The truth about Employment Support Allowance by Mike Sivier

The truth about Employment Support Allowance by Mike Sivier

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? Congratulations to Dame Anne Begg who has finally spoken the truth about the Employment Support Allowance  “work related activity” group (WRAG). Speaking on BBC Radio 4′s Today programme, Dame Anne Begg, chair of the work and pensions select committee,  said last Friday that large groups of people appear to have been “parked” on the benefit in the “work-related activity” group, which covers all those found neither to be fully fit for work nor so disabled that they cannot be expected to look for employment.


Disability activists across the country will be as delighted as Pat’s Petition and CarerWatch that politicians are finally admitting to the false premise on which Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was based.

ESA is a failed experiment conducted live on sick and disabled people.

Sick and disabled people who are assigned to the WRAG are found not fully fit for work. Almost none of them are…

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Educating Dr Litchfield – a few facts about the Work Capability Assessment

by Mike Sivier

Ignorance is most definitely not bliss for Dr Paul Litchfield. The man was hand-picked by the Coalition government to review its hated Work Capability Assessment system of handling Employment and Support Allowance claims, amid rumours that previous incumbent Professor Malcolm Harrington had been unhappy with political decisions that ran against his findings. But he delivered a […]

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Clause 99, Catch 22 – State sadism and silencing the vulnerable

Clause 99, Catch 22 – State sadism and silencing the vulnerable kittysjones


Here is the Hansard record of The Work Capability Assessments – Mandatory Reconsideration adjournment debate – it’s the 6th debate about Employment Support Allowance (ESA) tabled by Labour MP Sheila Gilmore, who has worked very hard to present her gathered and substantial evidence to an indifferent government about the terrible consequences of their sadistic sickness and disability “reforms”.

Section 102 and Schedule 11 of the Welfare Reform Act, (Clause 99) is the (State) Power to require revision before appeal. People who wish to challenge a benefit decision will no longer be allowed to lodge an appeal immediately. Instead, the government introduced mandatory revision or review stage, during which a different Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) decision maker will reconsider the original decision and the evidence and, if necessary, send for more information.

We have campaigned since 2012 to raise awareness of Clause 99. During the Consultation period, I wrote a response to the government’s proposals, which many people used as a template for their own responses. I remember that Black Triangle, amongst others, ran a campaign also, and I remember that we ALL RAISED THE SAME CONCERNS.




Work and slavery are not the same, until now.

A letter a day to number 10. No 768.

Friday 13 June 2014. Work and slavery are not the same, until now.

Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste, and alter for your own needs, the text for your own letter.

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Dear Mr Cameron,

I have been reading and watching a Guardian report today on slavery in the Thai fishing industry. I note that you had a meeting with Thai billionaire, Dhanin Chearavanont, chairman and chief executive of Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group which was not recorded on your official list of meetings, to discuss trade and investment opportunities. The…

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A Letter Provided By A DWP Whistleblower

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Councils and housing organisations to boycott workfare programme

Councils and housing organisations to boycott workfare programme 

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Street Democracy writes:

The misery in the voices of the unemployed as they stand or sit waiting for their privacy to be violated by some charged up, power hungry work programme consultant is painful to hear.

They are not socially elevating the unemployed into positions of respect and large salary positions to the deserving innately decent sensitive poor, but more like a carnival of mental torture instead.

It is a form of mind rape as the barrage of intimate questions come hollowing at you, by a commanding dialogue of speak of loose your vital money, is outrageous and is blackmail.


A corrupt parasitical mechanism to destroy the psyche of the poor, enslave them, blame them and crush them.

They are doing nothing but transmitting disease gutter policies that amplify misery, magnify a corrupt government to crush the poor but mostly to control the poor.

These work programmes have been designed by ‘think tanks’ disconnected socially and have infiltrated aggressive austerity programmes that look good on paper.


Organisations are standardising blackmail, localising bullying and controlling the poor and not even in the right direction either.

In reality these are detention centre’s intricately imposing, and are needlessly sterile instruments of control.

In reality these consultants are localising bullying, standardising blackmail and controlling the vulnerable poor as if they are commodities to be controlled.

What they are not doing is socially elevating the poor, aiding the desperately ill in positions of employment far removed from slave labouring and minimum wage to give them career fulfilment to suit their individual needs.


Fact, the unemployed are not slaves, we’re not to be disrespected either. We’re treated like vermin, and socially demonised as parasitical. Yet, we are innately decent people trying our best in a cut throat world too, with ill health and no money, its almost impossible.

They are not elevating the working poor out of the cycle of deprivation.

The poor are not receiving large quantities of respect and are not treated as innately decent people.

The poor, the unemployed are instead, regularly hounded, are harassed and pushed forward towards sordid work positions available.


People need time to heal. People need time to be new mothers and fathers, they need time to adjust to disabilities before being pushed out into the job market with added cold scorn like it is today.

This class warfare guarantee’s hard gruel labour, or dead end work placements, guaranteed to make your feet and hands sore while being paid pea nuts.

Your pushed forward to work in a type of hell, a work position that is in a social black hole of no empathy, no decent pay, no respect and no prospects.


This parasite is psychopathic following a psychopathic Tory main frame- but worse is localised organisations adopting this ideology and giving it the power necessary to hound the poor with.

Work placements guaranteed to destroy what little health you had left and you have no choice but to go along or face hunger and serious money deprivation with benefit sanctions.

This sounds like a ‘Gulag Society’  to me.

A Punishing State treating the unemployed as one social annoyance a plague or parasite and is beyond wrong in every way.

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Councils and housing organisations to boycott workfare programme 

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Around 350 charity organisations have signed up to boycott the community work placement part of the government’s workfare programme, including 13 councils, two housing organisations and a selection of homelessness charities.


The Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign has said that 345 organisations have agreed to boycott the programme, including Habinteg Housing Association, Your Homes Newcastle Youth Voice, Shelter, Shelter Cymru and Swansea Young Single Homeless Project.

Union Unite has also signed up and, through its Unite Against Workfare campaign, has already secured agreements from several councils that they will not take workfare placements. These councils have said they will also encourage contractors to do the same.

The 13 councils that have signed up at present are: Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Burnley, Edinburgh, Ipswich, Islington, Lambeth, Norwich, South Tyneside, St Helens, Sunderland, Thurrock and Wakefield.

The scheme is part of the government’s help to work programme under which participants must either sign on at a Jobcentre every day, take up a training course or carry out a six-month, 30-hour-a-week placement.

The KVV said opposition to the scheme appears to be related to the community work placement element being delayed. the help to work scheme was launched on 28 April, and these placements should have already begun, according to the campaign.

A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: ‘Referrals to the placements have begun and the placements will begin shortly. There has been no delay. Charities are under no obligation to be in the scheme, but those who are recognise the benefits of it.’

Pursuit of tax credit overpayments turns nasty as debt collectors hound the poorest

Pursuit of tax credit overpayments turns nasty as debt collectors hound the poorest

‘Hundreds of thousands of Britain’s poorest people are being targeted by private debt collectors hired by the Government after their tax credits were overpaid because of errors made by HMRC.

A joint investigation by The Independent and the campaign group False Economy has uncovered the Coalition’s increasingly forceful methods of pursuing more than 4.7 million cases of overpaid tax credits, which amount to debts of £1.6bn.

The hardline stance follows pledges by Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, to bring down the benefits bill.’

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Why the Conservatives Iain Duncan Smith should resign

Why the Conservatives Iain Duncan Smith should resign


Localised staff at Job Centre’s are the tools used to give power to IDS machine of social repression towards the unemployed. Towards innately decent people, the sensitive poor are being crushed.

Street Democracy writes:

Iain Duncan Smith is mentally ingrained to punish the poor including the disabled poor, those unwell and unfit to work with his sadistic inclinations of financial butchery.

His unsophisticated demonisation and social butchery towards those on low incomes, part time workers, those unable to contribute to a working week, is off scale with his spiteful tongue and tones of disdain.


Creating aggressive policies for a collective localised despair. The unemployed are thrown into unknown poverty.

Enshrining into law, localised mental torturous activities from Job Centre Plus and all affiliated organisations that have attached themselves with financially blackmailing the unemployed like Royal British Legion has, to name but one.

It is often impossible to curb their hatred towards us.


Welfare benefits are force behind the poor rationing of food and enforced obedience as they blindly follow this evil in print. Iain Duncan Smith needs to be sacked and immediately and then held accountable for the social trauma he has caused.


Consultants smugly dictate what the unemployed have to do, or they will stop your benefits at any point, taking food away from those that need it most.

It is localised bullying and oppression.

It has turned Crawley, my home town in West Sussex into a giant detention centre, a ‘Gulag’ society of unjust treatment and deliberate infliction of pain.


IDS architecture of castigating the lower classes with Draconian aggressive and hostile laws is empowered with gutter administration by local Job Centre Staff.

They amplify misery with each breath they take, taking free will away as they instruct you to visit them or dance to their plans for you.

Refusal and you won’t get your benefits, your essential life saving money they care not for you, as the stench of gutter policies and decay of our democracy rots behind them.


This is the monopolisation of force towards the unemployed. Magnifying blackmail, amplifying hardship and misery. with death dealing policies.

The Tories, are orchestrating work at the lower end of the scale to be long hard labouring gruel.

The IDS of this government have made it socially, impossible for the poor to leave this and break away from this unfair economic system.

The evil’s crippling the poor with receiving only a minimum wage for payment of making their bodies weaker, their hands sore and their tired feet ache for standing all day behind tills.

Iain Duncan Smith is deliberately damaging and attacking the low-income earners as he destroys the poor’s human psyche with his parasitical infrastructure that steals wealth away from the poor into the hands of the rich.


Hypocritical liar and two faced cheek to dare critique the poor when this man has no moral fibre in his cold reptilian body.

This man is biased, corrupt and psychopathic.

Iain Duncan Smith is uncompassionate by nature and serves only to empower the social elites of our nation.

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Why the Conservatives Iain Duncan Smith should resign

His welfare schemes keep imploding, severely ill people keep being declared fit for work and so many people are falling through cracks in the benefits system that food bank use surpassed a million this year. Yet Iain Duncan Smith soldiers on.

The media seem obsessed with discussing Ed Miliband’s appearance, but the man who has overseen the chaos and misery of the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP is still in his #job – a serious media would call for this ridiculous man to resign.

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A good day for ministers to bury bad news: IDS benefits plan in such chaos it’s classed as beyond failure


No respect for long hour’d hard gruel and get sore feet and hands for minimum pay, or loose your benefits, your food, your home..

A good day for ministers to bury bad news: IDS benefits plan in such chaos it’s classed as beyond failure

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A psychopathic agenda from psychopathic ruling elites, the ‘iron fist’s of blue’ are obliterating the minds of the poor with a punishing benefit system.

‘Iain Duncan Smith’s flagship welfare reform is going so badly that a watchdog has had to a create a whole new category to describe its failures.

The Work and Pensions Secretary’s scheme to replace six separate benefits with a single Universal Credit was sent back to the drawing board last year following serious delays and cost overruns.

The Major Projects Authority (MPA), the quango that assesses how effectively large schemes are being implemented, yesterday concluded that its worst rating was not bad enough to accommodate all the failings associated with Universal Credit.

The fact that the Government published the damning study amid the announcement of local election results led to accusations that ministers were seeking to ‘bury’ bad news.’

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PCS Conference: Jobcentre Staff Demand End Of ‘Despicable’ Benefits Sanctions From Iain Duncan Smith

PCS Conference: Jobcentre Staff Demand End Of ‘Despicable’ Benefits Sanctions From Iain Duncan Smith-The Morning Star

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The financial slaughter came unexpected after millions of poor had agreed financial agreements to pay for items to furnish homes-left now with debts piling and no money for food.

Street Democracy writes:

This is very late.

This toxic form of social policy has shunted the poor out of the political apparatus, silencing their voices, ignoring the pleas of desperate families so poor, they’re missing meals.

It was astounding to even consider how staff at the Job Centre actually found this punishing regime enjoyable at first by embracing this hostile format from 9-5 pm.

No remorse, inflicting spiteful hostility,by a form of wilful arrogance of Job Centre staff suffering from DWP endemic brainwashing of be brutal to these no good parasites.


The language of force, following DWP’s aggressive benefit agenda has standardised and localised oppression and bullying of the poor.

‘Take that, you lazy scrounger!’ Eagerly watching with cold eyes at how they have just amplified misery, legitimising the crushing of those financially destitute, and localising oppression at the same time.

However, the political awakening is growing faster and people, even Job Centre staff are witnessing a poison of toxic hate being directed to the unemployed.


The astute minds busily working this aggressive benefit agenda should have thrown this into the gutter, the moment it landed on their Job Centre door way.

And get rid of G4S!, while you’re at complaining to the suited psychopath Iain Duncan Smith.

Our power grid is deeply corrupt, dysfunctional and filled with ‘out of touch’ Eton gutter and this should be addressed also.


Society conquered by psychopathic, no empathy elitism and corporate control have designed a punishing infrastructure, a real life detention centre for the disabled poor or those unable to contribute to a working week.

This powerless suit has destroyed the poor further and created social turmoil that is often unrepairable.

The Tories toxic pollution towards the poor has marginalised ‘us’ further into the social black hole, a form of exclusion from mainstream society while we are a washed with corporate crime and politicians milking hundreds of thousands from the expenses quota.


The iron fist’s of blue slamming down upon the poor but the criminal elites, the corporate crimes are given tax breaks and tax payer’s money. Which is the real crime?

The financial destitution of innately decent folk have found themselves into serious financial trouble of money lending companies who have a perpetual debt and threat on their doorstep.

Society for the unemployed has turned into one giant detention centre, where prisoners or the unemployed are treated as criminals, treated as toxic for society, but heads are slowly beginning to turn to look into the eyes of the ‘far right’.


Capitalism is corrupt, it was designed by the rich, for the rich and they have no intention of giving their wealth away.

A language of force, the hijacking of society by ruling elites standardising oppression, blaming with silly names of slander to the poor when in fact, their friends in high places are not paying millions in taxes.

Their corporate pals are also not paying millions in taxes, but let us not focus upon them.

Let us instead blame the unemployed for not wanting to work, long hours of hard gruelling labour that makes their limbs sore, for no pay or little pay in stead.


People are missing meals. In Crawley I know of this. The new diet of the poor is malnutrition, lacking in multiple vitamins. Cheap chemical based foods are just as toxic and do nothing for diets of the poor.

Let us hope now, minds are awakening to the corporate take over our government, and the corrupt political apparatus controlled by elites has conquered our society and not for the better for us, but only for those few, mainly politicians and corporate bosses.

Enough of this rubbish and well done to the Job Centre for finally waking up!


Job Centre we need a language of humility, empathy and independence from government. If you don’t like the sound of a policy, then don’t localise it, send it back to Westminster and tell these elites ‘not good enough, try again’. Never fear David Cameron and likes!

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Labour exchange employees say they are ‘depressed’ by making people destitute on the orders of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

FRONTLINE Jobcentre staff renewed their campaign yesterday to scrap Tory benefit sanctions they are forced to hand down to Britain’s worst off.

Civil servants protested at PCS conference about the impact of the government’s welfare policies they witness everyday at work.

Unemployment benefit of just £71 per week can be stopped for two weeks under sanctions introduced by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Jobcentre worker Martin Humphrey told delegates about the “depressing” task of telling people their benefits have been stopped.

He said: “We have to say to people that they have to live on nothing for two weeks.

“To make people destitute for two weeks is despicable.”

Jobcentre staff exposed once again how they are given sanction targets to hit — a claim Mr Duncan Smith continues to deny.

Britain’s pensioners are also given just £110 a week while disabled people face cruel tests by private comapanies, PCS vice president John McInally pointed out.

He said the result has been soaring demand at food banks, a rise in homelessness and hate attacks on disabled people.

And he said: “As a union, we have a duty to stand up for our members and our services.

“It’s disgraceful that our members’ job to help people is being turned on its head in order to attack the most poor and vulnerable.”


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PCS Conference: Jobcentre Staff Demand End Of ‘Despicable’ Benefits Sanctions From Iain Duncan Smith-The Morning Star

RBLI-Work Programme Consultant Treating Disabled as Personal Slave or Don’t Get Benefits Outrage!


You are expected to join the Work Programme but are then treated as a slave to do as your told, by consultants or loose your benefits at any time or stage during these meetings is a sadistic method of blackmail by no empathy work consultants.

Street Democracy writes:

I can only apologise for this mornings writings. I am finding writing very difficult at the moment after my experience from the RBLI Work Programme.

Still shaking from the Consultant who rang me and completely ignored my work on this website as not worth looking into. I was then threatened with ‘you have to do as I say, when I say or I will stop your benefits’.

How do you respond to this?

You have to be as assertive as possible to try to convey your message but then you are accused of being rude.

So I am still shaking and do not know if I have been financially sanctioned.

So apologies if my writing isn’t the normal manner, I keep hearing these words and I am visibly still shaking while trying to focus on what I am doing.

It is localised bullying for sure and bullying with financial loss enshrined into law and silencing the poor that you cannot speak out. 

You cannot be critical, you cannot disagree or face serious economic sanctions.

This method is mocking the poor, trying to achieve a work programme while dealing with extreme physical ailments at the same time. 

We are not uncouth lazy barbaric animals to be hauled in by some fictional localised power grid filled with no empathy consultants to force some kind of re-socialisation upon us.

To force obedience and compliance despite it not being relevant or beneficial needs to be addressed but clearly isn’t allowed to be pointed out.

We the disabled poor are being totally silenced and I am shocked by Royal British Legions business strategies by members of staff. Or do they not know?

These consultants need to remind themselves that we the disabled poor, are innately decent people.

We are good citizens, maybe sensitive but in severe poverty while in chronic pain struggling daily to survive is an achievement.

For many getting out of bed is an achievement without heavy weight demoralising and punishing dialogues from strangers who really don’t care about you down your phone.

I am in shock still.

Work Programmes are compulsory, that I know but I didn’t think it would be made clear I am some body’s slave to jump when told or loose essential money.

When a Consultant rings you from RBLI Work Programme, and refuses to listen and then dictates you have to do what they say and when they say it in order for you to get your benefits, things change.

You have to join this Work Programme and therefore your free will isn’t applicable.

I know you don’t have any choice but to join if you wish to receive life saving essential money within your benefits.

However, to be treated as a slave is outrageous even for this modern day age. 

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