Tag Archives: Department for Work and Pensions

Autumn Statement

The welfare state is unaffordable, George Osborne will tell MPs this week, and permanent cuts will be required to make the public finances “sustainable”. The Chancellor will use his Autumn Statement on Thursday to set out more details of a new cap on welfare spending after the next general election. It is an attempt to […]

DWP: Deport With Prejudice

Anjem Choudary was secretly filmed mocking non-Muslims for working in 9-5 jobs their whole lives, and told followers that some revered Islamic figures had only ever worked one or two days a year. “The rest of the year they were busy with jihad [holy war] and things like that,” he said. “People will say, ‘Ah, […]

Balancing Act – UK Conservative Party Conference 2012

The government is determined to cut a further £10bn from the benefits budget to fight the deficit, Chancellor George Osborne has told the Tory conference. One idea he suggested was limiting the number of children in a family that should be supported on benefits. He said the better-off would pay more in taxes, but the […]

Workfair?

Tesco has come under increasing pressure from customers to stop participating in government unemployment schemes which allow the company to take on jobseekers to stack and clean shelves for up to eight weeks without paying them. After a link to a job centre advert was posted on Twitter on Wednesday evening, appearing to show that […]

It’s Just Not Cricket

In an interview this weekend, PM David Cameron has revealed that he’s hoping for a new kind of fairness in the coming year. While emphasising there will be no let up in dealing with the deficit, Mr Cameron clearly wants 2012 to be different. He wants to establish a new “fairness” agenda that will, he […]

As Blind as the Prat

  A CWMCARN man faces having his incapacity benefit stopped after being declared fit to work despite being registered blind and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Tony Harris, 51, of Tribute Avenue, was called for a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reassessment in November due to him claiming £199 every fortnight in incapacity benefit. Mr […]

Iain Duncan Smith is a cheap f*ck

  I imagine that £10 is less than even the most desperate British street-walker would accept for being screwed in this economic climate. It is however the generous “Christmas Bonus” I’ve received as a benefits claimant just days before the DWP sent me a lovely additional present in the form of a distinctive brown envelope […]

False Sense of Security

Private security firm G4S has sacked two members of staff who tagged a man’s false leg allowing him to remove it and break a court-imposed curfew. The pair were fooled by Christopher Lowcock, 29, who wrapped the prosthetic limb in a bandage when G4S set up the system at his Rochdale home. He was then […]

The Begging Letter

Okay, I really have reached the end of my tattered patience. I WAS going to post a thoughtful piece about the market clearing rate/efficiency wages and the Conservative MP who told the commons recently that disabled people are not as productive as their ‘normal’ colleagues and therefore ought to be free to accept less than […]

Left Behind

Please excuse this extended exercise in textual analysis. I’m quoting from a form letter which was the response to a constituent’s enquiry by Maria Miller, the minister for disabled people: I believe that the Government owes a duty to disabled people to promote their independence and equality and I also believe that it has a […]