Help make Chris Grayling angry over benefits


11:01 am - June 28th 2012

by Sue Marsh    


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Here’s an opportunity for you to help make a Minister wish he hadn’t interfered.

Back in March we wrote about the Ministry of Justice’s (MoJ) employment and support allowance appeals video on Youtube.

The video was pulled after less than a week, on the orders of senior officials.

Independent benefits expert Neil Bateman discovered that the video was taken down after employment minister Chris Grayling emailed the ministry complaining about, amongst other things, the fact that it told claimants:

  • that they are twice as likely to win their appeal if they appear in person rather than having a paper hearing;
  • that the DWP doesn’t normally send a representative to the hearing;
  • to send additional evidence to the tribunal, when Grayling wants it sent to the DWP.

Yesterday, three months later, the video reappeared and, to their credit, after their initial panic MoJ officials seem to have left it unaltered. The video is actually reasonably informative and reassuring for people who have no previous experience of appeal tribunals.

Normally, however, MoJ videos get very little attention – one has had just two views and few of the 120 videos on the MoJ channel gets more than a few hundred views.

If Grayling hadn’t intervened this video would probably also have remained largely unseen.

Now we want to make it the most popular video the MoJ has ever produced.


First posted to the excellent Benefits and Work site and then Black Triangle campaign

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Reader comments


The Streisand effect strikes again.

I hope he gets very very very very angry and flies into a rage with your justice minister Ken Clarke, who is his intellectual and political superior.

After an Apoplexy he might be in need of ESA himself.

Hey Sunny,could you put up a post on Barclay’s.

I do enjoy the usual troll suspects defending their masters. You know, the ones that think locking someone up for 9 months for stealing a loaf of bread is very important. The same ones who want to crack down on benefit cheats because of their concern for hard working low income family’s?

Interesting who Cameron condemns straight out, and those he invites for a cosy fireside chat to “explain themselves.”

‘This video has been removed by the user’.

5. Tom Matthews

Video removed by user.. Somebody please tell me somebody has a duplicate?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXQU-wrOHjE&feature=colike

With thanks to YouTube user ‘LoanRanger1000’ for putting up the vid

I think there may be some other copies floating arounf the ‘Tube too 🙂

So much for Freedom of Information that was made to assist the vulnerable.

This clear evidence that Chris Grayling and others just want to make life difficult for the most vulnerable in society and will do anything at their disposal to screw them.

This article was posted at 11:01am and was removed between 1:36pm and 4:28pm, which means news travel very quick. Liberal Conspiracy you are being constantly watched by the secret police that are not suppose to exist !

Strangely, reminds me of the start of Charlie Brooker’s ‘Black Mirror’ where a video on youtube is taken down so it won’t embarrass the PM, only for it to pop up in a dozen other places every time one’s shut down.

With any luck this will prove to be more embarrassing than the PM fucking a pig, however.

Cameron and Grayling must HATE the internet and the free speech it allows, especially when it lets the weakest members of society know that they can fight back and they do have a hope after ATOS has told them to shut up whining and get a job in Tesco.

“crippled? That’s fine, Poundland needs shelves, NEXT!”

Heartless shower of bastards, lot of em.

It is no wonder that earlier this year someone attempted suicide in the benefits office in Liverpool and yesterday a man set himself on fire outside the Birmingham benefits office.

I should imagine Chris Grayling is having a right good laugh now because if it carries on like this it will mean less benefit payments because of suicides.


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