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Transition from Guest to Member 29 Nov 2017 08:05 #5113

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A significant number of guests regularly browse this forum. This is very welcome and it is hoped that you find answers to questions that help with problems you might have.

What you may not know is that there are as many sections again on the forum that are only available to members. This could mean that you might be only a click away from finding some specific answer to a specific issue that has so far eluded you.

Registering as a member is easy and it is free.
You will then definitely have access to more information as well as help specific to you should you ask for it. Who knows, you may even be able to use your knowledge and experience to help others looking for help and answers.
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Transition from Guest to Member 29 Nov 2017 18:19 #5128

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Currently (Wednesday tea-time) 300 guests on the forum. Come on in, beat the rush, join us now.
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Transition from Guest to Member 29 Nov 2017 18:35 #5129

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Flotsam: People who are considered to be worthless or to have been rejected by society.
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Transition from Guest to Member 29 Nov 2017 19:38 #5131

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I`ve noticed a lot of people `viewing` the forum over the past few weeks and it would be nice to see more merry members join the discussions and exchange chats and stories. I`m not sure there are many other `welfare` forums online? I know social media takes a big chunk of that so people with social media accounts will possibly satisfy their needs there, but we are not any kind of pro-active force, just a group of like-minded individuals who try to help in situations of despair.
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Transition from Guest to Member 29 Nov 2017 22:33 #5136

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I`ve noticed a lot of people `viewing` the forum over the past few weeks and it would be nice to see more merry members join the discussions and exchange chats and stories. I`m not sure there are many other `welfare` forums online? I know social media takes a big chunk of that so people with social media accounts will possibly satisfy their needs there, but we are not any kind of pro-active force, just a group of like-minded individuals who try to help in situations of despair.

You underestimate yourself. Along with many other regular contributors, some who have been in the vanguard of the fight here and elsewhere for years, you actively provide a source of information and assistance to those who seek or ask for it. Even being there as a shoulder to cry on or share a good old rant with may very well be a comfort to many thousands. What else is that if not a force for good?

With the roll out of Universal Credit gaining momentum many more will falter, many more will fail. Would you leave them in their torment, reaching out to no avail? Keep reminding yourself, as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any condition be brought under. It is for truth, not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.

There are hundreds more out there. Nothing we do is intended to harm them but may very well make the difference between life and death to many. Conversely, there is nothing they can do to harm us so long as truth prevails.
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Transition from Guest to Member 30 Nov 2017 14:06 #5155

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Most of these 'guests' especially in the numbers mentioned are likely to be search engine bots and not real people.
Toads - Philip Larkin
Why should I let the toad work, Squat on my life?
Can't I use my wit as a pitchfork And drive the brute off?
Six days of the week it soils,With its sickening poison -
Just for paying a few bills! That's out of proportion...
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Transition from Guest to Member 30 Nov 2017 15:24 #5160

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or maybe DWP bots :) :) .
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Transition from Guest to Member 30 Nov 2017 15:28 #5162

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Anyone who has a facebook,google,twitter account post a link back to this website, the more members we can get the better :)
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Transition from Guest to Member 30 Nov 2017 15:30 #5163

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Not sure what bots are but I would not be too bothered if DWP staff read our posts. They might learn something, they are definitely not learning how to do their jobs anywhere else.
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Transition from Guest to Member 01 Dec 2017 07:34 #5169

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Well at the Moment we have 253 Guests on here B)
Hi All Come and Join us B)

Bots are "Search Engines" such as Google directing people to various websites,
They number no more than 3 - 5 at any one time.
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Transition from Guest to Member 24 Dec 2017 07:32 #5413

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Christmas Greetings to our (Current) 220 Guests; And at 07.30 Am, Christmas Eve that is quite something; B)
So why Not Join us and Get Access to the Whole of Welfare Central.
Go on make it your New Year Resolution.
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Transition from Guest to Member 24 Dec 2017 17:43 #5419

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I am hoping that some of the guests are indeed DWP staff and come and join us quite literally, it will improve their lives to be enlightened on what unemployment is really like and unlike them we'll be glad to help out with real information to the best of our knowledge (when they have time to read from taking a break from their 35 hours a week job search of course - don't forget Christmas day is a Monday seeing as you probably gave yourself the weekend off Cratchett).
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Transition from Guest to Member 24 Dec 2017 18:31 #5421

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I often wonder why there are not more DWP staff `outing` the truth that goes on behind closed doors because we know that they have targets even though they deny this? Sanctions can be applied for the silliest thing like not getting there on time due to a bus not turning up or the claimant explaining they had to divert their attention to a family matter and called in advance to say they would be late due to unforeseen circumstances and then get sanctioned and don`t appeal it either because they can`t be bothered or don`t know how to.

So it is vital that forums like this can inform people and hope the advice given is acted upon. It`s just a shame we have a welfare system that now works against people rather than with them. I say that because sanctions would not be part of a humane system.
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Transition from Guest to Member 24 Dec 2017 21:30 #5422

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I Personally would love to see A Member or two from the DWP Join us on here;
As It appears the Training of DWP Staff is rather poor, Not all of Course, And im sure there are some very good ones out there .....
Somewhere ;)
Among our Members, we must have many years of Experience, Help and KNOW the law. B)
Am I wrong ?, If you are a Guest and Feel I'm Wrong, Come and join us and put me Right ?. B)
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Transition from Guest to Member 25 Dec 2017 13:41 #5428

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I have known a few people who have worked at the job centres in my local and surrounding towns. This is all before the sanctions era and even then they were generally not happy working there and left quite soon. One guy in a writing group I was in told us all one night that he left because they employed too many thickos who were impossible to work with not least because it meant more work for others to try and put right and deal with complaints. The one who was still working there when I knew her was a good friend of my partner at the time and described an old man she had seen barely able to stand who had just been found fit for work. So yes some do know the system is a bit of a mess but I think the rate of thicko intake must have gone up and well trained gone down since.

I also experienced the other type (at a employment service I got parceled off to by a housing support body who didn't see me as a priority) who was criicisizing some of the lack of enthusiasm etc of people he used to see at signing on. I let him say as much patronizing twaddle as possible in the open plan office and then quietly and politely gave him some examples (living on next to nowt that limits how many jobs you can chase, being regularly insulted by neanderthals in the meantime and IMHO the biggest of all poor education). This guy talked about knowing what it is like to have (supposed) friends cross the road when you are out of work (I take it they respect you on the WPs then) to which I replied that is when you need to know who your real friends are anyway so good riddance and they never get back on my list.
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Transition from Guest to Member 20 Jan 2018 10:41 #5803

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Currently, 10.35 am Saturday 20th January 2018 there are 685 guests on the Forum. Is this a record?
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Transition from Guest to Member 20 Jan 2018 10:54 #5805

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Nope; Best Number that I have seen was 700 +
Come on Guests, See More, Learn More and get Free Help. B)
Register Today and come and Join us. B)
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Transition from Guest to Member 09 Mar 2018 07:15 #6464

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Benefit Bolshie wrote:
Currently, 10.35 am Saturday 20th January 2018 there are 685 guests on the Forum. Is this a record?

Well, we have just beaten that Record,
As at 07.10 March 9th, 2018;

Who Is Online
Total users online: 1 Member and 1407 Guests Online


Now come on someone sign up for;
"The Best Forum in the World" B)
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Transition from Guest to Member 09 Mar 2018 23:56 #6480

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Wow that's awesome news Paul :cheer: such a big jump too that has to be significant, I wonder what John Pienaar would make of it
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Transition from Guest to Member 27 Mar 2018 11:37 #6674

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Whenever I post a link to WC from my twiiter account (currently 3000 + members) we will see a big jump in guests, particularly during Twitter's peak hours.
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