Labour conference to go ahead after deal with security firm. Does this one recognise unions? | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/08/27/labour-conference-to-go-ahead-after-deal-with-security-firm-does-this-one-recognise-unions/

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Is this appropriate language for a Labour MP, just because he supports Owen Smith? | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/08/27/is-this-appropriate-language-for-a-labour-mp-just-because-he-supports-owen-smith/

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Will Theresa May trigger Brexit negotiations without Commons vote? | Vox Political

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/08/27/will-theresa-may-trigger-brexit-negotiations-without-commons-vote/

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Outrage over disabled man who lost leg thanks to illegal benefit sanctions

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Fighting back: Outrage over disabled man who lost leg in illegal benefit sanctions leads to £30k Salford campaign

Salford’s Unemployed & Community Resource Centre are launching a bid to help the thousands of people stung by unlawful benefit sanctions.

Back in June, SalfordOnline.com reported how one Salford worker who illegally had his out-of-work benefits axed had been refunded by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

In 2012 Simon Milne had his Jobseekers Allowance stopped for four weeks, without notice.It left him in such a poor state that he was unable to buy food, let alone to pay for travel to get to job interviews.

The centre says that David (pictured) had his benefits repeatedly sanctioned by Jobcentre Plus officials. This resulted in him being unable to control his diabetes because he had no money for food.

This caused diabetic ulcers which became infected and he had to have a…

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Working instead of coming in to the Jobcentre? You’ll get sanctioned!

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Andrew Dutton of the Derbyshire Welfare Rights Service writes on Rightsnet:

Client works part-time on Universal Credit.

Gets offered an extra day’s work, which clashes with a fixed Jobcentre+ meeting. Calls JC+, explains, all seems to be well.

Sanctioned for non-attendance.

Requests Mandatory Reconsideration on 8/8/16 and sends letter from employer dated 12/8/16 proving he was at work on the day in question.

Mandatory Reconsideration  Notice (MRN) 14/8/16 – no change to decision, says he has not produced evidence he was at work.

Apart from the sheer haste behind the issuing of the MRN, this is a decision that places attending JC+ appointments telling you how to get work over and above…. actually working.

What……?

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Housing benefit pumped into the private rented sector is dead money

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If the government truly cared about value for money for taxpayers rather than the profits of private landlords, they’d build social housing

Last year, the government handed £9.3bn in housing benefit to private landlords – almost double the amount spent 10 years ago, according to a survey this week by the National Housing Federation (NHF). The rise is partly down to higher rents and stalled earnings, but also because the number of people in private rented accommodation claiming housing benefit has risen since 2008 from 1 million to 1.5 million.

Why does this matter, if people are being housed? First, cost – in many parts of the UK, the cost of private renting far outstrips the rents offered by local authorities and housing associations. The NHF estimates that if those claiming housing benefit in private rentals were in affordable housing, taxpayers would save £1.5bn a year. And many of…

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The DWP takes a rather sinister stance on disabled claimants. Provision of Research Lab Facilities for DWP.

The poor side of life

Being a disabled claimant is hard enough, the whole rigmarole of trying to ensure that you get money to live on, money that you deserve is unbelievably hard. Not happy with the methods that they already use to stigmatise ill and disabled claimants they have decided to go one step further.

At first I read this and couldn’t quite believe it. In essence they have recruited an agency to take part, alongside the DWP in what can only be seen as interrogation tactics, or methods used in police stations when interviewing possible criminals.

A claimant will be told to attend an office for an interview, as we know these interviews aren’t voluntary. If you don’t attend then it gives them the option of punishing you, usually by stopping your only source of income.

From what I have read a claimant will be asked to enter a room which consists of…

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I’m a DWP call handler and have no time to care about your disability claim

I’m a DWP call handler and have no time to care about your disability claim

http://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2016/aug/20/work-pensions-disability-claim-call-handler-benefits-dwp?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

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DWP hides seven secret benefit suicide reviews : DNS.

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to publish nine secret reviews into the deaths of benefit claimants, despite finally admitting that seven of them relate to people who took their own lives.

DWP only released the information after Disability News Service (DNS) lodged a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

DWP has also admitted that five of the nine reviews – which all relate to deaths that took place in the 16 months from August 2014 to January 2016 – contain recommendations for improvements in the department’s policies or procedures.

Ministers are refusing to publish the nine reviews, even though civil servants prepared them for release on 23 May – more than three months ago – under freedom of information laws.

The information commissioner is now investigating DWP’s refusal to release the nine documents.

When they are eventually released, they will be heavily redacted and similar…

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NHA welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to ‘renationalise’ the NHS : Welfare Weekly.

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National Health Action Party have welcomed a pledge from the Labour leader to ‘renationalise’ the NHS, but warn there may be little left to be renationalised.

The National Health Action Party (NHA) have welcomed a pledge from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to halt creeping privatisation and bring the NHS back into public ownership, but warn there may be little left to be renationalised.

Dr Paul Hobday, from the NHA, said: “It is right to talk of adopting policies to address the increasing inequalities of health between the richest and the poorest. The NHS was designed to serve the whole population, rich or poor. The changes currently being enforced through the Sustainability and Transformation Plans will mean that that service is being shrunk and those who can’t pay will increasingly be denied the care they need. The care that remains available may be a long distance away which can make it…

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