Exclusive: “Frightening” DWP letter to pensioners: Report for telephone interview or we can stop your pension

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The “frightening” DWP letter to pensioner ( direct telephone nos for pensioner and official blacked out)

This a picture of the offending page 2 of the DWP letter

The headline in this story is a paraphrase of an extraordinary letter sent out to 15,000 people this month randomly chosen by the Department for Work and Pensions.

The ministry has mounted an exercise to check fraud and error in payments for the state pension alongside universal credit, attendance allowance, PIPs, carer’s allowance, pension credit, housing benefit, and the employment and support allowance. It is run by the Performance Measurement Team. The ministry are asking people to send them original documents showing their savings, pay slips, rent books and tenancy agreements.

It comes as the ministry faces a potentially damning report from a National Audit Office inquiry into the underpayment of state pensions to tens of thousands of women under the old…

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Cancel The £20 Universal Credit Uplift Cut.

The £20 uplift to Universal Credit must be continued for people to survive. The Tory government are hell bent on murdering people by stealth, it’s never their fault but it bloody well is and I lay the blame
for 130,000+ deaths at the Conservatives feet. May they all rot in hell for what they have and still are doing to our Country.

The poor side of life

I’ve spoken to many people and helped hundreds of people over the years since Universal Credit was first implemented in my local town, which incidentally was one of the three ‘trial’ areas for Universal Credit introducing it to an unbeknown community.

Out of all the people that I’ve spoken to throughout the years, not one of them has told me that their payments provided them with a large enough income for them to survive, indeed the opposite applies.

Everyone that I’ve helped or spoken to were and still are living in poverty, unable to provide the very basics for themselves and their families.

Then the pandemic hit us, killing thousands and resulting in survivors battling with Long Covid. The government decided that they’d throw a lifeline to Universal Credit claimants which was an extra £20 a week uplift to help them through the pandemic.

The uplift was and is providing…

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Starmer is doing everything wrong that Kinnock did wrong

Brilliant analysis by Martin of Labour Right Wing… a must read

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by Martin Odoni

One of the worst failings of political debate in this country is that fallacious reasoning, including macho stubbornness, often overrides ordinary logic, and Occam’s Razor is frequently substituted with confirmation bias.

The Labour Party leader of much of the 1980s, Neil Kinnock, was a superlative example of this attitude. He had come to the leadership in place of Michael Foot, after the calamity of the 1983 General Election, which saw Labour’s vote plummet, and the Tories score a landslide 144-seat majority. Kinnock, a Welsh coal-miner’s son and a staunch left-winger up to this point, deserted almost every single one of his principles within days of winning the leadership. He lurched firmly to the right, having been convinced that the reason Labour lost the Election was that Foot had been ‘too left wing’ in his policy platform.

Not left, not right, just general chaos the real problem

In…

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I’ve had enough. My long Covid nightmare continues.

Please read and if you are able please give a small donation to help Charlotte Thank You!

The poor side of life

Dear readers and subscribers, you I get have realised that Ive been pretty much out of action this past week. I apologise for this, I feel awful about it and I hope that it doesn’t happen again.

Ive been struggling to get through this last rebound due to needing more meds and waiting for them to be processed.

I’ll be honest with you, I’m feeling pretty low at the moment. This past year has been a complete nightmare and so far it doesn’t appear to be easing.

My health is pretty rubbish at the moment, it takes me much longer to do tasks that I didn’t used to think about. My daughters more than fed up with me being ill and I do feel like I am to blame for this. Being a single parent is tough when you’re ill.

Yesterday I learnt that the support that I was getting…

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What is the real reason the USA, Europe and Britain keep defending Israel?

An in-depth look as to why the West & especially the UK will not denounce the murderous apartheid regime of Israel.

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by Martin Odoni

It seems that nothing the Israeli Government ever does to the Palestinians will meet with meaningful condemnation from Western Governments. So long as the theft of Palestinian land is done quietly and in small slices, and so long as summary killings of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers are done just a few at a time, the USA, Britain, France, Germany etc will turn ‘Nelson’s Eye‘.

It must be something of a mystery to the people of the former Palestine themselves. Why do the West keep letting them get away with it? they can hardly be blamed for asking. Is it racism? Is it because Israelis are ‘whiter’ than Arabs?

To be honest, racism may well play a role in the thinking of many, but more so in Israel than outside. In international terms, the real reason Israel gets away with so much is far more a…

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Starmer’s ‘chest-thumper’ plan is patronising in the extreme

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by Martin Odoni

That the Labour Party needs to win back support in the doubtfully-named ‘Red Wall’ is hardly a secret. Without the backing of lost seats in its former Heartlands across the north of England and Wales, it seems like only a total inversion of British politics, of the type seen in the USA in the 1930s, would be the sole path back to power i.e. by moving further to the right even than the Conservatives and stealing Tory Heartland seats.

North and north-west England before the 2019 General Election. More a red splodge than a red wall, but it was also far less permanent in a lot of places than the mainstream media wanted us to think

Unfortunately, yet another in the very long list of failings in the current Labour Party leader has been exposed this week. Plans were leaked of what Keir Starmer will be using…

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#QQTStarmer is our chance to let Keir Starmer know what we think of him

Martin is spot on we must do all we can to rid the cancer that is Starmer and his cohorts out of the Labour Party, let’s make him uncomfortable

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by Martin Odoni

(What just about passes for) the current leader of the Labour Party, ‘Sir’ Keir Starmer, is attending an online event on Thursday this week. It is organised by the charity My Life My Say, and is being hosted by Munya Chawawa and Swarzy Macaly, and the main focus of the conversation will be how to engage young people in politics.

Now, some people might argue that there is an ugly irony in Starmer taking part in any event that attempts to engage people in politics. After all, he and his fraudulent colleagues on the right wing of the Labour Party have spent the last five years trying to disengage from politics, and marginalise, hundreds of thousands of people.

Wouldn’t it be horrible if anyone asked him why he has abandoned the ten pledges he made to become Labour leader without calling a fresh leadership election, or…

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Unreasonable…?

I despise the BBC with every breath in my body.

Musical Matters...

The 1980s were more than half-way through when I first began to realise that, far from being the ‘glorious national treasure’ of (self-created) legend, the BBC was in fact a collapsing sewer system that stank to heaven. And, if memory serves, it was in 1988 that I posted off my first ever ‘BBC complaint’ — which means that it has been literally 32 years since I discovered the level of sheer contempt with which the UK’s national broadcaster views the criticisms of those who pay for it.

Inevitably, perhaps, it was the BBC’s intensifying maltreatment of the classical music repertoire which provoked that first letter — my sensitivity to outrageously bent news took slightly longer to develop — and I well remember my astonishment at the pompous, snotty arrogance of the dismissive reply that came back from a senior producer whose name I actually knew and respected.

Nowadays, of…

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