John McDonnell’s monumental promise to scrap PFI shows Labour will OBLITERATE failed Neo-liberalism | Evolve Politics


McDonnell listening to conference and the membership, pledging to scrap PFI and buying existing contracts out is toppling a testament to the neoliberal capitalist system.

Source: John McDonnell’s monumental promise to scrap PFI shows Labour will OBLITERATE failed Neo-liberalism | Evolve Politics

.@EmilyThornberry said #Labour under #Corbyn wouldn’t be able to afford to end benefits freeze & cap


The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

Ken Loach’s fictional Daniel Blake was claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.  In the real world, JSA has been frozen since April 2015.  On Planet Corbyn, Daniel no longer exists.

On the Friday before the August Bank Holiday 2017, Labour sneaked out a press release in the name of Jeremy Corbyn, stating that Labour would not end the benefits freeze on taking up office.

JSA for a Daniel Blake has been frozen at £73.10 per week since April 2015

Income Support for lone parent Daniella Blake has been frozen at £73.10 per week since April 2015

Employment and Support Allowance for a Daniel Blake has been frozen at £73.10 per week since April 2015.

Labour will, however, enact free university tuition for mostly white, mostly middle and upper class youth on its first day in office.

Labour will make Daniel Blake, a real victim of austerity, foot the bill for free university tuition.

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#Labour under #Corbyn plan to extend the benefits freeze past date when Tories set to end it …


The ramblings of a former DWP Civil Servant ...

Ken Loach’s fictional Daniel Blake was claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.  In the real world, JSA has been frozen since April 2015.  On Planet Corbyn, Daniel no longer exists.

On the Friday before the August Bank Holiday 2017, Labour sneaked out a press release in the name of Jeremy Corbyn, stating that Labour would not end the benefits freeze on taking up office.

JSA for a Daniel Blake has been frozen at £73.10 per week since April 2015

Income Support for lone parent Daniella Blake has been frozen at £73.10 per week since April 2015

Employment and Support Allowance for a Daniel Blake has been frozen at £73.10 per week since April 2015.

Labour will, however, enact free university tuition for mostly white, mostly middle and upper class youth on its first day in office.

Labour will make Daniel Blake, a real victim of austerity, foot the bill for free university tuition.

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John McDonnell calls for #Labour under #Corbyn to give Theresa #May a Hard #BREXIT blank cheque


There are so many twists and turns that organisations and people are making over Brexit that at times it is impossible to understand and ascertain where any of them are in relation to an eventual Brexit outcome..

Surely it would be in the best interests of the UK for everyone of us to make clear where we stand.

As this article states both McDonnell and Corbyn both were strongly against joining the EU and retaining in the EU, but were prepared to follow the Labour Party line of staying in the EU, although their visible support was hard to see. Surely they should have stood by their long held principles.

They are not on their own as Cameron tried to dupe the UK population into believing he would negotiate the best deal for the UK or would walk away, which would be his basis to put to the country in the referendum and we can all see he was not successful in achieving a best deal and therefore would never have walked away.

Ukip with Farage were always to come out of the EU completely, while the Lib Dems were always for staying no matter what the deal.

Currently the Conservatives would appear to wish to leave the EU, but cannot decide on what deal, while Labour appear to want to come out, but at the sametime stay in for the parts they like.

In the last election the country were apparently not with UKip or the Lib Dems, but more for the undecided Labour and to some extent the possible out Tories.

So we are now negotiating with the EU, but on what basis. There is still a mishmash of detail from the Tories, while the official line from the EU is to punish the UK for daring to exercise its right to leave the EU.

While in the EU various people and the 27 other EU members are unsure what they also want. They want the best deal for themselves rather than a combined approach from each of the 27.

From my point of view how the 27 are behaving is how the EU is and was for the 28, when it should have been with one voice, The EU bureaucrats again appear to be in it for themselves, well they are politicians or similar and so are only there for their own power, which is my view of most, if not all politicians.

Will it be when the UK leaves the EU, for that was the will of the people, a good result for the UK, well that is for the future and so will how the EU continues, if it so does.

Currently the EU is not working for the majority of the populations within the UK, but is for its officials, so you can see why its officials do not wish any changes which could rocks their current lifestyles, but then again this could be said for the political elite in any country.

These negotiations need to be continuing and the bombastic and intransigent approach from both sides needs to change. I may be biased, but I do feel this is more so for the EU negotiators in the allout requirement to punish the UK as an example to other counties who may have an inclination to leave or some other manner of change for the EU. If they do not then I do feel the EU will not continue, as it may not anyway, but if they do achieve a reasonable settlement for the UK then the EU may have more of a survival chance than at present.

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John McDonnell calls for Labour under Jeremy Corbyn to give Theresa May a Hard BREXIT blank cheque.

McDonnell Blank Cheque

Continuing UK membership of Euratom is an arcane matter:

McDonnell remains confused on freedom of movement:McDonnell Blank Cheque3

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Nobody is Unfit for Work – Black Triangle Campaign


What you will read may be very distressing for you, but we are looking at the worst-case scenario and identifying measures to help you and other claimants.
It would be good to have some feedback on the Health and Work Conversations from people who have made an ESA claim. More we know about it, and more we can fight this.
What you should not do, is to decide not to claim ESA. That is what DWP wants you to do.
Some documents released by the DWP have shown the direction of travel in terms of claiming ESA under UC.
Under the old regime, a person wishing to claim ESA was placed in the ESA assessment phase, attracting the lowest ESA rate (JSA rate), and also no conditionality, and this until a Work Capability Assessment could decide whether the claimant was fit or unfit for work.
The Work and Health Conversation
Under Universal Credit, a person wishing to claim ESA will be first called for a Health and Work Conversation (HWC). This conversation is basically a Work Focus Interview, and is mandatory, which means that a claimant can be sanctioned for not attending. Attending does not only mean being physically present at the interview but also fulfilling all the requirements set by DWP for a WFI:
Regulation 57 of the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008:
57.—(1) A claimant is regarded as having taken part in a work-focused interview if the claimant—
(a) attends for the interview at the place and at the date and time notified in accordance with regulation 56;
(b) provides information, if requested by the Secretary of State, about any or all of the matters set out in paragraph (2);
(c) participates in discussions to the extent the Secretary of State considers necessary, about any or all of the matters set out in paragraph (3);
(d) assists the Secretary of State in the completion of an action plan.
 (2) The matters referred to in paragraph (1)(b) are—
(a) the claimant’s educational qualifications and vocational training;
(b) the claimant’s work history;
(c) the claimant’s aspirations for future work;
(d) the claimant’s skills that are relevant to work;
(e) the claimant’s work-related abilities;
(f) the claimant’s caring or childcare responsibilities; and
(g) any paid or unpaid work that the claimant is undertaking.
(3) The matters referred to in paragraph (1)(c) are—

Source: Nobody is Unfit for Work – Black Triangle Campaign

Will John McDonnell win the argument to give every citizen in the UK a basic income? | Vox Political


There are big questions about the Universal Basic Income project – and they need to be answered. Principle among these is how much would be paid, and how would a government ensure it kept up …

Source: Will John McDonnell win the argument to give every citizen in the UK a basic income? | Vox Political