANKING.

    • …….AND ALL UNDER THE HEADING OF “HOBBIES”

      • ABLE TO REMEMBER THREE OBJECTS FIRST TIME (NORMAL)

        ……….a fascinating insight into the disability denial computer programme favoured by the DWP to steal bonafide benefits.

  48. Ministry of Defence accused of deliberately providing soldiers with shabby housing

    ……….GIVE THEM A SHIT HOLE AND THEY WON’T BE FUSSY ABOUT LEAVING AS WE SELL THE MILITARY HOUSING STOCK TO OUR FRIENDS IN THE CITY.

    The Ministry of Defence has been accused of deliberately providing poor quality housing for soldiers and their families – so it can save money by moving them out.

    MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the MoD was letting family accommodation “degrade”, so that a planned new system of housing looks more attractive.

    Speaking in the House of Commons, she criticised plans to move armed forces personnel and their families into privately-rented homes, or to help them buy their own home.

    It would mean that the MoD provided funding to pay their housing costs, rather than directly providing housing at a highly subsidised rent as it does now.

    Mrs Trevelyan, Conservative MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, said the policy was an attempt to save money.

    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/ministry-defence-accused-deliberately-providing-12057974

    • The land is one of dozens of sites sold by the MOD in the past five years to help the Government fulfill its promise to build thousands of new homes to address Britain’s housing crisis.

      But a Dispatches investigation into why so few of those promised homes have been built revealed that fewer than half of those former MOD sites have planning applications.

      A MOD spokesperson told Dispatches: “We’ve already made £500 million through land sales and around 5,000 houses are currently being built on that land. Sometimes we sell land without planning permission. That’s so we stop spending taxpayer money on maintaining a site we don’t need and spend it on things like our new fighter jets or aircraft carriers instead.”

      Discussing why the MOD had sold some of its land so cheaply, Mr Redman said: “That really smacks to me that either they’re going too fast, and trying to sell too quickly, or they’re not using the kind of commercial expertise that is necessary in the property world to try and get the best value for the land for the taxpayer.”

      The MOD claim to have sold off enough land between 2011 and 2015 for an estimated 39,000 homes, but Dispatches found only 64 had been completed and that less than a quarter of the homes to be built will be affordable.

      • Property developer makes £4million after buying Bath land undervalued by Ministry of Defence

        Ministry of Defence to sell Middlewick Ranges near Colchester

        Ministry of Defence to sell RAF Henlow and two other WWII airfields

        RAF Alconbury and Molesworth to be sold off for housing by Ministry of Defence

        etc etc etc

        …………..ALL THESE PROMISES OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON THESE SITE. WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT….

  49. “HOW TO BEAT THE PIP COMPUTER GENERATED CLAPTRAP”

    http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/docs/pdf/g/guideclaimpip.pdf

  50. Shocking rise in Brits being admitted to hospital because they are MALNOURISHED

    ……….ALL PART OF THE TORY MOVE TO HIVE OFF THE WELFARE STATE TO THEIR COLLEAGUES IN THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY

    The number of people so ­malnourished they need hospital treatment has QUADRUPLED in 10 years.

    In a shocking indictment of the nation’s food poverty , more than 16,000 cases of malnutrition were reported in hospitals in England last year, an average of 45 every day.

    More than 900 of these cases were classed as severe – meaning patients were in danger of starving to death.

    But these alarming NHS figures are just the extreme tip of an iceberg of misery and deprivation as GPs treat thousands more poverty-stricken patients for malnutrition.

    Campaigners blame spiralling food prices, falling wages and ruthless benefits cuts and sanctions.

    Simon Capewell, professor of public health at Liverpool University and vice president of the Faculty of Public Health, said: “It is a national scandal.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shocking-rise-brits-being-admitted-9106672

  51. “DWP CLAIM EXEMPTION ON RELEASING INFORMATION REGARDING UK WELFARE POLICY AND ITS EFFECTS”

    UN investigation into abuses of human rights of the disabled through government “welfare reforms”

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Re: UN investigation into the abuse of the human rights of the disabled / and deaths, caused by the UK government’s “welfare reforms”.

    Please provide a copy of the UN’s report.

    Thank you.

    Yours faithfully,

    P. Smith

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/un_investigation_into_abuses_of#comment-73761

    “WHAT ARE THEY SO DESPERATE TO HIDE?”

  52. Microsoft IS watching YOU!

    Why the privacy conscious should NOT use Microsoft Windows.

    http://www.techworm.net/2014/10/microsofts-windows-10-permission-watch-every-move.html

  53. “DWP USING EVERY DIRTY, TRICK IN THE BOOK TO WITHHOLD PACE MEDICAL TRIAL INFORMATION FROM PUBLIC”

    PACE TRIAL STUDIES ARE THE BASIS OF WELFARE REFORM WORK ASSESSMENT TESTS

    MAIN RESEARCHERS HAD LINKS TO PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE INDUSTRY

    “IN THE EXPECTATION OF RECOVERY”
    |
    THE PoLITICS oF DIST
    oRTED RESEARCH
    A REPORT FROM THE CENTRE FOR WELFARE REFORM
    22
    The Politics of Distorted
    Research
    Ongoing attempts to dismiss concerns and avoid
    releasing data
    Troubled by the way results from the PACE trial were released, patient organisations
    made a joint Freedom of Information request for the results of those outcome measures
    laid out in the trial’s protocol but not published in the trial’s initial paper.
    [20,37,69]
    The
    response to this stated that the results for the protocol’s recovery criteria were exempt
    from the Freedom of Information Act as they would soon be published in an academic
    journal.
    [66]
    This turned out not to be true. A later FOI request for these recovery results
    was refused by stating that the PACE team had not calculated these results and therefore:
    “the requested data relating to the recovery rates and positive outcomes do not
    exist

    THE UK GOVERNMENT, LED BY A TEAM OF PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE REPRESENTATIVES, CONCOCTED MEDICAL EVIDENCE THAT STOLE DISABILITY BENEFITS.

    THE DWP HAVE PAID UNKNOWN THOUSANDS OF POUNDS TRYING TO KEEP THE PACE TRIAL EVIDENCE A SECRET.

    http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/uploads/attachment/492/in-the-expectation-of-recovery.pdf

  54. “THREE CROOKS WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE PRIVATE INSURANCE INDUSTRY, FALSIFIED MEDICAL RESEARCH IN ORDER FOR THE DWP TO STEAL DISABILITY BENEFITS”

    Conflicts of Interest
    The failure to release results for the pre-specified analyses laid out in the PACE trial’s
    protocol is of particular note as concerns had already been expressed about the
    ideological biases of the trial’s three principal investigators. All three have built their
    careers upon the development of biopsychosocial interventions for CFS, and the two who
    had been part of the Chief Medical Officer’s CFS working group both resigned because
    the active biopsychosocial approaches of CBT and GET were not endorsed over ‘pacing’
    in the way that they had wanted.
    [84-86]
    The trial’s protocol reported that “all staff involved
    in the PACE trial recorded their expectations as to which intervention would be most
    efficacious”
    [37]
    , and while this data has yet to be released it seems reasonable to assume
    that the trial’s principal investigators favoured CBT and GET.
    All three principal investigators also reported conflicts of interest involving the
    insurance industry.
    [20]
    There has long been concern about private insurance companies
    influencing changes to the UK welfare state, a system of social insurance that they must
    compete against.
    [8,87-90]
    These concerns seem likely to continue following reports of
    David Cameron’s interest in encouraging individuals to fund their own unemployment
    or sickness benefits privately through financial products.
    [91,92]
    When Michael O’Donnell
    was the Chief Medical Officer at Unum insurance (and before he moved on to Atos, and
    then Maximus
    [90]
    ), he wrote an internal document promoting the biopsychosocial model
    and claiming that Unum’s thinking, along with that of their close associates, was driving
    government policy.
    [93,94]
    More recently Unum funded a report from the think-tank Demos
    which encouraged the UK government to use private financial products to supplement
    social welfare.

    ……………THE RELEASE OF THE PACE TRIAL INFORMATION WOULD MEAN THE DWP COULD BE SUED AND ALL SEIZED DISABILITY BENEFITS PAID BACK TO CLAIMANTS…….

    THE DWP ARE FIGHTING TOOTH AND NAIL FOR NON DISCLOSURE…

  55. “WORK IS GOOD FOR YOU”………according to the private health insurance companies who funded the UK governments research…

    A REPORT FROM THE CENTRE FOR WELFARE REFORM

    In 2006 a Parliamentary All Party Group inquiry into CFS/ME claimed that:
    “There have been numerous cases where advisors to the DWP have also had
    consultancy roles in medical insurance companies. Particularly the company
    UNUM Provident. Given the vested interest private medical insurance companies
    have in ensuring CFS/ME remain classified as a psychosocial illness there is
    blatant conflict of interest here. The Group find this to be an area for serious
    concern and recommends a full investigation of this possibility by the appropriate
    standards body.

  56. ON THIS MORNINGS BBC NEWS IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE ACADEMY OF ROYAL MEDICAL COLLEGES SAY THAT IT IS UNNECESSARY FOR PEOPLE WITH LOWER BACK PAIN TO HAVE X RAYS.

    ……………..THE ROYAL MEDICAL COLLEGES ARE THE VERY CULPRITS WHO FIDDLED THE PACE TRIALS THAT THEY ARE SO DESPERATE TO HIDE.
    HALF A MILLION POUNDS ALREADY SQUANDERED ON LEGAL FEES TO KEEP THE RESULTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

    THEY DONT WANT YOU TO HAVE X RAYS FOR LOWER BACK MUSCULO SKELETAL CONDITIONS BECAUSE IT WOULD GIVE YOU THE EVIDENCE YOU NEED TO PURSUE A DISABILITY CLAIM……

    THEY ARE ALL PISSING IN THE SAME POT.

    • THE ACADEMY OF ROYAL MEDICAL COLLEGES ARE RELATED TO THE FACULTY FOR OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE.

      THE PRESIDENT OF THE FACULTY FOR OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE USED TO BE BILL GUNNYEON WHO WAS CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR THE DWP

      GUNNYEON REGULARLY GAVE SEMINARS SPONSORED BY THE BRITISH PRIVATE MEDICAL INSURANCE INDUSTRY.

      THE THEME OF ALL THE SEMINARS WAS HOW TO GET THE DISABLED BACK INTO WORK.

      DAME CAROL BLACK, THE INSTIGATOR OF THE FIT NOTE AND UMPTEEN GOVERNMENT REPORTS ON DISABILITY IN THE WORKPLACE, WAS ALWAYS PRESENT.

      THE FACULTY OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE WERE THE BODY THAT RECRUITED AND CERTIFIED “HEALTH PROFESSIONALS”, THE ATOS, CAPITA AND MAXIMUS, UNQUALIFIED NURSES THAT DO WORK CAPABILITY TESTS ON BEHALF OF THE DWP.

      BILL GUNNYEON HAS JUMPED SHIP FROM HIS PRIME POSITION AT THE DWP AND NOW WORKS FOR MAXIMUS.
      GUNNYEON WAS ALSO A FORMER DIRECTOR OF CAPITA.

      ………….AND NOW THE SAME SORDID BUNCH DONT WANT YOU TO HAVE YOUR SPINAL X RAYS BECAUSE THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF DISABILITY CLAIMS ARE MUSCULO SKELETAL LOWER BACK INJURIES…

    • paultheswineherd

      Geoff – Here is the Mirror’s article on this from today, which lists all of the 40 illnesses/diseases/accidental injuries etc – this is just shocking and it certainly smacks of ‘saving money in the NHS’ – not necessarily for the sake of ‘better patient care’!
      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/less-can-more-doctors-name-9115412

  57. ……there was a crooked man

    EX DWP CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICERS LINKS TO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY

    Mansel Aylward
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Professor Sir Mansel Aylward is Director of the Centre for Psychosocial Research, Occupational and Physician Health at Cardiff University School of Medicine.

    He was knighted in the 2010 New Year Honours. He was made a Freeman of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil in 2013. He was born in the Ex-servicemen’s Club in the town in November 1942.[1]

    He is Chair of Public Health Wales.

    From 1996 to April 2005 he was Chief Medical Adviser, Medical Director and Chief Scientist of the UK Department for Work and Pensions and Chief Medical Adviser and Head of Profession at the Veteran’s Agency, Ministry of Defence.[2] He was on the board of the Benefits Agency Medical Service in the 1990s. His wife Angela was then involved in setting up a company called Mediprobe, trading under the name Nationwide Medical Examination Advisory Service Ltd., which arranged for the agency’s doctors to work for insurance companies.[3] He was involved in the establishment of the new Work Capability Assessment test. When he left the department he headed the UnumProvident Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, at Cardiff University,[4] He has been attacked as giving academic credibility to the biopsychosocial model which was said to be the basis of the Cameron government’s disability benefits crackdown.[5]

    He is Chair of the advisory board of HCML a provider of rehabilitation and case management services to insurance companies and the corporate sector.[6]

    SO FAR UP THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY’S ARSE, HE COULD BE A RECTAL WART………

  58. “40 MEDICAL TREATMENTS THAT ARE UNNECESSARY”

    ………..MEDIA FLURRY OVER CONTROVERSIAL CONCERNS ABOUT HEALTHCARE

    AN AMERICAN INVENTION TO PREVENT SPENDING ON THOSE WHO CANNOT AFFORD PRIVATE HEALTHCARE INSURANCE…..

    TYPE IN THE WORDS; CHOOSE WISELY CAMPAIGN
    AND YOU WILL FIND THAT IT IS PART OF A USA BASED STRUCTURE CALLED THE ABIM FOUNDATION…………

    THE ABIM FOUNDATION IS A MONEY MAKING RACKET THAT LETS DOCTORS DO EXAMINATIONS TO BOLSTER THEIR ACCREDITATION AND TITLE SO THEY CAN PURSUE BETTER JOBS USING THE QUALIFICATIONS THEY HAVE GOT.

    AS ALWAYS, THE FOUNDER MEMBERS ARE MAKING A FORTUNE SELLING QUALIFICATIONS…………….

    ………………AND WHAT DOES THIS REALLY MEAN?

    “DON’T SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE UNTIL YOU ARE ON THE VERGE OF DEATH, IT SAVES THE GOVERNMENT MONEY”

  59. “MOD PLAYS IGNORANT ON UK SUPPLIES OF CLUSTER BOMBS TO ARABS”

    Oliver Sprague 8 June 2016
    Delivered

    Dear Ministry of Defence,

    I am requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act.

    I am asking for relevant documents in the form of departmental minutes; submissions; briefing notes; written statements; correspondence electronic or otherwise and / or any other relevant information available on the replacement, destruction or removal of stocks of BL-755 cluster bombs in Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates following the entry into force of the Cluster Munitions Convention 2008. (CMC)

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/available_documentation_relating#incoming-885442

    You wrote to me on 5th July stating that you required an additional 20 working days to further determine public interest balance test on my request. You then wrote again on 3rd of August outlining a further delay whilst more consideration was given, but stated in that letter that you would inform me of progress by the end of August 2016. I received no update from you and wrote on 19th September to request an update. I’ve now waited a further month for any further response from you. Whilst I do not wish to place additional burdens on your department, I would hope that a decision on my request could be forthcoming as soon as possible, as it is already long overdue.

    ………..DON’T WANT TO UPSET OUR ARAB FRIENDS

  60. “MOD RELUCTANT TO RELEASE ANY INFORMATION ON HYDROGEN BOMB TESTS ON EASTER ISLAND IN 1958”

    British Nuclear Tests – Christmas Island

    Dave Whyte made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence

    Response to this request is delayed. By law, Ministry of Defence should normally have responded promptly and by 14 October 2016 (details)
    Dave Whyte 17 September 2016
    Delivered

    Dear Ministry of Defence.

    In 1958 during the series of Hydrogen, and Atomic bomb tests at Christmas Island, I was ordered to drive a ‘Road Roller’, on presumption that this was to make the road ready for surfacing with tarmacadam, to the Southern end of the Island where the Hydrogen bomb Ground Zero was situated.

    Can you please supply me with the following information.
    1. How many days did I travel this route (It was in excess of One week)?
    2. What information was obtained from the concealed instruments?
    3. Why was I, a non-plant operator, chosen to drive the Road Roller?

    Yours faithfully,

    David Whyte

    ………ABOUT AS LOW AS THE DWP

    HOW MANY VETERANS HAVE NOW DIED OF CANCER RELATED AILMENTS CONNECTED TO THESE TESTS?

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/british_nuclear_tests_christmas#incoming-883295

  61. “THE ELECTORAL STANDARDS COMMITTEE”

    ……………….BENT AS A NINE BOB NOTE

    What is the Electoral Commission doing about it?
    The stories you need to read, in one handy email
    Read more

    The body responsible for the way elections are conducted took the Conservative party to court to obtain documentation the party had failed to provide, so it could carry out an investigation. However, earlier this month the commission withdrew their action against the party, stating that:

    “The Electoral Commission has today (15 July) announced that as part of its investigation into the Conservative and Unionist party campaign spending returns it launched on 18 February 2016, it has withdrawn its application to the high court for an information and document disclosure order. This means that there will be no hearing regarding the order. The commission has made this decision because since issuing its application to the high court on 12 May, it has received sufficient material from the party to proceed with its investigation.”

    ……….EVEN THE OLD BILL ARE QUAKING IN THEIR BOOTS AS THE MASONS APPLY EXTERNAL PRESSURE TO THE SECRET HANDSHAKE BRIGADE, AN EXTENSION OF THE UK JUDICIARY……….

  62. “RICHARD HORTON OF THE LANCET HELPS DWP EXTERMINATE DISABLED BY PRINTING FALSE PACE RESULTS”

    ……..LORD FRAUD NEEDED SOMEONE ON THE INSIDE TO PRINT BULLSHIT.

    RICHARD HORTON OBLIGED………

    “The Lancet has not explained how this piece of nonsense could possibly pass peer review. It has not even acknowledged that it published a paper with outcome thresholds lower than entry criteria, so that you could be simultaneously “within normal range”–one of the study’s measures for improvement–and disabled enough to qualify the study. That is not hidden or tucked away! It right there in the study. It should have been noticed by anyone who read the study carefully. For a paper to include this analysis is absurd. For a journal to publish it and then not acknowledge such a fundamental flaw after it has been pointed out repeatedly, including in correspondence in the journal itself, is also absurd”.

    ……………….IT’ ALL IN THE MIND HORTON, AND IN YOUR HIDDEN BANK ACCOUNTS, PROBABLY……………

    • ………….BUT HORTON IS NOT REALLY BOTHERED BECAUSE THE DWP AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER WILL DO THEIR UTMOST TO COVER UP THE CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE DISABLED IN AN EFFORT TO HAND THE WELFARE STATE TO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS THAT CROSS THEIR PALMS WITH SILVER REGARDLESS OF WHO DIES TO ACHIEVE IT……

  63. JOBS VANISHED ON UJ ?
    where have all the jobs gone on uj…
    there used to be 40 pages for each
    job..now theres a page for many basic
    jobs like cleaner,etc..is it something to
    do with the ddos attack on october 21 ?
    cos it has only been like that for the last
    four days..?

  64. paultheswineherd

    Channel 4 News at 7PM this evening.
    A report on the ‘fine’ handed to the Labour Party by the Electoral Commission over the Ed Miliband ‘Ed-Stone’ (and others) – Election Expenses ‘not declared’ in 2015.
    Re the Tory 2015 ‘non-declared’ 2015 Election Expenses it was reported that the Electoral Commission “refused to say when it’s findings will be delivered”

    • paultheswineherd

      The Country and it’s population (especially the poor) is still suffering under continuing Tory austerity – but there will be plenty of money available to do the expansion of Heathrow Airport! What a farce!

      • …………PRITI PATHETIC has been given the nod to cream off our overseas aid budget Paul, i think we give about £4 BILLION….
        The new london bridge with the flower beds will probably get the nod as well…………….but child poverty in the uk is on the up and up.

        Shouldn’t be too long until a Tory think tank (cess pit), formulates policy on limiting child numbers.

        The tossers have already tinkered with child benefits.

        ……….meanwhile, Labour druggy and rent boy user, KEITH VAZ has got on the commons justice committee, unopposed.

        no wonder all kiddy fiddling inquiries reach an abrupt end with pervs like him protecting the powdered wig brigade and bent coppers.

        VAZ shouldnt be anywhere near justice but he probably holds some sordid secrets over the secret handshakers and Westminster sex offenders.

        • paultheswineherd

          Geoff – Yes, you are indeed right in what you say – the whole of the ‘Establishment’ seems to be totally corrupt and twisted to the very core.
          For years, our ‘Government’s’ condemned such countries as Italy & Zimbabwe as being corrupt – what a cheek!
          Meanwhile, here is the Priti Awful Patel article (it seems that it’s £12Bn per Annum) (the exact same figure that they wanted to trim off of the ‘welfare budget’ I seem to remember!)
          One of the most cruel ministers in May’s government, it’s just like putting a psychopath in charge of a much used British foodbank!
          http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/oct/25/priti-patel-warns-aid-organisations-must-provide-value-for-money-or-face-cuts-development-secretary-post-brexit

          • paultheswineherd

            And then, on top of (his pig!) and every (Brexit) thing else – it is being reported this evening on Sky papers review that Cameron is soon going to write his Autobiography – that should make good reading for a lot of the pundits and the newspaper hacks – it’ll also add a whole new tranche of cash for him to put into one of his very own offshore bank accounts.
            One of Britain’s biggest millionairres will soon be adding some more ££’s!

  65. I, Daniel Blake

    I, Daniel Blake – Extended Trailer

    • This film only preaches to the already converted and the converted probably cannot afford to go and see it.
      I can only imagine that some sadistic colonial retard that resides somewhere at Westminster would see this film as a “joy to watch”, for whatever perversions they may have with the “cattle”.
      I did notice from the trailer that the Agenda 21-30 is already in place by displacing “The Family”, separating children from extended family and moving people far away from family and friends.
      I thought the NWO was a myth, watching this, apparently not.

  66. As long as they keep kids out of it, they should allow adults do what they want

  67. “MURDERING CLAIMANTS IS DUNCAN SMITH’S HOBBY”

    Why are up to 28,960 people were left without funds

    often for periods of between 6 and 8 weeks,”

    with no access to Hardship Payments?

    How long will it be before someone dies whilst waiting for a

    Mandatory Reconsideration?

    Mandatory Reconsideration(MR) is the first stage in appealing a WCA (Medical examination) which you must pass if you are going to be eligible for (Employment and Support Allowance) sickness benefit .

    You cannot proceed with an appeal until this stage is completed!

    Published in December 2014, Citizens Advice stated they saw

    “8,530 people about mandatory reconsideration from Jan – June 2014.

    2,740 (32%) of these people also reported being left without funds due to their reconsideration.

    If we were to extrapolate this to the 90,500 Mandatory Reconsideration requests over the same time period this would suggest that:

    Up to 28,960 people were left without funds

    often for periods of between 6 and 8 weeks “

    If you have been found fit for work at the Work Capability Assessment

    (Medical examination)

    You can:

    Request a Mandatory Reconsideration

    (contest the claim that you are fit for work.)

    and

    Go to Jobcentre Plus to sign on and state you have applied for a Mandatory Reconsideration

    You could restrict your hours and the type of work you could do and hope that you will not be sanctioned if you are too sick to find work

    BUT

    Confusion amongst Jobcentre Plus staff means:

    You may not be allowed to sign on to Job Seekers Allowance as they think you are too sick

    or

    You may be redirected to get advice from an Advice Agency

    or

    You may decide to continue with your Mandatory Reconsideration and not sign onto Jobseekers Allowance

    BUT

    As your Employment and Support Allowance (Sickness Benefit) claim has been closed.

    As you have not be able to open a Jobseekers claim

    you do not have an open claim,

    making you ineligible for Hardship Payments

    If you are not claiming benefit, you cannot claim hardship payments!!

    Up to 28,960 people could have been left without any means to feed themselves.

    There is no difference to The Public Purse as both Jobseekers Allowance and Employment Allowance (during the assessment period) are paid at the same rate of £73.10pw!

    How is it OK for this Government to starve its citizens into not being able to exercise their legal right to challenge being found fit for work?

    This must stop today

  68. The connection between the junior doctors’ contract and the American corporate takeover of the NHS

    What is going on right now?

    The latest assault on the NHS involves the imposition of a new contract for junior doctors that will see their salaries slashed by 30% with a requirement for evening and Saturday work.

    The excuse used to justify this change is to provide a seven-day service and improve patient outcomes on weekends.

    The reality is that more qualified staff are being driven out in preparation for the de-skilling that is always part of healthcare privatisation and corporate takeover. For the UK, this is mapped out in the Five Year Forward View by Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England. Stevens used to be an executive of the US based private health care company, UnitedHealth.

    What all junior doctors – and the rest of us – need to know

    Many junior medics – which means all doctors not yet senior enough to work in consultant positions – have been stirred into action, but it is crucial for them to understand the context of their current predicament to mount an effective campaign to protect patients, restore decent treatment of staff and block the completion of the privatisation of the NHS.

    But first, a little history lesson…

    Conversion from the NHS model, a publicly funded, provided and universal system, to a private insurance model has been proposed for decades.

    In 1968 Arthur Seldon, later Margaret Thatcher’s privatisation policy adviser, produced a pamphlet for the Institute of Economic Affairs called After the NHS, explaining the aspiration to “improve the NHS” by abolishing it so as to build profit opportunities insurance industry.

    Further incarnations of this same plan to enable the insurance industry to increase its profits in the UK by destroying the NHS surfaced in the 1980s. This included Health of Nations by the Adam Smith Institute and, in 1988, Britain’s Biggest Enterprise: Ideas for Radical Reform of the NHS, a version articulated by current Conservative Minister of State for Government Policy, Oliver Letwin MP in the NHS privatisation manifesto he wrote with John Redwood MP, published by the Centre for Policy Studies, a Thatcherite think-tank.

    The stealth privatisation of the NHS had quietly begun under the Thatcher administration and has continued unabated ever since. The sole attempt to bring the plan out of the shadows, its presentation to a Conservative cabinet in 1983, was so roundly rejected that the decision was taken to complete the privatisation by covert means, under a series of false narratives to distract the public from what was really going on.

    From outsourcing of non-clinical services, introduction of market bureaucracy, splitting up of the hospital network into independent Trusts and the usurious Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme for creating an opportunity to gouge the public purse through inflating the costs of funding new hospital building.

    PFI started on John Major’s watch and continued under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

    Blair’s New Labour government continued with the privatisation project, while maintaining the deceptions contained within successive pointless top-down reorganisations which actually took the NHS further down the privatisation road, precisely following the steps laid out in the Health of Nations NHS privatisation plan.

    http://koshh.org/the-connection-between-the-junior-doctors-contract-and-the-american-corporate-takeover-of-the-nhs

    • “APOLOGY TO THE DWP BY OBSERVER”

      I would like to publicly apologise to the Department of Work And Pensions for an inaccurate statistic in my Observer article yesterday on the grim reality of the welfare system in what was once ‘Great’ Britain.

      “In my article I stated that 2,400 people had died shortly after their Employment Support Allowance had been severed, having been (clearly wrongly) judged as Fit To Work.

      “The DWP informs me that the correct figure is in fact 2,380.

      “As they are so keen on accuracy, and transparency, I thought I should provide the rest of the stats.

      “Between December 2011 and February 2014, 50,850 people who were claiming ESA, died.

      “Of these, 7,200 had been judged as ‘able to return to work in the future’ and placed in the ‘work group’ category of ESA to undergo regular gruelling testing in order to continue to claim the pithy pittances they needed in order to stay alive. (For avoidance of doubt, humans do generally need food and shelter to survive.) Spoiler alert- THEY DIED.

      “On top of these, 2,380 people who had been stripped of financial support and judged fit to work, subsequently DIED.

      “Seeing the DWP are so very keen on accuracy that they send bollocking letters to my editor, I expect they will be now opening the case files of the 9,580 people in a 2 year period who DIED having been judged as ‘fit to work’ or ‘fit to work in the future’. God forbid I make 20 mistakes in the face of your 9,580.”

      You can read the Observer article here. The relevant passage states: “Comply or starve. Comply and die, such were the cases, over a two-year period, of 2,400 people who died after their claim for employment and support allowance ended because they were declared ‘fit to work’ by DWP. I wrote in 2013 that my three-year-old could pass an Atos assessment. It doesn’t mean I should have sent him to stack shelves in a supermarket.”

      The mention of “2,400 people” is quite clearly a rounding-up because, if you click on the link that has been inserted on that very number, you can visit the original Guardian article quoting the DWP’s response to a Freedom of Information request for the exact number of deaths.

  69. “ANOTHER SUICIDE IN THE MAKING”

    ………..TAKEN FROM MIKE SIVIERS BLOG

    I moved from Lancashire to Norfolk in June to be closer to family for support, I’m closer to suicide now more than ever, has anyone had to transfer from. ESA to UC? Nightmare!! Iv been told ( by the most ignorant up her own arse ) work coach that what happened in Lancashire stays in Lancashire, I now have to go through their process to attain whether I’m fit for work r not, ignore my medical records that the new doctor has said on a fit note that I’m unfit for work, I still have to go to the jobcenter ever 2 weeks to look for work until I’m deemed unfit by them, 4 months later I’m still not been accesses by them, I’m disabled I have DLA a blue badge, fit notes off my doctor but according to them none of it counts until Iv been accessed ,, really am losing the will to live here,they make is so frustrating and demoralising for the genuine claimant,

  70. paultheswineherd

    (Off-Topic, but no, I am not making this up!)
    “Michael Gove is back! Tory backstabber wins plum seat on Westminster’s new Brexit Committee”
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/michael-gove-back-tory-backstabber-9131443

  71. “MOVING THE GOALPOSTS”

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Could you please verify the fact that a woman born in the 50’s who then married in
    the 70’s had the option of paying the reduced married rate of NI or could opt for
    continuing to pay the standard rate enabling her to claim her pension in her own right
    at the age of 60 instead of waiting for her husband to reach pension age.

    Yours faithfully,

    Trudy Baddams

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/please_clarify_womens_national_i#incoming-887548

    • “THE COST OF WRITING FAKE MEDICAL REPORTS”

      Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
      With so many ESA claims failing and ending up in court to appeal, how much is this action costing the taxpayer? the judge, the venue, the solicitors, the doctors, the staff etc., ?

      Yours faithfully,

      Trudy Baddams

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/how_much_does_it_cost_2#incoming-887549

      • ………….THE DWP CLAIM THIS INFORMATION IS SECRET……….

        THEY WOULD DO, CONSIDERING THE THOUSANDS WHO HAVE ALREADY DIED WHILST THE POLICE LOOK AWAY……….

        UN investigation into abuses of human rights of the disabled through government “welfare reforms”

        Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

        Re: UN investigation into the abuse of the human rights of the disabled / and deaths, caused by the UK government’s “welfare reforms”.

        Please provide a copy of the UN’s report.

        Thank you.

        Yours faithfully,

        P. Smith

        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/un_investigation_into_abuses_of#incoming-887541

        …………..THE DWP ARE CLAIMING THAT THE INFORMATION THEY HOLD IS NOT IN THE PUBLICS INTEREST?

        ………..WHAT IS THE HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION FOR?

        PROTECTING THE BASIC FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF HUMAN BEINGS OR GIVING THE DWP AN ALIBI TO CARRY ON KILLING?

        • “THE MURDERERS RESPONSE”

          The scope, nature and process of UN inquiries are confidential. This includes any
          documentation that the UK Government may or may not have received. The information
          requested is not available, under the Freedom of Information Act as Exemption 27 – which
          sets out that information is exempt if its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice
          relations between the United Kingdom and any other state or any international organisation or
          court.
          If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
          above.

          Yours sincerely,

          DWP Strategy FoI Team

          (ROUGHLY TRANSLATED……….WE DONT’T GIVE TWO FUCKS ABOUT ANY ESTABLISHED LAWS BECAUSE WE CAN DO AS WE FUCKING LIKE AND HAVE THE JUDICIARY AND POLICE IN OUR POCKETS)

  72. “DWP REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH COURT OF APPEAL DECISION TO NAME THE SLAVE TRADE FREELADERS OF WORKFARE”

    ………………THE DWP ARE ABOVE THE LAW, THE VICTIMS UNDER THE SOIL OR IN AN URN……….

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    The Department was recently ordered to release all the names of Mandatory Work Activity providers by the Court of Appeal:
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/3

    I am seeking information on the National Trust’s involvement in all DWP schemes which the Master of the Rolls Lord Justice Lloyd Jones pointed out are ‘collectively referred to as “workfare”.’
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/

    1. Please disclose the name of each workfare scheme in which the National Trust participated.

    2. Please disclose the number of individuals who have participated in each scheme.

    3. Please disclose whether each scheme is still operating or not.

    Link to previous rejected request:

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t

    Yours faithfully,

    D Moore

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/the_national_trusts_role_in_forc_2#incoming-887199

  73. ESA Claimants: A New Trick From The DWP.

    If you have worsened after failing an ESA test and claim ESA again, they can now make a new ‘assessment’ just a couple of days after your phone claim, without waiting for your new evidence.

    They say they can ‘assess’ you on the basis of the previous evidence. They say that this counts as a new full Work Capability Assessment. Unfortunately, a judge has recently decided that they can do it, oh dear.

    read more.

    https://samedifference1.com/2016/10/27/esa-claimants-a-new-trick-from-the-dwp/

  74. Not yet Daniel Blake?

    1. Give to a “clothes bank”

    Donating to food banks (including giving sanitary towels) is a simple way of helping people struggling through benefit cuts, but it’s worth searching your local area to see if you have a “clothes bank” near you too. Bedding, old school uniforms and warm clothes are always needed.

    4. Become an appeal advocate

    When people are rejected for benefits, an appeal is their only hope. But, with welfare advice centres cut and Citizens Advice under huge pressure, many have no one to support them at what’s an exhausting time. If you have legal knowledge or can simply help at filling out forms, search online to see if there are any groups in your area you can volunteer with (or start your own).

    https://samedifference1.com/2016/10/26/you-might-not-be-daniel-blake-but-heres-how-you-can-help-him/

  75. paultheswineherd

    Foodbanks and Sanctions etc – Oxford University study report (2012-2015)
    http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2016-10-27-strong-link-between-increased-benefit-sanctions-and-higher-foodbank-use

  76. paultheswineherd

    Foodbanks and Sanctions – The Guardian’s article regarding this study:
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/27/benefit-sanctions-food-banks-oxford-university-study

  77. “CORONER PETER BEDFORD”
    BERKSHIRES DWP DISABILITY DEATH DENIAL SPECIALIST

    Entrance to DWP’s Caxton House HQ
    ‘Grave concern’ over coroner’s refusal to hold inquest into Maximus WRAG death
    0
    By John Pring on October 27, 2016 Benefits and Poverty

    A coroner has refused to hold an inquest into the death of a disabled man who had a fatal heart attack an hour after being told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was threatening to stop his benefits.

    Alan McArdle, who had previously been homeless but was living in council accommodation in Slough, Berkshire, told the friend who had read the DWP letter to him: “They’ve sanctioned my money,” before he collapsed.

    The discredited government contractor Maximus had reported him to DWP for failing to attend appointments intended to move him towards work, as part of the Work Programme, despite being told about his severe ill-health.

    Despite his deteriorating health – he had alcoholism, a serious heart condition and diabetes – he had been placed in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance (ESA), designed for those found “fit” enough to carry out some work-related activity, but not yet well enough for a job.

    McArdle had attended the first couple of Work Programme appointments in the Maximus offices with the support of a local charity, but his health and mobility had continued to deteriorate.

    The impact of the diabetes meant he had no feeling in his arms and legs, and could hardly move.

    After a fall, he had to be admitted to hospital, and asked a manager at the charity to explain to Maximus why he had not been in touch.

    But when she called Maximus, she was told: “He hasn’t come in, so we will get him sanctioned.”

    He had just come out of hospital when the letter from DWP arrived on 29 August last year.

    McArdle was with a carer, who read the letter to him. It is believed the letter stated that he needed to provide evidence to DWP to prevent his benefits being sanctioned.

    When it was read to him, he apparently went “a deathly grey colour”, complained about pains, and collapsed. Within an hour, he was dead.

    WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND……..

    • “TWO EMINENT EXPERTS ON SUICIDE REFUSE TO SPEAK ON WCA ASSESSMENTS ON WHICH THEY HELPED TO CREATE”

      ………………………IGNORANCE IS BLISS

      The previous version of the guidance was written by DWP with “external input” from Professor Peter White, a consultant psychiatrist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, and Professor Keith Hawton, director of the University of Oxford’s Centre for Suicide Research.

      ……………………….HELPING THE DWP TO TAKE MORE LIVES…

      • “DWP TO EMPLOY 86 NEW ROACHES TO SCUPPER TRIBUNAL WINS”

        ……….NO LEGAL AID FOR CLAIMANTS WHICH IS A BREACH OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN ITSELF….

        86 new presenting officers are being recruited around the country to help the DWP try to reduce claimants’ success rates at PIP and ESA appeals.

        But perhaps even worse than that, they are also going to be identifying cases which can be appealed to the upper tribunal.

        This means that, for many hundreds of claimants, the months of stress will not end when they win their appeal. Instead they will then have to face the misery of more months of uncertainty whilst they wait for an appeal to the upper tribunal to be heard.

        If the DWP’s further appeal is upheld then, at the very least, that will mean a return to another first-tier tribunal to try to argue their case again. In some cases, they won’t even be given the chance to do that.

        We know that every presenting officer will have to meet key performance indicators. One of these is likely to be a minimum number of cases that they recommend should be taken to the upper tribunal.

        If every presenting officer averages just one further appeal a month, this will still add up to over 1,000 PIP and ESA claimants a year affected.

        http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/3567-26-october-2016-update?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Benefits+and+Work&utm_content=v1+26+October+2016+newsletter

        ……………SHOULD SPIKE THE DWP CLAIMANT DEATH TALLY

  78. “USE OF FOOD BANKS AND BENEFIT SANCTIONS RELATED”

    ……….SKY NEWS SHAMES THE BBC

    • Benefit sanctions, whereby social security claimants have their payments stopped for at least a month as a punishment for supposedly breaching strict jobcentre rules, are a key driver of hunger and food bank use, according to a study carried out by Oxford University academics.

      The study, which mapped official sanctions data against food bank referral figures, concluded that a “robust link” existed between increases in the number of benefit sanctions handed out and rising numbers of adults receiving food parcels.

      Ministers have persistently refused to accept that welfare reforms are connected to the explosion in food bank use in recent years, despite a number of studies that link sanctions and benefit processing delays to financial crises which leave individuals and families reliant on food parcels.

      But the Oxford study found that every three-month increase of 10 sanctions per 100,000 of the population over a four-year period was associated with around five more instances of adults being referred for charity food parcels, suggesting a “strong, dynamic relationship” between the two.

      “These findings show clear evidence of sanctions being linked to economic hardship and hunger, as we see a close relationship between sanctioning rates and rates of food bank usage across local authorities in the UK,” said the study’s lead author, Rachel Loopstra.

      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/27/benefit-sanctions-food-banks-oxford-university-study?CMP=share_btn_fb

      • A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “The reasons for food bank use are complex, and it is misleading to link them to any one issue.

        ………..as he collected his star for achieving the highest number of sanctions within his fellow staff

  79. “FIT FOR WORK, I THINK NOT”

    John’s world was torn apart on a Monday morning three weeks ago. First came a text message that read: “We will ring you within 2-3 hours to discuss the outcome of your work capability assessment.” Then the phone went. A “decision maker” at the Department for Work and Pensions told John he’d been judged fit for work – despite his extreme pain, despite all his doctors had said. One of the benefits he needed to live on – employment and support allowance – would stop immediately.
    Maximus fit-for-work tests fail mental health patients, says doctor
    Read more

    You may have seen the new film I, Daniel Blake; John is living it. Just like Ken Loach’s character, he’s in his late 50s. He too is in no condition to hold down a full-time job, yet has been told by his own government that he must find work. His story tells you that the nightmare depicted by Loach and the scriptwriter Paul Laverty is neither fictional nor historical – but is being visited right now on our friends, our neighbours and us.

    Just like Daniel Blake, John is slowly being crushed between the twin forces of a lumbering, unsympathetic, tick-box, brown-envelope bureaucracy, and a Tory government hellbent on slashing social security. The result is that a disabled man is today being forced to look for jobs that he can’t possibly do, purely to get benefits that won’t even keep a roof above his head.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/26/fit-for-work-disability-cuts-bureaucracy-daniel-blake?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

    • I Daniel Blake is definitely just “… a fictional film”. The director of the award-winning masterpiece was clearly reminded by the (V.Nasty) Tory party representative on #BBCQT last night To His Face!

      In iDB, ex-DWP Minister of Doom IDS is very briefly but very clearly condemned for his part in making the above ‘story’ reality for people up & down the country. Daniel is one of them; Katie & her children are others. Anyone who has had reason to make a claim in recent times or knows someone who has had to, knows this. It is out there – Writ Large & now can’t be ‘unseen’ so the facts has to recast as allegory or just ‘great drama’.

      An admission on the BBC that this film is social realism from a master craftsman, telling the story of another master crafts/every/man would be an admission of guilt. So instead there will be hand-wringing &:attempts to heap accolades on the hard-working volunteers working in foodbanks everywhere …

      “I am not a dog. I am a citizen; nothing more, nothing less. Thank You”

      • Oh – yes, it was the business secretary so he can clearly differentiate between fict & faction. Ken can retire now & not worry any further.

      • Too right shirleynott, Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake is right up there with Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott in terms of science-fiction masterpieces. I, Daniel Blake aka 2016: A DWP Odyssey.

        • Spoiler Alert!

          The best part is when an alien jumps out of Daniel Blake’s chest during his ESA assessment! Jesus Christ! The audience were lead to believe that Daniel was having heart problems when in actual fact he had been infected by alien lifeforms on his recent trip to planet Prometheus.

          • When Daniel opens the brown envelope & slime oozes out … oh no, wait …

            The ever-present, unearthly, ethereal sound that is Vivaldi’s Four Seasons -constantly playing in the background to show that we are not in Newcastle any more …

          • Wonder why the London council didn’t send Katie and here kids to one of the Moons of Jupiter. Europa would have been ideal! No chance of damp out there in among those radioactive fields and seas of liquid methane . Newcastle does seems a strange choice.

        • Are your Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley?

  80. Ken Loach On BBC Question Time Accuses Tory Government Of ‘Conscious Cruelty’ Over Benefits Sanctions.

    With Government minister Greg Clark on the panel, he said:

    “People are living in fear, and it’s an absolutely intolerable way to live. There’s a conscious cruelty to the way the benefits system is being imposed. The Tory Government knows exactly what it is doing.”

    “We know that the Government knows it’s wrong because if you appeal against the assessment you will almost certainly win. They know they are teasing people in a very cruel way.

    “When you’re sanctioned your life is forced into chaos and people are going to food banks – there was 1.1 million people getting food parcels. People who would starve otherwise.”

    He concluded:

    “How can we live in a society where hunger is used as a weapon?”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/question-time-ken-loach-accuses-government-conscious-cruelty-benefits-sanctions_uk_581275f3e4b0672ea6885246

  81. Tory who says that the homeless should be ‘grabbed by the scruff of the neck’ and ‘eliminated’

    http://evolvepolitics.com/tory-councillor-says-that-the-homeless-should-be-grabbed-by-the-scruff-of-the-neck/

  82. paultheswineherd

    I did not see this last night – but:
    Ken Loach has told the truth – the Tory M.P.’s face on the panel really tells it all. Dimbleby’s face is also a picture – “Why the fuck did my Employers (the BBC) let him on here!”
    “I – Dimbleby – as a genuine and true staunch Tory supporter, totally repudiates and is in total disagreeance to what Ken Loach has said”
    KEN LOACH HAS TOLD THE TRUTH (BUT THE TORIES WILL NOT ACCEPT IT – THE FUCKING BASTARDS)
    (Please – if you can – spread this one as far and wide as possible – by social media to the rest of Britain (and other European countries also!)
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ken-loach-attacks-tories-putting-corporations-before-poor-how-about-economy-people-who-zero-hours-a7384471.html

    • Jeez, not another Ken Loach rant about “women-only railway carriages”. I, Daniella Blake and Women-Only Railway Carriages – what a load of shite that movie was!

      • SPOILER ALERT!!

        Still it was quite sad at the end when Daniella Blake lost her fight for “women-only railway carriages”. The scene at the end as we watched her stepping into a railway carriage alongside men had the cinema in tears. I, Daniella Blake – My Fight and the Struggle for Women-Only Railway Carriages, one of Loach’s finest!

    • “TAKE THE BASTARDS ON”

      11 hours ago
      DeanStockton

      The family should appeal and ask for the attendance of the HP who did the assessment and the decision maker plus anyone the decision maker asked to verify the report. They should ask question like, ” What are your qualifications? If the claim DISABILITY ANALYST then counter with “what medical body recognises DISABILITY ANALYST as a recognised qualification? Even if they email the assessment company and DWP requesting they attend they won’t turn up so ask for the report to be thrown out, they probably won’t so go to work on the medical person on the panel. All they can give is the same as the HP, OPINION, the clincher maybe the following question ” Tell me on the report what is opinion and what is FACT in the report.” HP’s are known for taking parts of replies and putting that as the answer to questions DECISION MAKERS are know to take what is in the report as FACT

  83. Thank you, Johnny. I reblogged your post here to the adult-fanfiction.org community.

  84. “HOW THE DWP MANIPULATED THE MEDIA TO HIDE CLAIMANT DEATHS”

    .
    The DWP has been forced to reveal how it manipulated the media to silence criticism of welfare cuts

    The DWP has been forced to reveal how it manipulated the media to silence criticism of welfare cuts
    UK

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to release internal reports detailing the way it manipulated media reporting of benefits cuts, following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.

    The Disability News Service (DNS) first put in a request to see the department’s media evaluation reports – which are produced monthly by the DWP’s communications team to keep an eye on how it manages its press and social media coverage – more than a year ago. The DWP refused to release them, claiming they were “commercially sensitive”. But after The DNS complained to the Information Commissioner, the DWP has made them available.

    Jonathan Pring from The DNS has seen the documents – and their revelations are extraordinary.
    Quashing negative media

    The reports reveal how the DWP’s press office worked well to quash any negative media about it. For instance, in one month of 2014 alone, DWP press officers managed to kill 44 stories.

    It also quashed interest in a work and pensions committee report on benefit claimant deaths, which have caused widespread concern, and on whether sanctions were being applied fairly. The summary of the report stated:

    The Committee reiterates this recommendation, originally made in January 2014 but rejected by the Government, in the light of new evidence which raises concerns about the approach being adopted in a number of individual Jobcentres, and more broadly, including concerns about whether targets for sanctions exist.

    READ MORE

    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/10/28/dwp-forced-reveal-manipulated-media-silence-criticism-welfare-cuts/

  85. “DWP, THE MINISTRY OF DISINFORMATION AND DEATH”

    Containing the story

    Readers may remember the controversy that hit the DWP in August 2015. The department came under attack for using fake statements in its promotional leaflets on state benefits.

    After being asked if the statements were from actual benefit claimants through an FOI request, the department took down the original leaflet. It then issued a similar leaflet with silhouettes instead of pictures and added a note stating: “The people in this factsheet aren’t real. We’ve used these stories to show how sanctions can work in practice.”

    …………….LYING COMES EASY TO THESE SCUMSUCKERS

  86. “THE TORY FINAL SOLUTION”

    …………NOT SO FAR FROM THEIR MASTER PLAN ON EUGENICS/ETHNIC CLEANSING

    David Heseltine, a Conservative Party Councillor in Bradford, has caused outrage during a meeting of the Council’s regeneration overview and scrutiny committee by stating that:

    The tramps and drunks sleeping in doorways. What we need to do is get them by the scruff of the neck and deal with them. People have said they’d go into Bradford if they were eliminated.

    • ……………..shouldn’t be too long before shower facilities are offered within job centres.
      The chimneys will burn through the night. Not a bird in sight………..

      ………….almost there

      Lily Allen was right when she broached on the taboo subject of what went on in Germany, the propaganda, divide and rule and the ignorance of it’s people to what was happening…………

      “They chose to look away because they never thought the horrors would surface”

      ……….just following orders

  87. “DO THESE LABOUR POLITICIANS REALLY REFLECT YOUR VIEWS ON THE INHUMANE BOMBING OF THE YEMEN”

    ………..I THINK NOT……..

    Yesterday 129 Labour MPs voted to stop support for Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen. The vote was defeated by a majority of 90.

    The motion called for support to be withdrawn from the Saudi government until a United Nations investigation could determine whether the Saudi bombing campaign had breached international law. The motion did not explicitly include a suspension of UK arms sales.

    Over 100 Labour MPs did not vote on the motion. If all of them had voted to support it, the government would have been defeated.

    The following list are the Labour MPs who abstained or were not present for the vote yesterday.

    Adrian Bailey
    Andy Burnham
    Angela Eagle
    Angela Smith
    Ann Clwyd
    Ann Coffey
    Anna Turley
    Barry Sheerman
    Ben Bradshaw
    Bridgit Phillipson
    Caroline Flint
    Catherine McKinnell
    Chris Bryant
    Chris Elmore (Teller)
    Chris Evans
    Chris Leslie
    Clive Lewis (ill)
    Connor McGinn
    Dan Jarvis
    David Crausby
    David Lammy
    Diana Johnson
    Fiona MacTaggart
    Frank Field
    Gareth Thomas
    Gavin Shuker
    Geoffrey Robinson
    George Howarth
    Gerald Kaufman
    Gill Furniss
    Gisela Stuart
    Gloria De Piero
    Graeme Jones
    Graham Allen
    Graham Stringer
    Heidi Alexander
    Helen Jones
    Ian Austin
    Ian Murray
    Ivan Lewis
    Jamie Reed
    Jim Fitzpatrick
    Joan Ryan
    John Mann
    John Spellar

    John Woodcock
    Judith Cummins (Teller)
    Julie Elliott
    Kate Hoey
    Keith Vaz
    Kevan Jones
    Kevin Barron
    Liz Kendall
    Luciana Berger
    Lucy Powell
    Madeleine Moon
    Margaret Beckett
    Margaret Hodge
    Maria Eagle
    Mark Hendrick
    Mary Creagh
    Meg Hillier (Paired)
    Melanie Onn
    Michael Dugher
    Mike Gapes
    Natascha Engel
    Neil Coyle
    Nia Griffith
    Pat McFadden
    Paul Flynn
    Peter Kyle
    Phil Wilson
    Rachel Reeves
    Rob Flello
    Rob Marris
    Roberta Blackman-Woods
    Rosie Cooper
    Rushanara Ali
    Ruth Smeeth
    Shabana Mahmood
    Siobhain McDonagh
    Stephen Kinnock
    Susan Jones
    Toby Perkins
    Tom Blenkinsopp
    Tom Watson
    Tracy Brabin
    Tristram Hunt
    Vernon Coaker
    Wayne David
    Wes Streeting
    Yasmin Qureshi
    Yvonne Fovargue

    “WHO DO THEY REPRESENT?”

  88. “THE ZANI DOCTRINES ARE WORKING”

    A disabled woman has told how she was called a “scrounger” and told to “fuck off” as she was subjected to a foul-mouthed tirade on a train when she asked a young couple to give up their seats.

    Paula Peters, 45, from Bromley, said she was hit with the abuse after she approached a man and a woman in seats marked for wheelchair users.

    She said the pair mocked her when she told them she needed to sit down as she suffered from “chronic pain” before a woman told her “fuck off, you’re a scrounger”.

    Ms Peters added her disability was also questioned even though she uses a walker to aid her balance and that no passengers intervened in the row on her behalf.

    ……………………make mine a front seat at Dunko the Clown’s Nuremberg moment..

  89. “WELL DONE KEN LOACH FOR POKING A STICK IN THE HORNET’S NEST THAT IS A CANCER THAT FEEDS ON GRIEF”

    …………This mornings announcement on the Uk governments prime propaganda channel, the inglorious BBC, was no accident……

    Hiding behind the disability parasite charity, SCOPE, it was revealed that the government are going to change the way it handles work capability assessments with a more work targeted approach.

    This is the same bunch of out and out liars that declared that the chronically sick would no longer be picked on to undergo PIP tests but forgot to mention it was business as usual for all other forms of their inhuman projects such as ESA.

    I have not seen Ken’s magnificent film, I, DANIEL BLAKE, but i and many thousands more are living it.

    Being certified as disabled for life by real doctors and then having it all stolen by a faked medical report is the basis of countless deaths.
    Faking medical reports does not make your disability go away and neither does it put you towards finding a job.

    An injured animal would be left to die and this is the philosophy they pursue.

    Living on £33 per week for the last four years has taken it’s toll but it has hardened my aims of bringing the culprits to the dock a lot stronger…

    I worked until an accident at work took away my independence and then i was branded a scrounger and a liar in order for the corrupt state to take away the meagre pittance that helped me to overcome my insurmountable difficulties in everyday living.

    It is sure easy to criticise but a huge mountain to overcome.

    Disability has been branded a way of life by those who are ignorant enough not to have had one.

    For all the politicians and the media outlets who criticise Ken;s film as being pure fiction…………please get in touch and i will show you the DWP own doctors reports, my doctors reports and the ATOS nurse report.

    The government have to carry on the pretence of being concerned because so many lives have been taken in vain by the acts of a failed banker, LORD DAVID FREUD, to asset strip the welfare budget to make it more affordable to sell to his colleagues in the private health insurance business.

    When the BBC use the term targeting it takes me back to a dark time in history that we are fast approaching.

    My penalty for being disabled is to starve me in order that i take my own life as an act of complete desperation.

    …………..the world has not yet seen, I, DANIEL BLAKE, but our government are complicit in a Eugenics scheme that mirrors the act of vertical moustached psychopath and a team of insane general and doctors…..

    I am living evidence of the hatred bestowed on the disabled. There is no fiction, this is the truth.

  90. Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary, is poised to launch of a consultation on reform of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) test on Monday. It comes after Mr Green annouced, earlier this month, that chronically sick claimants will no longer be required to prove they are stil ill every six months.

    The controversial testing process has come under intense criticisms for failing some of the most vulnerable people in society in recent years. But Mr Green is expected to say he wants his department to provide a more “targeted and personalised support” for people with disabilities while they look for employment.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-set-to-overhaul-work-capability-assessments-for-people-with-disabilities-damian-green-a7386481.html

    Meanwhlle

    More jobcentre recordings: We can’t help disabled claimants at this jobcentre. You’ll have to go elsewhere.

    http://www.katebelgrave.com/2015/10/more-jobcentre-recordings-we-cant-help-disabled-claimants-at-this-jobcentre-youll-have-to-go-elsewhere/

  91. “As a jobcentre adviser, I got ‘brownie points’ for cruelty”

    Former jobcentre adviser Angela Neville has written a play to expose the harsh reality of the benefits sanctions regime.

    Angela Neville, 48, is describing events she witnessed as a special adviser in a jobcentre that prompted her to write a play about her experiences.

    “We were given lists of customers to call immediately and get them on to the Work Programme,” she recalls. “I said, ‘I’m sorry this can’t happen, this man is in hospital.’ I was told [by my boss]: ‘No, you’ve got to phone him and you’ve got to put this to him and he may be sanctioned.’ I said I’m not doing it.”

    Neville worked as an adviser in Braintree jobcentre, Essex, for four years and has written a play with two collaborators, her friends Angela Howard and Jackie Howard, both of whom have helped advocate for unemployed people who were threatened with benefit sanctions by jobcentre staff.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/jobcentre-adviser-play-benefit-sanctions-angela-neville

    Show and Tell Theatre Company: Can This Be England?

    The Production

    http://www.beechleaf.net/show_tell/production.html

    • ………….some posts in support of the DWP’S new targeted approach

      Denise Maguire
      Denise Maguire Media of course fails to mention that the Access to Work scheme which provided support/all kinds of equipment has been reduced to a point whereby it’s virtually useless!
      In addition to which retrain/educate? The Disabled Student Allowance has also been so revamped that it’s very ad hoc. Especially when educators now have a duty to provide support on their reduced budgets.
      This Government are a f@ disgrace 😡😡😡😡

      Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights
      Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights access to work is virtually none existant, new health and work programme coming soon

      Francis Cotton
      Francis Cotton I had the pleasure of working in the Remploy factory at Springburn on a placement a few years ago. It was a great environment for people with disabilities to earn a crust and gain skills. I was due to do a paid placement after that with a view to getti…See more

      Bernie Daly
      Bernie Daly Another way to punish and control. If I was in prison in think I might be treated with more respect. We are under constant scrutiny as if we are all in some way lying or putting it on. It’s the politicians we should be scrutinising, how about we examine them in the same manner and perhaps withdraw some of their benefits.

      Steve McCue
      Steve McCue So it’s not about meeting needs it’s about driving, forcing, people into work. Great aim but the government are using a chair and whip approach and providing no real support to enable disabled people to work if they are able to. Might as well be on one of those old roman galleys

      Ming Kerr
      Ming Kerr Again. The government and media are STILL pushing the “scroungers and malingerers” rhetoric by refusing to unlink “WORK” from severe illness and disability!!!

      The whole international law based ethos of disability and sickness payments is that it is in…See more
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      Paul Barney Barnard
      Paul Barney Barnard More tory spin.
      People forget that the GP is paid by taxes but their medical expertise is overruled by the dwp also paid by our taxes. Via a private company also paid from our taxes. There will never be support. Unless starving and driving us to suicide are newspeak for support. Those that can work will find work anyway.
      It’s all lies based on public ignorance and stigma fuelled by the right wing media.

      Bobby Chariot
      Bobby Chariot ESA is not a disability benefit, it is an incapacity benefit.
      Confusing the two – deliberately or otherwise -does nobody any favours, except perhaps for the press and the government…

      Sam Milligan
      Sam Milligan If they didn’t remove the training schemes that were in place then “the tailored support” would still be in place. Good old torys trying to reinvent the wheel again.

      Jean Stones
      Jean Stones It never stops and never will under these bullies , When the Tories want to change something ( saying it will make things better ) It is all ways for there benefit and no one else

      Julia Smith
      Julia Smith The last time they ‘overhauled’ the system they took away our basic right to an immediate appeal…remember ? They put ‘Mandatory Consideration’ in as a barrier which effectively left us without income for up to a year BEFORE we could even appeal properly and get some justice at Tribunal….

      Anne Anderson
      Anne Anderson I don’t like the sound of “targeted and personalised support” ….

      Edward Blockley
      Edward Blockley The bastards just can’t let go, they are like a bull to a red rag.
      It’s about time people wake up to these fascist pigs…

      Marvin Hutchison
      Marvin Hutchison its been years since anybody could possibly malinger on benefits , and we all know it

      Paul Barney Barnard
      Paul Barney Barnard By 2040 70% of jobs will be replaced by automation. Wonder how that fits in with the Arbeit Macht Frei ideology?

      Anne Martin
      Anne Martin ffs not another one

      John Lowrie
      John Lowrie More death ,Evil bastards .

      Deborah Smith
      Deborah Smith What work?

      ………………….lots of support?

  92. “KILLER SMITH SLATES A REPRESENTATION OF THE DEATH MACHINE THAT HE CREATED”

    Senior Tory Iain Duncan Smith has launched an attack on the new film about life on benefits by Ken Loach, claiming the director has painted an unrealistic picture and treated jobcentre staff unfairly.

    Mr Duncan Smith, who presided over deep cuts to benefits when the Tories came to power, claimed I, Daniel Blake focused only on “the very worst of anything that can ever happen to anybody”.

    The Palme d’Or-winning film tells the story of a carpenter relying on benefits to survive after suffering a heart attack.

    Ken Loach: I hope I, Daniel Blake lands because we need to fight back

    He is then thrust into a Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare, designed to ensure his disability benefit payments and Jobseeker’s Allowance are almost unobtainable.

    Former Work and Pensions Secretary Mr Duncan Smith said: “I did think that whilst on the one level this was a human story full of pathos and difficulty, and I’m not saying for one moment there aren’t serious difficulties and issues when you’re under pressure, when things like this happen … the film has taken the very worst of anything that can ever happen to anybody and lumped it all together and then said this is life absolutely as it is lived by people, and I don’t believe that.”

    There were £15bn of cuts to the welfare budget over the five years between 2010 and 2015, during which time Mr Duncan Smith was Work and Pensions Secretary. He eventually quit over further cuts to the Universal Credit system he helped design.

    Duncan Smith on benefits

    He went on: “The one area I just had criticism of really was his portrayal of the jobcentre staff.

    “I just thought it was unfair. I mean I have travelled round so many jobcentres talked to so many of them.

    “The vast, vast, vast majority … are there to work to help people sort themselves out. They often go through their CVs with them.”

    Speaking on BBC radio he added: “This idea that everybody is out to crunch you, I think it has really hurt jobcentre staff who don’t see themselves as that.”

    …………….HIMMLERS NODDING DOG

    • Bewolf

      At some point Duncan Smith must have asked Cameron “How many deaths of sick and disabled people do you think that I can get away with?” They both knew that people were going to die due to their policies.

  93. “UK TRAILER TRASH, THE CHEAP ALTERNATIVES”

    Ministers are planning a new wave of prefabricated homes in an attempt to solve Britain’s housing crisis, according to reports.

    More than 100,000 pre-packed “modular” homes could be created as the government looks at ways to meet its one million homes target by 2020, according to the Sunday Telegraph.

    A white paper due out next month will include measures to encourage banks to lend to firms which construct homes off-site before delivering them to their final destination, the newspaper said.

    The initiative imitates the reconstruction drive which followed the Second World War as “prefab” homes sprung up across the country in an attempt to house families bombed out of their homes.

    While prefabs in the 1940s were often poor quality, improvements in technology mean the new ready-made homes should be a lot better, and they can be put up in as little as 48 hours.

    The Sunday Telegraph quoted a source from the government as saying: “The first and most obvious advantage is speeding up the building of housing.

    “There is pretty good evidence that if you did it at scale it is cheaper.”

    Housing and planning minister Gavin Barwell said: “Offsite construction could provide a huge opportunity to increase housing supply and we want to see more innovation like this emulated across the housebuilding sector.

    “The £3 billion Home Building Fund will help build more than 225,000 new homes and provide loans for small firms, custom builders, offsite construction and essential infrastructure, creating thousands of new jobs in the process.”

    ………..far away from the leafy suburbs of the super rich but close enough to a Victorian Workhouse, no doubt.

    An advanced phase in the Tory Eugenics programme where you rent is raised, housing benefit cut and you are forced into a nice shiny shoebox away from your family and friends……….

    The ghetto…..

  94. Families forced to pay for private bin collectors as funding cuts bite

    Householders have been forced to pay hundreds of pounds for a private rubbish collectors after a council cut bin collections to just once every three weeks.

    It emerged a businessman in Greater Manchester is charging £25 a month for his service as he claimed he is emptying 200 bins per day.

    Outraged households say they have been left with no choice but to sign up for a collection that they should be getting for their contribution to council tax, the Mail on Sunday reported.

    Some have raised fears of a fly-tipping crisis as cash-strapped councils are imposing the first monthly collections.

    Josh Morris, a 25-year-old business man who is licensed to handle environmental waste, manages the bin collection service in Greater Manchester.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/30/families-forced-to-pay-for-private-bin-collectors-as-funding-cut/

  95. “BENT BERKSHIRE CORONER, PETER BEDFORD, HIDES DWP KILLING SPREE”

    ……….just as the state needs bent judges, it also needs bent coroners….

    A coroner has refused to hold an inquest into the death of a disabled man who had a fatal heart attack an hour after being told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was threatening to stop his benefits.

    Alan McArdle, who had previously been homeless but was living in council accommodation in Slough, Berkshire, told the friend who had read the DWP letter to him: “They’ve sanctioned my money,” before he collapsed.

    The discredited government contractor Maximus had reported him to DWP for failing to attend appointments intended to move him towards work, as part of the Work Programme, despite being told about his severe ill-health.

    But despite the apparent role of both Maximus and DWP in his death, a senior coroner has decided that it is not necessary to hold an inquest.

    A spokeswoman for Peter Bedford, the senior coroner for Berkshire, told DNS this week that he was satisfied that McArdle’s death was due to natural causes “and therefore an inquest would not be deemed necessary”.

    ……………..THERE IS NO LINK BETWEEN THIS MANS LAST WORDS AND THE DWP CULL THAT BEDFORD HAS BEEN EXPLICITLY TOLD TO IGNORE.

    BEDFORD SHOULD BE STRUCK OFF FOR HIS CONTEMPTIBLE STANCE THAT ALLOWS THE GOVERNMENT TO CARRY ON IT’S BARRAGE OF HATE AGAINST THE MOST WEAK.

    “BEDFORD, YOU ARE A TOTAL DISGRACE TO THE OFFICE YOU HOLD”

    • ………….AND ANOTHER ONE

      Gerard Hales • 2 days ago

      “Recently our friend Jose (Bitterne Triangle Southampton), was on
      the phone to one of us saying how he had been complaining to The Job
      Centre concerning the amount of stress that the “Job-Search” commitments
      (forced on him when he lost his Disability Living Allowance and failed
      in his application for so called “Personal Independence
      Payment”), were causing him (he had a heart condition), when he stopped
      abruptly mid-conversation, my other friend (who is clearly still in
      considerable shock), went to his house only to find him lying dead on
      the floor having suffered a fatal heart attack.

      Jose was a talented artist of the modernist school and a “known figure”
      around Portswood and Bitterne Southampton, where he had lived for
      years, walking his little dog (his only house companion), which has now
      lost its master (“fascisti “old comrade” fascisti!”), Rest in Peace my friend.” “Arafel” gkhales.blogspot.co.uk “The Roll of Deaths”

      ………..NO LINK

      • …………..AND THERE IS NO LINK BETWEEN 10,600 DYING WITHIN A FEW WEEKS OF BEING PRONOUNCED, FIT FOR WORK…..

        THEY ARE JUST A PHENOMENAL COINCIDENCE THAT ROCK THE ODDS OF SCIENTIFIC EVALUATION………..OR MURDER, TO PUT IT SUCCINCTLY…

    • paultheswineherd

      Geoff – This cunt needs investigating under ‘misconduct by an Official in Public Office’ (he is ultimately paid for by the ‘tax-payer’)

  96. No U-turn on benefit cuts that will take £1,000 a year off three million families, says Government

    Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary, will not ‘reverse what happened in the past’ – despite growing pressure from Tory backbenchers to rethink cuts to Universal Credit

    On the three million people affected, he claimed: “They won’t be poorer than they are now – they will be getting more money.”

    Employers will be encouraged to help stop staff with long-term conditions falling out of work, while Jobcentre Plus work coaches will direct claimants to therapy.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/no-u-turn-on-cuts-that-will-take-1000-a-year-off-three-million-families-a-cabinet-minister-has-said-a7388661.html

    Work and health plan to help disabled people into employment.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/work-and-health-plan-to-help-disabled-people-into-employment

    • paultheswineherd

      news seeker – I notice with regard to the last one (i.e the work & health plan etc) that a lot of the footnoted comments are by various ‘CEO’s of assorted ‘Charities’ and ‘do-gooding’ voluntary organisations.
      These bastards should be ‘supporting’ real disabled people.
      Most ‘real’ disabled people can, in now way whatsoever either ‘work’ part-time – let alone ‘full-time’ (i.e. DLA/PIP)
      I would go so far as to say that I personally reckon that the present Tory Government probably ‘pays them’ in some kind of ‘slush fund’ to keep these parasitic organisations on board.
      Part of the problem is that the Tories lump ALL benefits together as being ‘disabled’ benefits. Incapacity Benefit is not a ‘disabled’ benefit as such – ESA also is not a ‘disabled’ benefit as such.
      The only truly ‘disabled’ benefits (as I, with my very limited knowledge of the system understands it – are both DLA & PIP)
      THESE CHARITIES/VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS SHOULD REALLY,
      BE TOTALLY CONDEMNING THE TORIES FOR WHAT THEY HAVE, AND ARE CONTINUING TO DO, TO REAL DISABLED PEOPLE.

  97. Sick pay and work assessments to be reviewed, Jeremy Hunt reveals

    The system of sick pay and GP “fit notes” is to be reviewed by the government, as Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, highlighted the growing cost of long-term sickness to the NHS and suggested getting people back to work had major benefits for health.

    The new review will consult on scrapping the process that puts disabled people into two groups of being unable to work or capable of some work.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/31/sick-pay-and-work-assessments-to-be-reviewed-jeremy-hunt-reveals

  98. One GP’s Protest.

    When Government Policy Abuses the Vulnerable….

    https://onegpprotest.org/2012/03/17/when-government-policy-abuses-the-vulnerable/

  99. paultheswineherd

    BBC – ‘Left Wing Bias’ -You could have fooled me! “The BBC faces mass privatisation after an influential think tank accuses it of ‘left-wing bias'”
    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/10/31/bbc-faces-mass-privatisation-influential-think-tank-accuses-left-wing-bias/

  100. paultheswineherd

    “Theresa Mays’s £10bn funding boost for the NHS is an outright lie, and that’s official”
    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/10/31/theresa-mays-10bn-funding-boost-nhs-outright-lie-thats-official/

  101. paultheswineherd

    “Orgreave outrage after May ‘changes mind’ over Thatcher-era enquiry”
    Theresa May – a true Margaret Thatcher worshipper!
    Theresa May is up against it and she needs to go!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/battle-of-orgreave-miners-1984-amber-rudd-theresa-may-famlies-statement-comment-a7389471.html

  102. paultheswineherd

    “No U-turn on benefit cuts that will take £1,000 a year off three million families, says Government”
    Theresa May is acting like a rudderless ship in a tempestuous sea!
    Theresa May does not know what she is doing and she needs to go – now!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/no-u-turn-on-cuts-that-will-take-1000-a-year-off-three-million-families-a-cabinet-minister-has-said-a7388661.html

  103. “THE DWP REGARD THE DISABLED AS TRASH”

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been ordered to pay a woman with Asperger’s syndrome a total of £70,000 after an employment tribunal found the DWP to be guilty of disability discrimination. The DWP was found by the tribunal to have subjected the claimant to harassment due to her Asperger’s. The tribunal initially awarded damages to the claimant of £54,000 as compensation for constructive unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. In a further hearing, another £17,500 was ordered to be paid by the DWP for failing to comply with a re-employment ruling. (06/03/2013)

    http://www.croner-i.croner.co.uk/croner-

    • “IN 2012 THERE WERE 146 TRIBUNAL CLAIMS MADE AGAINST THE DWP FOR DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION”

      ……….but this is fuck all compared to when the welfare litigation starts

      Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

      You recently released information shown below;

      2) How many claims of Disability Discrimination were made against the DWP
      by its employees in 2012?

      In 2012 there were 146 Employment Tribunal claims made against DWP by its
      employees for Disability Discrimination. Of the 87 claims that have been closed,
      only 9 went to an Employment Tribunal, and of these only 1 was won by the
      claimant.

      I would like to ask the following questions,

      1/ You state that 146 employment tribunal claims were made against the DWP for Disability Discrimination. If 87 have been closed, i surmise 59 are still outstanding. Is this correct?

      2/ Of the 87 claims that have been closed, how much money was paid out as sweeteners/severance agreements, over and above the redundancy payments that were forthcoming?

      3/ By virtue of the fact that one person only(as of now), won their claim at tribunal for Disability Discrimination, does this indicate that you actively discriminated against a disabled employee?

      4/ How many of the residual 59 have applied to pursue their case to tribunal knowing a precedent has been set?

      5/ Was the victor at the tribunal re-employed?

      6/ What redundancy packages are available from the DWP?
      Please indicate levels across pay groups.

      Yours faithfully,

      GEOFFREY REYNOLDS

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/redundant_disabled_at_dwp#incoming-403068

      • “HOW THE DWP DEEMED A FEMALE STAFF WORKER WITH ASPERGERS SYNDROME TO BE UNEMPLOYABLE, YET ATOS FOUND HER FIT TO WORK”

        ……….THE INCREDIBLE CASE OF BAFFLING BULLSHIT BY YOUR FAVOURITE DISABILITY KILLERS…….

        Question two is about the lady with Aspergers Syndrome being unemployable because of her disability. Please answer the question, especially why you find her condition makes her unemployable yet ATOS finds them fit for work….

        I asked how many persons with Aspergers had been found fit to work by ATOS.

        It would seem its a matter of dual standards when your department find somebody with Aspergers to be unemployable, yet ATOS deems them fit for work…

        i therefore request an internal revue that might explain the variation in what you say and what you actually do.

        Hypocrisy springs to mind!

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

  104. “MURDERED SQUADDIE COMES BACK TO HAUNT DWP”

    Lawyers acting on behalf of the sister of a 59-year-old ex-soldier who died in 2013 after he was ‘sanctioned’ by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) are calling for an inquest into his death.

    https://www.leighday.co.uk/News/News-2016/October-2016/Submissions-from-lawyers-call-for-inquest-into-dea

    • Merry Varney from the law firm Leigh Day who is representing Ms Thompson in her fight for an inquest into her brother’s death, said:

      “We hope that these submissions will show the Coroner that there is a reason to suspect that David died an unnatural death and that an investigation should be opened with a view to holding a full Inquest into the circumstances of David’s death.

      “Inquests and Coronial Investigations play a fundamental role in ensuring preventable or avoidable deaths are identified and that steps are taken to prevent another tragedy.

      “The United Nations recently expressed their concern at the absence of due process and access to justice in the UK for those affected by the use of sanctions by the DWP and an Inquest into David’s death would be at least an initial step towards addressing these grave concerns.”

      ………………….THE NET IS CLOSING IN, IAIN DUNCAN SMITH AND LORD DAVID FRAUD…..

    • My so called work coach asked me how I have survived since my last benefits were paid.

      It is only obvious what they want us to do.

    • David Clapson was MURDERED!!

      ffs GEOFF!! David Clapson was MURDERED!! And everyone involved in his MURDER. From the cunt who raised the ‘doubt’, to the ‘decision maker’ who ‘recommended’ a sanction, to the ‘work coach’ who press the ‘SANCTION’ button, to that bald-headed cunt Iain Duncan Smith and his minions in the ‘Civil Service’ who devised these cruel ‘policies’ need to be tracked and hunted because the bloody paper trail is right there. Every last one of them can be hunted down. And when they are caught they should be prosecuted and spend the rest of their lives behind bars. You can apologies for these CUNTS all, dress it all you want, trot out the: “They were only following orders” mantra but at the end of the day David Clapson was MURDERED!! No ifs, no buts!!

    • David Clapson was MURDERED!!

      The tide is turning GEOFF!! There are cunts out there walking free who are RESPONSIBLE for a human being’s murder, a fucking grotesque crime, a criminal act of the highest MAGNITUDE! And they CANNOT be allowed to escape. They CANNOT be allowed to evade justice. They MUST PAY THE PRICE!!

  105. “UK GOVERNMENT WANT TO RUN CHRONIC MUSCLE FATIGUE TRIALS ( GET YOUR MIND RIGHT), ON OUR KIDS”

    …….AT THE SAME TIME HIDING CLINICAL PACE TRIAL INFORMATION ON ADULTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

    ESTHER CRAWLEY, the shrink who gave her name to the trials is nothing more than an extension of the private health insurance industry who dominate the roles of the NHS.

    The trials, if the same as the adult ones, will be manipulated and altered to do one thing only………..save money.

    The so called medical trials are an invention that the problems associated with M.E., are all in the mind and can be cured by CBT therapy (COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY). Which in turn is roughly translated as the problem is all in your mind.

    All of our welfare work capability tests are now engineered around this voodoo claptrap science developed by the private health insurers that uses the BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL theory that we all are responsible for our ailments.

    If the trials are so successful as the puppet experts such as Crawley try to sell, then why are our government spending thousands and fighting tooth and nail to hide the PACE TRIALS from ever being released.

    UK tribunal orders release of data from controversial chronic fatigue syndrome study

    ……………………………………………………………………………………….

    UK tribunal orders release of data from controversial chronic fatigue syndrome study

    court caseA tribunal in the UK has rejected an appeal by Queen Mary University of London, who sought to reverse a previous order that they release data from a controversial 2011 paper in The Lancet about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).

    The decision is one in a long series of judgments about the so-called PACE trial, which reported that two treatments — known as cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy — helped alleviate the symptoms of the condition. But ever since The Lancet article and follow-up papers have been published, patients and critics have questioned the conclusions and clamored to see the raw data.

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………

    JUST AS THE DWP USE FAKE THIRD PARTY NURSES TO FALSIFY DISABILITY MEDICAL REPORTS, THE UK GOVERNMENT NOW USES FAKED MEDICAL TRIAL STUDIES TO ALLEVIATE COSTS TO THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY WHO NOW DOMINATE WELFARE REFORM…………

    • “DWP FAKED PACE TRIAL STUDY”

      In a major breakthrough for people with ME/CFS a judge has rejected a university’s £200,000 attempt to prevent release of data from the controversial medical trial, that was the first to receive DWP funding.

      An Information Tribunal has rejected an attempt to prevent the release of important results from a controversial medical trial.[1] The trial was part-funded by the DWP, and was assessing the value of biopsychosocial interventions at the same time as the DWP was using the biopsychosocial model of disability to help justify cuts to disability spending.[2,3]

      Mansel Aylward, former Chief Medical Officer at the DWP, and a key architect of the last decade’s reforms, had helped to secure funding for the trial and sat as an observer on the trial’s steering committee.

      http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/news/major-breaktn-pace-trial/00296.html

      ………….IS THERE ANY WONDER CLAIMANTS ARE DROPPING LIKE FLIES?

  106. “DWP DENY FUNDING LEGAL COSTS TO HIDE PACE TRIAL STUDIES”

    DATE: 31 October 2016
    Annex A

    Dear Mr Slater

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 3 October 2016. You asked:

    The DWP part funded research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), into ME/CFS
    (myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome) study known as the “PACE trial”.

    Recent media articles have stated that QMUL QMUL spent £200,000 on legal costs fighting a
    Freedom of Information case trying to prevent the disclosure of study data.

    RFI1: As the DWP part funded the study did it also provide any funding for the QMUL FOIA
    case that was attempting to prevent disclosure of the study data?

    …………………………………………………………………………..

    ANSWER
    We are not aware of any DWP funding for the FOIA case.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.
    Yours sincerely,

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/362640/response/888865/attach/html/2/3812%202016%20Reply.pdf.html

    DWP Strategy FoI Team

  107. “DWP CHALLENGED ON WHY IT CHOSE TO FUND A MEDICAL TRIAL”

    D. Benyon 2 March 2011

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
    Please could you explain why this department was involved in part funding the recent PACE trial into the use of CBT & GET on ME/CFS sufferers?
    How many other studies, with regard to particular illness’ has the DWP been involved in with funding prior to this?
    If this is the first study that the DWP has helped to fund, why this trial?
    Has the DWP a particular agenda with regard to ME/CFS such as disregarding the WHO classification of it being a NEUROLOGICAL disease?

    Yours faithfully,

    D.Benyon

    …………….A GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT FUNDING A MEDICAL TRIAL?

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/part_funding_of_the_pace_trial_b#comment-16912

    • ……………………THE DWP FUNDED THE TRIAL IN ORDER TO GET THE ANSWER THEY WANTED……..

      THAT WORK IS GOOD FOR YOU………….

      We believe that the findings of the trial will contribute to the
      continuingly growing evidence base, which informs the development of
      health and work related policy, policy based on the large body of
      evidence showing that work is good for physical and mental wellbeing and
      that being out of work can lead to poor health and other negative
      outcomes.

      DWP

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/part_funding_of_the_pace_trial_b#comment-16912

      • D. Benyon left an annotation (17 March 2011)

        Interesting reply. From this I am able to come to the following conclusions.

        The DWP part funded this trial about ME/CFS in the hope it would provide information that would help the DWP in helping sufferers back to work!

        The DWP has NEVER part or wholly funded ANY medical trials before this!

        WHO neurological classification is neatly side stepped by some general platitude about the illness.

        The answers therefore serve to prove that the DWP DOE’S HAVE it’s own hidden agenda on ME/CFS and is targeting the illness in a way that no other illness or disability has been targeted before!

        Case proven?

        • “Additionally, one of the secondary measures considered as part of the trial, was the impact that the trial would have on ability for employment and study.”

          DWP

          D. Benyon left an annotation (18 March 2011)

          Thanks for the information. Strange isn’t it, how the secondary purpose is hidden?
          I find it abhorant that any group of disabled and sick people can be targeted and persecuted by a system that was designed to help them live as normal a life as possible.
          I wonder if there would be a public outcry if MS sufferers or people with Parkinson’s disease were victimised and stigmatised in a similar fashion by the DWP?
          Disability discrimination is happening here I believe.

          • ……….AND WHEN CHALLENGED ON HOW MANY PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM ME TYPE DISABILITIES HAD LOST THEIR BENEFITS, THE DWP CLAIMED THIS………….

            In response to you questions;

            I can confirm that the Department does hold some information falling within the description of
            specified in your request. However this information is not readily available, particularly for the
            detailed medical conditions required. The information that we do have readily available is given
            below.

            The Department does publish some information on high level medical conditions for
            Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. The datasets used to produce these
            statistics however do not contain detailed medical information. We therefore estimate that the
            cost of complying with your request would exceed the appropriate limit of £600. This is mainly
            due to the complexity involved in developing the methodology to extract the detailed
            information on medical conditions from data sources not directly used for publication.

            …………..STRANGE HOW THEY FUCKED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE OVER AND STOLE THEIR BENEFITS BUT DO NOT KNOW THE FIGURES……

  108. In one month, an obscure procedural rule tweak will come into effect allowing US cops and federal agents to hack any computer in the world using a single warrant issued anywhere in America.

    No one in Congress has voted on this legal update. It means a warrant granted somewhere within the US can be executed on the other side of the country – or the other side of the planet.

    The change, approved by the Supreme Court, is in Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. Right now, if law enforcement wants to hack a PC, they have to ask a judge for a warrant in the jurisdiction where it is located. With the rule change, they could do this to any computer anywhere in the US or the world.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/10/31/congress_to_act_before_fbi_global_hacking_license/

  109. “UNUM CROOKS INFLUENCING DWP FAKE MEDICAL TRIALS”

    Conflicts of interest

    But the results of the trial also suited the aims of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), who part funded the trial, and the medical insurance industry which have connections to the PACE trial via the researchers. Four of them declared working for the insurance industry in a conflicts of interest statement: Professors Peter White, Trudie Chalder and Michael Sharpe and physiotherapist Jessica Bavington.

    The DWP is particularly keen on psychological explanations, a.k.a the bio-psychosocial (BPS) model for chronic ill health. Professor Tom Shakespeare says, in the Disability News Service, BPS “played a key role” in the narrowing of eligibility criteria for disability benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Shakespeare goes on to say BPS is used to “underpin increasingly harsh and at times punitive measures targeted at disabled people”, in an attempt by the government to cut the number of people receiving ESA.

    One of the medical insurance companies White had previously done work for is called Unum Provident Insurance (UPI). They are also proponents of the BPS model of ill health as it helps them to deny disability claims. In 2003 UPI were fined $31.7 million in California for running ‘disability denial factories. In 2005 they were fined $15 million and the California Department of Insurance Commissioner said that “Unum Provident is an outlaw company.

    …………….AND THIS IS THE SHIT THAT LORD DAVID FRAUD PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT AS BEING BONAFIDE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH………

    Bogus crap engineered and paid for by DWP in order to steal disability benefits…….

    • “HAD YOUR DISABILITY BENEFITS STOLEN BY THE DWP……….READ ON”

      ……….THERE SHOULD BE A PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO THE DWP’S CONFLICT OF INTEREST INTO FUNDING FAVOURABLE MEDICAL TRIALS ON INSTRUCTION FROM THE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY

      Investigation into PACE

      In 2015, Dr David Tuller, of the University of California, wrote a comprehensive investigative report into the PACE study called Trial by Error. This report documented the many flaws that the PACE trial was accused of, including:

      Violation of the Declaration of Helsinki . Researchers failed to inform study participants of conflicting interests due to paid work from the disability insurance industry

      Changes to the methods protocol half way through the study. Which meant a more favourable outcome was likely to be observed for the therapies being tested.

      Changes to the methods protocol left an unusual artefact. Thirteen percent of the study participants although disabled enough to get on the trial, were also scored as recovered before any treatment took place; once the revised methods were in place.

      A newsletter was released to PACE participants part way through the study singing the praises of CBT and GET. It including positive testimonials from people on the trial (which didn’t indicate which treatment) saying how much the treatment had helped them.

      Claims of successful treatment and recovery were based on how the patients said they felt. Measured outcomes such as – a step test, a walking test, data on finance and employment – failed to support claims of successful treatment.

      Unsuitable use of statistical methods.

    • “BENEFIT THEFT ON A GRAND SCALE”

      What also needs to be seriously considered is how the conflicting interests (the DWP and the insurance industry) present in the PACE trial may have influenced the results to come out in their favour. It is troubling cases like the PACE trial controversy that highlights the importance of transparency in clinical trial data so that the results can be verified by other scientists. The PACE trial researchers repeated refusals to release the data discredits them and their science.

      • “OH LOOK, ANOTHER DWP STUDY THAT FINDS WORK IS GOOD FOR YOU”

        IS WORK
        GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH
        AND WELL-BEING?

        Gordon Waddell, CBE DSc MD FRCS
        Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, Cardiff University, UK (funded by UNUM PROVIDENT PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANY)

        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.

        ……………JOIN THE DOTS AND FOLLOW THE DEATHS

        • ………………WITH REFERENCE TO THE DWP FUNDED REPORT BY WADDELL AND BURTON ABOUT WORK BEING GOOD FOR YOU……

          THIS PARAGRAPH APPEARS NEAR THE CONCLUSION AT THE END OF THE REPORT

          Only then was it apparent that all of the evidence retrieved to that point was about the impact of
          work or unemployment on people who were, by definition, healthy. It did not address the
          question of whether or not work was good for
          people who were sick or disabled. An additional
          search was therefore made for reviews about the impact of work on the health of people who are
          sick or disabled; this came from a different, largely clinical literature. The retrieved material
          demonstrated a broad consensus of opinion but
          provided very little actual scientific evidence,
          so separate searches were made in the three key health categories: mental health,
          musculoskeletal, and cardio-respiratory conditions.

          …………..VERY LITTLE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

  110. “THE GOVERNMENTS GREEN PAPER ON DISABILITY WELFARE CHANGES”

    ……..DO AS WE SAY, OR DIE

    GREEN PAPER comments on reforming the assessment:
    (this is their proposal)

    “Establishing entitlement to financial support could still be decided by an assessment, but that assessment could be used solely to determine whether an individual should get additional financial support. Decisions on whether someone should engage with Jobcentre Plus or specialist programmes could then be made through a separate process.

    Work coaches could have discretion to make case-by-case decisions about the type of employment support a person is able to engage with.

    Work coaches will be able to draw on additional advice where needed, from Disability Employment Advisers and Community Partners, and could access specialist advice such as occupational health and Jobcentre Plus work psychologists where individuals have more complex health conditions

    That important relationship with a work coach would then continue beyond the assessment, ensuring those assessed as needing the most financial support can still access the holistic health and employment support and signposting offered by and through Jobcentre Plus.

    Work coaches could have full discretion to tailor any employment support to each individual claimant.”

  111. paultheswineherd

    “A possible online psychological ‘cure’ for young M.E./CFS sufferers!” – Eh?!
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/01/young-people-me-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-treatment-trial-success-netherlands

  112. paultheswineherd
  113. paultheswineherd

    And – from a month or so ago now!
    “In Liverpool, 840 families risk losing their homes because of benefits cuts”
    http://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2016/oct/03/liverpool-840-families-risk-losing-homes-benefits-cuts

  114. I, Iain Duncan Smith

    “Universal Jobmatch

    Application error

    An error has occured handling your request.

    Please try again later. If you continue to have access problems, please contact the help desk for one of the services you have enrolled for.
    You can either close the browser, or return to the home page by clicking Continue.”

    JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  115. paultheswineherd

    This is yet another shameful failure of natural justice!
    Another sheep, (in the form of ‘dodgy’ Keith Vaz) is set to be let loose to further gorge on the free grass of Government Justice decision making!
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bid-block-keith-vaz-justice-9168420

  116. paultheswineherd

    “Number of NHS mental nurses drops by 15% under Tories”
    (Perhaps they’ve gone off to become lowly ‘HCP’s under the likes of ATOS, MAXIMUS & CAPITA!)
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/01/number-mental-health-nurses-nhs-drops-sixth-tories

  117. paultheswineherd

    Coward! “Absent Amber Rudd accused of ‘bitter betrayal’ over Orgreave”
    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/nov/01/absent-amber-rudd-accused-of-bitter-betrayal-over-orgreave

  118. paultheswineherd

    “PLEASE SPREAD THIS ONE AS FAR AND WIDE AS POSSIBLE – IF POSSIBLE INTO EUROPE AND ON TO THE UNITED NATIONS AS WELL”

    The bald cunt, in the form of Iain Duncan Smith is nothing less than a murderer (as so is Chris Grayling also) in wilfully ignoring Coroner’s recommendations that could have saved further lives being lost, especially by suicide etc from their cruel ‘Welfare Reform’ Tory Government policies.
    Shamefully, so far they have got away with it.
    A disgusting disgrace that somehow, somewhere along the line, must be avenged.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/i-daniel-blake-accuracy-ken-loach-benefits-sanctions-deaths-iain-duncan-smith-toby-young-a7384581.html

  119. SwordOfJustice

    History usually tells you the future. You seriously think this evil leopard will change its spots simply because the rhetoric is softer, more gentle?

    The WCA is bent from the start, fact. Banned in the USA under UNUM but gladly used here for disability denial whenever possible by the DWP. The UN are investigating the disgusting treatment of disabled people in this country from our very own government, that in itself should speak volumes. Many, many poor people have died after being denied the rightful social security provisions they were entitled too, etc, etc, etc…

    Do I feel optimistic because Green is using softer words than IDS? Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice .

    Ken Loach’s brilliant film”I Daniel Blake” illustrates precisely what the Tories think of disabled people on benefits, those found fit enough to work. The system is cruel, vicious and stupid – it’s almost designed to catch out the people most in need of help, sentencing them to food banks and penury. A national scandal.

  120. “MINISTRY OF DEFENCE REFUSES TO DIVULGE INFORMATION ON NUCLEAR TESTS ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND THAT LED TO THE DEATHS OF UK TROOPS AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL”

    Dave Whyte 17 September 2016
    Delivered

    Dear Ministry of Defence.

    In 1958 during the series of Hydrogen, and Atomic bomb tests at Christmas Island, I was ordered to drive a ‘Road Roller’, on presumption that this was to make the road ready for surfacing with tarmacadam, to the Southern end of the Island where the Hydrogen bomb Ground Zero was situated.

    Can you please supply me with the following information.
    1. How many days did I travel this route (It was in excess of One week)?
    2. What information was obtained from the concealed instruments?
    3. Why was I, a non-plant operator, chosen to drive the Road Roller?

    Yours faithfully,

    David Whyte

    ……………….CHEAPER TO LET THE VETERANS DIE THAN PAY COMPENSATION.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/british_nuclear_tests_christmas#incoming-887974

    • TWO OF MY FRIENDS DIED FROM LEUKAEMIA AS A RESULT OF THESE TESTS THAT THE MOD REFUSE TO COMPENSATE.
      IT’S ABOUT TIME THE GOVERNMENT CAME CLEAN ON THE TOXIC MIX OF CANCER CAUSING EXPERIMENTS TESTED ON HUMAN GUINEA PIGS.

      THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, WHO WAS ON A SHIP WAS WARNED NOT TO BE IN THE AREA AT THE TIME OF THE TESTS, BUT HIS SURVIVAL WAS UPPERMOST TO THE CANNON FODDER THAT SERVED QUEEN AND COUNTRY.

  121. paultheswineherd

    “I, Daniel Blake director Ken Loach says ‘incompetent’ Tories are not fit to govern” (Comments underneath are also interesting!)
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/i-daniel-blake-director-ken-9176668

    • Highly commend Ken Loach, he is telling you precisely how it is, so how come Tories are in denial, it’s not like they haven’t been told already. United Nations said UK Gov breached International Human Rights, EHRC found likewise, multi charities have told them over and over. The victims have tried to fight back, lives have been lost, many millions of others suffer. Yes please, get Tories out, they simply are The Nasty Party! Not an inch of compassion. They are vile! Don’t like that? Well try studying a little harder and you may find the truth. Can’t abide by ignorance, lies, deceit. It could be you or family affected next, use your brains! Open your eyes and start looking out for others! There is enough trouble in this dangerous world, everyone has a right to live, have roof over head, afford bills, food etc. It is all so wrong! Somebody stop them! Now!

  122. “VILE TORY UK”
    ………………………..What happened to good old common sense?

    Couple together for 70 years told they ‘don’t meet criteria’ to live together in care home

    Ray Lorrison, 95, and wife Jessie, 85, from South Shields have spent nearly every day of their lives together since they first met in 1946 – but now must live separate lives

    Jessie and Ray Lorrison have spent the last seventy years together have now been told they must live separately
    Jessie and Ray Lorrison have spent the last seventy years together have now been told they must live separately

    An elderly couple who have been by each other’s side for 70 years are being ‘forced apart’ by social services – as they ‘don’t meet the criteria’ to live together.

    Jessie and Ray Lorrison, of South Shields in South Tyneside, have spent nearly every day of their lives together since they first met in 1946 – but have now been told they must live separate lives.

    Ray, 95, is living at Westoe Grange Care Home in the town, while his heartbroken wife Jessie, 88, is in hospital after being told she ‘does not meet the criteria’ to join her husband.

    Their daughter Cheryl Bates, 60, is desperately trying to reunite them in the care home.

    Today she slammed South Tyneside Social Services’ treatment of her parents as “disgusting”.

    Mum-of-three Cheryl said: “It is heartbreaking – and so cruel!

    “Why should they be apart after all this time? What gives social services the right to play God?

    “They haven’t even got that much time left together. My dad will be lucky if he gets another six months.

    “Every day he says, ‘Where is your mam?’

    “He’s sitting outside his room in a chair waiting for my mam. He won’t go to bed, he’s sleeping in the chair.

    “I am desperate for them to be reunited so they can spend rest of their days together.”

    Ray, who was a cook in the Merchant Navy and worked down the pits, and Jessie, a shop manager, met after the war through Ray’s older sister Myra.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/elderly-couple-each-others-side-9164416

    • ………..COUPLE NOW REUNITED AFTER AN ONLINE PETITION OF 22,000 SIGNATURES EMBARRASSED THE SOCIAL SERVICES INTO MAKING A U TURN.
      PEOPLE POWER IS AN AMAZING TOOL. NEVER FORGET THAT………

  123. “THERESA MAY YOU HEARTLESS BAG OF SHIT”

    “This is the biggest benefit cut that you’ve never heard of. The newspapers will waste gallons of ink on Candice Bake-Off’s lipstick and Cheryl’s apparent baby bump. But about a government policy that could disrupt the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, there is near silence.”

    In a little council house in Birkenhead, Steve is panicking over how he’ll find an extra £304 rent money a month. He has just days to magic up an answer. If he can’t, he can guess what will happen. “Eviction. Come the end of November, I won’t have a roof.” As a single parent, Steve won’t be the only one slung out. His four boys, aged from three to eight, would also lose their home and probably be taken from their dad. “I’d be fed to the dogs.” Everything I’ve tried so hard for …” – a snap of his fingers – “Nothing.”
    In Liverpool, 840 families risk losing their homes because of benefits cuts
    Jane Corbett
    Read more

    It’s not a landlord doing this to Steve; it’s our government. It’s not his rent that’s going up; it’s his housing benefit that’s getting cut. And he’s not the only one; on official figures, almost 500 households in the borough of Wirral face a shortfall of up to £500 a month.

    From next Monday 88,000 families across Britain will have their housing benefit slashed. They will no longer have the cash to pay their rent. Among all those whose lives will be turned upside down will be a quarter of a million children. That’s enough kids to fill 350 primary schools, all facing homelessness.

    Those figures come directly from the Department for Work and Pensions. Plenty dispute them, which is unsurprising since DWP officials keep changing their minds. Some experts believe the number of children at risk could total 500,000.

    This is the biggest benefit cut that you’ve never heard of. The newspapers will waste gallons of ink on Candice Bake-Off’s lipstick and Cheryl’s apparent baby bump. But about a government policy that could disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives, there is near silence.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/oct/31/child-poverty-theresa-may-housing-benefit-cuts?CMP=fb_gu

    ………..FOR MANY, DEATH WILL NOT BE AN OPTION

  124. “LEAVING JUST £1.02p PER DAY FOR EACH FAMILY MEMBER TO LIVE ON”

    To see how deep it will cut, have a look at these figures. I grew up on the outskirts of London, in a place called Edmonton. It has pockets of deprivation as bad as anything in Wirral and, on DWP estimates, around 1,200 households here will be hit by the new benefits cap. By my reckoning, this government now expects children growing up in my former home to be raised on £1.02 a day.

    The basic expenses for a family with four children in Edmonton come to £399.14 per week.
    The stories you need to read, in one handy email
    Read more

    My sums go as follows:

    £315.12 for rent (the allowable local rent for a three-bed home).

    £33.36 for council tax (Enfield council, band E property).

    £32 for gas and electric (the average weekly bill, according to government figures, with an extra 20% added for a large family).

    £8.54 for water (Thames Water’s average bill for 2015, with 20% added for a large family).

    £10.12 phone and broadband (BT Anytime standard package).

    Taking all that from the £442.31 allowed to any London family leaves £43.17 each week left over for the family. That is £1.02 per person per day.

    Of course, these figures are arguable. The family could cut down on energy use by choosing to be cold this winter. Or they could go without showers and washing up. That said, I’ve left off mobile phone calls and TV. I’ve not factored in school trips or family breaks or Christmas.

    “CHRISTMAS, THE TORY WAY…………………..

  125. In the eyes of the Tories the poor are expendable because they don’t need their votes to win an election.And much of the media isn’t interested in the plight of the poor because it is they who’ve done an excellent job in demonizing them as feckless shirkers who only have themselves to blame for their predicament.

    The Tory vultures are also circling once again for yet another attack on the sick and disabled .For following Damian Green’s recent comments it’s quite clear-to me anyway-that any Tory overhaul of the WCA will be about driving down the numbers of ESA claimants placed in the Support Group and driving up the numbers declared either fit for work and ineligible for ESA or placed in the ESA Work Related Activty Group where their benefits will be slashed to JSA levels.

    And so what if thousands more sick and disabled people die after being wrongly assessed even if it that includes hundreds of suicides.? The Tories won’t give a toss about them just like they don’t give a toss about ”Steve” and his kids and tens of thousands like them facing the loss of their homes because of the benefit cap.This country is getting more and more darwinian and the fact we don’t have an effective and electable opposition to the Tories at the moment depresses the hell out of me.

  126. paultheswineherd

    “Mutiny as Tory MP’s demand mercy for disabled people hit by ESA benefit cuts” (The vast majority of Tory MP’s voted for this scandallous change in the first place – what has changed I ask myself?)
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mutiny-tory-mps-demand-mercy-9172543

  127. paultheswineherd

    “Jeremy Corbyn tells Theresa May to watch ‘I, Daniel Blake’ to understand the benefits system”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/i-daniel-blake-jeremy-corbyn-pmqs-esa-benefits-system-theresa-may-sanctions-a7393371.html

  128. paultheswineherd

    Now (seemingly) the Tory bastards are also after the ESA Support Group!
    Damian Green is just as much a cunt as what IDS was, (and still is!).
    “Arbeit Macht Frei” “Work makes you Free” IDS’s watchwords (from WWII)
    Work is only very good if one is a well paid job, where one is fully appreciated. It is not good, or good for one’s health if one is subjected to 0 hour contracts, very low pay, very long hours, a shithouse of an employer and is used as nothing much more than a slave to one’s employer’s wishes to make as much money as possible off of the back of the poor slave.
    B&W have produced a very good article detailing all of the things that could be on the way for the various groups/unemployed.
    There is a full link at the bottom of the page to the DWP ‘consultation’ as it stands at this present time. This ‘consultation’ ends on 17th February 2017.
    It can be found at:
    http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/3568-government-plans-to-make-many-esa-support-group-claimants-undertake-work-related-activities

    • paultheswineherd

      For the pampered and ‘underworked’ MP’s (& ‘Lords’) – ‘WORK’ (as far as they are concerned) consists of sitting on their fat arses all day – talking bullshit – making laws for their ‘subjects’ (any of whom have voted for them or not!), whilst at the same time raking in loads of money (all ‘tax-payer’ funded), expenses (for the ‘Lords’ £300 per day just for turning up) and any other ‘Company connections/ Directorships/Consultancies’ etc.
      In a virtual one-party, and increasingly undemocratic state, a bunch of 312 or so (Commons)Tory MP’s are able to hold sway and control upwards of 67 million of Britain’s population.
      What a disgusting shambles – in many other Countries – they would have been overthrown long before now!

  129. paultheswineherd

    ************* IMPORTANT – THE ‘NEW’ BENEFIT CAP *******************
    “What is the new benefit cap and will it affect me? The ‘disgraceful’ Tory cut explained”
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/what-new-benefit-cap-affect-9173739

  130. paultheswineherd

    Forget all about Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor, Kim Karshadian’s big arse and her stolen jewels as well as Cheryl’s ‘baby bump’ – this should really take priority in the British public’s situation awareness!
    (I, for one (and many others for that matter) are certain that he is correct!)
    “Vince Cable warns of a new recession next year”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/sir-vince-cable-british-economy-will-turn-nasty-next-year-says-man-who-predicted-2008-economic-crash-a7394316.html

  131. paultheswineherd

    “Worker shortages for UK food industry reach worse level since 2004”
    The Eastern Europeans now really feel that they are ‘unwanted’ – the level of the £ sterling is almost at an all time low and then, – the vast majority of British workers do not really want to do these sort of jobs!
    I predict that in around 1 year to 2 year’s time – there will be almost no ‘fresh’ British fruit and vegetables on sale in this Country – it will all have to be imported (whilst at the same time also pushing up our ‘trade deficit’!)
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/nov/02/worker-shortages-for-uk-food-industry-at-12-year-low

  132. paultheswineherd

    “Sick patients may be DENIED life saving drugs if ‘hard Brexit’ happens”
    (A warning from a previous Health Secretary)
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sick-patients-denied-life-saving-9181698

  133. paultheswineherd

    (Sir?) Philip Green and Damian Green – are both of these cunts related!!
    Both of them owe a lot of money to various groups of very deserving people – including innumerable numbers of BHS ‘workers’ and also DWP ‘claimants’. Both of these cunts should be prosecuted as soon as possible.

  134. “What is DWP laboratory research?”

    ANSWER
    DWP laboratory research is a the opportunity for the sadists who work within our department to gloat over the effects of hardship, torture and death that we have unleashed upon those least able to respond, namely, the poor, the underprivileged and the disabled.

    The scope of our study is to better understand how much humiliation and deprivation a human being can take before taking their own life.

    Acting on behalf of our stakeholders we will assign as many chronically ill patients to positions of work that will result in a dramatic saving to the treasury as their numbers dwindle.

    Lord David Freud has presented a document to parliament that proves that work is good for you. The document was the result of a study commissioned and paid for by our department in conjunction with the Cardiff University Annexe that was funded by Unum Provident Private Health Insurance Company to the tune of £10 million.
    Our thanks to Mansel Aylward, our ex Chief Medical Officer who helped collate the information.

    Our covert laboratory research will readily test the effects of squalor on children who in our view, should be punished because of the hardship of their parents.

    As in the course of work capability assessment, the claimant will be refused the right to record any interviews that take place, but we reserve the right to record everything in order that it may be used for our later pleasure.

    Copies of our studies will be made available at Coroners offices.

  135. “In the long run there is nothing more expensive than saying to someone, ‘Here’s a benefit you can have for the rest of your life and we will ignore you,’” Damian Green told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

    Which benefit is this? Jobseeker’s Allowance? Universal Credit? Or is there some other benefit?

  136. “ODE TO A FAILED BANKER”

    WHEN THE FREUD’S ARE EATING TURKEY,
    THE POOR WILL EAT THE SHIT,
    DISABLED WILL BE DYING,
    AND CHILDREN WILL BE HIT…..

    TO BE A LORD IS EASY,
    JUST SHUT YOUR EYES AND PRAY,
    THE EVIL THAT YOU NOW UNLEASH
    WON’T CATCH UP WITH YOU SOMEDAY…..

    BUT IF YOU SPY MY LITTLE RHYME,
    I HAVE TO MAKE IT BLUNT,
    KEEP LOOKING RIGHT BEHIND YOU,
    YOU EVIL FUCKING CUNT………

    FOR EACH CITIZEN YOU MURDERED,
    FROM EACH CLAIMANT THAT YOU STOLE,
    YOUR FINAL BREATH IS COMING,
    THE VICTIMS FINAL GOAL……

  137. Holding the state to account. yes you.

    Having helped many hundreds of people battle with the Secretary of State over benefit decisions which are often full of flaws, badly reasoned and which are all too often overturned by independent Tribunals allowing appeals in favour of the claimant, I am increasingly concerned about the gross erosion of access to justice following cut backs in legal aid and cuts backs in the advice sector. As a front line benefit specialist we are fully stretched in trying to help more people than our limited resources can adequately properly provide for.

    I’m seeing large numbers of people turn to social media in an effort to find online solutions, its soul destroying to see so many people out on a limb and alarming that much of the advice available simply isn’t right.

    So here’s a few handy hints.

    What should you do if you find your benefits stopped, reduced or subject to sanction?

    http://dpac.uk.net/2016/11/holding-the-dwp-to-account-and-how-to-complain-when-your-benefits-go-wrong/

  138. reversing Robin Hood

    Not so long ago, the Conservatives vowed to end child poverty. Now they are enacting laws to create not just poverty, but generations of destitution.

    Tax inspectors have identified potential evasion or avoidance worth £2bn among 6,500 super-rich individuals. Of those, only two individuals have been criminally investigated, with one single prosecution. Tax inspectors have identified a variety of ways in which the very wealthy game the system: from failing to declare foreign income to investing in schemes that are sold as tax dodges. The NAO points out that hundreds of millions stand to be collected from enforcing the law. It also paints a picture in which the tax inspectors are outnumbered and outgunned by the super-wealthy and their armies of advisers.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/02/the-guardian-view-on-austerity-reversing-robin-hood

  139. MSPs have given the UK government’s work and pensions secretary a signed copy of the I, Daniel Blake book.

    It came as a Holyrood committee repeatedly challenged Damian Green over the benefit system’s sanctions regime.

    Mr Green strongly rejected claims that the welfare system had driven people to commit suicide. he would wouldn’t he.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37863161

  140. Regarding the health and work programme.

    Mind boss lies to protesters over DWP contracts

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/mind-boss-lies-to-protesters-over-dwp-contracts/

  141. Class War Roolz

    lol at the Cereal Killers aka the Bearded Wankers crying into their £15 bowl of cereal on Peter York: The Hipster Wankers Handbook on BBC 4 last night: “200 members of Class War appeared and through petrol bombs into our shop. They even daubed “SCUM” on the shop windows” Ha, ha, fucking ha

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/27/hipster-cereal-killer-cafe-gentrification-east-end

    • The Bearded Wankers

      It is an interesting programme this. It shows that if you wrap up any old shite with a ‘backstory’ and a hipster theme that the gullible public will pay over the odds for the shite. One of the hipsters businesses (Mast Brothers) was even caught melting down and re-packaging supermarket ‘value’ chocolate and selling it at £50 for 6 tiny squares of chocolate.

      • A current employee of Mast Brothers, whom has wished to remain anonymous, although has been suspected to be none other than Ian ‘high almighty’ Duncan Smith (ex DWP monster) has stated that he is chief confectionary in charge of chopping up Twix bars and re-packing them as limited edition fun size party chunks for twice the price.

  142. Class War Roolz

    The Bearded Wankers and their rip-off cafe are on at 01:38, 04:18 and 53;24.

    • At 01:38 and 04:18 no chance of me being awake and up THIS early in the morning, although I do however have to be up around 05:00 weekdays getting ready for work. As for 53:24, it would be a wonky alarm clock showing this time ending up being thrown out the first floor window…

    • paultheswineherd

      Owen Jones – Oh dear, – this particular taxi driver could well be in a whole lot of trouble! A picture of ‘him’ and his registered ‘plate’/Reg No as well!

  143. qwerteqeqwe

  144. On Benefits: The Baked Bean King at 20:00 this coming Thursday 10 November on…. er… Channel 5!
    What the fuck is this all about? Some bloke who has been on benefits and living off of baked beans for the past 40-odd years?

  145. paultheswineherd

    BREXIT – It’s all completely going out of control – just like some NASA probe that has exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral!
    Theresa May doesn’t know what’s going to happen – the Brexiteers do not know what is going to happen – the Bremainers do not know what is going to happen. (Neither does the E.U. either)
    The ‘Judges’ have ‘ruled’ that ‘Theresa May does not have the right individually to trigger Article 50.
    What an absolute fucking mess.
    The population should have been told originally (before the Referendum) that this was not a ‘legally binding’ Referendum.
    They also should not have been told the lies that ‘if we left the E.U. – then the N.H.S. would get £350m per week (instead of paying this into the E.U.)
    Now – it is all up in the air – the next ‘hearing’ is scheduled for around 7th December, with the final result being announced in the first week of January 2017. Theresa May still says that she expects Article 50 to be triggered at the end of March 2017.
    She could well not be the Prime Minister by then, as also, her own Tory Government may well not be in office at that time!
    The only problem is :- if a General Election was called before the end of 2016 – I am damned sure that the Tories (shamefully) would be voted back in again.

    • paultheswineherd

      These ignorant papers (all for ‘ratings’ to sell their ‘newspapers’) -The ‘Daily Fail’, the ‘Scum’ and UKIP’s totally adoring ‘Daily Express’ (with it’s front page this morning, comprising a ‘Union Jack’ and ‘your country now needs you’). A shameful mixture of uninformed ‘papier-mache’ and cob-walled shit tabloids – living up to the ignorant right-wing ‘English’ immigrant hating psyche – fully supported by Rupert Murdoch and the other Russian oligarch in charge.
      Fuck off all of you Tory supporting bastard rags – WE DO NOT NEED YOU

  146. “THERESA MAY………MURDER SHE WROTE”

    • Jobcentre security guards tell a sick & disabled woman who has breathing problems that she MUST climb the stairs to attend a first-floor appointment. Their contempt for her is extraordinary. She can’t climb the stairs, but they insist.
      PLEASE SHARE & SHAME

      Comments
      John Newton
      John Newton It’s an offence for there not be be proper access for people with disabilities. There is a good case for them to be prosecuted but the poor lady doesn’t have money for that, nor does anybody else that goes to these places.

      Gerry McCarton No thought process, no one spotted that disabled people may not make it to the first floor,but I suspect that could be the ploy,,,,” you are sanctioned ,because you did not turn up for your appointment sorry no brass for for the next six weeks,it’s your own fault ”

      Chris Piper Disgusting! Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, which was replaced by the Equalities act in 2010. They are breaking the law, this is an offence. She doesn’t need money to fight it. She should go to her local CAB and MP

      Nila Oldman Chambers of cruelty by a Satanic system of blind followers are Jobcentres today. Crawley Jobcentre has lifts but no chairs to sit and wait. You need a flippin password to access the lift which means getting a member of staff who is busy to access the l…See more

      Jim George I was told many years ago by an ex employee that these buildings are chosen specifically for certain traits, they must be as far away from the town center as feasible, no or as little parking as possible for their clients, the must have heavy doors, n…See more
      15 · Yesterday at 14:28

  147. “PETITION FROM A FRIGHTENED LADY”

    https://www.change.org/p/trudy-appleby-stop-the-consultation-into-support-group-work-related-activities

    ..Stop the consideration of Support Group work related activities.
    Trudy Appleby Nottingham, United Kingdom

    Ministers have announced today they are going to make people on ESA support group go to work. Included in this group are disabled, terminally ill people.

    All of us will be asked to attend work related interviews with the jobcentres. Failure to do this will result in us losing our Benefits ! Their are no exceptions. We are all being asked to work, sick, disabled and even terminally ill. How could this be even happening?

    People with long term disabilities are not exempt, no one is ! After losing our benefits we will lose council tax and housing benefits too. Which will result in many becoming homeless as well as poor and desperate. Can you imagine the impact of this happening to yourself, or a family member? The impact will be horrifying to watch let alone go through. Thousands will suffer needlessly. I am afraid of what will happen which is why l am starting this petition in the hope it will stop it before it happens. I fear for the lives of so many affected by sickness, disability and mental health conditions.

    I would ask one important question… Who do you think would employ us? We are all fighting incurable illnesses, some are mentally impaired, some are physically impaired. Most are a liability to any company who has the compassion to employ us !! We are a health and safety risk, the list goes on and on. I would ask again who would employ us under these conditions?

    l am sure there will be lots of counseling and help to try to get us into work, which seems to me to be a total waste of tax payers money. At the end of the day we are still disabled and unable to work! There is no magic cure to make us better. Rather the opposite, all the stress the government are putting on disabled and sick people is wrecking havoc with their already frail lives.

    I am just one of the thousands affected by this. It is now time to stand up and be counted as we are being hit hard in all directions. The most vulnerable of society are being abused This is surely against our human rights. No one should be made to feel this way, where every day you wake up to not only your pain and medical conditions, you wake up to a world of stress, anxiety and depression. Not knowing how or when this is going to stop.

    I would ask if you feel this is wrong to add your name and comment below why you feel it is wrong.

    Someone somewhere has got to stop this, with your help we can!!

    Thank you for your support

    Trudy Appleby.

    • I’m signing because I am disabled and feel we are being made to bear the brunt of the austerity cuts and the stress involved in applying for benefits leads to a massive increase in pain.
      Helen Douse, Llansamlet, United Kingdom
      10 hours ago
      6

      It’s hard enough coping with a deliberating illness, and constant pain. Without having the extra stress of being forced into work. Where some days you physically cannot move because of severe pain. How would employers cope with us constantly calling in unwell?
      They’re really not thinking this through!! Pathetic!!!
      Karen Bouttell, Chrlmsford, United Kingdom
      10 hours ago
      6

      Stop bullying us! We don’t need this stress and this government won’t stop until we’re all dead or homeless. Stop messing with the benefits and treating us like a burden, we’re just like you, human!
      Beth Anderson, Leicester, United Kingdom
      10 hours ago
      6

      This heartless tory shower cannot,must not make people with chronic illness report for work,shame on their black souls
      Ian McGillivray, Swansea, United Kingdom
      10 hours ago
      4

      Stop this vendetta against the disabled.
      Thomas Cochrane, Perth, United Kingdom
      11 hours ago
      4

      Peopl are put in the Support Group because they are too ill to work, including the most disabled in our Society and those with terminal illnesses. Forcing them into work-related activities is pointless and cruel.
      Kim Burns, Codsall, United Kingdom
      11 hours ago
      4

      It will literally kill me. Scoff all you want, I’m not “workshy”, I’m not well enough to work any more, people without issues like this must get their heads around it. and I’ve worked flamin’ hard, always volunteered or been in college, and it’s caused a catastrophic breakdown, 3 relapses, suicidal thoughts which came within an inch of completion, severe joint issues, and I fall over a lot. No one would employ me, I’m a liability! I don’t need training, or be shown how to look for work! What on earth could I do to bring in the money needed to pay all the bills and live?! I need to be left the eff alone to “live” if that’s what you want to call it. Being in constant degrees of pain, extreme sleepiness, terrible harming thoughts of killing myself I can’t stop, and severe joint problems ALL THE TIME is no life. Work sets you free, eh? I know exactly what they want this to achieve, and it’s not to help us, it’s to get rid of us and they know it. Evil, evil people. This will cause a massive rise in suicides and homelessness.
      Joy Dehany, Coventry, United Kingdom
      12 hours ago
      4

      I was working full time when I had a stroke at age 47. I didn’t ask for a stroke. I didn’t want to be disabled and on benefits.
      I was an Employment Consultant for a Work Programme provider. I’ve seen what my clients were put through, how they were treated and how they were thought of.
      I was often told by management that I was too soft on my clients, especially the ones on ESA.
      The stress of working in this environment contributed to my stroke. Human beings should not be treated this way.
      Please allow those on sickness benefits some peace.
      Tammy Duncan, Clacton-on-Sea, United Kingdom
      11 hours ago
      3

      As one of the people who will be involved in this I think it’s ridiculous the way the government are getting away with this , who would want to employ a 60yr old ex nurse/childcare worker with RA,Oesteoporosis,fybromylagia , Athsma among other things , time to give concentrate in younger people that don’t have jobs and give them proper support to get working instead of picking on vulnerable I’ll people who are suffering enough
      Jacqui Pirie, Glasgow, United Kingdom
      11 hours ago
      3

      I am living in fear each and every day from this cruel government.
      Penny Mead, Harlow, United Kingdom
      12 hours ago
      3

      …………………………COMMENTS FROM THOSE THAT LORD DAVID FREUD WISHES TO ERADICATE……..

      • “I was working full time when I had a stroke at age 47. I didn’t ask for a stroke. I didn’t want to be disabled and on benefits.
        I was an Employment Consultant for a Work Programme provider.”

        Talk about bad karma😉

        • Working Links = SCUM!!

          Yeah, how many deaths,suicides, strokes, hardship, destitution and sheer fucking misery has this now former Working Links ‘consultant’ caused! Ha-ha-fucking-ha! Fucking DIE, DIE, DIE you EVIL FUCKING CUNT!!

          • There you go, see what happens when the boot is on the other foot? Their attitude soon changes towards people when it’s them that can’t work and they realize the crap they inflicted on others.

            DWP + JCP = SCUM.

            • It’s like a Road to Damascus conversion these cunts have as soon as THEIR circumstances suddenly change for the worse: “I used to work in well-paid employment as a DWP ‘decision maker’/Working Links ‘consultant/other assorted cunts too innumerable to mention but now that I having suddenly taken ill/had a change of fortune I can now see the utter misery and sheer cruelty I was inflicting on my fellow human beings. Being on the other side of the fence now I can see how barbaric the system is. Things have to change.”

      • “Consultant” = Working LInks! How low can you go!?

        • Well it’s the lowest isn’t it? You can’t get any lower than that. They are the ‘SonderKommando’s’ of the DWP aren’t they? Brought in to organise the final cleansing of the unemployed and the sick/disabled.

      • As you sow, so shall you reap

        — Galatians 6:7

        Life plays some queer tricks, but one of them isn’t letting us get away with it.

  148. Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights shared a group.
    8 hrs ·

    DPAC is looking for people who are prepared to talk on camera about the work capability assessment (WCA). If you have been through the WCA (either as a claimant or advocate) or have extensive knowledge of the WCA, and are able to share your thoughts, please get in touch! Participants are given a list of questions, and then record their thoughts on a camera, smart-phone or similar.

    For further information see these files: https://www.facebook.com/groups/555183414689757/files/

    If interested either inbox DPAC, or see this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/555183414689757/
    DPAC documentary WCA
    Public group
    30 Members

  149. This callous benefit cap reduction will hit families hard this Christmas

    “CHRISTMAS IS COMING, THE TORY’S GETTING FAT”

    https://www.theguardian.com/housing-network/2016/nov/04/benefits-cap-reduction-families-christmas

  150. “DWP TRY TO HIDE INVOLVEMEMENT IN FAKED PACE MEDICAL TRIALS AND FUNDING A COVER UP”

    DATE: 31 October 2016
    Annex A

    Dear Mr Slater

    Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 3 October 2016. You asked:

    The DWP part funded research by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), into ME/CFS
    (myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome) study known as the “PACE trial”.

    Results of the study were published by the Lancet (Volume 377, No. 9768, p823–836, 5 March
    2011) and titled “Comparison of adaptive pacing therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, graded
    exercise therapy, and specialist medical care for chronic fatigue syndrome (PACE): a
    randomised trial.”

    Recent media articles have stated that QMUL QMUL spent £200,000 on legal costs fighting a
    Freedom of Information case trying to prevent the disclosure of study data.

    RFI1: As the DWP part funded the study did it also provide any funding for the QMUL FOIA
    case that was attempting to prevent disclosure of the study data?

    We are not aware of any DWP funding for the FOIA case.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.
    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Strategy FoI Team

    ………………………………………………………………………………………………

    ………….WHEN THE DWP WRITE, “WE ARE NOT AWARE”, IT MEANS THEY ARE LYING………………

    • “………….WHEN THE DWP WRITE, “WE ARE NOT AWARE”, IT MEANS THEY ARE LYING………………”

      Same as when the cops say: “I have no recollection”.

      Try it yourself GEOFF🙂

      I am not aware that I had a change of circumstances🙂
      I have no recollection of having a change of circumstances🙂

      See GEOFF, you NEVER confess and you NEVER admit liability. And if they bury you under a tonne of ‘evidence’ you made a ‘mistake’. The DWP just play with words

      DWP = SCUM

  151. “JOHN PILGER / JULIAN ASSANGE INTERVIEW”

    …..NOT TO BE MISSED

    NEVER TO BE SEEN ON BBC OR SKY

    AN INSIGHT INTO THE CROOKS OF THE US AND UK GOVERNMENTS

    ILLEGAL ARMS SALES TO SAUDI ARABIA

    UK POLITICAL PRISONERS

    CORRUPT GOVERNMENTS WHO ARE PLAYING WAR GAMES BY SUPPLYING BOTH SIDES

    • “GUILTY OF EXPOSING THE FETID STEAMING PILE OF SHIT THAT IS THE UK GOVERNMENT”

      When the truth starts to hurt, our response is to falsely incarcerate those who spill the beans. After all, we are the nodding dog of our beloved, corrupt friends over the pond.
      When they shout we react…………

      Hiding the truth is easy, keeping a lid on it is another thing.

      John Pilger is probably the most genuine journalist in the world, feared by both the UK and US governments. His take on the illegal Blair/bush war has been carefully kept from prying eyes.

      Strange how the state rallies to cover up it’s own leaks when legalising prying into ours.

      Some would think they had something to hide…………

      Assange, the UK’S most famous political prisoner, cleared of rape allegations that the police made the accuser invent and innocent of any crime.

      Nelson Mandela was a political prisoner………..

  152. RED BASKETBALL

    John Pilger is there again, a lone journalist exposing what we should all have been told in our news. People should consider demanding their BBC licence fee is returned, after it is clearly demonstrated that they are failing to report the news to the people they represent.

    • Olive Fish

      Julian Assange is a citizen of Australia and therefore cannot be guilty of treason against any country but Australia. Most importantly, of course, is that he is not a traitor to any country. He is sought by political criminals because he exposed, and continues to expose, their crimes.

  153. paultheswineherd

    Really!
    Well, doing ‘something’ about housing is better than doing ‘nothing’ I suppose!
    Tory ‘buy as you go’ plan to make renters homeowners
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/05/rising-rents-force-housing-policy-change-homes-tory

    • …………take no notice Paul.

      It’s just a kneejerk reaction to the fact that the government are under investigation for human rights abuses of it’s poorest and most vulnerable, especially the imposition of the bedroom tax which affects a high proportion of the disabled.

      The tories will move the goalposts denying the freehold at the time of maturity. Promises are like pie crusts……….

      If they can steal pensions from under the noses of women by changing eligibility rules they can alter the rental duration so that those chasing a dream will never reach fruition.
      The concept fits in nicely with their scenario of working you to death on a pittance, never having a time to relax in your latter years for fear of destitution.

      Built on the proverbial carrot and stick approach, the whole idea of owning your own home should have no limitations on when you can pay off the tenure to gain freehold.
      Fluctuating interest rates will go only one way, up. They will never be reduced even if the interest rates dive.

      Signing your life away to get pipped at the post is about as low as you can get and these fuckers have a track record of theft on a grand scale.

      Twenty five years is already a life sentence without the burden of losing your employment and watching your dreams go up in smoke as you are tossed onto the street.

      There is nothing wrong with ordinary mortgages other than the ridiculous deposits required.

      If the government really wanted you to buy a house they could waive the costly deposit and let you move straight in after finance checks verify your ability to pay.

      If you project the payments on rental alone over twenty five years at the level of increases we have seen over the duration of the Conservative government, you would have paid enough to purchase a stately home.

      • paultheswineherd

        Geoff – Yes, very true and I was wondering the same thing as you!
        As you say, this is a Government who is only too happy to promise the world, then steal it all back again, sometimes without a minute’s notice.
        Meanwhile, most of their M.P.’s and Ministers are corrupt/criminals (or both) and they get away with all of it – for now anyway!

        • “SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR HARD EARNED PENSIONS AS THE TORIES ATTACK THE PENSION RIGHTS”

          ………….and it came to pass…..

          Only had my head on my pillow for a few hours since my last post and all my fears are starting to emerge…

          The MP’s on the Social Security Committee are now plotting to further reduce the UK state pensions meagre subsistence by removing the triple lock that guarantees that it keeps pace with inflation.

          There has been no mandate from the people, no mention in manifesto policies and yet they are following their hidden agenda to hand over the welfare state to the private health insurance industry in block.

          Lobbying must pay attractive dividends to the few willing to jeopardise the livelihoods of the many………

          FACT
          Inflation is about to rocket. The government is already fiddling with statistics to try and create a better picture of a nation failing.
          We produce fuck all hardly, rely on imports and embrace our bloated service industries.

          Shit will happen and the only way they can see fit to address their unique fuck ups is to punish you!

          Our state pension has been a long standing joke for many years in other european countries. They even made a documentary in Sweden on how the UK pensioners barely exist on their pittance…………….

          You work all your lives to have the knowledge that you will be rewarded by a bit of down time on your march towards your finals.

          These objectionable bastards dont just want to take away your old age vacation, they want you to work yourselves into an early grave in fear of destitution.

          By lowering your earnings threshhold they can manipulate how long you continue to work towards your final resting place.

          Of course, this does not affect the idle rich or MP’s with guaranteed gilt edge pensions and is to be thrust solely on those at the bottom of the totem pole of life, us plebs………..

          • The whole system makes me laugh with derision. All through history over and over again, when governments turn their citizens in to slaves to serve the rich it always ends in revolution. You can only oppress the workers until life becomes meaningless and they have nothing less to lose and then the fight back begins. 99% of us versus 1% of them tells the rich they need to step back and start to treat the masses with dignity or they stand to lose everything themselves.

            • ………when i was really young i remember my old man telling me that the biggest crooks in the world are the insurance companies…
              Nothing has changed…..

              Dad told me to invest in my future by any other means than a pension. He was a very wise guy and had seen every investment anybody ever made with an insurance company go tits up.

              He once took me into Refuge insurance company in Scarborough and he gave them a right grilling in front of lots of customers.
              He had invested in some form of investment that upon maturity was not worth a wank.

              As he left he shouted, “They ought to call you Refuse because all you get is fucking rubbish”

              Somebody on this blog recently said that the UK government pension scheme is the biggest PONZI scheme running. All the money is non existent and the young investors are just paying for the present pensioners. The bulk of the investment has gone walkabouts, raided by successive governments but kept a secret from the public.

              I believe this to be the case, hence the latest initiative using a furry animal to deceive the electorate into propping up the PONZI scheme that is starting to burn holes in the liars pockets.

              Politicians have squandered the proceeds of your hard labour on every short sighted escapade humanly possible and rather than accept they have fucked up bigstyle, they carry on the pretence that everything is hunky dory.

              This lady is asking what money presently exists in our UK pension pot.

              Trudy Baddams 26 October 2016
              Delivered

              Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
              How much is sitting in the pension pot now, we know it was sitting at £30 billion some time back, we know it has gone up but by how much?

              Yours faithfully,

              Trudy Baddams

              ………………………………………………………………………………………………….

              The DWP WILL NO DOUBT USE EVERY TRICK IN THE BOOK TO GET OUT OF GIVING THE REAL ANSWER

              https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/we_all_know_there_is_at_least_ps#incoming-889588

  154. paultheswineherd

    Theresa May has buggered off to India – now they ought to keep her there!
    Good to see that an Indy journalist covering this story too – shocking benefit sanctions stories (including David Clapson) and general disregard for armed forces personnel once they have ‘done their duty’ – the Tories (and labour before them) should be ashamed – but it seems that they are not shamed by ANY of this – not yet anyway!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/theresa-may-tories-armed-forces-jeremy-corbyn-remembrance-day-poppies-veterans-died-after-benefits-a7400751.html

    • That’s quite correct Paul, the tories treat our heroes like shit…………

      Daily Mail online 1 June 2013

      A record number of wounded war veterans have been denied disability benefits in the past year
      after undergoing tests carried out by the Government’s controversial assessment company.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ………….THINKING OF JOINING THE ARMED FORCES?
      THINK AGAIN….

  155. “UK SOLDIERS TREATED LIKE SHIT BY RUTHLESS CONSERVATIVES”

    Ex-soldier on hunger strike after benefits axed

    Written byWill Clark
    MP John Thurso

    A FORMER soldier who served his country for 13 years and was left disabled has gone on hunger strike after his benefits were withdrawn due to mistakes he claims were made by Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) staff in Wick.

    The man, who lives in Caithness but cannot be identified for security reasons, said mistakes made at its Girnigoe Street office have left him and his partner struggling to survive.

    And until he gets back what he claims he is entitled to – employment and support allowance payments – he intends maintaining his fast, surviving only on fluids.

    During a meeting at the Wick DWP office in 2011, he was informed his incapacity benefit payments would be changed to the Employment and Support Allowance scheme (ESA).

    The 52-year-old has received incapacity benefits since 1991 due to injuries he suffered including prolapsed discs, fused vertebrae, restless leg syndrome, dropped foot and depression – conditions verified by medical certificates from two orthopaedic consultants, a consultant psychiatrist and a GP.

    He claims he was told his payments would continue as normal and he would automatically be put into the support group.

    A year later, he was informed his payments of £500 a month were being stopped as he was no longer deemed eligible. As one year had passed since he was informed about the change to ESA, he was no longer entitled to appeal to ATOS Healthcare, which carries out work capability assessments which decide claims.

    “In 2011, the assistant manager told me there was nothing to worry about, the dates of my payments would continue as normal and I didn’t need to do anything,” he said.

    “A year on, I got a letter from the Jobcentre that my 365 days to appeal had passed and, as I am not in the support group bracket, I was no longer entitled to my allowance.

    “This was the first time I was made aware that I had to appeal. I should have been in the support group since day one and have four medical certificates to prove it, but I was not asked to provide anything.”

    Last month, when he went back to the Wick office, he said he was told a mistake had been made.

    He refused to leave until the mistake was rectified, but ended up being escorted out of the building by police.

    “The staff said they couldn’t do anything,” he said.

    “I refused four times to leave until somebody sorted it out. It’s their responsibility to ensure staff are fully trained and don’t give out the wrong advice.”

    As his wife works more than 24 hours a week, they are not entitled to housing benefit but they have cancelled paying council tax, water bills and their TV licence until he is paid what he claims is due to him.

    “There are people who do abuse the system, but I’ve got four medical consultants who have written I’ll never work again,” he said.

    “I haven’t eaten since Saturday and if it takes me to starve to death to show the incompetence of Wick DWP, that’s what I’ll do.”

    A spokesman for the DWP said ESA replaced the previous incapacity benefit scheme as it was more effective to help people able to work to find employment and to support those unable to work.

    …………………..”FIT FOR WORK, NO DOUBT”

  156. “DWP/UNUM PROVIDENT PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE”

    The Guardian, Wednesday 12 September 2012 21.00 BST

    This week the sixth International Forum on Disability Management, IFDM 2012, takes place at Imperial College London. It is sponsored by some of the world’s largest medical insurance companies, Unum among them, and speakers include DWP chief medical adviser Dr Bill Gunyeon and Professor Sir Mansel Aylward, formerly DWP chief medical adviser and director of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research at Cardiff University, which was sponsored by Unum from its inception in 2003 until 2009.

    Unum’s website states that during this sponsorship period “a series of papers was published, identifying the range of factors that determine why some people become long-term absentees”. The Cardiff papers advocated a “biopsychosocial model” of disability which Unum says “informed its approach to medical underwriting”. It is the same approach upon which the current Atos work capability assessment (WCA) is based. Concomitantly, the company were advising the UK government on welfare reform.

    ………………AND ACCORDING TO THE DWP;

    The Work Capability Assessment was developed in collaboration with a range of
    medical and occupational health experts. Sue Godby, of the College of Occupational
    Therapists and Unum Provident, was part of the Mental Health Technical Working
    Group, along with eight other professionals. Dr Peter Dewis, a disability analyst and
    Customer Care Director, Unum Provident, was part of the Physical Function Technical
    Working Group, along with nine other professionals.

    …………………………………………………………………..

    In response, I can advise that neither the Department nor Atos Healthcare hold any
    documentation that links the LiMA software, used for Work Capability Assessments, with Unum,
    the insurance industry or Mansel Aylward.
    If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
    above.

    Yours sincerely

    DWP

  157. UNUMS LINK TO THE DWP

    MATTHEW OAKLEY AND HIS PART IN DISABILITY DEATHS

    Earlier this year I wrote that government advisor, who is a specialist in labor economics and econometrics, has proposed scrapping all ESA sickness and disability benefits. Matthew Oakley, a senior researcher at the Social Market Foundation, recently published a report entitled Closing the gap: creating a framework for tackling the disability employment gap in the UK, in which he proposes abolishing the ESA Support Group. To meet extra living costs because of disability, Oakley says that existing spending on PIP and the Support Group element of ESA should be brought together to finance a new extra costs benefit. Eligibility for this benefit should be determined on the basis of need, with an assessment replacing the WCA and PIP assessment.

    I think the word “need” is being redefined to meet politically defined neoliberal economic outcomes.

    Oakely also suggests considering a “role that a form of privately run social insurance could play in both increasing benefit generosity and improving the support that individuals get to manage their conditions and move back to work.”

    I’m sure the private company Unum would jump at the opportunity. Steeped in controversy, with a wake of scandals that entailed the company denying people their disabilty insurance, in 2004, Unum entered into a regulatory settlement agreement (RSA) with insurance regulators in over 40 US states. The settlement related to Unum’s handling of disability claims and required the company “to make significant changes in corporate governance, implement revisions to claim procedures and provide for a full re-examination of both reassessed claims and disability insurance claim decisions.

    The company is the top disability insurer in both the United States and United Kingdom. By coincidence, the company has been involved with the UK’s controversial Welfare Reform Bill, advising the government on how to cut spending, particularly on disability support. What could possibly go right?

  158. dsuoo (@das_uk) says:
    November 6, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    This is worrying beyond belief and leaves only two outcomes
    Chronically ill and forced to work for nothing and die because
    Of your illness, or be stripped of all financial help and starve to
    Death or commit suicide, this has to be stopped or we must
    Force this government out too many lives are at stake

  159. The cuts to the overall benefit cap do not all begin today and the implementation is being staggered from today, 7 November until 23 January 2017.

    The dates for each area and note the DWP says they could all be a week later too.

    Those areas with the lowest expected number of capped households begin first and those with the highest expected number start last.

    https://speye.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/benefit-cap-implementation-dates-from-7-nov-to-23-january-2017/

  160. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    The UN Report into UK Government maltreatment of disabled people has been published

    DPAC – 7th Nov 2016

    The long awaited report from the UN about our governments attacks on disabled people was published at 4pm today

    We will have a lot more to say about this in future posts but for now here are the summary of findings of the report:

    http://dpac.uk.net/2016/11/the-united-nations-report-into-the-uk-government-maltreatment-of-disabled-people-has-been-published/

    Summary of the findings

    A. General findings

    82. The facts submitted by the source were disputed by the State party. The Committee engaged in a verification exercise in which the facts that appeared to be controversial were cross-checked with data collected from a variety of sources, including parliamentary inquiries, reports of the independent monitoring body of the Convention, official statistics, reports and data originating from other government departments or units, entity governments, research institutes, service providers, academic centres, independent experts, former government officers, grass-roots non-governmental organizations, organizations of persons with disabilities and individuals. In some cases, some State party’s statements were not supported by evidence collected by the investigation. In others, the State party indicated that no data were available. The findings below are based on a comprehensive analysis of data provided by various sources.

    83. The State party launched, a considerable time ago, a major policy reform to the welfare system, aimed at reducing the fiscal deficit and achieving in 2020 a surplus in its balance of payments. Various policy documents and statements by high-level ranking officers have stated that this is the most fundamental policy change to the social protection system in recent decades. The stated goals of the policy are to transform British society from a low-wage, low-employment and high-welfare society to a high-wage, high-employment and low-welfare one. The policy makes the assumption that individuals are better off in work, dependency on benefits is in itself counterproductive and perpetuates poverty and beneficiaries of welfare benefits need to move into work both through improvement of incentives to employment and through a system of conditionality and sanctions. The policy intends that sectors of society who have been dependant on benefits move into work. It has also been stated that the policy aims at protecting those people who require more support or who are “most vulnerable”.

    84. Changes to the welfare system include the overhauling of a wide range of entitlements in several areas, including social and private housing sector, contributory and non-contributory benefits, tax credits and out-of-work and in-work benefits and have affected all segments of the population, including children, women, single parents, older persons and persons with disabilities. With regard to persons with disabilities, the reform resulted in the overhauling of major disability benefits, including means-tested benefits, income-maintenance benefits and benefits related to the specific and extra costs associated with disability. In the period covered by the inquiry, a large number of persons with disabilities have been requested to undergo capability assessments, with pre-implementation assumptions that a significant percentage would no longer rely on social allowances.

    85. The roll out of those policies included the issuing of statements by high-ranking officers that the reform was aimed at making the welfare system fairer to taxpayers and more balanced and transparent and reducing benefit fraud. Persons with disabilities have been regularly portrayed negatively as being dependent or making a living out of benefits, committing fraud as benefit claimants, being lazy and putting a burden on taxpayers, who are paying “money for nothing”. Although the State party produced evidence of formal efforts and public awareness campaigns to improve the image of persons with disabilities, the inquiry collected evidence that persons with disabilities continue to experience increasing hostility, aggressive behaviour and sometimes attacks to their personal integrity. The inquiry also found no substantiation of the alleged benefit fraud by persons with disabilities.

    86. Public sector equality duty obliges State authorities to carry out impact assessments when they plan to introduce measures, including legislative measures, to ensure that groups with protected characteristics, among them persons with disabilities, are properly consulted and any adverse impact on them is properly justified. The State party submitted evidence that it has complied with domestic legal duties for all the intended changes to the welfare system. The inquiry collected evidence that a major piece of legislation of the welfare reform, the Welfare Reform Act 2012, was not thoroughly compliant with those requirements. Similarly, a court of law found that the decision to close the Independent Living Fund was not in compliance with domestic equality duty, which compelled the authorities of the State party to carry out another equality assessment. The inquiry also collected evidence that the views of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations who had participated in consultations launched by the State party, were not meaningfully taken into account in the decision-making and had little or no influence on policy decisions.

    87. Although the State party asserted that a cumulative impact assessment of the various policy measures affecting persons with disabilities was not technically feasible or practicable, the evidence collected by the inquiry indicates that a cumulative impact assessment could have been conducted with the data and information available in the State party.

    88. The Committee observes that various pieces of legislation related to recent welfare policies do not fully enforce the international human rights framework related to social protection and independent living. In connection thereto, it was observed that in the field of social protection, persons with disabilities have not been properly considered as right-holders and entitled to benefits with regard to their right to social protection. Similarly, while the Care Act 2014 reflects the principles of well-being of persons with disabilities and underlines the objective of personalization of support packages, it fails to properly acknowledge the elements of autonomy and control and choice, which are intrinsic to the right to independent living as referred to in article 19 of the Convention.

    89. The Committee observes the prevalence of the medical approach in assessment procedures for determining the eligibility of persons with disabilities to entitlements. The main assessment procedure for determining eligibility for out-of-work benefits resulted in persons with disabilities being classified as either unable to perform work-related activity, having limited capability to work or fit to work. The above-mentioned assessment failed to take in account the support persons with disabilities need to perform a job or the complex nature of some impairments and conditions, or reflect the human rights-based approach to disability.

    90. The Committee observes that persons with disabilities who have undergone functional assessments aimed at determining their eligibility for social benefits felt that they were merely processed rather than being listened to or understood. The inquiry was informed that several measures have been adopted to make adjustments to procedures to improve service delivery, including the time frame for the assessment procedures, and ensure a better understanding of the diversity of persons with disability by assessors. The evidence collected from various sources indicates that the needs, views and personal history of persons with disabilities, and particularly those requiring high levels of support such as persons with intellectual and/or psychosocial disabilities, were not properly taken into account or given appropriate weight in the decisions affecting them.

    Read More:
    http://dpac.uk.net/2016/11/the-united-nations-report-into-the-uk-government-maltreatment-of-disabled-people-has-been-published/

    • …………looks like they broke every disability, equality and Human rights law going Razor.
      Mind you, you need the backing of the parasitic none entity fake charities, the bent as a nine bob note judiciary and a host of fake pretend doctors to pull it off.
      They even have a bent Berkshire Coroner, butcher Bedford…………

      The DWP and Conservative clowns tell lies but the obituary columns don’t.

      Watch this space as the claimant mortality reports go through the roof as the cuts bite…….

      Quite looking forward to winter, the pain, the hunger, the cold and the anticipation of not waking up and facing the extra demons of living in a broken body.

  161. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    UN report defends disabled people against Tory policy; Tory newsrag attacks it with nonsense

    VoxPolitical – 6th Nov 2016

    The Heil on Sunday is spearheading the Tory government’s campaign against the United Nations over a report attacking Conservative policy on people with disabilities. Unfortunately for both the newsrag and the government that leaked the information to it, their arguments are nonsense.

    A draft of the report has been leaked to Heil reporters, two weeks in advance of its publication, along with an indication of the Tory response. We may therefore assume that it was leaked by Damian Green or one of his – for want of a better word – team.

    Read More:
    http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/11/06/un-report-defends-disabled-people-against-tory-policy-tory-newsrag-attacks-it-with-nonsense/

  162. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    Time for the UK to leave the UN – Lets have a referendum to leave the UN !!!

  163. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    Vote YES to leave the UN # Vote NO to stay in the UN.

    Rupert Murdoch`s only option !!! Daily Propaganda !!!

  164. paultheswineherd

    “What, or who the hell is “Conservative Woman”?
    I put in a Google search and I soon found out!
    http://www.conservativewoman.co.uk
    http://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/about-conservative-woman
    Until, yesterday, Sunday morning, I had never even heard of ‘Conservative Woman’ apart from the Thatcher witch and our new Theresa May witch!
    Sunday morning saw a discussion (I think on BBC1?) about Ken Loach’s new Palm D’Or film – I, Daniel Blake. They had various people on there giving their various opinions about the true reality of the film, including a ‘co-editor’ of Conservative Woman, a disabled lady in a wheelchair, a journalist/pundit (?) and an ex-Fire service lady and someone called Adam Perkins (whom I had also never heard of before).
    The general consensus was that the film really did portray reality and that the DWP bureaucracy was basically stupid and out of control – apart from Adam Perkins who seemed to pour cold water on it at times and of course, the ‘co-author’ of Conservative Woman who agreed slightly at times with with the other contributors – but who mostly towed the Tory party line in agreeing with most of what the Tories have been doing with their ‘Welfare Reform’ policies. (i.e.- the taxpayer should get ‘value for money’ (!) for those on benefits). These final two really need to take a very good look at the truth that is all around them (instead of believing all that Channel 5 & the assorted Tory rags tell them!)

  165. “DWP CRYING OUT FOR MORE DODGY CORONERS LIKE PETER J BEDFORD TO HIDE STATE MURDERS”

    ………the bungling Berkshire backstabber

    ……………….Dodgy PETER J BEDFORD prefers the easy life. He shuns publicity and also shuns his responsibilities as a coroner…………

    Not interested how many people the DWP put to death, he is happy to pick up his large salary and look the other way.

    Peter is part of a chain that needs to exist in order that the Conservative government can play out it’s EUGENICS fantasies on the most vulnerable, those least likely to fight back. The poor and chronically disabled.

    Why create work for himself when it’s far easier to look the other way. After all, you don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you.

    I would like to congratulate Peter on his stance because being ignorant of his duty will probably see him elevated to a higher position.

    Well done Peter, being involved in death has probably left you much colder than the corpse you decided had not been helped by DWP welfare reform.

    Keep up the good work, looking the other way is a noble part of your character……..

  166. paultheswineherd

    “THE U.N. REPORT” (Please send this as far and wide as possible!)

    I truly doubt that any of this will appear either on the BBC or Sky News!
    However, they WILL continue to cover all that you will ever need to know about the “U.S. Presidential Election”
    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/nov/07/uk-austerity-policies-amount-to-violations-of-disabled-peoples-rights

  167. paultheswineherd

    And now the ‘Mirror’s’ version!
    Including the murderer IDS – a despicable cunt if ever there was one
    (Please don’t forget to look at the comments at the foot of the page!)
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-welfare-cuts-gravely-violated-9215742

  168. .The Urchins of May

    …….IF YOU HEAR CHILDREN’S VOICES AT YOUR DOOR THIS CHRISTMAS, DON’T DISMISS THEM AS CAROL SINGERS……….

    THEY MAY BE COLD, HOMELESS AND BEGGING FOR FOOD.

  169. CHRISTMAS IS COMING
    THE GOOSE IS GETTING FAT
    OUR CHILDREN ARE STARVING
    EVICTED FROM THEIR FLAT

    THE BBC AREN’T BOTHERED
    BAKE OFF TOPS THE NEWS
    JUST TORY PROPAGANDA
    AND BIASED SELFISH VIEWS

    SKY IS JUST AS EVIL
    PAID TO LOOK AWAY
    THE CRIMES AGAINST THE POOREST
    HIDDEN FROM THE FRAY

    THE SMELL OF DEATH NOW CONSTANT
    KILLING JUST FOR FUN
    PEOPLE NOW NOT FOXES
    EUGENICS HAS BEGUN

    AND THOSE THAT MIGHT SURVIVE
    CAN LOOK BACK SOON IN TIME
    AND RECOGNISE THAT POLICY
    WAS REALLY JUST A CRIME

    IT’S NO GOOD FEELING SORRY
    FOR THOSE YOU KILL TODAY
    TAKE ONCE STEP BACK AND RETHINK
    YOUR VILENESS MRS MAY

    FOR EVERY SINGLE MURDER
    YOUR PARTY DID COMMIT
    THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS
    WILL MAKE YOU EAT THE SHIT

    SO GRAB A PIECE OF TINSEL
    TIE IT TIGHTLY ROUND YOUR NECK
    AND DO US ALL A FAVOUR
    FOR THE LIVES YOU SOUGHT TO WRECK

  170. “BBC QUICKLY REMOVE STORY OF HORRORS UNLEASHED ON UK DISABLED AND REPLACE IT WITH STORY OF GAPS IN TOBLERONE CHOCOLATE BARS”

    If there were any complicity on horrors unleashed on our disabled community, the BBC must be number one candidate.
    Pushing every sick and twisted government welfare policy whilst completely ignoring the desperate cries of help from the most oppressed and least likely to fight back, the disabled community.

    The BBC are not a publicly owned corporation, they are the voice of government policy and a shrine to Israel.

    Don’t think of it as a broadcaster, consider it a tory propaganda machine.

    A wealthy self promoting exuberance of the few that pisses on the bonfire of the many.

    Once a national asset, now a national disgrace.

    • Chocoholic [hic]

      It is truly awful especially as we near the season of goodwill. You would be well advised to grab as much as the old stock of Toblerone, as much as you can carry out the shop, before the sharp-elbowed middle-classes grab it all for themselves😉

  171. “THE BBC MONEY MACHINE”
    ………..Converting TV license subscriptions into obscene wealth

    Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

    Please tell me how many grade 11 staff the BBC employed in the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

    Please say also:
    – what was the total wage bill for all grade 11 staff during this period?
    – what was the average salary?
    – how many people on grade 11 were on a salary above the ceiling of the grade?
    – what was the average salary of those within the pay grade?
    – what was the average salary of those above the pay grade?

    Would you please say additionally how many employees on this grade are paid more than £100,000 per annum and how many more than £143,462 per annum.

    This is a follow-up to RFI20160343 and RFI20160922, in which you gave the numbers to 30 June 2015.

    Yours faithfully,

    Spencer Count

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pay_grade_11_2015_16#incoming-891973

    • “THE MILLION MASK MARCH”
      ……………..COMPLETELY IGNORED BY THE BIASED BEEB

      Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

      Please could you supply me with the above statistics. How many protests, rally’s, marches and demonstrations were covered by the BBC in 2015 in the Greater London area.

      Also what were the subjects of the said protests etc

      Yours faithfully,

      Pete Butcher

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/protest_statistics_covered_by_bb#incoming-889226

      THE BBC ARE UNWORTHY OF THE SHIT OFF THE SHOES OF THE WORKING CLASS PEOPLE OF THE UK.
      THEY STAND AS A MONUMENT TO THE NEOLIBERAL CAPITALIST THUGS THAT ARE TEARING THIS COUNTRY APART.

      • “WHAT IS THE REMIT OF TV LICENSING”

        FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST NOW 3 MONTHS OVERDUE…..

        Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

        Please can you supply any information that would help the Public understand the official remit of TV Licensing?

        Specifically:-

        1. Any official/published statements made by the BBC on the remit of TV Licensing.

        2. Any internal references to, or discussion of Legislation (or lack thereof) concerning the remit of TV Licensing.

        3. Any information pertaining to TV Licensing and the compliance of its activities and remit with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.

        4. Any further information, not covered above, relating to the withholding of similar information during the BBC/BBC Trust response to a complainant within the BBC Trust CAB rulings dated Oct/Nov 2015, page 38 (where Legal Privilege was cited).

        Yours faithfully,

        Mr. M. Whitifeid

        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/what_is_the_remit_of_tv_licensin#outgoing-592947

  172. VERY UN-HAPPY Ministers reject United Nations report that slammed them for cuts that ‘gravely violated’ rights of disabled Brits

    “We already provide well above average levels of support for those living with disabilities and while we can always go further, the biased assumptions in this report don’t do anyone any favours.”

    I HAVE BARELY SURVIVED ON JUST £33.60P PER WEEK FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS AFTER AN ATOS NURSE WROTE A FAKED MEDICAL REPORT ON BEHALF OF THE DWP.

    AFTER BEING AWARDED A LIFETIME DISABILITY AWARD, HIGH MOBILITY AND LOW CARE, I NOW SURVIVE ON THIS MEAGRE PITTANCE.

    THE UK GOVERNMENT ARE GUILTY OF THE MOST HORRIFIC CUTS TO THE DISABLED COMMUNITY.

    IF ANY NEWSPAPER OR TV COMPANY WISH TO FEATURE AN ARTICLE ON THE HEINOUS NATURE OF THE TORY INVOLVEMENT IN HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, PLEASE CONTACT ME.

  173. What a country to be proud of notice the obscenely large enamel poppy May has been sporting ….does anyone seriously think that the men who died in the last two wars …. predominantly from working class backgrounds fought for their people who are old sick poor to be abused like this?

  174. Those fuckers over at ‘black triangle’ are really fucking nauseating the way they are attempting to hijack the grotesque murder of David Clapson and manipulate his death at the hands of the DWP for their own selfish ends.

    In a ‘black triangle’ ‘utopia’ where there was no sanctions for ‘disabled people’ i.e. those claiming ESA; the David Clapsons of this world would still be being sanctioned and left to die, and ‘black triangle’ wouldn’t give a flying fuck so long as the ESA group were ‘protected’.

    And what’s this all about: “WinVisible won exemption from the face-to-face Work Capability Assessment (WCA) exam for many vulnerable women, and helped restore benefit to disabled women cut off for “failure to attend”.” So it should only be men that are sanctioned? Like David Clapson, eh?

    ‘Black Triangle’ ‘campaigning’ efforts, however, don’t appear to be amounting to diddly-squat since “on 1 November the government launched a “Work, health and disability: improving lives” green paper at disability charity Scope, which includes the proposal to make everyone subject to sanctions, including sick and disabled people in the Support Group who are currently protected.” Well tough titties!

    ‘Campaigning’ groups such as ‘black triangle’ don’t give a fuck about the unemployed, those on jobseeker’s allowance who are bearing the brunt of the Government’s onslaught on welfare, and who are literally being left destitute, but who cares so long as the ESA group and women are ‘protected’.

    It is the world of George Orwell’s ‘Do It To Julia’. Black Triangle is acting like the middle-classes in the way they hijack other groups, pretend to be a friend of the poor and then shut up shop once their objectives are achieved. If the Government ceded to ‘black triangle’s demands they would put down their placards as quickly as you could say “free money for life” and shut up shop. The David Clapsons of this world would be left to fend for themselves.

    Anyway, good luck to Gill Thompson, David Clapson in bringing the bastard Government to book.

  175. paultheswineherd

    “BRITISH GOVERNMENT SYSTEMATICALLY VIOLATING THE RIGHTS OF THE DISABLED, UN INQUIRY WARNS”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/un-report-disability-disabled-rights-violating-austerity-welfare-reform-esa-pip-a7404956.html

  176. paultheswineherd

    “GOVERNMENT MUST LOOK TO END WORKING AGE BENEFITS FREEZE, IAIN DUNCAN SMITH SAYS”
    Isn’t IDS really caring nowadays! However, his squirming and frightened retoric will still not protect him (and Chris Grayling) from being investigated for not preventing unnecessary deaths due to both of them ignoring Coroner’s Reports.
    Both of them realise that the ‘noose’ is slowly, but inexorably tightening.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefit-cuts-freeze-working-age-iain-duncan-smith-cap-dwp-a7402551.html

    • “GREENS FANTASY SPENDING”

      Damian Green claims that the government spends £50 billion a year on disabled people, so everything must be OK
      The Institute of Fiscal Studies report on spending on benefits for disabled people says the actual spend is £36,063bn but this actually benefits that are not counted as working age disability benefits (Attendance Allowance which is for over 65s, Statutory Sick pay, Carer’s Allowance, War Pensions, Industrial Injuries Benefits and the ILF which the government has closed)

      The total of those benefits not paid to disabled people is £7,908bn

  177. So actual spend on all working age benefits for disabled people is £28,155 billion

  178. paultheswineherd

    “Damian Green dismisses ‘offensive’ UN report on uk disability rights”

    Damian Green is definitely no friend of claimants, the working poor, the poor, the sick or the disabled (even pensioners too now!)
    Another totally uncaring toss pot to emerge from the released bowels of our present Tory dictatorship – he, just like IDS & Grayling, is on a collision course for an eventual train crash with all of the combined groups that they have been torturing for so very long.
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/08/damian-green-dismisses-offensive-un-report-on-uk-disability-rights

    • I dunno why people are getting their knickers in a twist over this, it all aload of ol bollocks, some of us never had any faith in the UN report in the first place.
      Ever since the UNs report on housing by the “Nutty Brazilian” and the affects of the bedroom tax came to absolutely nothing, why on earth did people pin all their hopes on this report,its only going to get ignored just like the last one.
      Mind you there are some MPs who salivate at the thought of a good photo shoot with the “Disabled”.
      OOOOh we care……… yeah like fuck you do.

  179. “SNP CONDEMN VILE TORY ATTACKS ON DISABLED”

    The SNP have echoed the findings of a damning UN report that criticises the UK government for its policies that have disproportionately affected disabled people and called on the UK government to end its “ideological assault” on disabled people in the UK.
    The UN report was commissioned after a call by campaigners who issued a formal complaint to the international body about potential violations of disabled people’s rights by the UK government.

    The findings in the report claim that measures implemented by the UK government since 2010, including the bedroom tax and cuts to disability benefits, have disproportionately affected disabled people.

    The UN report also condemned the government for bulldozing ahead with the changes to social security knowing they would have an adverse impact on disabled people and calls on the UK government to carry out a study of the impact of all spending cuts on those with disabilities.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/snp-condemn-tories-ideological-assault-on-disabled-people/

  180. “The UK government cannot simply turn away from the findings of an internationally respected organisation which explicitly states that the rights of disabled people have been violated.”

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/snp-condemn-tories-ideological-assault-on-disabled-people/

  181. Council house waiting lists all around the country are going to get even longer when the benefit cap bites, Them Londoners are gonna to have to live somewhere.
    Apparently Pre-Fab accommodation is very much in vogue at the moment, disused cargo containers are being converted into bedsits.
    Coming to a street near you very soon.
    That`ll upset the daily wailers.

  182. First they came for the disabled but I did nothing because Channel 5 and the Daily Mail tell me they’re all on the fiddle and lazy.

    Then they came for the immigrants but I did nothing because they all want to come here and blow us up and have suspicious beards.

    Then they came for the working poor but I did nothing because they should just work more hours and learn to manage their finances better.

    Then they came for a quarter of the children in the UK but I did nothing because it decreases the surplus population.

    Then they came for the protestors but I did nothing because they are just the great unwashed.

    Then they came for the paralympians but I did nothing because they don’t need any help if they can break world records.

    Then they came for the single parent households but I did nothing because everyone knows they just have kids for the benefits and a council house.

    Then they came for me and my pension. Bastards! WHY DOESN’T ANYONE CARE?!?!?!?!

    Then they cancelled X Factor and the entire UK erupted, tweeted, made front pages, we all talked about it, signed petitions, wept.
    And my faith in community spirit was restored.

    Courtesy of Atos Miracles

  183. “FRANK FIELD, THE THATCHER ADMIRER WHO WANTS TO STEAL YOUR PENSION”

    A cross-party committee has announced plans to cut state pensions, claiming that the British economy has become “heavily skewed” in favour of the baby-boomer generation.

    Part of this program of cuts would see the “triple lock” on state pensions, which guarantees rises of at least 2.5% a year, scrapped by the end of the decade. But the committee, chaired by veteran right-wing Labour MP Frank Field, has also made it clear that benefits given to all pensioners, such as winter fuel payments, should not be “off limits” to government cuts.

    In 2014-15, an estimated 43,900 excess winter deaths occurred – mostly amongst those of pensionable age. Cuts to winter fuel payments would see this number soar.

    For Blairites like Field, who buy wholeheartedly into the malicious logic of austerity, this is a necessary sacrifice:

    http://evolvepolitics.com/arch-labour-blairite-heading-committee-proposing-savage-cuts-to-pensioners/

    …………..THE TAILORS DUMMY WHO HAS NEVER DONE A DAYS WORK IN HIS LIFE……..

    • None of this is surprising when you know something of Frank Fields’s background. Field was a close personal friend of the hated Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and, today, sits on the advisory board for the pro-privatisation think-tank Reform. In 2008, Field was included in the Telegraph’s “Top 100 Right Wing Thinkers”.

      …………..GET RID OF THIS CUNT

      • Field is also an outspoken critic of Jeremy Corbyn, as are the other Labour MPs who sit on the Committee for Work and Pensions: Karen Buck, Neil Coyle and Steve McCabe.

        The fact that Frank Field is a Labour MP reveals much about the persistently right wing character of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Before Labour can be truly transformed into a party for the 99%, reselection contests will need to take place to ensure that the party reflects the views of its new members. The sooner we can pension off the likes of Frank Field, the better.

        • “CAPITA PARAMEDIC HEALTH PROFESSIONAL”

          ……..what next, deckchair attendant doctor?

          A nurse with 25 years’ experience who worked for assessment company Capita until earlier this year has claimed assessors do not necessarily have the right skills when it comes to some disabilities.

          He did not want to be identified but told the programme: “A paramedic is very well designed to do the job of a paramedic. Have they got a lot of experience of somebody with MS, for example?

          “Perhaps somebody with a very physical condition like MS should be assessed by somebody like an occupational therapist, or physiotherapist.

          “Somebody with severe mental health difficulties by a psychiatrically trained person – but that doesn’t happen.”

          Capita said staff were suitably equipped and supported to carry out assessments and on-going training was provided.

          The Department for Work and Pensions said in a statement: “Assessments for PIPs are carried out by qualified health professionals who combine their clinical knowledge with an understanding of the fact that not everyone with the same disability is impacted [upon] in the same way.

          ……………..hence the thousands that died within weeks of being certified as fit for work

          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-37900898

        • As you know from my previous posts on this site I have been saying this for ages. Labour needs to get rid of all the Tory infiltrators and become a real socialist party or we will never have justice for the disabled and unemployed.

          • Spot on Truth. It’s the only way. Getting rid of Tory minded idiots like Field would be an epic start. Where did these people crawl out from? They are never Labour people with their ideas, never.

  184. paultheswineherd

    SURPRISE, SURPRISE! – NO MENTION OF THE U.N. REPORT AT ALL!
    Why the fuck do we pay our TV licence – IMPORTANT news is not reported!
    BBC 6PM News this evening: (These in running order as follows):
    Firstly – 13 and a half minutes regarding the U.S. Pres. Election – then –
    A piece about child sex abuse/murder in ‘High Places’ of British Gov’t(s).
    A letter written by Prince Harry about his new girlfriend Meghan Markle (complaining about how the ‘Press’ coverage had badly treated her).
    Dame Lowell Goddard (Re recent dropping of child sex abuse inquiry).
    A British banker has been jailed for the murder of a girl in Hong Kong.
    SNP (Nicola Sturgeon) debate in Scottish Parliament re Brexit.
    Marks & Spencer store restructuring, stores closing (incl Intntl) & profit loss.
    then – for the remaining 5 mins or so – back to the U.S. Pres. Election.

    IT’S GOOD TO KNOW THAT THE BBC REALLY CARES ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN BRITAIN WHO ARE BEING KILLED BY IT’S OWN D.W.P.
    AND IT’S VERY OWN GOVERNMENT’S ‘WELFARE REFORM’ DISASTER.

  185. “FOLLOWING IN THE NAZI’S FOOTSTEPS”

    DPAC are very pleased that the publication of the UN inquiry into the grave and systematic violation of disabled people’s human rights has vindicated our complaints to the UN. The committee’s damning report clearly demonstrates that the Tories were well aware of the negative impact of their actions and policies on disabled people. Yet they went ahead with these attacks, regardless.

    The Tories attitudes and actions can only be compared with those of politicians in 1930s Nazi Germany. The Tories should be deeply ashamed of their actions. But they won’t be. Like Aktion T4 the actions of this government in relation to conscious cruelty against disabled people is now a matter for international public record.

    http://www.thecanary.co/…/uk-government-just-slammed-viola…/

  186. The Tories attitudes and actions can only be compared with those of politicians in 1930s Nazi Germany. The Tories should be deeply ashamed of their actions. But they won’t be. Like Aktion T4 the actions of this government in relation to conscious cruelty against disabled people is now a matter for international public record.

  187. DPAC are very pleased that the publication of the UN inquiry into the grave and systematic violation of disabled people’s human rights has vindicated our complaints to the UN. The committee’s damning report clearly demonstrates that the Tories were well aware of the negative impact of their actions and policies on disabled people. Yet they went ahead with these attacks, regardless.

    The Tories attitudes and actions can only be compared with those of politicians in 1930s Hitler’s Germany. The Tories should be deeply ashamed of their actions. But they won’t be. Like Aktion T4 the actions of this government in relation to conscious cruelty against disabled people is now a matter for international public record.

    http://www.thecanary.co/…/uk-government-just-slammed-viola…/

  188. …………..Erectors required for new wall project. Must have xenophobic tendencies.
    KKK members preferred. Tax optional.

    Skills required;
    BASIC CARPENTRY CRUCIFIX ASSEMBLY
    FIRE STARTING

    Ex Orgreave Police welcome

  189. Jane Atkinson

    Following a 13 month battle, the DWP have finally been forced to release secret documents illustrating the tactics they use to control and manipulate the media.
    The documents reveal that the DWP monitors and analyses both mainstream and social media to reduce and manage negative coverage.
    And even more worryingly, the documents show the DWP have managed to kill hundreds of stories by making sure that they are not reported on.

  190. “DWP MEDIA REPORTS”

    HOW THE DWP DEMONISES DISABILITY CLAIMANTS IN THE MEDIA

    Street sign showing Parliament Street and Whitehall
    DWP blocks publication of reports on impact of private media briefings
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    By John Pring on November 20, 2015 Activism and Campaigning

    Disabled activists are calling on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to release secret reports which could prove whether it has been engaging in a propaganda campaign to demonise disabled people in the media.

    DWP has told Disability News Service (DNS) that it will not release documents compiled by its own communications department that describe the impact of its briefings to the media on disability benefit reform.

    DWP initially denied that any such documents existed, but DNS has discovered that a monthly report is compiled describing the impact of its press releases and other media briefings.

    These reports could reveal how DWP has briefed mainstream newspapers – including the Daily Mail, the Sun and the Daily Express – on its social security reforms, and how it judged their subsequent coverage.

    Disabled activists and opposition politicians have repeatedly raised concerns that ministers or civil servants have briefed newspapers in a way that encourages them to report inaccurate and misleading articles with headlines such as “75 per cent of incapacity claimants are fit to work” and “Disabled benefit? Just fill in a form”.

    After DNS lodged a freedom of information request in August, asking “whether the department keeps a record of which actions by DWP communications have led to the publication of welfare stories that appear in the media”, DWP initially insisted that no such reports existed.

    SEE MORE

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-blocks-publication-of-reports-on-impact-of-private-media-briefings/

    • Duncan Smith protested then that he was unable to control how the media covered welfare reform stories, but promised DWP would improve the way it dealt with statistics on disability benefits.

      Just 24 hours later, he provided quotes to selected news organisations – including the Mail – suggesting that thousands of disabled people were receiving disability living allowance they were not entitled to.

  191. Howdy😀😀

    • Two down: Brexit – check; Donald Trump, President – check. One to go: Jeremy Corbyn, Prime Minister ??😀😀

      • Andrew Neil the Flying Pig

        Election 2020: Theresa May has now called it a night and congratulated Jeremy Corbyn who will soon be the new Prime Minister. What a night and what a stunning victory this has been for Corbyn as Labour sweeps to victory on an unprecedented landslide First we had Brexit, then we had President Donald Trump, now we have Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn. Once again, how have the polls got it soooo wrooong? Well, it’s been a long night. Thank you for staying the course. Goodnight!

  192. Trump has won the x factor, and delivered his NWO speech.
    The elites will be feasting on lost souls and supreme power from now on, Ms Clinton also got her congrats on helping Trump convince the USA that rich twats are the way to go regarding the roll out of the ultimate destruction of the “old world”.

    All in it together, nothing will stop their “God like” goal.

  193. lol at Theresa May: “I congratulate Donald Trump on his victory and look forward to building on our shared values of self-reliance, hard-work, initiative, thrift and enterprise.”🙂

  194. “THE JUDICIARY DECIDES TO BACK OFF IN LIGHT OF DAMNING HUMAN RIGHTS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST CONSERVATIVES!

    Woman with spina bifida and a couple who look after their severely disabled grandson win supreme court appeal against bedroom tax……….

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/bedroom-tax-rulings_uk_58231d8ee4b0c2e24ab1d82c

  195. Post Office accounts to receive benefits are being phased out in 2018. You will need a bank account to continue claiming benefits.

    • “DWP PLAN DISCRIMINATORY IMPOSITION OF GOVCOIN ON CLAIMANTS TO FURTHER BELITTLE THEM AND MONITOR SPENDING PATTERNS”

      Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

      Could you please send me the technical specifications and scopes pertaining to the Department of Work and Pensions trial of Govcoin distribution ledger technology (also known as “blockchain” technology), along with any documents detailing the desired measurable outcomes of the project?

      Thank you.

      Yours faithfully,

      James Flint

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/technical_scope_and_specified_ou#incoming-877345

      …………THE DWP PLAN IS TO TREAT CLAIMANTS AS A PARIAH GROUP, HAVING NO ACCESS TO REAL MONEY IN A FURTHER TWIST OF THE KNIFE.
      BY EXCLUDING THE GROUP FROM MAINSTREAM SHOPPING METHODS THEY SEEK TO CONTROL AND HUMILIATE.

      ……….ANOTHER SICK IDEA FROM THE DWP NUDGE UNIT…

      DWP and GovCoin aim for UK citizens to be amongst the first to benefit from the use of
      distributed technology based, consumer centred applications.
      If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
      above.

      Yours sincerely,

      DWP Strategy FoI Team

      • Where appropriate, DWP encourages Universal Credit claimants, via Personal Budgeting
        Support, to move on to banking facilities. Research shows very few claimants should be
        unable to access traditional bank accounts or basic bank account facilities, particularly with
        current on-going work to improve basic bank accounts and make them more widely available.

        “DWP is working closely with financial institutions to develop banking products for all claimants”,

        irrespective of their financial history or circumstances. The Department sees the use of a
        transactional bank account as a key enabler to preparing people for the world of work and
        enabling them to budget effectively.
        If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
        above.

        Yours sincerely,

        DWP Strategy FoI Team

        BANKING PRODUCTS FOR ALL CLAIMANTS?

        …………THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL WILL BE INFORMED OF THIS FURTHER ATTACK ON THE POOR AND DISABLED….

  196. paultheswineherd

    Iain Duncan Smith & the Daily Mail’s Editor Paul Dacre –
    these are just some of the shitsters at the ‘top’ raking in the money and with their snouts in the troughs of E.U. giveaways!
    From ‘John’ on Independent ‘comments’ wrote this as follows:
    “Will Mother Theresa be matching the £159,000 CAP subsidy/benefit that Iain Duncan Smith received for his country estate last year when we leave the E.U.?
    E.U. hating Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre pocketed £4.6 million for his 20,000acre shooting estate in Scotland last year from the E.U., has he been offered a deal from the Tory government too!”

    • The CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) is the biggest (EU) scam going which allows knobheads such as baldy bastard Iain Duncan Smith to trouser large sums of hard -working taxpayers ££cash££ for NOT planting crops, NOT having cows on your land….

    • CAP is intended to create an artificial shortage of food so as to maintain artificially high prices for consumers in the shops. It is as mad as butter mountains and wine lakes, food being dumped at sea, milk being poured down the drain. It is not the case that Mother Earth doesn’t produce enough food, it is rather the case of Mother Earth producing to much food for the Capitalist pig to maintain high profits. It is even madder when you consider that human beings right here in the UK are being reduced to relying on foodbanks and literally starving to death. You have to ask yourself WHY are human being right here in the UK STARVING TO DEATH. Does anyone see empty shelves at the supermarkets? No! Most of the produce is being thrown onto a tip! Madness, absolute , madness!

  197. paultheswineherd

    “Three ‘defeats’ for this Tory pile of shite today (in more detail!)
    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/11/09/everyones-looking-trump-theresa-may-just-suffered-humiliating-defeats/

  198. paultheswineherd

    “While the US is in turmoil, UK judges have quietly declared war on Theresa May’s government”
    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/11/09/us-turmoil-uk-judges-quietly-declared-war-theresa-mays-government/

  199. “DWP CONTINUE TO WRITE BULLSHIT COMMENTS”

    JULY 2014

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    I refer to your publication “Mandatory work placements:
    a guide for potential host organisations” accessible at:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy

    which says in part:

    “Most of the participants may have the
    wrong attitude to the government’s
    plan for getting work experience to get
    a job. However by the end of the four
    weeks, 95% of the participants want to
    remain on the placements.”
    Community Centre Manager

    1. From your records, please advise the name of the person quoted and the Community Centre concerned.

    …………..THE DWP SEEM TO BE HAVING PROBLEMS PROVIDING THE INFORMATION REQUESTED

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/community_centre_where_95_of_the#incoming-892608

  200. “ANOTHER CORKER FROM DAMIEN GREEN, THE POVERTY QUEEN”

    ……….WORK IS GOOD FOR THE CHRONICALLY ILL

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    SoS for W&P Damien Green was recently quoted in the Independent newspaper http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/pol… (and other national outlets too) as suggesting ““We know the right type of work is good for our physical and mental health,”. I’d like to see upon what evidence he bases this statement please.

    Yours faithfully,

    Bill Kruse

    …………..AND THE PROOF IS IN THE THOUSANDS OF DEATHS THAT THE DWP ARE DESPERATE TO HIDE…..

  201. “THE MILITARY COVENANT” ……….an imaginary promise to cannon fodder of the UK

    A homeless ex-soldier died hours after he was evicted from a city centre squat.

    Known only as George, the 82-year-old is believed to have passed away from bronchial pneumonia, a support group for veterans has revealed.

    He had been living in a disused building in Manchester with 12 other homeless ex-servicemen before they were all evicted.

    His ‘band of brothers’ walked with him to Salford Royal Hospital after he was taken ill and he died with four of them at his bedside.

    Salford Armed Forces Veterans Network (SAFVN), which is in contact with the group, say they know little about George, but said his death was a damning indictment on support services available for homeless ex-service personnel across the country.

    He is believed to have proudly worn his military service medals at all times and been homeless for around 20 years.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/homeless-ex-soldier-82-dies-6851677

  202. paultheswineherd

    Re: GOVCOIN
    (Let alone the Human Rights and Privacy issues involved – I would imagine that the Data Protection aspect could also be a nightmare – trust Lord Fraud to be involved in this crackpot and not thought out, idea)!
    This, from a BBC report by Rory Cellan ones on 14th July 2016.

    “BLOCKCHAIN AND BENEFITS – A DANGEROUS MIX?”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-36785872

    • ………………..sounds about right Paul……….

      IF FREUD IS INVOLVED IN ANY WAY WITH DISABILITY IT’S ALWAYS TO PUT THE BOOT IN.
      HE HAS AN INBUILT LOATHING OF THE MOST VUNERABLE AND WOULD BE BETTER SUITED AS A CREMATORIA SENTRY GUARD.

      He also has a theory that the trial – though billed as a way for claimants to manage their money better – could also be “a potentially efficient way for DWP to restrict, audit and control exactly what each benefits payment is actually spent on, without the government being perceived as a big brother”.

      WHEN LORD “KILLER” FREUD MENTIONED CLAIMANTS AS STOCK AND QUOTED THAT DISABLED SHOULD BE MADE TO WORK FOR £2 AN HOUR, HE SHOWED HIS TRUE COLOURS…….

      LIKE HIS ANCESTOR SIGMUND AND RELATION CLEMENT THE PAEDO,HE ALSO HAS SIGNAL BOX PROBLEMS……..

  203. paultheswineherd

    “When is an “independent” M.P. not an “independent” M.P.”?
    Zac Goldsmith should now be able to answer this question!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/zac-goldsmith-richmond-park-by-election-independen-tory-mps-campaigning-heathrow-lib-dems-a7410211.html

  204. “DWP PLAN TO INCREASE CLAIMANT SUICIDES”

    DWP to roll out jobs advisers for mental health patients

    10 November, 2016 By Joe Gammie

    Employment advisers will be integrated into the government’s flagship talking therapy service as part of new plans to improve recovery rates for mental health patients.

    .

    • Kay Blades

      I’m sorry but I’ve suffered mental illness for the last 20 years of my life. Guess what…. I can’t recover. It’s not something you recover from. It’s a monster that is always with you and you always fight. The “medication” is just a band aid for them emotions and some people (like myself) won’t talk to people which then makes them give up on you. I won’t even look at someone I don’t know never mind talk to them!!!! I freaking hate how people say you can “recover” from mental illness. No you can’t. Hide it/medicate it/whatever but it’s always there

  205. We are beginning to see the results of several years of campaigning against unjust welfare reforms that target disabled people. But Atos attempting to pull out of its contract (Report, 22 February) represents only a partial victory.

    Other private corporations are already lining up to take over. So long as the work capability assessment (WCA) regime continues, so will the misery it causes to disabled people and their families, and to the workers involved in implementing a system they don’t agree with.

    The WCA should be replaced immediately with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to disabled people or those with chronic health issues or terminal illnesses.

    The UK government and opposition should follow the Scottish government’s pledge* (see footnote ~ BTC) that private for-profit companies are removed entirely from having anything to do with the assessment of disabled people.

    This area of public policy belongs firmly within the NHS and the public sector.

    The PIP contract must be removed from Atos with immediate effect: targets in its handling of the WCA have affected thousands of disabled people, leading to hastened deaths, waits of up to a year, and leaving people without income or food.

  206. BBC News right now criticising Trump for his right-wing views yet have spent years sucking the juices out of our Conservative government’s arse and allowed thousands and thousands of disabled people to be murdered and/or have their lives reduced to less than subsistence while ‘Aunty Beeb’ has mostly kept silent.
    #BBCShame #ToryMurderers

  207. “THE DWP ARE TRYING TO CHEAPEN AND CHEAT CLAIMANTS OUT OF A FAIR RECOURSE TO JUSTICE”

    THEY PLAN TO FLOOD APPEAL COURTS WITH DWP STOOGES TO BLOCK APPEALS AND ARE EVEN CONSIDERING APPEALS BY PHONE.

    THEY ARE TOTALLY EMBARRASSED BY THE NUMBERS OF SUCCESSFUL APPEALS WHICH MAKES THEIR SO CALLED, HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND DECISION MAKERS TO BE THE LIARS THAT THEY REALLY ARE……….

    PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION

    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/dwp-changing-the-tribunal-process

    TO STOP THE DWP OF BREACHING YOUR BASIC HUMAN RIGHT OF A RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL…………

  208. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    UN’s conclusion that UK violated disability rights is ‘vindication’ for activists

    DNS – 10th Nov 2016

    Disabled activists who persuaded the United Nations (UN) to investigate serious breaches of rights by the UK government say their four-year journey has been vindicated, after a report concluded there had been “grave or systematic violations” of the UN’s disability convention.

    Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – led by its co-founder Debbie Jolly – first approached the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) four years ago, and lodged a formal request to investigate the allegations the following year.

    Now, more than four years after the first contact from DPAC, CRPD has published its report into the allegations.

    Read More:
    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/uns-conclusion-that-uk-violated-disability-rights-is-vindication-for-activists/

    • Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      “””DPAC and other disabled activists, including Black Triangle co-founder John McArdle, were also furious that the government leaked the UN report to a right-wing tabloid, The Mail on Sunday, and attempted to rubbish its conclusions before it was published the following day.

      A string of leading campaigners have signed a letter written by McArdle that will be sent to the UN to ask it to condemn the UK government’s “unacceptable” behaviour, which they say was an attempt to “discredit and delegitimise the report”. “”””

    • Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      Debbie Jolly RIP

  209. paultheswineherd

    The Tories just love it when there is a ‘distraction’ to what they are doing – and this time around – it is the U.S. Elections!
    THIS IS THE SORT OF THING THAT WE NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR!
    “The bad news that the Government released during the week of the US election”
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-bad-news-the-government-released-during-the-week-of-the-us-election-a7412071.html

  210. paultheswineherd

    Would you like your elderly mum or dad to be looked after by this bunch of ‘contract-chasing’ cowboys? – I, for one certainly wouldn’t!
    “Virgin Care wins £700m contract to run 200 NHS and social care services”
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/11/virgin-care-700m-contract-200-nhs-social-care-services-bath-somerset

  211. paultheswineherd

    “How bad is childhood poverty in your neighbourhood? Use our interactive tool to find out”
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-bad-childhood-poverty-your-9243027

  212. paultheswineherd

    URGENT – MICHAEL PAGE RECRUITMENT DATA BREACH!
    “Personal details of 700,000 jobseekers with recruitment firm Michael Page hacked in massive worldwide data breach”
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/personal-details-700000-jobseekers-recruitment-9241022

  213. paultheswineherd

    IDS talking total bullshit as per usual for this ‘clown’ twat!

    DO NOT FORGET THOUGH, IDS – IT IS YOU, AND YOUR PAL CHRIS GRAYLING, THROUGH YOUR TOTAL IGNORING OF CORONER’S REPORTS RECOMMENDATIONS THAT HAVE RESULTED IN SO MANY COUNTLESS CITIZENS OF BRITAIN DYING AND COMMITTING SUICIDE DUE TO YOUR OWN (AND YOUR OWN TORY GOVERNMENT’S) ‘WELFARE REFORM’ POLICIES. SHAME ON BOTH OF YOU BASTARDS.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/donald-trump-special-relationship-uk-iain-duncan-smith-a7409816.html

    • paultheswineherd

      IDS – THIS SNEERING CUNT – HE SHOULD BE SHOT AS DAWN BREAKS

      • Decided to have a go on the child poverty meter to see just how bad the area where i live has become.

        54% of kids in my area are living in poverty…………..

        54% of young human beings living in fucking squalor and nobody gives a flying fuck!

        With cunts like prancing puff Frank Field sat on Tory expedition forces, what more do you expect?

        Every MP is privy to the highest pay in the land, the best expenses and a gilt edge pension for life.
        This is hush money for doing exactly the opposite of what the electorate are asking them to do. All following a completely different agenda to what the voters want and handing more power and greed to the multinationals that bung hideous amounts of lobbying poke into their arse pockets.

        Branson has not one piece of goodness in his whole fetid body, a representation of what is a cancer eating away at the medical protection afforded by our good old NHS.

        Whoever handed this Dick Turpin of the privatisation cult the £700 million contract ought to be made to sit at the grave sides of those that they have just kicked into touch and who will inevitably suffer.

        This weeks media focus has been on the wanton waste of expensive drugs on extending the lives of the chronically ill. What a bunch of completely sick fucks we have in power.

        Poor people are expendable whereas the rich are worth every second of breath…….

        ………………Frank Field sat on a Conservative committee think tank plotting how to raid the meagre pocket money pension pots of the retired?

        The only agenda this mystery fairy is pursuing is a hand written script from the private health insurance industry who oil his creaking frame with coin.

        ………and who of the electorate gave a mandate for MP’s to even go there?

        ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOBODY!!!!

        DEATH, DESTRUCTION AND CHILD POVERY ARE THE BEDROCK OF DODGY FRANK FIELD’S PROPERTY PORTFOLIO.

  214. ‘work programme’ advisors/consultants are fond of saying: “It is not us who sanction you, it is the DWP who sanction you😀😀 “. And in the case of a JCP cockroach they will lay the blame for a benefit stoppage on a ‘decision maker’.

    It is a common misconception that DWP ‘decision makers’ issue sanctions/stop your benefits, but they don’t and more importantly can’t. DWP ‘decision makers’ can only recommend a sanction: “I recommend a sanction” It is your cockroach/’advisor’/’consultant’ who decides whether or not to apply a sanction.

    In a “Changes to you Jobseeker’s Allowance” letter this would read as: “We cannot pay you Jobseeker’s Allowance… We have decided that a sanction is no longer applicable.” In other words the ‘decision maker’
    has recommended a sanction but the roach has decided not to apply the sanction/benefit stoppage. It still counts as an adverse decision though and you can still Appeal it and have the decision overturned but your benefits won’t have been stopped.

    Cockroaches/’advisors’/’consultants’ like to distance themselves from the sanction/benefit stoppage process by blaming a (DWP) ‘decision maker’) but it is the person sat on the other side of the desk who pulls the lever so to speak and is directly responsible for your benefit stoppage.

  215. “THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION NOW FIDDLING FUNDING LEVELS FOR FREE NURSERY PLACES”

    ……..everything the Tories touch goes septic.

    The information commissioner has told the DOE to come clean about how the funding levels were arrived at but the crooks in charge have passed the parcel onto the accountants, Deloitte, saying they have the info, not us….

    The commissioner has told them that this is not plausible.(rich mans tongue for lying bastards)

    Is there nothing that the conservative scumbags will not poison in their favour?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37953055

  216. “Romanian Rent boy sodomist and druggy, VIETH KAZZ, now under investigation by the old bill”

    seems they have finally plucked up enough courage to confront this pillar of human standards that now sits on the UK justice commitee.
    But they better be careful in the long run as he is in a position to hit them in the butt.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37957991

  217. “THERE IS NO LINK BETWEEN CLAIMANT SUICIDES AND DWP POLICY BUT…………………………….”

    As you have stated, current guidance advises qualified Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) that
    ‘where there is evidence of a previous suicide attempt, suicidal ideation or self-harm expressed
    in the ESA50/ESA50A, the HCP must request further medical evidence (FME).’ It further
    advises that a HCP can obtain FME from the claimants GP, specialist or other health
    professional.
    As a result of this review I therefore find that the original response dated 6th October 2016 was
    correct and that all the information that DWP are able to supply to you has been supplied.

    If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review you may apply directly to the
    Information Commissioner’s Office for a decision.

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

    Yours sincerely,

    DWP Central FoI Team

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/358619/response/889437/attach/html/3/IR%20432%20J%20Slater%20WDTK%20FINAL%20response.pdf.html

    ………………..MURDER SHE WROTE

  218. ANOTHER MARKER TO SEND TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

    DWP’S refusal to accept that welfare policy is driving food bank usage

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Does the DWP deny that welfare reform is responsible, at least to some degree, for the exponential increase in the use of food banks by British citizens since 2010 to the present day?

    I am not asking for a detailed explanation in respect to every driver responsible for the explosion in food bank usage in the United Kingdom, only whether the DWP denies that welfare reform itself plays a role in compelling British citizens to resort to food banks in ever greater numbers.

    Welfare reform either plays a part in respect to this phenomenon or it doesn’t.

    If the department doesn’t deny that a causal relationship exists between welfare reform and food bank usage the only possible conclusion is that it affirms it. If the department doesn’t know whether the welfare reforms it has implemented exacerbate food bank usage or not the only possible conclusion is that the DWP itself is irresponsible and incompetent.

    Concerning a matter as serious as food poverty and starvation in 21st century Britain, a straightforward and candid answer would be appreciated.

    Yours faithfully,

    Stephen Toy

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/welfare_reform_and_food_bank_usa#incoming-893953

  219. I, Daniel Blake screenwriter stunned by wall of notes left by movie-goers at Edinburgh cinema : Daily Record.

    PAUL Laverty is amazed by display at the Cameo with many messages left by people who have suffered at hands of the benefits system like the movie’s main character.

    IT’S the film that has had the whole country talking. And crying.

    But the depth of feeling evoked by I, Daniel Blake, is perhaps best summed up by an amazing collection of notes pinned to the wall of an Edinburgh cinema.

    The display at the Cameo, penned by people who have suffered similar experiences to the movie’s main character, left screenwriter Paul Laverty stunned.

    And cinema staff were so impressed with the reaction that they launched a charity collection, which has raised £2500 for a food bank.

    I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, tells the story of a Geordie carpenter who is unable to work after suffering a heart attack – only to be passed fit by a Work Capability Assessment which leaves him sanctioned and facing starvation.

    And Paul believes the message in the film is striking a chord with movie-goers.

    He said: “I had no idea of the impact. Staff at the Cameo had been stunned by the reaction – it was an example of beautiful empathy.” One message in the foyer reads: “I am less afraid of dying than of a WCA.”

    Paul added: “To be more scared of an assessment than dying? I suppose dying you just have to accept. But the humiliation of going through this test – there is something so cruel about it.

    “The Government have changed their rhetoric but have not budged one inch and last week they announced the new benefit cap.”

    Cameo assistant manager Corin Christopher added: “It’s amazing to see the reaction of people coming out so moved.”

  220. “CANADIAN PROVINCE TO START EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT OF PROVIDING £773 PER MONTH”

    One in five children live in poverty in Canada, according to Unicef, and a recent poll found two-thirds of Canadians open to the idea of basic income

    A Canadian province is to run a pilot project aimed at providing every citizen a minimum basic income of $1,320 (£773) a month.

    The provincial government of Ontario confirmed it is holding public consultations on the $25m (£15m) project over the next two months, which could replace social assistance payments administered by the province for people aged 18 to 65.

    People with disabilities will receive $500 (£292) more under the scheme, and individuals who earn less than $22,000 (£13,000) a year after tax will have their incomes topped up to reach that threshold.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/canadian-province-to-give-every-citizen-1320-income-boost-to-overcome-poverty-a7411281.html

    MEANWHILE UK GOVERNMENT STARTING PROJECT TO SEE HOW MANY CLAIMANTS THEY CAN KILL IN RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS…………

    ……………SAW THREE YOUNG PEOPLE TONIGHT HUDDLED IN A SHOP DOORWAY, SLEEPING BAGS DRAPED AROUND THEM, BEGGING…….
    THE POLICE WILL, NO DOUBT MOVE THEM ON…..
    OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND, THE TORY ANSWER TO POVERTY ON OUR STREETS…….

    • “WHAT A SHOWING UP FOR THE DWP”

      Mr Segal confirmed that participation in the project, which is due to launch in spring 2017, will be voluntary and promised “no one would be financially worse off as a result of the pilot”.

      One in five children live in poverty in Canada, according to Unicef, and a recent poll of some 1,500 Canadians found two-thirds of those polled were open to the idea of basic income.

      A similar project was tested in Dauphin, Manitoba, between 1974 and 1979, with families below the poverty line receiving over $3,000 (£1,757) a month. Over 1,000 citizens were said to have benefited from the scheme.

      ……………….IN SCARBOROUGH, N.YORKSHIRE, 54% OF CHILDREN ARE IN POVERTY

  221. “EX UK SPECIAL FORCES MAN TALKS ABOUT DWP AND FOOD BANKS”
    ………..MILITARY COVENANT, IS THIS A JOKE?

    Two weeks ago I met Matthew (the stigma of foodbank use meaning that’s not his real name). Former Special Forces, then self-employed carpenter and joiner, he was referred to us by the jobcentre after life-threatening illness and emergency surgery left him unable to work. Despite huge difficulties with mobility, and recently diagnosed with PTSD, he had been found ‘fit to work’ and denied Employment Support Allowance, and so an income.
    This tall, broad-shouldered, ‘real-life’ Daniel Blake fought back tears as he talked about what he’d experienced:

    “Until it happens to you, you don’t realise how bad life can be. I’ve paid my taxes since 1980, but it was still a pride thing for me to actually put my hand out and say I need help. The DWP can be very abrupt and you have to chase them. You have to fight. But every time I seemed to turn a corner, there’d be a wall. The world just becomes a dark place, a really horrible place. I’ve stayed in bed for days, because you don’t get hungry in bed, when there’s nothing in the cupboards.

    “People and the government and the DWP need to know the work that foodbanks do, and need to know the position that people are put in. People have to realise that foodbanks are here for a reason now, because of what’s happening; because of the situations people face through no choice of their own, like me.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sarah-chapman/i-daniel-blake-true-debate_b_12894118.html

    • Policy
      Armed Forces Covenant

      From:
      Veterans UK and Ministry of Defence

      The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. We’re working with businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations to support the forces through services, policy and projects.

      Find out what the Armed Forces Covenant can do for you and how you can get involved.

      …………….NOT WORTH THE FUCKING PAPER IT IS WRITTEN ON……….

      CAPITA, ATOS OR MAXIMUS, DISABILITY AND PTSD COMPLETELY IGNORED…

      DIRECTIONS TO A FOODBANK

    • Fucking hell!

  222. The DWP can be very abrupt and you have to chase them. You have to fight. But every time I seemed to turn a corner, there’d be a wall. The world just becomes a dark place, a really horrible place. I’ve stayed in bed for days, because you don’t get hungry in bed, when there’s nothing in the cupboards.

    ex special services on remembrance sunday

    • Which one do you believe?

      From:
      Veterans UK and Ministry of Defence

      The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. We’re working with businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations to support the forces through services, policy and projects.

      • Gulf veterans injected with a cocktail of drugs and suddenly their medical records go missing as they fall ill.

        Dear Ministry of Defence,

        Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

        With regards to the long running Gulf Veterans’ Medical Assessment Programme (GVMAP) https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gulf-veteran

        Please furnish the following information.

        1. Please name all stations this assessment programme is reporting back to with their clinical findings.

        2. What measures have been taken to remedy the complaints stated by many veterans that their medical records regarding service on OP Granby have been deleted /gone missing from their medical service records, in particular with regards to the cocktail of experimental inoculations that they were ordered to take at the time ?

        3. Please confirm if there are any policy’s in existence (apart from the GVMAP programme) that are designed to monitor the long term health issues of 1st Gulf veterans for the rest of their life’s, if so, why has this been deemed to be necessary ?

        Yours faithfully,

        Alvin Pritchard.

        https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gulf_veterans_medical_assessment#incoming-891520

        • MOD hide medical histories of Gulf war veterans

          a ploy to refuse compensation to our service personnel human guinea pigs that were willing to give their lives for Queen and country

          M Thompson left an annotation (16 October 2016)

          I had to wait nearly two years for my MAPS report it arrived with blank pages covering things over in parts. I can only assume that it is my report as the DOB is wrong. On my return from MAPS my Doctor called me in to tell me “nothing is wrong” I felt like an MOD guinea pig who never gave informed consent. I’ve recently been diagnosed with heavy metal poisoning (lead uranium antimony etc etc) and other complications. I have recently paid for a copy of my NHS file and found that on the day of seeing my Doctor following MAPS I have 5 years missing from my file. I requested my MAPS report from the MOD I was sent to 3 different departments in the end I had to complain to the ICO.

          https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gulf_veterans_medical_assessment#incoming-891520

  223. DWP: Who Dares Wins

    It’s called the Survive, Hide, Interrogation, Terrorise and Evade phase and it’s the most secretive part of the entire Claiming JSA process.

    God, it was tough. I didn’t know my own name by the time I’d got out of the Job Centre. That’s how intense it was.

    ANT

  224. “Well said Gordon”

    Gordon Keane 2:22am Sun 13 Nov 16

    It is not acceptable the UK tory regime can so lightly dismiss an authoritative UN report like this, then itself, rave against any other nation for its Human Rights abuses. I watched the Glenda Jackson demolition of Esther McVey the then IDS side kick the other day. This was while both were still at Parliament. McVey point blank refused to accept that vulnerable ppl were being unfairly sanctioned. Then goes on to admit over 1000 folks on ESA are sanctioned in a single month. Now folks on ESA are those deemed unfit for work, otherwise they would not be on that particular benefit to begin with.Why then are they being sanctioned, when DWP staff already knew they were vulnerable ppl?
    And how do they expect those more able bodied to deal with a benefit sanction,when they are left with absolutely nothing?
    To say these could get Hardship Payments with a mere shrug was unacceptable too, as they don’t get any money for 4 full weeks.
    The regime know well what they are doing. Now we have Damian Green, the new DWP Secretary doing his utmost to outdo the deplorable Ian “D” Smith, with suggestions that those who are deemed most ill and infirm, totally incapable of any kind of work, most still be in touch with jobcenter staff, or lose benefits….. For what purpose?
    And all this talk about helping folks back into work, just how do they expect the ill and infirm, and various disabled folks to get back into work, when….. A. most can’t actually do work, and B. employers wouldn’t want them, nor would most employers want those disabled folks who might be able to do some kind of work in too many cases?
    Then there is the lack of jobs to begin with, and the fact the UK Govt. has been taking mobility cars away from those disabled folks who did have work, making it impossible for them to continue with work.
    To hear Damian Green’s dismissal of the suicides caused by his Government’s own polices was disgraceful. And Nicky Clegg’s Lib Dems must not be let off with it either, as many of the polices we have today were only made possible with their support. Labour under Miliband, also supported most of this, it must also be pointed out.
    The new PIPs replacement for DLA is difficult to impossible for most folks to get. Deliberately so. The Assessments by the likes of ATOS and MAXIMUS, again, done in such a way, folks who are ill are treated appallingly. The assessors often lying, and a almost none of them medically trained. Their mere opinions often over riding a professional doctor.
    Then we have some practical difficulties in asking folks to jobcenters, that have no WCs facilities for public use, when some of those attending will have medical needs, and not even so much as a water dispenser for them. None of this is acceptable.
    Government in London can dismiss the recent Ken Loach movie all it likes, but it is not only realistic, but tame in comparison to what is really happening out there.

    • A water dispenser was the only thing not 100 percent real in I Daniel Blake.
      JCP- here doesn’t such a level of luxury but perhaps they’ve gone all out in JCP-‘s further up north (Newcastle). It’s such a basic thing to not have.

  225. “UK DISABLED TO CONTACT BAN KI MOON OVER DWP BREAKING HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS”

    Now campaigners are writing to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon asking him to “censure” the UK Government for its “unacceptable behaviour” in trying to discredit the report.

    The letter, which will be submitted early this week, has been backed by more than 50 signatories including Paul Laverty, scriptwriter of “I, Daniel Blake”, several SNP MPs and disability and poverty campaigners.

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14884362.UN_urged_to_act_over_UK_Government__39_s___39_unacceptable__39__dismissal_of_report_on_disability/

    • “MAXIMUS SHARES READY TO TUMBLE”

      ………RICHARD MONTONI ON VERGE OF CANCELLING DWP CONTRACT TO MURDER DISABLED CLAIMANTS.

      HCP’S WORKING FOR UK GOVERNMENT WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSORS WARNED ABOUT CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS OVER FAKED MEDICAL REPORTS.

      CAPITA STOCKS SET TO NOSEDIVE.

      • paultheswineherd

        Geoff – both of these stories are really good news. The pursuit of these cruel and murderous bastards has to be tenacious and totally relentless – until these stupid ‘Welfare Reform’ policies/WCA/PIP assessments are drastically changed for the better, or (even better), completely scrapped altogether.

  226. The Ken Loach docu-drama Cathy Come Home is on tonight 13 November at 22:30 on BBC 4.

  227. paultheswineherd

    The SNP’s Mhairi Black is trying to make a difference re ‘sanctions’ – let’s hope that she succeeds! But she also needs everone’s support!
    http://www.thecanary.co/2016/11/14/mhairi-black-wants-reform-welfare-system-cunning-plan/

    • Mhairi Blacks’ Bill wouldn’t have made one iota of difference to David Clapson since he wasn’t in a ‘vulnerable’ group. It wouldn’t have made one iota of difference to Daniel Blake either. Mhairi Black is a feminist and this Bill is primarily aimed at removing single parents (women) from the sanctions regime. And all by shamefully hijacking the cruel death of David Clapson at the blood-soaked hands of the DWP. And the ‘disabled’ (those on ESA) also see a chance of securing ‘protection’ from sanctions for themselves. Mhairi Black, ‘disability groups, women’s groups don’t give a flying fuck about the David Clapson’s, Daniel Blake’s of this world – they are a means to an end.

      This Bill should NOT be supported by the ‘mainstream’ unemployed. i.e. those on JSA and not in a so-called ‘vulnerable’ group. Going down this road will make it even harder to secure and end to sanctions – without exception. Exempting so-called ‘vulnerable’ groups e.g. single parents and the WRAG group of ESA from sanctions will make life a damned sight harder for the David Clapson’s and Daniel Blake’s of this world as they are cut adrift, forgotten about and left to die.

      It is to be hoped that Gill Thompson (David Clapson’s sister) sees through the shenanigans of all these self-interested groups. shenanigans.

      • There was a report issued recently that stated that Home Office officials who were against the death penalty advised the Home Secretary of the time to allow the execution of Derek Bentley with the desired intent that it would sway opinion against capital punishment and speed up the process of abolition. And it was probably the case with Ruth Ellis. Although too bad if you happen to be the sacrificial lamb to the slaughter for the ‘greater good’

        On the surface it may sound kind of twisted but the same logic can be applied to the campaign for a abolition of sanctions – without exception. Once you start creating so-called vulnerable group who are exempt from sanctions, it is game over. The ‘non-vulnerable’ groups are going to be cut adrift to suffer in isolation and silence. Creating ‘vulnerable’ groups wont prevent David Clapsons and Daniel Blakes dying at the blood-soaked hands of the DWP. It like the twisted, psycho hangman Albert Pierrepoint said: “You can make an omelette without breaking an egg.”

  228. paultheswineherd

    ‘Benefit delays’ according to Frank Field (but absolutely no mention of sanctions or deaths caused by them!) He missed his chance, once again!
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/14/spike-food-bank-usage-blamed-delays-benefit-claims-frank-field

  229. paultheswineherd

    Is the BBC right-wing/Conservative biased? – surely not!!
    (Amongst other non-reporting, I have not heard one mention of the ‘UN report being released’ yet – and what’s more I no not expect to hear anything about it – either on the BEEB or on SKY for that matter!)
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/13/marine-le-pen-bbc-right

    • Paul! In answer to that question, is the BBC right wing/Tory Biased. The answer is yes and no. The BBC just has it’s own agenda mixed with the official establishment line. During this week Chemical weapons (chlorine gas) were fired at Syrian Army soldiers. No mention; Black Americans in some states were pulling whites from there cars and beating them up for voting Trump. No mention. The videos are/were on youtube so proof is there. There were celebrations in some states at Trumps victory. No mention; There were small protests against Trumps election, lots of coverage. People wake up!!!!! All news is biased toward the agenda of the ruling class and the establishment line whichever country you go to. I am no fan of Trump as I am a socialist but I am always willing to be honest and call out bullshit when I see or hear it, whatever the political persuasion of the media’s target.

  230. paultheswineherd

    Are NHS England/Conservatives being ‘secretive’ about their ideas for the transformation of OUR NHS into a ‘full 7 day service’ – you bet they are – even down to refusing to answer FOI requests (ever heard of that one before somewhere?!)
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/14/patients-and-staff-shut-out-of-nhs-transformation-plans-says-thinktank

  231. paultheswineherd

    “Micro living” – want an ‘affordable’ home? This may be some of the sorts of ‘prefabs’ that may be on the way to help with the ‘housing shortage’!
    http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/property-news/affordable-housing-crisis-could-this-50k-modulhus-be-the-future-of-new-homes-for-firsttime-buyers-a105836.html

  232. paultheswineherd

    “NHS e-mail to all 1.2 million employees crashes system!”
    And they expect ‘patients’ to trust their ‘data-handling/patient records & files’ systems! Oh, dear! Just imagine if it was all ‘Privatised’!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-email-all-staff-employees-accident-system-crash-a7416781.html

  233. paultheswineherd

    This is an interesting article – recently put on here and courtesy of Ipswich Unemployed Action.
    https://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/2016/11/14/work-and-pensions-committee-concerns-over-policemen-work-coaches-and-work-and-health-programme/

  234. The cruel and uncaring Tory M.P.’s & Ministers have no idea how most people survive, let alone ‘live well’ in Britain – all they seem to care about is Company profits, Multinational’s profits and their very own ‘profits’ (by whatever means possible), not to mention the ‘expenses’ and corrupt deals that they are privy to!
    “Ken Loach urges Government not to cut disability benefits”
    http://www.aol.co.uk/news/2016/11/14/ken-loach-urges-government-not-to-cut-disability-benefits/

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  236. Homes Under the Hammer – to move to 11.15am!

    From Monday 5 December , Homes Under the Hammer will move, for the first time in 10 years, to a new slot at 11.15am.

  237. paultheswineherd

    Damian Green – A supremely out of touch idiot that is determined to try to roll back time to the Victorian & Georgian ages – you work – or you die – another fucking rich bastard from the Tory party’s rancid bowels.
    Another one to keep a wary on and to report to the U.N.!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-gig-economy-damian-green-speech-holiday-minimum-wage-sick-pay-hours-a7421071.html

  238. ‘Crowdfunding’ campaign set up today to try to fund an inquest into David Clapson’s death (It’s already hit half of it’s £10,000 target)
    (Although SKY & the BBC will not cover this story!), please let’s get justice done at long last for poor David and his family.
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/family-ex-soldier-david-clapson-9274292

  239. Jobs of the future may not have stable hours, holiday pay, sick pay, or pensions, DWP secretary says

    Damian Green describes development in the labour market as ‘exciting’

    …………..HITLER’S TWISTED HENCHMAN APPROVES MORE DWP KILLINGS….

    Jobs of the future may not have stable hours, holiday pay, sick pay, or pensions, the Work and Pensions Secretary has said.

    Damian Green described the trend in employment practices towards the so-called “gig economy” as “exciting” and said the changes had “huge potential”.

    The Cabinet minister’s endorsement of the approach comes a month after an employment tribunal found that drivers for the Uber car service should in fact get the minimum wage and paid holiday. The tribunal dismissed the taxi company’s claim that its drivers were in fact self–employed and not entitled to these rights.

    Mr Green said in a speech at the Reform think-tank on Wednesday morning: “Just a few years ago the idea of a proper job meant a job that brings in a fixed monthly salary, with fixed hours, paid holidays, sick pay, a pension scheme and other contractual benefits.

    “But the gig economy has changed all that. We’ve seen the rise of the everyday entrepreneur. People now own their time and control who receives their services and when.

    “They can pick and mix their employers, their hours, their offices, their holiday patterns. This is one of the most significant developments in the labour market. The potential is huge and the change is exciting.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/dwp-gig-economy-damian-green-speech-holiday-minimum-wage-sick-pay-hours-a7421071.html

  240. “DAMIAN GREEN, KILLING IS FUN TORY MINISTER”

    LETTER FROM A DISABLED CLAIMANT

    Dear DWP,
    Thank you for turning down my application for Attendance Allowance on the grounds that I am not disabled enough. As you know, I had a stroke 7 months ago and have fought back from being hoisted in and out of bed to walking with a stick. If your remember my application, however, you will know that I cannot walk any great distance, cannot get on a bus and have yet to tackle a train. This is because I cannot go anywhere without being taken by car. Without support to go places, I cannot shop, attend physio sessions or hospital and dental appointments.
    You might also remember that my left arm is quite weak. I have reasonable movement in my hand, but cannot use a fork and my hand jerks when it is tired. I also have a spasm in my ankle at night, although this is decreasing. I cannot hold some objects in my hand and am limited in what I can lift.
    The NHS, however, have been wonderful throughout, although some of my recommended appointments have long waiting lists. It is a shame you are selling it off and awarding hefty multimillion pound contracts to companies with no experience of provision in this field. I also assume the person who assessed my application has no medical experience either and might assume a ‘stroke’ is something you give to a cat.
    Finally, I still suffer from fatigue in the afternoon. This is not due to laziness or being unemployed. I worked until I was 66 and in my time have paid you a lot of tax. I am still paying tax now.
    I am fortunate to have been born at a time when there was a strong sense of community, but with the knowledge that you always have to ‘fight your corner’to survive.
    If I am honest, I do not need the money. My application was made as a matter of principle. There are many, many people much worse off than me. I have a home and a partner who has given me much loving support. I may never walk properly again, but I will try to do so.
    There’s nothing more to say really, other than a stroke is pretty devastating, but that you appear not to understand. I trust that the Minister responsible for the DWP and any of its workers never have one, but, then, the DWP don’t see as stroke as a disabling condition, so I am sure they will all be fine.

  241. “MORE TORY ELECTION FRAUD”

    ……..but what else do you expect of a government that kills the disabled?

    Kent Police and the Electoral Commission are currently investigating whether the Conservative Party broke the law by failing to properly declare tens of thousands of pounds in hotel bills, including approximately £14,000 at the Royal Harbour Hotel in Ramsgate where Mr Timothy stayed.

    Election law states that any expenses incurred for “the promotion of the candidate” must be declared locally and are subject to tightly defined limits. None of the expenses incurred at the Royal Harbour Hotel were declared as local expenses by their candidate, Craig Mackinlay or his agent.

    A Conservative spokesman confirmed to Channel 4 News that Mr Timothy was based in South Thanet and “assisted” the team, but said he was working as a “volunteer” on the “national” campaign.

    The party told the programme Mr Timothy’s duties during the campaign included “briefing policy and political work on Home Office policy, briefing party spokespeople on Home Office policy, supporting Theresa May, and working on a variety of other matters for the Conservative Party during the campaign.”

    But the spokesman did not explain why Mr Timothy needed to carry out those activities from a hotel in Ramsgate.
    New evidence

    The new evidence obtained by Channel 4 News also suggests that Conservative staff staying at the Royal Harbour Hotel were working on Craig Mackinlay’s local campaign.

    The programme has obtained a large number of press releases sent out on behalf of Mr Mackinlay by the former Conservative Party Head of Press, Henry Macrory. Mr Macrory was part of the team who were guests at the Royal Harbour.

    The press releases are branded “Craig Mackinlay – Conservative Candidate for South Thanet”. They contain Mr Mackinlay’s twitter handle and Facebook page. All say “For further information please call Henry Macrory”. The press releases were promoted by his local agent.

    The programme has also obtained emails showing Mr Macrory acting as Mr Mackinlay’s press officer. In one email sent in March 2016, Mr Macrory told local journalists: “I will be helping out with Craig Mackinlay’s media during the election campaign.

    “Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can assist in any way. In the next few days or so I will start sending you a regular e-mail giving you an outline of what Craig will be up to during the week ahead.”

    Channel 4 News can also reveal that another Conservative worker, Sam Armstrong, who stayed at the Royal Harbour Hotel was actively involved in Mr Mackinlay’s local campaign.

    Mr Armstrong registered a website called “whereisnigel.com” which highlighted Mr Farage’s absence from the constituency during the campaign. The website was launched by Mr Mackinlay, and a press release was sent out by Mr Macrory to publicise it.

    In 2016 Mr Armstrong was appointed as Mr Mackinlay’s chief-of-staff at Westminster. He was arrested in October in relation to an allegation of rape.
    Police investigation

    Channel 4 News has obtained correspondence between officers at the Serious Crime Directorate at Kent Police and Craig Mackinlay MP.

    The letters, exchanged in March, reveal detectives were trying to establish whether Conservative staff staying at the Royal Harbour Hotel, were working on the local campaign.

    Detective Sergeant Brian Gilham wrote to Mr Mackinlay asking: “Whether any of those persons who stayed at the Royal Harbour Hotel were engaged on the local campaign at any time, or whether they were engaged solely on the national campaign?”

    Mr Mackinlay replied: “I can confirm that nobody staying at the hotel was subject to my, or my agent’s, control or direction, any national Conservative Party staff based in the Royal Harbour Hotel were part of a national campaign team and were engaged in activities at the direction of Conservative Central Headquarters.”

    Mr Mackinlay failed to disclose that Mr Macrory, Mr Armstrong and Ms Little were all “engaged” in his local campaign.

    Today Kent Police told Channel 4 News: “The Kent Police investigation into this complex matter is ongoing and officers continue to follow lines of enquiry. Therefore it would not be appropriate to comment further.

    “A number of police officers continue to work on this investigation. Officers from Kent Police continue to work with the Electoral Commission as the investigation continues.”

    In a statement, a spokesman for Craig Mackinlay said: “Our understanding is that there continues to be an ongoing investigation into the matters raised by the ITN report by both Kent Police and the Electoral Commission. As such it is inappropriate to comment at this time. We maintain that the South Thanet general election return was both lawful and proper.”

  242. Tory minister says private firms should play a bigger role in the welfare system.

    Damian Green made the pledge in a wide-ranging speech vowing to change Britain “from welfare state to welfare system”

    But quoting wartime social reformer William Beveridge, Mr Green said society had changed radically since the welfare state was set up.

    “We can admire, even revere the welfare state,” he said. “But a welfare state, is not enough for today’s world. What we need is an entire system of welfare.

    “The government is a necessary, but not sufficient provider of welfare. It can, and does, act as the guarantor of fairness within the welfare system to set the rules. It can also provide the backbone of the assistance system through more than 700 Jobcentre Plus offices.

    “What it must not try to do is assume that it can provide all the help necessary. ”

    He added: “The first principle is that a welfare state is not enough – we need a welfare system, involving many players – health professionals, employers large and small, a whole range of voluntary organisations.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-minister-says-private-firms-9274040

  243. Benefit Sanctions inquiry.

    Scope of the inquiry

    To receive benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit, some claimants must agree to undertake work-related activities which aim to help them move into work.

    Not completing these activities can lead to a sanction, where a claimant’s benefit payments are suspended for a period of time.
    National Audit Office report

    The National Audit Office (NAO) are currently undertaking a study to examine whether the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is achieving value for money from its administration of benefit sanctions.

    This includes how benefit sanctions fit with the intended aims and outcomes of DWP’s wider working age employment policy, whether sanctions are being implemented in line with policy and whether use of sanctions is leading to the intended outcomes for claimants.
    Submitting written evidence

    If you wish to submit written evidence to this inquiry, the deadline for doing so is midday on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

    http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-accounts-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/benefit-sanctions-16-17/

  244. “EMPLOYMENT FIGURE FIDDLING”

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
    Please could you tell me if people on any of the Govt. Work Programmes will show in unemployment figures whilst on said programme.
    What category of people are used to make up the Govt. unemployment figures.
    Are women being made to volunteer in charity shops or other placements whilst in receipt of JSA included in the unemployment figures.
    The number of women over 60 claiming JSA
    The number of women over 60 claiming ESA
    If a woman is over 60, and unemployed due to redundancy or early retirement, or simply unable to get another job but not claiming any JSA or benefit, can she get her NI contributions paid until she reaches State Pension age, what is the criteria for this to happen ? Is this the same for men?
    Thank you

    Yours faithfully,
    Lin Phillips

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/unemployment_numbers#incoming-896478

    • “DISABILITY IGNORANCE OF THE DWP”

      ………..NO WONDER CLAIMANTS DROPPING LIKE FLIES

      Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
      1:Can I ask you for a copy of your policy on completing a health and safety assessment on your customers when transferring them to a new contract (PIP) from DLA,
      2: Failing to do so does not take into account the potential risk of harm to your customers,
      so can I ask can customers get access to a copy of the health and safety assessment?
      3: can customers also get a copy of the R.A.M.S. (risk assessment method statement ) if they ask for one.
      4: what is your policy on disclosing names of managers when dealing with the public?
      I feel that a failure to disclose is a breach of contract under English contract law,
      5: can you confirm that the PIP claim is a contract under the terms of English contract law?
      6: can you confirm that a DLA claim is a contract under the terms of English contract law?
      7: do customers get prosecuted for breach of contract when taken to court for fraud?
      if not what is the charge used?

      Yours faithfully,

      Peter:Brewster

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/health_and_safety_at_work_act_et#incoming-895477

    • manipulating the unemployment figures.

      The Tory government blew £100,000 of public money trying to hide a huge list of firms that used jobseekers for unpaid work.

      Official claimed releasing the information would hurt “commercial interests”

      The DWP is now “totally ignoring” a similar request he made for employers using the Community Work Placement scheme, which made jobseekers work for six months.

      Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Debbie Abrahams said: “Damian Green said the film I, Daniel Blake was ‘a work of fiction bearing no relation to the modern benefits system’.

      “And yet here we have a scenario worthy of a movie plot in which a government tries to hide the truth of its own failings from the public.

      “They think nothing of demonising those w