Duncan Shipley-Dalton is a long-standing friend of this blog who has given many hours of his time providing expert legal opinion on matters of importance to SKWAWKBOX readers, as a search for “barrister” on the blog will reveal.
He’s a man with a passion for social justice and an armed-forces veteran who suffered for years with post-traumatic stress. He’s also anything but your typical barrister – and this time it’s he who needs our help.
Duncan Shipley-Dalton – not your typical barrister
Duncan was born on the Isle of Wight 1970 and grew up with his mum in a single parent household in a council house, living on benefits. He knows what poverty is like and what it is to go hungry. He went to the local comprehensive school.
After completing his A-levels, Duncan went to University of Essex to read Law, then moved to Belfast, where he first worked…
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“…fixed mindsets were associated with greater academic achievement.”
Source: ‘Growth mindset does not predict academic achievement, study finds‘ – Times Education Supplement – 25/7/17
Therefore Jobcentre Work ‘Coach’ inculcation of this ‘Growth Mindset‘ trash within the DWP’s mandatory ‘Health and Work Conversation’ for new ESA claimants should be banned immediately. The DWP’s State sponsored BS goal to change a person’s ‘Fixed Mindset’ to a ‘Growth Mindset‘ is nothing short of psychological abuse.
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2017 has seen this blog go from relative obscurity to what now seems to be regarded as one of the main sources of news and information for the left. We’ve featured on BBC News and been mentioned by a surprising array of pundits, politicians and others.
The SKWAWKBOX has also been one of the main disruptors of those who want to hamper, or even better end, the resurgence in left-wing politics that has shocked the Establishment since Jeremy Corbyn took the Labour leadership in 2015.
The SKWAWKBOX’s enemies and friends alike have said that the information revealed here is a thorn in the side of MPs and others trying to undermine Labour and its leader, such as this quote from Buzzfeed featuring a disingenuous but telling quote from a ‘moderate’:
That effectiveness is a massive privilege – and has posed huge challenges.
The support and positivity from huge numbers…
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John Wilkes, now chief executive of the Scottish Equality and Human Rights Commission Pic credit:Third Force News
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Meet John Wilkes. He is now chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland. The ECHR’s top campaign at the moment is fighting against the discrimination of women who take maternity leave from their jobs.
As the ECHR’s own research says on its latest campaigns website says:
- Around one in nine mothers (11%) reported that they were either dismissed; made compulsorily redundant, where others in their workplace were not; or treated so poorly they felt they had to leave their job; if scaled up to the general population this could mean as many as 54,000 mothers a year.”
Great words. But they didn’t seem to reach John Wilkes before he took up his highly paid post at the ECHR in Glasgow.
Then he held the job…
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This happened a while ago now, not long after the Work Program started, but it’s taken me this long to get around to writing it down, quite frankly I never imagined anyone else would be that interested. Anyway here it is, I apologise in advance for the punctuation it never was my strong point. I was one of the first JSA claimants from my area to be sent, on the then new DWP Work Program. To be administered by Seetec whose whole approach was amateurish in the extreme, I now wonder how many people who struggle with the whole process of claiming benefits and the minefield of rules/regulations that goes with that, ended up being sanctioned, not through their lack of looking for work, but just because of either poor organisation, advisors’ bloody-mindedness or that Seetec make money through sanctions (advisor training). I’ll give you an example of their approach…
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As promised last night, the SKWAWKBOX has been looking further into conflicting reports from DWP insiders concerning the WRAG (work-related activity group) category into which the government, more or less arbitrarily, places some disability benefit claimants and the possibility of sanctions after a fixed period of two years under the Universal Credit (UC) system if claimants have not found work.
Some activists insisted that this was part of the UC system and this was initially confirmed by long-term DWP employees. Others subsequently disputed it. The only thing all were agreed on was that the rules are ill-conceived and extremely confusing.
The SKWAWKBOX contacted a PCS union official who specialises in UC for clarification and received this response:
I’ve been looking at the regulations and I can’t find anything that refers specifically to a fixed time limit in which to find employment.
The ‘disabled’ argument, as I’m sure you are aware…
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