Sanctioned for not being able to sign on on bank holiday Monday. Tears, frustration and rain.

The poor side of life

Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.

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We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy.  But it’s a whole lot harder for them.

I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at  Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…

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Atos acknowledges the right to take notes

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We have received this prompt and positive response to our complaint about people being refused permission to take notes in PIP assessments. We hope that the assessors also respond as positively. If anyone suffers similar problems, please let us know.

From PIP Customer Service Support at Independent Assessment Services (the new name for Atos Healthcare):

I am sorry to hear that you have encountered two occasions where the Health Professional has not allowed the accompanying individual to take notes.

This is something, that as an organisation, we allow and not something that should be refused.

I will certainly speak to the assessment centre involved to prevent this from happening in the future.

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Tax wealth or lose election, ex-May aide warns Tories : Guardian.

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Will Tanner, formerly a senior adviser to Theresa May, says support for ‘unbridled capitalism’ will cost Tories at the polls
Theresa May on the day after the election in June.
Theresa May on the day after the election in June. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The Tories will lose the next election if they back “unbridled capitalism” and refuse to tax wealth to help the “struggling many”, one of Theresa May’s former advisers has warned.

Higher tax on sales of expensive homes, more rights for workers and curbs on immigration should all be backed by the Tories if they are to reach the voters who feel abandoned by globalisation, according to Will Tanner, the former deputy head of May’s policy unit.

His comments come as other influential Tory figures also express fears that the party’s disastrous election campaign will lead it to abandon May’s early attempts to intervene in broken markets and consider taxes on the wealthy – moves treated with…

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Tax wealth or lose election, ex-May aide warns Tories : Guardian.

SUBSTRATUMS

Will Tanner, formerly a senior adviser to Theresa May, says support for ‘unbridled capitalism’ will cost Tories at the polls
Theresa May on the day after the election in June.
Theresa May on the day after the election in June. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The Tories will lose the next election if they back “unbridled capitalism” and refuse to tax wealth to help the “struggling many”, one of Theresa May’s former advisers has warned.

Higher tax on sales of expensive homes, more rights for workers and curbs on immigration should all be backed by the Tories if they are to reach the voters who feel abandoned by globalisation, according to Will Tanner, the former deputy head of May’s policy unit.

His comments come as other influential Tory figures also express fears that the party’s disastrous election campaign will lead it to abandon May’s early attempts to intervene in broken markets and consider taxes on the wealthy – moves treated with…

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#ToryGlastonbury shows they’ve learned – absolutely nothing

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Fresh from trying to manufacture a grassroots movement aping the pro-Corbyn Momentum with ‘Moggmentum’, the Tories have decided to, er, manufacture a grassroots event, with what has been dubbed the ‘Tory Glastonbury’.

Conservative MP George Freeman has decided to set up a ‘Conservative Ideas Festival”, saying,

Why is it just the left who have all the fun in politics?”

In spite of mainstream and social media dubbing the event – tongue so far in cheek it’s almost a piercing – ‘Tory Glastonbury’, Mr Freeman considers his event to be a

cross between Hay-on-Wye and the Latitude festival.

Of course, it’s highly likely that Freeman was just scrabbling for any comparison that didn’t include “We want to be like Jez at Glasto” (or whatever the Tory equivalent words would be), but his alternatives were not much more appropriate.

Glastonbury is attended by around 175,000 people, Latitude by tens of thousands. Hay…

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Great news for Rachael_Swindon

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rsmaybot.pngLabour – and especially Corbyn – supporters on social media will be aware of the fantastic contribution to Labour campaigning by @Rachael_Swindon, who was prominent in a list of the UK’s most politically-influential women on social media after the recent General Election for the impact of her memes and tweets.

Rachael, who is a mother of two and a full-time carer to a disabled husband, has been under attack from right-wingers, including a malignant and malicious report to the DWP that resulted in the cessation of benefits for a period during which SKWAWKBOX readers came to the rescue.

Now Rachael has some good news. After five years homeless, she and her family now have a permanent home away from the area where she received so much grief and will be moving in in a couple of weeks.

SKWAWKBOX readers will no doubt want to congratulate Rachael. If you would like…

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