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    Updates / Support your local.

    Just to note that I've updated the UC migration thread to the new rates than came in today (and a few other things)....
  2. Thread: Breaking news.

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    Trying to pick the good stuff from all the...

    Trying to pick the good stuff from all the over-sentimental coverage. (Do we really need so much?).

    This is worth a read, a remembrance from Alastair Bruce:...
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    That's right, mine was at a surgery but not my...

    That's right, mine was at a surgery but not my own surgery so that could be the difference.

    Or it could just be timing.
    Maybe they added that printed bit and a space to write the second date...
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    Did you not get a date and time at your first...

    Did you not get a date and time at your first jabs?

    Mines is on a little card; sticker for what the first jab/batch number was and when it was done, and then printed below it:

    "Dont forget to...
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    It's started today (well yesterday but that was a...

    It's started today (well yesterday but that was a bank holiday).

    Tweet from the DWP about using white envelopes instead of brown ones:
    https://twitter.com/DWP/status/1378022042600140806

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    Has anybody else had a REACT COVID-19 testing...

    Has anybody else had a REACT COVID-19 testing research letter?

    Whilst these are supposedly sent out at random I'm wondering if that is in fact what's happening.

    Is it just by chance that I've...
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    F-2-F's to restart in MAY

    Anounced on Monday - F2F assessments for PIP, ESA/UC WCA's, are to restart in May.

    (F2F assessments for IIDB will restart on 12th April).
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    PIP Video Assessments.

    There is an interesting new page today on gov.uk - "Your Experience of a PIP Health Assessment by Video".
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    You have to remember that LLoyds Pharmacy is full...

    You have to remember that LLoyds Pharmacy is full of alternative (quack) medicines and remedies.

    Just taking a quick look, and the first hits are interesting.

    From LLoyds Pharmacy:

    Sodium is...
  10. Thread: Covid Jab

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    All viruses mutate (new variants) all the time. ...

    All viruses mutate (new variants) all the time.

    That's why the flu jab is different each year, because there are hundreds (thousands but some mutations fail to spread) of new flu variants around...
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    I think there are figures published, but you have...

    I think there are figures published, but you have to wade through a lot of stuff to find them.

    The vast majority of benefits paid abroad are in the form of State Pension.

    There are in...
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    Advice for claimants in Yemen

    The DWP has issued a press release about being unable to pay UK benefits or pensions to claimants in Yemen.
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/advice-for-pension-and-benefit-claimants-in-yemen
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    The last I saw is that the Managed Migration...

    The last I saw is that the Managed Migration pilot scheme is on-hold until 2024, so nothing is going to happen before then.

    Although they still say it's all going to be finished by 2026, which is...
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    I also get conflicted about the number of deaths...

    I also get conflicted about the number of deaths from Covid.

    This is my 'thinking out loud' and some of you may not want to read this, look away now

    The last figure I saw for the UK was 126,000...
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    Yes, it's all confusing and childish. For...

    Yes, it's all confusing and childish.

    For myself I can only see it as the European politicians posturing for the consumption of their own voters.
    At least posturing for the ones who can't be...
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    What is it with the EU? (I'd ask if politicians...

    What is it with the EU?
    (I'd ask if politicians are stupid be we already know that).

    They say that they don't want to use the AZ vaccine, giving spurious excuses with no real proof.
    ("There's no...
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    New 'Benefits Checker' - avoid.

    There are reports of a new online benefits (ie. UC) checker.

    https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1410044/universal-credit-claim-eligibility-eligible-dwp...
  18. Jobcentres reopening - F2F assessments next?

    The DWP have today announced that Jobcentres will go back to normal opening on April 12th:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/normal-jobcentre-opening-hours-resume-from-12-april

    Whilst there is...
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    Probably you did, but being an area where public...

    Probably you did, but being an area where public transport can be a problem we seem to have an extra step here.

    It 's not my surgery, it's the local Red Clinic site, a health centre in a nearby...
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    I've had a couple of missed calls yesterday and...

    I've had a couple of missed calls yesterday and today from an unknown local number.

    Checking it it's the local vaccination booking line, so it may be worth answering unknown local numbers at the...
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    Brown envelopes no more.

    In response to a recent FoI request the DWP have stated:

    From other sources they will still be window envelopes to show the address printed on the letter.

    I believe they are still deciding what...
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    Assessors getting a bonus for failures is a myth,...

    Assessors getting a bonus for failures is a myth, it doesn't happen. But there is another related concern.

    The assessment companies get a set price per assessment carried out, whatever the DWP...
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    There are more details of the story on Disability...

    There are more details of the story on Disability News Service last week:
    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/atos-pays-out-for-negligent-pip-assessment-after-visit-from-debt-enforcement-officers/
  24. Thread: Census.

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    And the fun begins:...

    And the fun begins:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56338666

    While I'm not sure about the aims of that campaign group on this matter I am pretty sure the 1801 census didn't ask if you identified as...
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    It's an ongoing fight. I've never seen it so...

    It's an ongoing fight.

    I've never seen it so clearly stated before though.

    Advisors on rightsnet regularly complain that when going to tribunal the DWP say that UC records have been deleted and...
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