This blog is my own personal blog and is not affiliated with any political party. However it does reflect the mood of the time and if it does cause offence to you then I suggest that you don’t read it.

Everything that is stated in this blog has been fully researched before writing and these are not stories picked out of thin air. I make a point of not being abusive towards anyone and I will not tolerate any comments that are of such. I am a great believer in free speech, and I will not censor my blog.

This is the reality of life outside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre and many other Jobcentres up and down the country and this blog was created to help change this and to inform others.

Any complaints should be sent directly to me via the comment section.

Many thanks.


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  1. Hi there, came across your blog the other day. I’m part of an anti-capitalist group in South Manchester and just wanted to say keep up what you are doing. Feel free to email me, perhaps we have some contacts and connections to share!



  2. Can you please contact me by email as I have some important info regarding JSA that I would like to send you so that you can share with people at your demonstrations.Thanks.


  3. Please, help me!!! I am sentenced to death by Department of Work and Pensions. 
    I am 62 years old. I am waiting for kidney surgery but my health status have caused that term of surgery was moved three times. Doctor considered surgery is too dangerous for me now and I should be very well prepared for it. 
    I have diabetes and problems with mobility because of spine injury in the past. I am after heart surgery also.
    Five weeks ago I applied for Employment  and Support Allowance. I was awarded but I have no payments until now. Why? When I applied for it, my wife was with me but she was forced to leave me by DWP – after 40 years of being together.  Somebody in DWP considered that she is not “prospective employee”. We were at joint claimed Jobseeker Allowance and do every effort possible to get any job which could be undertaken in our age and health. Because my wife was considered as not “prospective employee” JSA was stopped both for her and for me. We had no choice. We have no relatives. My wife borrowed some money and went to her friends in Germany to survive. I stayed  because I waited for surgery and had not enough money for travel. Besides, my wife’s friends in Germany are not wealthy enough to keep two persons. When I had informed DWP that my wife  left me  – they sent me a letter that my payments were stopped ( however I got nothing until that letter) because my circumstances were changed. They sent me a special form – I resent it immediately and got information that decision would be undertaken during two weeks.  A week ago I got another form – I had to proof my right to residency in UK.  Of course, I resent it immediately and after a week I got text message from DWP that decision would be undertake after two weeks. I suppose it will be in July. 
    During all that period I am without any income. One of my friends gives me 10 – 20 quid from time to time so I am able to buy fresh food. I need it because of my diabetes. All my bills are unpaid, at 02/07/15 my phone and broadband will be off. I have old car which helps me to move – I have Blue Badge. I have to pay funny quote 25 quid for insurance but I have not it and 26/06/15 it will be cancelled. 
    I tried to start with self-employment but without funds it is impossible. I tried to get funding for new business but my application was refused.
    I am not British. I am living here 10 years and worked very hard during that period. My age and health do not allow me to undertake physical efforts – so I have tried to get job as receptionist, car park attendant, administrator or in customer service. I am interpreter also and I am registered in some linguistic agencies – but number of orders in my area is next to nil.  I got three orders by last three months. 
    I  feel despaired. I have nowhere to escape, I see no solutions for me. Help me please – I try to survive.


  4. Hi is there any way i can make contact with you privately to tell you what the dwp and atos are doing to me. I dont want to discuss on an open forum with my name attached for obvious reasons.


  5. Hi, from Sale originally, I live in Northern Ireland now. What I’m certain of is that unfortunately it is not what we have had so far that is the worst of it. It’s what is to come. I’ve started posting YouTube videos, not that articulate but I am improving. Through Universal Credit the sanctions regime will hit nearly all the working class. How is a rent or mortgage payer on minimum wage expected to keep the roof over their head if they have had all their tax credits stopped?. Because even if they work full time, conditions will require them to look for more hours to pay rent on their own.
    Basically, only a couple with no children working on minimum wage will have a degree of security in their housing situation. Working families with children or single people will no longer be secure especially when rent makes 2/3rds of people’s income. All it will take is is an online work coach to say you “are not doing enough to find 100hrs p/w. Surely this will be flashpoint


  6. Hello,
    Hope you don’t mind me commenting – I am a reporter at BuzzFeed News. I came across your blog the other day. I’d really like to speak to you about some of your post (esp. your most recent as am working on a similar sounding story atm). Please drop me an email, if you’d be happy to chat. Thanks!


  7. Has anybody else noticed that bad news benefit letters come at weekends when there is f all you can do about them till the next working day. BTW if benefit letters are stuck in the post and you are sanctioned. As it royal mail fault. Can you sue royal mail


  8. Your space problem. get another free WordPress one and move all the 2016 and before blog post to it. Then have a link to the archives. Do this as often as you need to.


  9. for all those in despair ones got to find the will to keep going it isn’t a fair fight Wirth this government .so even going into the jcp/dwp centre brings chills but I used a recorder to record their whistling ons no worries its legal can be used against them when its needed to but esa for those having to claim it always ask for it to be recorded on the day get the highly trained hcp name and number after the joking medical assessment get home then email the dwp asking for all they used in assessing you its called a sar at least they now know by now that ones knowing how to fight back against this crap there plenty of help for those who nows how to look for it jeff3


  10. Thank you so much for writing this blog! I am living in Finland where our government is planning to create similar system for social security as you have with this UC. Me and other people working against this horrific model of “social security” are very thankful to you for having this kind of arguments to tell. Let´s make this bad dream to stop!

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