Merry Christmas from GMWRAG

It has (not quite) become a Christmas tradition for GMWRAG to send out a Christmas message. Looking back at 2014 it’s disturbing to note that as far back as 2011 we said… 349 more words

Welfare Benefits

Dirty Tricks Used by Jobcentres to Get People Sanctioned: New Appointments Made at Last Minute

Groovmistress posted this comment on Tom Pride’s piece about the Jobcentre sanctioning a young woman simply because she was pregnant.

The whole set-up in the Jobcentres is geared to putting the “client” in their place, making them feel inferior and, in my experience, the “officers” take pleasure in acting the role of strict headteacher (“stand there”, “don’t cross the line”, “don’t answer back” etc) doling out punishment at any opportunity. 497 more words


UKIP: Disabled People on Benefits Are 'Parasitic Underclass of Scroungers'

I found this short article attacking UKIP for their vile demonization of the disabled on the Political Scrapbook for last Friday. Entitled UKIP: disability benefit claimants are “parasitic underclass of scroungers” 180 more words


Tax Credits and self-employment from April 2015, what you need to know...

The Autumn Statement 2014

Earlier this month the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered the 2014 Autumn Statement to the House of Commons.

This included important changes to how self-employed individuals can claim Working Tax Credit. 886 more words

Autumn Statement

Next GMWRAG meeting in Trafford announced for 2015.

Being ahead of the loop as ever, the GMWRAG web site has already launched it’s Winter snowy look. Admittedly this is because we forgot to turn this tacky feature off but… 160 more words

Welfare Benefits

Two Minutes' Silence Today for Victims of ATOS

Mike over at Vox Political reports the call by Jim Moore for two minutes’ silence today at 11 O’clock to remember and honour all those, who have been killed by ATOS and the government’s persecution of the poor, the unemployed and the disabled. 155 more words


The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off: An Analysis of the Total Level of Welfare Benefits by State

by Michael D. Tanner,  CATO Institute

The value of the full package of welfare benefits for a typical recipient in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia exceeds the poverty level. 133 more words