Category Archives: DWP

Social Security spending | Notes from the north

“Much has been said in the past about the UK as a tax haven. Certainly, from reports in the past, billions are lost due to “sweetheart deals” between big businesses and the tax authorities in cases where big business won’t pay what they are supposed to pay. This report, from April 2013 highlighted the case of just 4 such deals, which were worth £4.5 billion in total. If the agreements reached managed to get in £4.5 billion to the treasury, then that means several billion more is lost. But how much of the…”

Source: Social Security spending | Notes from the north

March For The Homeless A Huge Success: This Is Exactly What The Capital Needs | the void

The march stopped briefly at David Cameron’s backdoor, the often forgotten other end of Downing Street next to St James Park, before making its way to Buckingham Palace where police were forced to hurriedly make a line in front of the gates to prevent the Palace being stormed. Sort of. Then it was onto the Pall Mall squat which had been occupied in protest at London’s housing crisis and was conveniently evicted on the morning of the march. A line of bailiffs were guarding the building and as the crowd approached one of them unexpectedly lashed out at a protester punching him in the face before being restrained by his colleagues and bundled inside. This took place in full view of several police officers who chose to do precisely fuck all about an unprovoked and vicious assault. Is it any wonder people call them the filth?

via March For The Homeless A Huge Success: This Is Exactly What The Capital Needs | the void.

IDS knowingly lies over HB as his own figures reveal bedroom tax et al COST £440m more per year | SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

Those pants he claimed on expenses must be a pile of ashes by now.

IDS knowingly lies over HB as his own figures reveal bedroom tax et al COST £440m more per year | SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites).

Behind The Benefit Bashing Headlines Lies A Nasty Ideology That Is Not Confined To The Daily Mail | the void

“There was a time when policies to send sick or disabled claimants on workfare, or sanction the benefits of lone parents, would have been met with horror by the electorate. There have always been grumblings about the social security system, as with any other institution, but unemployment was once seen as a personal tragedy caused by wider economic failings, not a personal failing caused by laziness or the wrong attitude.”

via Behind The Benefit Bashing Headlines Lies A Nasty Ideology That Is Not Confined To The Daily Mail | the void.

Follow the Money: Tory Ideology is all about handouts to the wealthy that are funded by the poor | Politics and Insights – kittysjones

Originally published May 2013, this is still a very relevent.

“By portraying housing benefit as a payment for “the shirkers”, not “the strivers”, Cameron and Osborne aim to convince the public that their draconian, unprecedented welfare “reforms” are justified. 60 percent of people visiting food banks last year were in work. But unemployment benefits are just 13 percent of the national average earnings. What Cameron’s Government have done is created extreme hardship for many of those in work, and further severe hardship for those who are unemployed.”

via Follow the Money: Tory Ideology is all about handouts to the wealthy that are funded by the poor | Politics and Insights – kittysjones.

#DWP Decision Makers Crying for Help or playing the #Tory Blame-Game? | jaynelinney

“Out of respect for you, I APOLOGISE in advance for my language because I’m LIVID.

The ever excellent Benefits and Work website reveal welfare rights workers are experiencing DWP Decision-Makers calling up benefit claimants “‘in tears’ or ‘sobbing’“, pleading with them Not to appeal following a Mandatory Reconsideration !! HOW THE FUCK DARE THEY??”

via #DWP Decision Makers Crying for Help or playing the #Tory Blame-Game? | jaynelinney.

The cost of PIP? £35 less per week, Thanks #DWP! – This is A CALL OUT for Info | jaynelinney

The cost of PIP? £35 less per week, Thanks #DWP! – This is A CALL OUT for Info | jaynelinney.

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IDS – TIME TO STOP THE LIES | jaynelinney

” Iain Duncan Smith continues to ignore his Government and persists in misusing statistics, and it is for these reasons we believe it is time for the Powers of the Commissioner for standards to be exercised, and for Iain Duncan Smith to be independently and openly investigated for breach of Conduct”

via IDS – TIME TO STOP THE LIES | jaynelinney.

Pass the sick bag not the pop corn: US verdict on DWP’s privatised sick note service | David Hencke

Last week I revealed how Lord Freud, the welfare reform minister, had awarded a new contract to Health Management Ltd, subsidiary of US multinational company, Maximus, to take over from doctors to decide when you should return to work if you claim more than four weeks sick pay.

The programme is to be rolled out from November to next May aims to save up to £165 million a year by getting people back to work faster as part of Lord Freud’s welfare reforms. Effectively it will mean you will get a telephone consultation from a call centre and be emailed when you should return to work. If don’t co-operate you will lose your benefit.

via Pass the sick bag not the pop corn: US verdict on DWP’s privatised sick note service | David Hencke.

Vox Political | politics for the people

Researchers spent eight months failing to unearth any examples of joblessness as a lifestyle choice, or multiple generations of a family in which nobody had worked. And – crucially: “They did not find any prevailing aversion or reluctance to work.”

via Vox Political | politics for the people.