The Universal Credit delays were deliberate- demolition of the welfare state by stealth

Back in 2014 I kept saying that the delays to Universal Credit are deliberate and designed to demolish the welfare state by stealth.

Because, let’s face it, if they released Universal Credit all at once the aim of sanctioning people to meet targets and thusly closing down Jobcentres across the land wouldn’t have been achieved would it?

In this weeks finally released Universal Credit reports from 2012 we can indeed see that the phased roll out of Universal Credit was indeed planned from the start:


So, why the pantomime about delays to Universal Credit if the 2012 feedback reports stated that it would be implemented in phases from the start? Surely our Government wouldn’t lie to us while creating organised chaos and false narratives to meet an end goal, right? Here’s a timeline of events:


In 2013 Iain Duncan Smith blamed Civil servants (not George Osborne) for apparent delays in the Universal Credit roll out. He maintained that the system will be rolled out ‘on time and on budget’ and repeated this in various interviews.   The Guardian article stated:

“Duncan Smith said Howard Shiplee, the construction director for the London 2012 Olympics who was brought in earlier this year to lead the delivery of universal credit, had said the project would be delivered on budget and on time. “The overall timetable of 2017 – we will deliver this in that timescale. It is a very important reform …”

Notice here that Iain Duncan Smith claimed an end goal of 2017, not 2018 as the original report stated.  Furthermore, the original stated national  roll out date of Universal Credit was October  2013. A crutch from which the stealth plans were made. There was no way a system wide change could have been done in so little time. From the same 2013 article:

 “It  was initially planned that the project would be introduced nationally by October this year, but pilot projects were delayed and are now going ahead in four areas.

The report was seized upon by Labour as evidence that Duncan Smith has covered up significant problems that could put welfare claimants and their families at risk. Liam Byrne, the shadow work and pensions secretary, described universal credit as a “Titanic-sized IT disaster”.”

So, while Labour were busy blaming IDS for his apparent  incompetence, the real plan of stealthily pushing claimants into debt and homelessness while reducing the stated official unemployment number could be obtained. The ‘new’ structure to rolling out UC was a stealth structure, which is what was intended from the start. There was evidence submitted to an enquiry in 2015 that Jobcentre advisers have targets to sanction X amount of people a week or be put on sanction like regimes themselves.

As this false narrative hit the mainstream media, people were being pushed into debt and sanctions.  It’s much easier to blame the intended results of the system on a bumbling politician than admit it’s all by design from the start.


In 2017 while getting criticised again, Iain Duncan Smith this time chose to blame George Osborne for Universal Credit delays claiming all funding came from the treasury and he was just trying to do the right thing. IDS is the good guy right? Pilot areas of Universal Credit saw increased homelessness and debt, while the Government claimed record employment levels. The fact is, people were being sanctioned and kicked off in their thousands, so much so that in the same year 89 Jobcentres closed nationally. IDS claimed that people can claim online.

Another intended consequence of Universal Credit according to the report is that it will take on a 24×7 Amazon model. In that, Jobcentre advisers could dictate to claimants things to do at early hours of the morning and possibly sanction them for not adhering to directions. This has yet to be implemented, but it’s another way of tripping claimants up.

During my own personal time on Universal Credit I was forced to prove I was doing 40 hours a week jobsearch. This was next to impossible. I was also set up for a sanction for not applying for a job literally opposite my house, which I did. After 13 weeks with no money but still being required to sign on and do everything else, I won my money back on appeal. 13 weeks for a first offence, which if I was in more risky circumstances would have gotten me evicted and in debt.  I saw people around me sanctioned for nothing, I heard a person being made to sign on everyday because the Jobcentre adviser didn’t like them. They’re making the system a nightmare for those who are unlucky enough to find themselves out of work.

So, the delays all being part of the design doesn’t surprise me at all. I knew back in 2014 and I now know for sure. Remember dear reader, if the Government wants to do something they will go to the ends of the earth and back to meet their end goal.

Problem, reaction, solution.

Of course, it wasn’t just Iain Duncan Smith who went along with all this. Esther McVey and other ministers carried the lies and propaganda of the delays being accidental, as well as our mainstream media. I wouldn’t mind so much if people weren’t dying in the meantime.


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Birmingham Cafe offering free coffees for the homeless during big freeze

“As desperate people living on Birmingham streets face sub-zero temperatures, one cafe has launched an incredible way to help.

Anyone who walks in to Yorks cafe on Stephenson Street to buy a takeaway filter coffee will also get one free coffee – to give to a homeless person.” – The Birmingham Mail


Facebook group buys pizza for homeless people in Leamington Spa during big freeze.

It’s the random acts of kindness which keep the world at it’s best. As we know, Social media can be used as a force for change. That’s exactly what the kind admins behind the Facebook page ‘Spotted Leamington Spa’ Facebook page inspired last night as temperatures plummeted to sub zero.

In a Facebook post, the page were asking for volunteers to join them in collecting  and delivering pizza to homeless people in the town. They also gave people directions on how to use the Wuntu app to get a free pizza from Dominios and sending along the code to the Facebook page, which would then be delivered to the homeless.


As well as delivering the Pizza to homeless people the page also inspired others to do similar acts of kindness themselves:


The page worked in getting the pizzas to the homeless and updated people as the night went along:

The mainstream politicians and media would have us believe social media is a hateful, spiteful place. This is to push their own agendas of internet censorship and we should do more to congratulate events like the one from Spotted.

This article is written by JSUK News admin. 

Fake News to attack and use a homeless charity during the big freeze- Compassionate Conservatism

The charity named in the mainstream media as being linked to a fake homeless campaign has denied any involvement, accusing a ‘ National Tory newspaper’ of involving them in the campaign despite them going out of their way to say they weren’t involved.


Homeless charity Humanity Torbay had previously been accused by local business owners of attracting more homeless people to the town centre following the opening of one of their soup kitchens there.

So it’s probably very fitting that a local business man from Torbay set up a campaign to expose homeless people as fake in the town, with little to no evidence. It’s probably even more fitting that the mainstream media, including the BBC,  gave this idiot airtime yesterday to peddle lies and propaganda about homeless people. I’m sure it’s just co-incidence that Torbay happens to be a Conservative Council and the timing of this reaction and smears during the big freeze had nothing to do with local business owners seeing the rise in homelessness as a nuisance rather than a result of bad policies.

So, not only are the media attacking the homeless and vulnerable, they are also spreading lies and propaganda about a homeless charity trying to help them.

Remember when the mainstream media ran Benefits Street style shows one after the other to change the thoughts of the population against the people the government were harassing and targeting? This is no different.  Councils across the land are deploying PCSOs and billboards to tell people not to give to the homeless beggars and rough sleepers because, as with the welfare cuts, everyone’s a cheat until proven otherwise.

This is scary enough, but the local Conservative MP for Torbay wants more powers to oppress the homeless and rough sleepers.

As we saw with Iain Duncan Smith and White Dee, the lies continue into the House Of Commons. Using the mainstream media lead narrative to prop up the politicians fake and false narratives.

Conervative MP for Torbay Kevin Foster used Humanity Torbays name in vein yesterday with a call for changes in the law to criminalize homeless people more:

Click here to watch his speech where he name drops Humanity Torbay.

This stigma during the welfare cuts lead to a rise in disability hate crime, I see many things whilst researching this subject which I do not share, but some readers may remember me posting about a homeless man being attacked and murdered in broad daylight. I’ve seen similar attacks and sad stories, many of which are too harsh even for JSUK News to share.

As I stated in my last post, if they put as much time, effort and resources into helping people as they did trying to harass them or covering things up, we might have a better society, rather than The Conservatives ‘ big society.’

The above article is written by JSUK News admin. 

A talk with a homeless man in Rochdale 26/02/18

This morning the mainstream media and the Police  went on a full frontal attack on homeless people in an echo chamber of misinformation and propaganda, so much so that it actually inspired me to go outside on a quest to speak to genuine homeless people.


Long story short, Ely Police called every beggar in Ely a fraud because they had been offered help. Not only do the articles not say what kind of help, how long the waiting lists are or if every homeless person has been offered it, they also use the miscalculated government figure of 4,500 rough sleepers. The actual statistic according to homeless charities is estimated at double. The number of homeless and rough sleepers combined is at 300,000.

So, this morning I jump on board the bus to Bury in Greater Manchester.  I have £10 in change in my pocket and the ambition to help some homeless people. I sit down on the top deck of the bus. There is a man having a conversation with some other people about how he served in Iraq and Afghanistan but has been forced to go through training courses in the hope of getting a guaranteed job at the end of it.

“Why don’t they sort jobs out for people like me down at the Jobcentre?” He asks.

“I still paid tax when I was in Iraq and Afghanistan…” He continued.

An hour later I pull into Bury, jumping off the bus with a spring in my step. It is cold and freezing and I look around for someone to have a conversation with. 30 minutes later, I see nothing but a group of Police Community Support Officers on their shift. I come to the conclusion that the homeless people have already been moved on out of sight, quite amazing for 10am.

Staying true to my ambition at the start if the morning, I catch the bus to another town in Greater Manchester, Rochdale. Rochdale is a place where I commonly see homeless beggars and run down people. As I approach the bottom of Drake Street I see an oldish looking man with a white beard looking down at the floor with a cup under him.

For the sake of keeping his identity safe, I will refer to him as ‘Pete.’

I walk up one side of the street and down the other scoping the area, eventually coming back down to a heck of a scene.

Four Police Community Support Officers were around Pete and a few of his street friends soon got wing of what was going on. One of the PCSOs had a big gigantic grin on his face as he was reporting the crime of ‘begging’ over the radio. I sat down on a bench in the middle of the proceedings. They threw his cup into the bin and told him to move on.

One of his street friends who joined in  was talking loudly and drinking beer. They did nothing to her. If this was really about anti social behavior, why didn’t they throw her can of beer away?

‘Pete’ looked disorientated afterwards, not knowing what to do with himself. This is where I used all my courage and overcame my own social anxiety to ask him what just occurred. He told me the PCSO’s were moving him on and that he had £1.50 in the cup, but £1 was stuck to the bottom of the cup when they threw it in the bin. He also told me he had been to the local council asking for help for his situation. He had a referral for two nights stay in a bed and breakfast from the council which he had laminated to stop it getting damaged.

He said he could show it to me if I wanted, but I said that it’s okay and I trusted him. I asked what he was going to do after the two nights were up and he told me that’s why he was out begging. He was hoping that once he was in the bed and breakfast he could pay for an extra night.

I then handed ‘Pete’ all of my £10. I don’t really care what he spends it on, that is not a nice situation to be in. He also told me that of the five or so regulars that beg every day on Drake Street, 3  are genuinely homeless like him. This is of course open to interpretation of what he actually meant by ‘genuinely’, but if we take it at face value that’s still 3/5 that are in a bad situation. This statistic also matches up with information I shared on JSUK a while ago.

He asked my name and said ‘ God Bless You’ and I went on my way to do my shop.

A bit afterwards I came back to the same location and ‘Pete’ was sitting with the woman. He did not have a beer can himself, nor did he smell of it when I spoke to him. Some other kind person was also buying him a jacket potato to eat for a meal.

See PCSOs and Tory lackies, you can’t quash human kindness no matter how hard you try in the mainstream media echo chambers or polices of harassment and belittlement.  This is no different than when they brought in the disability welfare cuts and branded everyone cheats and liars. Its their way of twisting perceptions to fit an agenda of those they are oppressing.

So, if we take the articles we read this morning at face value, I should have walked past ‘Pete’ twice. I should have looked at the loud mouthed alcoholic and judged all people on the streets as being like her. She was also obviously mentally unwell and escaping the situation she found herself in. She walked away afterwards and I couldn’t speak to her.

The people who cheat are the minority, just like every other group of people. If the Councils of our fair land think two nights with a roof over their head is going to achieve anything, (other than fixing the statistics once again,) they are sorely mistaken. They can claim everyone’s a cheat because they offered help and people declined, but with up to a year waiting lists for hostel accommodation and piddly offers of ‘help’ that don’t amount to much, they can shove it where the sun don’t shine and claim their £35 breakfasts on expenses.

It’s a shame that our Government put more time and effort into creating laws to class people in need at the end of our ever growing homeless problem as nuisances. They deploy teams of wannabe Police gangsters and use the mainstream media to harass them, rather than come up with genuine solutions. There are many other examples of PCSOs bullying homeless and street people on Youtube. If you come from a top down perspective of thinking everyone’s a cheat and in the wrong you end up with more hate crimes against the people being oppressed. We have seen this with welfare and now with the rough sleepers.

Kindness will win!cvClveN

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I,Daniel Blake Review

Those familiar to JSUK News will know that I have posted DWP news for the last four years, seeing the erosion of the welfare state in the U.K in realtime while sharing on a daily basis. So, natrually when I, Daniel Blake came along I was skeptical about a movie based around the bad aspects of welfare reform. The BBC Films logo proudly starts off proceedings against Daniel being asked medical questions for an ESA assesment, which ultimately finds him fit for work.

The BBC, (along with other propaganda meida outlets,) have covered up many harrowing tales of the Welfare Reform Act, allowing politicians and M.Ps to lie, manipulate and distort truth to hide the true horrors of the welfare cuts.  Thankfully none of that is to be found within this film. Instead, what we get is a true to life account of the complexities of the Welfare system, the shambles it is and how it affects good people. Interestingly, the Job Centre staff are also seen to be intimidated by managers for helping people, which as we know happens: .

That is just one example of how goodly researched I, Daniel Blake is. Every point in the film can be linked back to a real life event reported in the news, most of which I have reposted to JSUK News. Even the fact about job vacencies being massively outnumbered by jobseekers at Costa Coffee, which hit the news in 2013 is included.

Daniel is seen to be caught between a rock and hardplace, where he is appealing for ESA but has to hand out pointless CVs in order to claim Jobseekers Allowance until he hears back from his appeal. Daniels narrative will ring true for any older person who has been forced to claim Universal Credit, ‘Digitial by default’ and the complexities it poses to people like Daniel is beautifuly portrayed, through light humour and darker moments.

Then there is the similar narrative of single Mum Katie, who herself faces a sanction by the jobcentre and is forced into prostitution to provide for her children. She moved to Newcastle from London, like many people who have been relocated from the area. As the couple meet, the simularities in how the system treats all people show. They both get threats of sanctions and both ultimately end up at the Foodbank.

Daniel and Katie’s situations continue to get worse and one scene in the Foodbank stands out, again based on real events. Everything in this film is true to life, researched and put together brilliantly. Nothing is preached until the closing dialouge and the acting between the two main characters is brilliant.

I won’t spoil the ending, but that is also based on a real event. If you have ever been through a WCA or the 2012 onwards benefits system in general, you owe it to yourself to se this film. For no other reason than to know that other people know what we know and were bothered to make a film about it.

It’s a slow, easy going film. No soundtrack and a nitty gritty feel really compliment it. You will find yourself going from point to point but in a softly touchy way. There are no graphic scenes, but ones that ultimately remind us of the last four years of welfare reforms through the eyes of real experiences. That’s not to say the film isn’t upsetting, of course these issues are.

Some lines towards the end of the film do let it down slightly, such as a character yelling about the Tory Government. Part of me just wishes he would have said ‘ The Government’, as this could have alienated some viewers. There was another line used earlier in the film that seemed to be added to appeal to Conservatives, but these two lines aside, the rest is golden.

For me it was like remembering the last four years of JSUK News posts in a gentle, eye watering way. It reminds us that humanity can be cruel, but at the same time kind.

A bittersweet experience, which closes things nicely for me. I will still be posting occasional DWP updates, but not every little thing.

It’s a shame politicans brandish this film ‘fiction’ and have no interest in even watching it. (Damien Green and Iain Duncan Smith respectively.)

I’ve been watching the DWP for the last four years and not liked it, they can’t even manage an hour and a half? That’s very telling, don’t you think? 

Four stars out of five. Let down only by the obvious political pandering at the end of the film. (Which I enjoyed, but come on, don’t assume ALL Conservatives won’t watch your film.)





Two-way mirrors, hidden observers: welcome to the Department for Work and Pensions laboratory

I regularly write to raise concerns about the current government’s misuse of psychology in public policies and research. There has been a shift towards the formulation of targeted, prejudiced…

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