These firms have now been named but have they been shamed.

Also have these firms had to pay any financial penalty for them not paying the National Living Wage.

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Fashion giant Primark paid nearly 10,000 staff less than the minimum wage, despite making a £735 million profit last year

I knew this vile company had to be involved

Primark and Sports Direct are among 260 firms named and shamed today for failing to pay the minimum wage.

In total, the 260 companies underpaid 16,000 workers £1.7m in back pay and have been fined £1.3m.

Business Minister Margot James said: “There is no excuse for not paying staff the wages they’re entitled to.”

Green MP and Best for Britain Champion Caroline Lucas branded the list “Brexit Britain at its worst and most exploitative.”

She added: “These figures show that bosses are continuing to exploit workers and take them for a ride. There’s a real concern that workers are set to suffer even more as the Government pursues its damaging brexit. Workers’ rights are under threat – and a…

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Now there is one more and how many since this one more, surely anyone with any brain cells can see that this system is ‘not fit for purpose’ as for as the public and all others who care.

But it is ‘fit for purpose’ for all those who do not care.

Where do the DWP and the Government and the ESA assessors fit into the above mentioned ‘fit for purpose’ comments, I will leave this to you, but I feel it is not that difficult to decide.

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A man with terminal cancer died before he was able to appeal a ruling by the Department for Work and Pensions which stated he was “fit to work”.

Phillip Balderson, 46, had been working at a hotel in the Lake District but was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2013.

He also had psoriatic arthritis and a number of mental health problems, including anxiety and OCD.

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Disability rights campaigner Shani Dhanda has called for Chancellor Philip Hammond to be sacked over “shameful” comments blaming disabled people for the UK’s poor productivity. Hammond was speaking during Wednesday’s treasury select committee, when he was asked about the sluggish economic growth he had reported in the Autumn Budget. “It is almost certainly the case that by increasing participation in the workforce, including far higher levels of participation by marginal groups and very high levels of engagement in the workforce, for example of disabled people – something we should be extremely proud of – may have had an impact on overall productivity measurements,” said Mr Hammond.

Read more at: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/business/disabled-people-furious-hammond-blames-sluggish-economy/?cm_mmc=B2C--inews-newsletter-v2--SEC1-_-CP000001478&cm_mmca1=inews&cm_mmca2=EMA&cm_mmca3=W1&cm_mmca4=News&uid=61chris.sterry@gmail.com&cm_mmca5=20171207

Source: Disabled people furious after Hammond blames them for sluggish economy : i News


Germans, Danes and Belgians pay the most for their electricity in Europe, followed by households on the Iberian peninsula, according to data from Eurostat.

 In Germany and Denmark 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity costs on average €30.5, compared with prices as low as €6.60 in Serbia. One kilowatt hour is about enough to watch TV for around 3 hours or to run a washing machine for one cycle.

When the figures are adjusted to take into account different spending power across the countries, Germany retains the top spot although Portugal climbs into second place.

 

Source: Which European countries have the most expensive electricity? : euronews


A young man with special educational needs has been left in short-stay accommodation for nearly two years because social workers in Lancashire could not decide where he should live permanently, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.

The man was placed in short-stay accommodation by Lancashire County Council after his family told social workers they were struggling to cope with his behaviour and the impact it was having on his younger siblings.

The Ombudsman’s investigation found the placement in January 2016 was only meant to be temporary, but the man is still living in the accommodation today. It is likely the man’s behaviour has deteriorated through not living in suitable accommodation and not receiving appropriate support.

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, Michael King, said:

“This man has been left in limbo in this accommodation, which by its very nature was only ever intended to be a short stay. He has missed out on vital support and development opportunities

 

Source: Disabled man left for two years in unsuitable short-stay accommodation let down by council | Care Industry News


THE Irish Government deliberately leaked a deal already rejected by Theresa May in order to destabilise the Prime Minister’s Government and derail Brexit negotiations, according to prominent Brexiteer and Conservative backbencher Peter Bone.

 

Source: EXCLUSIVE: Irish Government ‘leaked draft Brexit deal to REMOVE May from Downing Street’ : Express


This Writer has been meaning to look into this information, and how it ties in with other sources of information that condemn the way ESA is administered by the Conservative-run Department for Work and Pensions.

In the meantime, here’s the Disability News Service piece:

“Shocking” NHS statistics have revealed that almost half of the people claiming the main out-of-work disability benefit in England have attempted suicide at some point in their life.

The figures, showing rates of self-harm among claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA), were published by NHS Digital in September 2016, but have apparently never been reported by the media.

Although only one in 15 adults (6.7 per cent) in the general population had ever made a suicide attempt, that rose to 43.2 per cent for ESA claimants, and as high as 47.1 per cent for female ESA claimants.

 

Source: ‘Shocking’ NHS stats show nearly half ESA claimants have attempted suicide  : voxpoliticalonline.com


Is this really a surprise, what is surprising is how ATOS and Capita can continue to be awarded Government contracts in the light of all this. Or is it that Quality does not really matter, for do the Government care about how persons with disabilities and others on low pay are allowed to live their lives.

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Atos and Capita have never even met their target once, according to the DWP’s current quality control scheme for Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

Theresa May’s government has released performance data about tests run by Atos and Capita

Thousands of disability benefit tests have been branded “unacceptable” by the government’s own quality control scheme.

Bombshell new figures say neither Atos nor Capita – the outsourcing giants paid more than £500mto assess people for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – are meeting the target of 97% of assessments conforming to standards.

Latest audits show 6.4% of PIP benefit assessments were deemed “unacceptable” in the three months to October 2017.

The two firms have never met the target once, according to the current method of measuring performance.

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The UK’s care homes are grappling with an unsustainable £1bn-a-year funding gap caused by councils not paying enough money, resulting in many homes charging residents over the odds in order to stay afloat, an official review has found.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has also revealed it is taking enforcement action against a number of care homes that have been unfairly demanding large upfront fees, or charging families for weeks after the death of an elderly relative.

In its report into the £16bn care homes sector, which covers 410,000 residents and stretches across 11,300 homes, the CMA said “urgent action” was needed because the current regime was “not sustainable” without additional funding.

It suggested that people who paid for their own care were being asked to pay more than they should in order to subsidise council-funded residents.

“On average, a self-funding resident is paying over £12,000 a year more than a local authority to have a place in the same care home … This difference between self-funded and local authority prices for the same service is understandably perceived by many as unfair.”

 

Source: £1bn funding shortfall may force UK care homes to close, says watchdog


SNP Social Justice spokesperson at Westminster Neil Gray MP has said the Tories need to face up to the fact that they are still planning to ‘plunge hundreds of thousands more people into poverty’ with their Universal Credit policies (UC), and that the public must be allowed to see the internal assessment reports.

The comments come as a result of today’s UC debate in which the UK government minister responsible -David Gauke – made a concession which would mean he will make available redacted copies of Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) assessment reports on Universal Credit, to the Westminster Work and Pensions committee.

However, the Secretary of State confirmed to Neil Gray during the debate that he will still challenge the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ruling to publish the reports at the High Court.

The ICO has already said they should be published publicly and in full – as that is specifically in the public interest.

 

Source: Tories forced to release Universal Credit assessment reports

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