Originally posted on Benefit tales:
“I’ve just seen this outside Devizes Job Centre:
A man standing crying and and so distressed he wet himself. He was saying ” they won’t help me! They won’t let me have any money! They say I’ve used all my foodbank vouchers”.
He proceeded to collapse to the ground and curl up in a ball, his arms around his dog. Two passers by were supporting him. One went to buy him some food & the other had gone to get him a blanket. Several people averted their eyes and hurried past!
I couldn’t do any more than was already being done for him, though I would have liked to help. I cried my eyes out for him and cried in anger at the vile, despicable people who are sitting in the Job Centre a few feet away doing absolutely nothing!!!
I cannot believe what is happening in this country.
This system is totally horrendous, obnoxious and despicable!”
Unbelievable; they are using catch 22 techniques to ensure sanctions and earn their bonus.
Originally posted on Benefit tales:
My sister was sanctioned on her first signing date reason being she had only applied for jobs only off the Internet? She never received any jsa , she was also caring for our Mum and was told to try for Carers allowance so she went to her jobcentre to enquire and the adviser the one that sanctioned her said “get someone else to look after her” Mum is 91 and is bed ridden with a stroke, the adviser said if you can care for your Mum you can get a proper job as a carer. My sister did not appeal she was to upset and reckons you have no chance against the system.
And of course, all this extra tax money going to the private rented sector does, in fact go to the PRIVATE LANDLORDS, not the tenants and I challenge you to show me a private landlord who is not a Tory!
Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):
There are so many myths around the bedroom tax and I don’t just mean the nonsense of social media sites that say Muslims are allowed a spare room as a prayer room or that paedophiles and sex offenders are exempt, both of which are bollocks. I mean real genuine myths used as propaganda for the coalition…and critically myths that social landlords fail to counter as they allow myth to become fact because social landlords as a (purported) sector are bloody incompetent and they do not know how to campaign or raise awareness of just how great social housing is in ECONOMIC terms for the taxpayer.
For example we (the general public) are told the bedroom tax levels the playing field for the social tenant to that of the private tenant or Labour introduced the bedroom tax in 2008 for private tenants so whats the problem for doing so with the bedroom tax which is the same argument and of course total and utter bollocks
Scenario – Take a single man of 35 in Liverpool
Originally posted on Pride's Purge:
(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
David Cameron has defended his children’s nanny being granted UK citizenship by saying she is “someone who has come here and works hard and is now a British citizen“.
Please help these homeless mothers.
Originally posted on the void:
The appalling treatment of a group of homeless single mums at the hands of Newham Council shows beyond doubt that the modern Labour Party are no friends of the poor.
The young mothers are being evicted from the Focus E15 hostel in the Labour controlled borough after the Council announced plans to cut costs by closing the hostel. This is the same council who recently spent an astonishing £111 million pounds on an office block complete with chandeliers costing almost £2000 each!
Despite this vast display of wealth, Newham Council has chosen to turn their backs on some of the borough’s poorest residents and has not even offered a council property to the mothers. Instead they have been abandoned to the cut-throat private rental sector with the Council attempting to blackmail the mothers into accepting a private sector tenancy for just one year or facing no help with housing at all.
My son was recently offered a day’s work; just over two weeks ago, it happens and on his signing day. The offer was made out of office hours, with no opportunity to notify the benefits agency, but he took the day’s work and notified the benefits agency at the earliest opportunity- the next day that he had done the day’s work and that this was the reason he was unable to attend the benefits office to sign on at his regular day and time.
He was interviewed and signed on that day.
Yesterday, his normal payday, his benefits had not been paid. When he telephoned to ask why, he was told he had been sanctioned for late signing!
We talked about the options and he said he was going to appeal, made the relevant ‘phone calls and was told they would ring him back later.
Whoever called him back obviously had a brain, unlike some of the poorly educated morons employed by the benefits agency, because his sanction was lifted and his money will be paid, three days late on Monday.
What a ridiculous state of affairs. Sanctioned for working and being honest about it!
This situation has now created a 22 year old man who is now considering whether to refuse work or lie to the benefits agency, either of which could result in- yes, you guessed- being sanctioned!
I hope Iain Duncan Smith reads this- in fact, I am, I think going to send him a link to this post and ask him for his assessment of such a damn foolish regime.
Retirement was being discussed at work last night.
Apart from the obvious retirement age constantly rising, work ‘til you drop etc. etc. I said that in the 1970s I genuinely believed by the time I approached retirement, the age would be around 50 with final salary pensions, opening up jobs for the young and giving those that had given most of their time during adulthood to their employer some relaxation in their later years and the money to enjoy it.
It would be paid for via the redistribution of wealth.
Instead the retirement age increases while holidays, wages and pensions decrease.
The only thing I got right was the redistribution of wealth- THE WRONG WAY!