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Now working part-time, volunteers part-time. Cares what happens to UK society full-time

#MuslimBan protests happening around the UK between 30th Jan-Feb 11th

For those of you outraged by Trumps #MuslimBan you might want to make your voice heard in protest. Here is a list of known protests being organised around the country. … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

No, austerity clearly hasn’t ‘restored fairness’ to the welfare system

Simon Szreter, University of Cambridge In an article for The Lancet in early December that was critical of the government’s continuing austerity policy, my colleagues and I argued that contrary … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

National Audit Office criticises DWP Sanctions

Originally posted on scottish unemployed workers' network:
The National Audit Office has just produced a critical report on Benefit Sanctions. Of course they were only looking at sanctions within the…

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Dr David Webster: The NAO report on Benefit Sanctions

An important report on Benefit Sanctions has been published today by the National Audit Office. It is available at https://www.nao.org.uk/report/benefit-sanctions/ There is also a technical appendix on the methodology of … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Benefit sanctions are more than just a financial penalty – to many households they are devastating.

A report from the National Audit Office shows that benefit sanctions are randomly applied, while the knock-on impact of sanctions costs the taxpayer more than it saves. The NAO also … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Imajsaclaimant: Social media and activism – How I do it and why

Every week I get asked questions about using social media and why I do it. I did not set out to become a Twitter activist and I am always slightly … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

I’ve reached the point that I need help from the #foodbank. Something inside me has died

Food bank use is at record high says the headlines. Trussell Trust released figures recently that show that 1,109,309 three day parcels were handed out. The primary reasons are shown … Continue reading

November 19, 2016 · 114 Comments

Austerity & Welfare Reform in UK Reading List

Originally posted on Think North:
This is a reading list for those interested in welfare reform and austerity in the UK. If you would like to add something to the list,…

June 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

How to Complain to the Jobcentre or DWP

? As a jobseeker or if you are on ESA, claiming  benefits can often unfortunately be problematic. Problems claimants experience include delayed benefit payments, behavioural issues with Jobcentre staff and long waiting times to get through…

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Examples of DWP sanctions and poor treatment

For those of you who follow my Twitter account you will know that I often share stories of people who have been sanctioned or have suffered under the poor treatment … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · Leave a comment