The Tories attack Miliband because they’ve got no decent policies

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Originally posted on LabourList

As the 2015 general election approaches, it is becoming more obvious by the day what the Tory strategy is: there are no new ideas, policies will continue much as they are now, with the emphasis on denigrating Labour proposals and the Labour leader. If Labour announces details to increase income or corporation tax, Tories are ready to pounce.

The Tory propaganda machine has successfully convinced the more gullible that somehow the Labour government’s spending on schools and hospitals caused the 2008 economic crash, and that as a result, they cannot be trusted to manage the economy. It’s upon this, rather than their own proposals, that the Tory election programme is based.


Tories do not shout from the rooftops what their aims are: shrinking the state back to 1948 levels, a further reduction in social mobility and, of course, immigration, and more cuts in government spending. They will…

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The Decisions Facing Rachel Reeves on Friday 8th May 2015 (Part 9)

The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

Number 9: Refocusing DWP’s Employer Support on the United Kingdom’s Job Creators

Here are some figures for you:

Micro Enterprises (0 to 9 employees) in the UK = 1,912,455
Small Enterprises (10 to 49 employees) in the UK = 209,710
Medium Enterprises (50 to 249) in the UK = 36,505
Large Enterprises (250 employees and over) in the UK = 8,915

I suspect that it is not for nothing that Ed Miliband has been talking a lot about Small and Medium Size Enterprises (0 to 249 employees) in the last six months or so. If each of them were to create just one job that would result in 2,158,670 new jobs (in gross terms). Not only are SMEs the driver of economic growth within the UK, they are also, where the vast majority of voters in the private sector are employed.

DWP has always had a bit of a blind…

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Some of the Promises the Tories are Trying to Delete from the Internet – Oliver James

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Thanks to Oliver James, this list is worth saving.

Some of the Promises the Tories are Trying to Delete from the Internet:
1. No cuts to front-line services.
2. “We have absolutely no plans to raise VAT”.
3. Cameron said “I wouldn’t means-test child benefit”.
4. “No more top-down reorganisations of the NHS”.
5. On Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA): “We don’t have any plans to get rid of them”.
6. Cameron on  Sure Start: “Yes we back Sure Start.It’s a disgrace that Gordon Brown has been trying to frighten people about this”.
7. On the Future Jobs Fund: “We have no plans to change it”.
8. Cameron on green taxes: “[they] need to go up”.
9. Osborne on bank bonuses: “Totally unacceptable”.
10. And finally, Cameron’s commentary on transparency in 2007: “It’s clear to me that political leaders will have to learn to let go. Let go of the…

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A Mother’s Appeal For Help- Disability Hate Crime

Same Difference

This mother is desperately trying to find the people who did this to her son- to give him his confidence back.

The mainstream media haven’t picked it up yet- can we get them to? Kindly reblog retweet share everywhere possible.

Didn’t want to post this, but I’m really beginning to think that the boys who tried to kill my son are going to get away with it.
I can’t help but feel that if I’d illegally parked I’d soon be found.
They did far more than stab him, they’ve also taken away the only bit of independence he had, which took us almost two years to prepare him for. I’m now too frightened to let him back out, and I‘m getting the fallout from that too.
The media are totally uninterested in the attempted murder of an Autistic boy, not so much as a reply to my emails to…

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Lies, Lies and more Lies just when will it end.

Well following on from my last letter to DWP HQ discounting much of what they said in this  long running complaint I have had another letter from them it is much the same bullshit baloney however it is building up a fantastic case in law which I am sure any judge will read with glee.

This is a classic case of #DWPChaos right before my readers eyes and is astounding that it has reached this far as despite sending in much evidence in my last reply to them they still lie and make up there letters as they go along with any checks what so ever.

Being a Governmental Department and one of the biggest I do not know whether to laugh or cry

This follows on from this blog:

and the whole shenanigans can be read here:

Todays Letter:

DWP Letter 22-07-2014 P1 EDITED

DWP Letter 22-07-2014 P2


Now lets go through this piece of trash and again debunk it

Firstly in paragraph two they state that Angela McDonald was given incorrect information in regards to when my ESA Claim was migrated now is that a cop out? I think so as all the information is there on a screen in front of her and more the case is that she failed to check her facts. That is maladministration.

In paragraph three they still maintain the reason for not informing me of the cessation of my claim was due to system errors that I still find hard to believe unless there computer systems really are that bad although I still maintain that a department as big as the DWP dealing with many millions of claims would have back up systems in place.

In paragraph four they quote regs 29 and 35 but as my claim was pre April 2013 these are the wrong regs to quote as my claim would have come under regs 25 and 31 a minor detail as they are effectively the same but wrong none the less and shows there incompetence.

In paragraph five they say they do do not discriminate against there customers really when an upper tier court case for those with MHP’s says you do.

In paragraph seven it says you do not have such a request for requesting the ESA85, well you won’t as it was requested via phone at the same time I requested the Statement of Reasons.

In paragraph eight you state my medical conditions are not in dispute I believe they are because if they was not we would not be here now and as for the WCA you still maintain I had one which is not the case I was put straight in WRAG without an assessment.

Now the biggest lie of all in paragraph nine you now state that there was NOT specific grounds for the anytime revision requested on the 15th December 2013 despite a complaints resolution manager saying there was and thus had been accepted that will look good in front of a judge as it clearly shows your incompetence especially in my last letter I enclosed the letter that stated this.

Lying is one thing but lying in the face of evidence that says different is amazing

They further state my claim was not made in ignorance of the facts I beg to differ and would say that is exactly the case and they further say that the Tribunal service is not looking into the nature of my case and only if it is valid really! if that is the case tell me why today I also got a letter from HMCTS asking me to send back the enquiry form and submit further evidence I would say the appeal is going ahead and I look forward to my day in court were I can debunk all your lies indeed I have enough evidence for it to be dealt with on the papers but feel the need to attend.

Be sure to comply with the judges orders which you have not done to date.

DWP tries again to stop release of Universal Credit reports


By Tony Collins

The Department for Work and Pensions has requested another legal hearing in its attempt to stop four ageing reports on the Universal Credit programme being published.

The DWP’s formal application to the Upper Tribunal (below) shows that Whitehall officials and work and pensions  ministers, Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud,  are prepared to sink more public money into fighting a judge’s ruling in March 2014 that the DWP publish the four reports

It appears the DWP does not want the reports published on a point of principle: the department does not publish any reports on any of its major IT-based change programmes.

Another reason officials and ministers have for keeping the reports confidential is that they would establish what officials knew of Universal Credit programme’s serious problems in 2012 when departmental press releases were saying the scheme was on time and within budget.

The reports could show…

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Another Government ‘Fag packet’ proposal for Benefit Sanctions & Cuts ?

I had CBT and you are right in saying it does not work for everyone as it never did and never will work for me as my brain is irreversibly damaged due to blood starvation because of SAH/Stroke


Rarely do I come across a Tory Policy proposal that makes me both Smile (albeit at the irony) and Shudder (with fear); but today’s report in the Telegraph does exactly this; “Hundreds of thousands of benefit claimants face being stripped of their state allowances if they refuse to undergo treatment for anxiety and depression“, this worries me on several levels.

The article quotes their source as saying “We know that depression and anxiety are treatable conditions. Cognitive behavioural therapies work and they get people stable again but you can’t mandate people to take that treatment“; I totally agree with the closing proviso but the apparent claim CBT works for depression and anxiety is False.

Firstly Depression is not a ‘one size fits all’ disorder, there are different types of this debilitating illness, and a notion it can be conveniently summed up to enforce potentially damaging treatment is downright…

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Ministers humiliated over cumulative impact assessment

The lovely wibbly wobbly old lady

Reposted from John Pring@ Disability News Service

Work and pensions ministers are facing acute embarrassment after losing their main excuse for refusing to assess the overall impact of their welfare cuts and reforms on disabled people.

Ministers have repeatedly insisted that such a cumulative impact assessment (CIA) would be too difficult and the results would be meaningless.

To defend their position, they repeatedly claimed that this view was shared by the “authoritative” Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

But this week – in a humiliating reversal for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – IFS published research which included just such an analysis, which looked at the impact of 35 benefit and tax changes on disabled people.

It was included in an updated IFS report on the “distributional effects of the UK government’s tax and welfare reforms in Wales since the coalition came to power in 2010.


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Rumour turned to Speculation? Cameron’s reshuffle will be bigger than thought

David Cameron is preparing to carry out a far wider reshuffle of his government than had previously been thought.

Several sources in Whitehall have told me to expect substantial changes when the prime minister reshapes the team that he will lead in to the election.

The consensus until now was that apart from a few Cabinet retirements, most of the changes would focus on refreshing the lower ministerial ranks. But I am told Mr Cameron is thinking big in the reshuffle that he is expected to carry out early next week.

One source said: “I think it is going to be bigger than we thought.”

Another said: “Last time was a mini reshuffle. This will be a proper reshuffle. Prepare for rabbits out of a hat.”

Reshuffle speculation is by definition just that. Most of the decisions are known only to the prime minister, his chief of staff and the cabinet secretary, and many have yet to be made.

But here are a few unsubstantiated predictions shared with me by ministers, MPs and officials: