Are you in the ESA Support Group and have been asked to attend a Work Focussed Interview?


It would appear the DWP are up to their tricks again – threatening sick and disabled people with withdrawal of benefits unless they attend Work Focussed Interviews – Even those of us in the Support group!

Below is a Calling Notice from DPAC

DPAC have been getting information that people in the ESA Support Group are being required by JobCentre Plus offices to attend Work Focussed Interviews, under threat of benefits being withdrawn if you don’t go.

According to the DWP Webpage, if you are in the Support Group you “You don’t have to go to interviews, but you can ask to talk to a personal adviser. “, which should mean that they cannot require you to attend.

We are going to look closely at this and do whatever we can to get this stopped, but in order to do that we first need to gather information…

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DCLG Press Release on Brownfield Land

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

DCLG  Lets be clear only the principal of the use will be pre-approved not the reserved matters, unless the LDO to use international urban planning terminology has a masterplan with platting, subdivisions, bulk zoning, build to lines and a development control regulations plan to determine the form and layout of the housing and other uses.  Now we know from international experience that once these are in place they new development can proceed very quickly if the landowners release it, such as where land ownership is not concentrated.  But preparing the regs takes more up front effort, so is not necessarily quicker.  Though it certainly is less of a burden than dealing with container crate large planning applications, and possibly quicker, if London and other large authorities can turn on a dime and switch from a development management focus to a development times to greenflield sites being master plan led as well.  Indeed…

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Tories to Punish Feckless Parents on Benefits.

Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Conservative MP Margot James, pictured has worked on proposals to restrict benefits payments to parents who refuse to participate in training to prepare themselves for the workplaceConservative MP Margot James, pictured has worked on proposals to restrict benefits payments to parents who refuse to participate in training to prepare themselves for the workplace

No you could not make this one up.

It’s far-right political correctness gone mad!

Feckless parents may be stripped of their benefits … unless they take lessons in raising family

  • Plan to slash benefits for parents of unruly children or those with poor diet
  • Senior conservatives developing the proposals in advance of 2015 election
  • Prime Minister David Cameron is currently deciding on election manifesto

Benefits will be docked from feckless parents who refuse to take classes on how to improve their children’s discipline, diet and exercise under plans being discussed by senior Tories.

A secret party document photographed in Downing Street reveals MPs preparing the Conservative election manifesto are considering attaching new conditions to welfare.

Carried by MP Margot James, who sits on…

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Ministers ‘scared’ to face committee

If #Social #Security is a #UK matter, why are #Westminster #Federal #Ministers appearing at #Holyrood at all?

The lovely wibbly wobbly old lady

Reposted from the Evening Times

Esther McVey, Conservative Department of Work and Pensions minister, had refused an invitation to appear before the Welfare Reform Committee but agreed to a private meeting with members.

Now Ms McVey has cancelled her planned visit next month on June 10.

Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith previously refused to appear at the committee and instead had an informal off the record meeting with MSPs. And Lord Freud, another DWP minister, has also refused requests to attend at Holyrood.

Now Labour and SNP MSPs have accused the Tory ministers of being scared to account for the impact their policies have on vulnerable people.

Committee Convener Michael McMahon MSP said: “We wanted a public meeting, sooner rather than later.

“Instead, we get a private meeting that’s eventually cancelled. How insulting to the people of Scotland.

“Ms McVey can run but she can’t hide from our…

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‘UKIP Campaigner South West’ uses The Queen to endorse UKIP, and Nigel Farage.

Someone has now gone TOO far!

Exposing UKIP

A Facebook profile ‘UKIP Campaigner South West’ is using The Queen to endorse UKIP, as well as changing a famous image of her with James Bond actor Daniel Craig, and replacing him with Nigel Farage, and a passionate ‘speech’ from the Queen about UKIP.

You really couldn’t make it up, but it seems that they did.

Here’s the post, and here’s the URL of that Facebook post (for when it inevitably gets deleted)



And here’s the original photo.


Can’t see her Maj being too happy, and what will James Bond folk have to say I wonder?

It’s also illegal.


Oh dear.

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