Benefit tales

KEIGHLEY MP Kris Hopkins is under fire after giving landlords the green light to kick out tenants on housing benefit.

Labour reacted with anger after Mr Hopkins, the housing minister, argued it was a “commercial decision” that any private landlord had the right to make.

He said: “If they actually decide they don’t want to have somebody on housing benefit in the future, that’s a perfectly legitimate thing for them to do.” The comment came after Panorama unearthed new figures revealing the number of evictions from privately-rented houses is rising sharply.

Emma Reynolds, Labour’s housing spokesman, described the attitude as “callous” when tenants were victims of a cost-of-living squeeze and a failure to build enough homes. She said: “It is appalling that David Cameron’s housing minister thinks it’s acceptable for someone to be evicted just because they are receiving social security.”

Speaking afterwards, Mr Hopkins stood by his comments, but…

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Totally humiliated after running out of food and money.

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Original post on the facebook page ‘Bedroom Tax..Think it’s unfair..Join the fight here’

“Totally humiliated today after running out of food and money. I have had to go and phone my Uncle to get me a weeks worth of food just about manage with the Electricity now . Hate this situation . Hate this government . Hate not having a washing machine etc totally hard work living on benefits. Hate to think how bad it can get . We must be survivors on here one way or another”

And some responses

—– “Sounds like my life. I’m on ESA and ends never meet, never much left after bills are paid. So I always go without food for at least 3 days, I don’t have any family to ask for help. I got my self into debt with the bedroomroom tax, and other things due to my mental illness. I just…

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Esther McVey, the Conservatives DWP minister, has refused to appear before the Welfare Reform Committee

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Petition update – We the ‘people’ demand a Public Inquiry be held regarding the systematic abuse of Benefit Claimants in regard to Benefit Sanctions, Targets & Workfare

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Street Democracy writes:

We the dignified poor, the innately decent and sensitive unemployed, do not deserve the bitter scorn and spiteful childish slander of name calling by the so called top members of our society.

I use the term ‘top’ to stereo type their own social positioning, personally I believe the ruling elites, the Eton-ologist’s that emerge from public schooling are not qualified to govern our country.

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We have to endure an unwanted attachment with Job Centre staff and other administrations of a forced intimacy with a no empathy or decent answers to gain employment or benefits.

A shared privacy with strangers, that ensure they mould the unemployed to participate in what ever scheme they have running to appear to be ‘helpful’ when…

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In denial: Charities line up to link food bank use with benefits regime

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Ministers have been told they are “in denial” after a series of charities told a committee that harsh changes benefits regime is driving food bank use.

Written submissions from bodies such as Oxfam and Barnardos to a Scottish Parliament committee, whose report on food banks is published today, emphasise DWP’s culpability. But heartless employment minister Esther McVey still claimed three weeks ago that there is “no robust evidence linking food bank usage to welfare reform”.

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Seetec and Ingeus: Most vindictive benefit sanctions happy Workfare and Work Programme providers

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Statistics released today about the DWP’s Provider Direct destitution causing benefit sanctions hotline, show consistently that Seetec and Ingeus are by far the most vindictive benefit sanctions happy Mandatory Work Activity and Work Programme providers.

In a 5 week period Seetec made calls to sanction benefits of nearly 13,000 people (Weeks 18 to 22). In one week alone it called to make 4,417 people destitute (Week 20), compared to 2  by Prospects.

In a 5 week period Seetec tried to sanction benefits of nearly 13,000 people (Weeks 18 to 22). In one week alone it called to make 4,417 people destitute (Week 20), compared to 2  by Prospects.
Source: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/provider_direct_mi#incoming-466144

Provider Direct“is used when a Work Programme participant has failed to participate in a mandated activity and you are going to raise a WP08 [sanction] referral.” (emphasis added) https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-provider-guidance-provider-direct-work-programme

Work ProgrammeMandation is a tool to be used to encourage participation in the work programme with sanctionable consequences for non participation.”  (emphasis added) https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/264163/wp-pg-chapter-3a-22-october-2012.pdf

Mandatory Work Activity Providers “The Provider Direct service was introduced on 25 March 2013 as a way…

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The depth of corruption in the Conservative Party’s new, privatised health system

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You can’t call it a National Health Service any more, can you?

The corruption imposed on the system by the Conservative-led Coalition government has reached new depths with the award of huge contracts to companies that donate to the Conservative Party, and plans to stop the corrupt re-hiring of executives who had already received large payoffs – after this has already happened.

Especially to blame are the Liberal Tory Democrats who made sure that this desecration could take place by supporting it in Parliament.

Did anybody else find it laughable when the Telegraph reported plans for the Queen’s Speech this year to include stopping highly-paid civil servants and NHS executives from receiving large redundancy pay-offs and then being re-hired only a few months later?

The plan, apparently part of the legislative programme to be announced by Her Majesty tomorrow (Wednesday), is effectively fixing the barn door after the chickens have come home…

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