Tag Archives: DWP

One In A Million

I’m sure his family love him but I am REALLY getting tired of spending my Christmas with Iain Duncan Smith and am hoping the bi-annual ESA renewal form isn’t going to turn into a new household tradition. Wrapping paper? Check. Tinsel? Check. New nerve conduction test? Damn, there’s always something… Nearly a million people who applied […]

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, […]

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 […]

Bizarre benefits fraud excuses revealed

Celebrity squares are: Top left: Jacquie Smith MP (Lab) – former Home Secretary who claimed her husband’s pay-per-view porn on expenses. [no action] Top right: David Laws MP (LibDem) – almost coalition Home Secretary until he admitted claiming for rent paid to his undeclared male partner. [suspended from Parliament for a week, under police investigation] […]

The Moon and the Moccasin

Enjoying the peace of absent window installers this Easter Weekend (back on Monday unfortunately due to the ‘negotiable’ religious holidays of the Roman Law tradition here in Scotland) I’ve been sparing a thought for what Easter means to me as a non-religious Christian of Quaker affiliation. After a childhood of Sunday School thanks to the […]

Uncivil Penalties

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to face fines of at least £50 for “preventable” errors in their benefits claims. The government expects to levy more than £60m in these civil penalties in the next four years, it revealed in its welfare reform proposals. Errors could include failure to inform the authorities of a […]

Computer says “no”

Work and pensions minister Chris Grayling is conducting an urgent review into a new medical test for incapacity benefit after fresh figures showed only 6% of those tested were deemed to be totally incapable of working. The figures, covering all new claims from October 2008 to the end of November 2009, show 39% are being […]