Breaking: new delay to Universal Credit roll-out as DWP incompetence gives some vulnerable reprieve

Comment The despair of an impoverished UC claimant The BBC has just announced that the government’s planned full roll-out of the hated Universal Credit system to all claimants has been delayed – again – by a further nine months. Vulnerable people in this country cannot hope for compassion or sense preventing this government pushing ahead […]

Video: Failing Grayling gets a ‘warm’ Scouse welcome in Liverpool

Grayling squirming his way through Liverpool Lime Street station Useless Transport Secretary Chris Grayling – who has presided over scandals, squirmed over Russian donations to his party and is very familiar with what it’s like to be ‘owned‘ by his opposite number Andy McDonald – must have had a similar sinking feeling when he arrived […]

Landlady launches petition to stop banks discriminating against tenants on benefits

Landlady Helena McAleer has launched an important petition that every right-minded citizen of this country should support. Many readers will have heard of landlords rejecting benefit claimants – but few will have realised that behind that lies a policy of many banks to reject or terminate finance agreements with landlords who accept claimants as tenants. In the […]

Excl: Ministry of Justice lied re prison pepper-spray roll-out – why?

A distressed man is treated for the effects of pepper spray used in crowd control Two weeks ago, a prisons insider tipped off the SKWAWKBOX that a controversial decision had been taken by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to roll out the use of pepper spray to all prisons – and that there was concern […]

Video: McDonnell – ‘iniquitous’ Universal Credit is beyond fixing. ‘It’s got to go’

John McDonnell Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell delivered a damning verdict on Universal Credit (UC) during an interview with Sky News this morning – and signalled a significant and, for many, long-awaited shift in Labour Party policy. As the SKWAWKBOX covered yesterday, DWP Secretary Esther McVey has told ministers that millions of families with children […]

Austerity ‘over’ – but huge nos of low-income families are about to lose £200 a month

DWP Secretary Esther ‘McVile’ At the Tory conference this week, after lurching onto the stage to a tune the Tories had almost certainly used without permission, Theresa May promised an end to austerity – again. She promised the same last year, just after the general election. But this time she reallyreallyreally means it, allegedly. But […]

Govt was warned body-parts firm’s bid was unrealistically low

A huge scandal has broken today with the revelation by the Health Service Journal that a private firm with a public contract for disposing of clinical waste has been unable to execute its contract in a ‘timely’ fashion, leading to a ‘pile up‘ of hundreds of tonnes of human body parts and other waste. This is […]

Video: May lies about AggregateIQ undeclared-meeting PMQ – and dodges it again

May’s discomfort at Deirdre Brock’s AIQ question Theresa May’s dire performance at this week’s Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) has drawn plenty of comment – if your best weapon is a smear by Chuka Umunna, it’s clear you’re in trouble. But one scene that hasn’t seen much attention is the question asked of May by SNP […]

Tory chaos sees ‘power-grab’ boundary plan shelved – for now

Theresa May – because of fears of the reaction of her own back-benchers – has shelved plans to try to force through changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries that would have given them an advantage of twenty or so seats compared to current boundaries. The closeness of the result at last year’s general election can be […]

Mann accused of ‘threat to throw election’ if censure motion not withdrawn – and slips up

John Mann Labour MP John Mann has been accused of threatening to ‘throw an election’ if a motion of censure by a Labour branch in his constituency was not withdrawn. In a series of emails between Mann and the SKWAWKBOX, Mann denied the accusation – but also seemed to inadvertently confirm that he had made […]