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Government welfare minister receives £10,000 from aggressive loans company | Left Foot Forward.

I question the wisdom of DWP Minister Esther McVey accepting a cash donation from Henry Angest, the Chairman and CEO of Arbuthnot Banking Group. His company owns ‘Everyday Loans’  who provide unsecured loans to people on benefits at up to 80%  APR.

So-called ‘Pay day loans’ companies are generally seen to be adding to debt and poverty amongst the poor and those claiming benefits, so it makes my ‘Spidey Senses’ tingle  when  £10k of a £17.5k loan goes to a DWP Minister. Why would someone responsible for cutting benefits to the most needy in society, think it is acceptable to take money from someone whose company does nothing short of exploit those same people?

I do accept that the gentleman’s personal politics and his money are his own business, but I would also argue that there is a conflict of interest that the government must consider before accepting such a gift. Bearing in mind that  such business operates within guidelines set by the FSA, which operates under UK legislation, this could be seen as an incentive for those who set legislation to look favourably upon a particular company or business sector.

I’m not accusing anyone of anything (at the moment), but I think either the donor or the recipient, should gift that money to a charity which helps people either deal with or avoid debt.

Just a thought…


I wonder if the DWP is bullying Shiplee back to work, or happily handing over cash for him to stay at home?

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atos_dr_nick The man in charge of bungling the introduction of Universal Credit is currently only working a day a week after being on the sick since last Christmas.

Howard Shiplee is the builder that Iain Duncan Smith brought in to rescue his doomed project to reform benefits last year.  He is the sixth boss Universal Credit has had in the last two years and after just a few months in the job went on long-term sick leave.  According to Computer Weekly, who uncovered the story, he was suffering from bronchitis which has now developed into something more serious.  The publication claims the DWP are looking for someone to replace him behind his back.

Of course Shiplee, like everyone else, has the right to take time off if he is unwell.  But 20,000 people with respiratory conditions have been found fit for work since the Atos assessments began.  Under Universal Credit some…

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Play This Everywhere.

I can’t remember being as moved by a man’s words in my entire life. I am absolutely not ashamed to say that I was in tears by the end of this video.


DWP in a shambles yet again!

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Unlike Help To Work, the new Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign has already been a huge success. Unlike Help To Work, the new Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign has already been a huge success.

Despite wildly optimistic claims from the DWP, today’s launch of mass workfare seems to be in chaos behind the scenes.  With barely any information yet available on the scheme it appears that the flagship Help To Work programme has no-one actually running it, no guidance for companies involved and no real plan to deal with the huge influx of claimants to Jobcentres from daily signing.

According to the BBC a mere 70 so-called charities have signed up to provide placements on the scheme which will involve forcing unemployed people to carry out 780 hours of unpaid work.  For ‘Help To Work to be successful, these charities will need to accept hundreds, or possibly thousands of placements each.  Predictably the DWP are not saying who the charities are.  So far the only voluntary sector organisation…

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