Archive for February, 2018

Not All Assessors Are Cruel-A Positive Tale









We have all heard the horrible accounts of claimants suffering at the hands of the DWP, the endless distress it causes many cannot be minimised or the deaths that have occurred primarily amongst those with Mental Health Conditions. When I had the offer of a claimant to give me access to a assessment that was recorded I jumped at it. I made a promise not to disclose their ID or personal information under DPA. Many will know the dread filled moments of the’ brown envelope syndrome of the dreaded ‘WCA’ assessment coming through the letterbox.

However the questions I felt would be worth documenting  for the many who face this barbaric process and I’m glad I did as for once, this would give an insight into the type of things a claimant was asked, rather than hearsay on social media.The claimant was assessed by a Nurse who gave her name without being asked for it, that was my first shock,normally they are a bit shy to divulge such information and often object the client was shown empathy, care and consideration . I am know this claimant felt traumatised, but that wasn’t down to the assessor.

The following is a transcript of those questions which many will be familiar with.

Q1. Conditions you are suffering from and medications in detail.

Q2. .When did you start having anxiety and what caused it

Q3. When are you seeing GP again and why were you taken off medication

Q4. How does this affect you daily

Q5. Questions of Sensativity : Drinking, Street drugs, Suicidal Ideation, Thoughts of self harm now. Client is in severe distress at this point and crying uncontrollably at this point

Q6. Mood Changes, Verbal , Aggressive behaviour , Social Interactions

Q7. Asks questions about home and relationships with others

Q8. When client last worked or studying

Q9. How does client spend day

Q10. Asks about poor sleep patterns of clients anxiety

Q11. Asks about whether client forgets to eat due to depression, bathing, and dressing, medications

Q12.Shopping who does shopping, does client go out alone, does client use self service till or cash desk, client discusses anxiety re shopping. (Trusts issues.)

Q13. Asks client about social media – client discussed disassociation, lack of self worth, fear of rejection

Q14. How Does client see things improving in future.  Client in obvious distress and crying and unable to cope to answer coherently. 

Q15. Managing day to day Important finances and daily life in general

End of assessment

In all fairness the assessor tried to reassure the claimant throughout the process and acknowledged the client’s distress, and suggested that client should seek further help from GP to tackle the obvious presenting issues faced by the client. I was pleasantly surprised that for once, the claimant was not put under any unreasonable duress by the assessor, however it was clear the claimant was not in a good space and this blogger thanks them for sharing this experience to show and highlight there are some good ones operating and for a change show a positive process.This claimant was clearly lucky the assessor showed some consideration and compassion,however the outcome of this is still to be decided by the Decision Maker at DWP who makes the award of which conditionality group this claimant will find themselves in in 6 wks time, which they were told was time frame for the outcome. We hope that this claimant is successful.



Much Ado About Nothing -Jacob Rees Mogg The Tories Harry Potter


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Image Courtesy of Bristol Post


There has been widespread condemnation around the minor scuffle at Bristol University from all sides of the debate.

Many just do not see this PR stunt for what it is ,which was to catapult Mr Rees Mogg as a safe pair of hands to take over from Theresa May as future PM. This would not of even normally made the press or attracted any attention at all, if he was not being put forward as Theresa Mays replacement.

Often MP’s and Ministers are subjected to heated  opposition arguments, but only since the 2010 coalition government have the people of the UK got so angry they have taken to the streets,courts and taken action to challenge directly policies which are harming the population,leaving many without hope of a decent future afforded to their parents and grandparents under the welfare state. The eradication of their rights, lack of opportunity,and being engaged in the political process much more actively since the Corbyn Revolution that nobody thought would happen as socialism was thought to be something from the past sent shock-waves across Britain. This has pitted the have’s and have not’s against each other as the inequality divide widened more than anytime in recent political history since 70’s or longer.

Its nasty politics at it’s worst with comments and personal attacks that have lead to the demise of any respectable debate both in parliament and on the street as the government ride roughshod and laugh in the faces of reason,justice,removing common decency  of opposing sides yet ironically call for people in today’s society to ‘take responsibility’ while avoiding doing so themselves.

They are brazen in their disdain for working people of this country while lacking the understanding of their plight, or their lives generally,the disconnect is so obviously blatant and in your face.

So lets break this story down into bite size chunks  to point out the bloody obvious;

This event was set up by the President of UWE Conservative Society Callum Tucker to engage young people to vote Conservative or change the minds of those who are uncertain of where they are on political spectrum. he put a statement out directly afterwards regarding this shameful display of poor judgement and behaviour of all those involved in this scuffle.

A statement from the university said the protesters were not UWE Bristol students and had broken into the event organised by the Politics and International Relations Society.The statement said: “We are absolutely appalled by the conduct of a small number of attendees at a Student’s Union Politics & International Relations Society talk this evening.

It is our understanding at this stage that a small group of protesters broke into the lecture theatre where the event was due to take place via the back doors.

The police were called and our security attended. We understand that these protesters were not UWE Bristol students and did not have tickets for the event.

The police are now working to identify the individuals. Once the situation was calmed, Mr Rees-Mogg went ahead with his speech and was escorted back to his car after the event finished.

Both security and the police stayed for the event to ensure everyone was safe.

We support the democratic right of free speech and peaceful protest. However, we strongly condemn the actions of protesters who disrupted normal debate and behaved in this way.

There is no place for such action on a university campus or in a civilised society.

We are delighted that Mr Rees-Mogg was able to speak and debate with our legitimate student body in a respectful manner.


Image courtesy of Bath Chronicle

This image shows clearly the young woman in the middle of this fracas was not punched but non the less was affected by the man in white shirt using his arm to push them back while being grabbed from behind by others close by to prevent further disruption,while a protester since named as Josh Connor lashing out with clenched fist in the kerfuffle. Hasten to add as Rees Mogg engaged with the shouting balaclava brigade of Antifa they slipped quietly out the auditorium ,which was when Mr Connor became vocally confrontational with Rees Mogg joining in the melee of disrupting the debate.

Bristol Antifascists stated:

As anti fascists, feminists and people who partake in the class struggle we felt that it was appropriate of us to disrupt his speech. We barged in started chanting, and within a matter of minutes a member of the audience became aggressive towards us… more people joined in, trying to kick us out pushing and shouting at us…



Video Here shows one viewpoint: //


Chris Dixon, 23, who was in the audience, told The Independent: “As soon as they came in, Jacob Rees-Mogg walked straight up the stairs, walked straight up to them to have a conversation with them and try to diffuse the tension. They were just screaming in his face.

“Then a bunch of guys jumped up straight away to back Jacob Rees-Mogg so he wasn’t there alone. I thought he was going to get punched in the face or something, the way they were at him. They obviously hadn’t come to talk.”

The rival groups began pushing and shoving each other as the MP appealed for calm, said witnesses.

Chloe Kaye, 19, said: “The audience were getting very angry. Jacob Rees-Mogg was very calm, quite surprisingly, trying to stop all of this and talk to them. People in the crowd were pushing each other. Everyone was getting involved. Everyone was out of their seats.

“People were really angry that there were people interrupting free speech.

“It took about 10 minutes for security to come and stop all this and take [the protesters] away.”



Further Article from Indy with rationale ;


Viewpoint 2 from Breitbart Raheem Kassem who is no lover of Labour and a right wing journo, but look for chap in a white hoody who walks up and intervenes and you will notice it is in fact his hand that hits the female protester, not the one the media is saying did so or the one in the picture below the You Tube link.


Then I come to other images  floating around which if you watch the above very closely will identify the real culprit of a woman being ‘not punched’ but ‘assaulted’ in process of the scuffle of what can only be described as a major coup for Rees Mogg and his supporters in this PR stunt as a way of presenting him as a safe capable pair of hands and someone to vote for when a challenge to Mrs May comes.












Meanwhile  while doing this blog it seems that this blogger is being monitored given 6 times I have tried to load up a picture to highlight the truth  and in recent days this bloggers Facebook has also gone into meltdown preventing them from posting so even though the snoopers bill is illegal they are doing it for sure to those who are vocal to show their displeasure and what is going on in this country and stifling any opposition to prevent the public from waking up. Not normally paranoid  but this does smack of censure. I have campaigned for 8 long years and never had any issues, could it be that this is linked to my recent Submission to the Secretary of State Ester McVey  regarding the governments Universal Credit Policy who is promising a response via my MP who happens to be the one who told WASPI’s to get an apprenticeships?


As I’m being prevented loading images I will copy and paste an unsolicited email I got last night from the Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis MP

Last night, Momentum-supporting thugs broke into a university event and tried to silence Conservatives. Wearing balaclavas, they tried through violence and intimidation to stop the ideas that they disagreed with from being heard. Help us back free speech by signing our petition today.

Momentum, the left-wing campaign group, was set up after Mr Corbyn’s initial victory as Labour leader to keep the spirit and politics of his campaign alive.

Young people have a right to hear all sides of the political debate. So we’ll protect free speech by stepping up our speaker programme – making sure Conservative voices are heard in universities across the country.

Together, we can send a message to Labour and Momentum. Sign our petition today and back free speech.

Those who try to shut down speakers are afraid of letting students make up their own minds.

So if you think Momentum shouldn’t get away with threats and intimidation, then sign our petition today.

With best wishes,

The Rt. Hon. Brandon Lewis MP
Chairman of the Conservative Party



Then low and behold out pops this little gem this morning ;


Now I don’t condone violence on any level  as if your argument is sound you can win the debate generally,however when debate is being silenced by any means so the only message the public hears is from those in power you should be questioning the motives behind it. We all know who the bullies were here!


Updated; The following is copy & pasted from Bristol Antifacists Facebook page


UWE a university that takes pride in it’s inclusivity of LGBT stance decided to allow a speech from Jacob Rees Mogg to take place a person known for his homophobic and anti abortion beliefs are well known and documented. Furthermore not only has he downvoted bills that would help poor people and is in favour of privatizing the welfare state he has been also documented to hang out at parties set up by the traditional Britain group, a Islamophobic,anti immigrant group.

Following all of these as anti fascists, feminists and people who partake in the class struggle we felt that it was appropriate of us to disrupt his speech. We barged in started chanting, and within a matter of minutes a member of the audience became aggressive towards us and then hit a audience member in the face! more people joined in, trying to kick us out pushing and shouting at us…

We felt that we had disrupted the meeting enough turned around and left as the fascists tried to gather their pieces. Our disruption was a complete success but we still feel appalled on how a university which recently launched an anti Islamophobic campaign and is voted one of the friendly LGBT universities allowed such a figure to spout out his vitriol We are the raindrops of a storm that is brewing. NO PASARAN






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