Passport backlog proves Newport jobs warning - MP

CUTS WARNING: Newport East MP Jess Morden

CUTS WARNING: Newport East MP Jess Morden

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THE Labour MP for Newport East has appealed to the home secretary Theresa May to reverse the cuts to the city’s passport office in the wake of the nationwide application backlog.

Jessica Morden spoke during an urgent question on the issue in the House of Commons yesterday, claiming that staff at the Newport office were being put under immense pressure because of the UK Government's incompetency.

She said warnings that cuts to the office would impact the service have been proven right.

Newport’s passport office, which was previously based in the city centre but is now at a smaller location off Lower Dock Street, had faced potential closure three years ago.

This sparked a campaign led by the Argus against the proposals, but despite calls from across Wales for the passport office to be kept in one piece the UK Government halved its 300-strong workforce and shut the centre’s postal application processing services.

Ms Morden told the debate on Thursday: “When the government tried to shut Newport passport office a few years ago staff and unions warned at the time that cuts would impact on service, and they have been proved right.

“It would be good if the Secretary of State could at least acknowledge that putting the full processing function back into Newport, along with the jobs that we lost, would be a start.

“Could she also acknowledge that it’s not only the customers that are suffering badly at the moment, but also the stress that it is putting on staff in Newport who are under immense pressure because of this government’s incompetency?”

Ms May said it was “absolutely right for the passport office’s point of view that they should at look at how they can provide services as efficiently as possible.”

She said demand for the service was “at higher levels that they have been for 12 years."

“Action has been taken and action is continuing to be taken to ensure that we can deal with those applications,” she added.

As HM Passport Office deals with a backlog of 30,000 applications, Mrs May told MPs of measures being introduced, including fast-tracking free of charge applications of people with an urgent need to travel abroad.

But shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper, who asked an urgent question, insisted Mrs May did not appear to know what was going on, claiming statements had been contradicted in recent days.

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3:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

keithbob says...

a case of i told you so then.goverment cutbacks.great idea,not!
a case of i told you so then.goverment cutbacks.great idea,not! keithbob
  • Score: 13

4:11pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Abertillery29 says...

This only goes to prove that the office in Newport should not have been down graded. I worked in Newport some years ago and was being asked on a regular basis for directions to the Passport Office by people from all over the UK and when you asked them WHY NEWPORT? - the response was ' Its the most efficient office'.
This only goes to prove that the office in Newport should not have been down graded. I worked in Newport some years ago and was being asked on a regular basis for directions to the Passport Office by people from all over the UK and when you asked them WHY NEWPORT? - the response was ' Its the most efficient office'. Abertillery29
  • Score: 20

4:26pm Thu 12 Jun 14

altom23 says...

Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best!
Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best! altom23
  • Score: 44

4:44pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

Funny isn't it. If there was an increased demand for a particular food because a TV chef had recommended it, that food would start appearing on supermarket shelves within 5 days, albeit at a premium price. When there's an increased demand for something produced by the public sector a sort of frenzied clucking starts all over the Civil Service farmyard and people get stuck abroad or miss their holidays. Twas ever thus.
Funny isn't it. If there was an increased demand for a particular food because a TV chef had recommended it, that food would start appearing on supermarket shelves within 5 days, albeit at a premium price. When there's an increased demand for something produced by the public sector a sort of frenzied clucking starts all over the Civil Service farmyard and people get stuck abroad or miss their holidays. Twas ever thus. Dai Rear
  • Score: -26

5:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Magor says...

altom23 wrote:
Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best!
I seem to remember the Newport Offices fate was decided in 2009.
[quote][p][bold]altom23[/bold] wrote: Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best![/p][/quote]I seem to remember the Newport Offices fate was decided in 2009. Magor
  • Score: -9

5:10pm Thu 12 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Too right! The Passport Office should have been outsourced to G4S or Atos.
Of course by the time those private sector champions had sorted though your forms, having lost them three or four times in Starbucks, you would be dead. Still, you could always book your funeral at the same time....
Too right! The Passport Office should have been outsourced to G4S or Atos. Of course by the time those private sector champions had sorted though your forms, having lost them three or four times in Starbucks, you would be dead. Still, you could always book your funeral at the same time.... KarloMarko
  • Score: 25

5:26pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Too right! The Passport Office should have been outsourced to G4S or Atos.
Of course by the time those private sector champions had sorted though your forms, having lost them three or four times in Starbucks, you would be dead. Still, you could always book your funeral at the same time....
Yep and the NHS should be in charge of retail food supply. A blind belief in the abilities of the public sector is not the only thing preventing the UK from being civilised, but it certainly doesn't help.
How many people were processing how many passports before the PCS/Unison decided to make a "cause" out of it and how many process how many now?
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Too right! The Passport Office should have been outsourced to G4S or Atos. Of course by the time those private sector champions had sorted though your forms, having lost them three or four times in Starbucks, you would be dead. Still, you could always book your funeral at the same time....[/p][/quote]Yep and the NHS should be in charge of retail food supply. A blind belief in the abilities of the public sector is not the only thing preventing the UK from being civilised, but it certainly doesn't help. How many people were processing how many passports before the PCS/Unison decided to make a "cause" out of it and how many process how many now? Dai Rear
  • Score: -27

5:30pm Thu 12 Jun 14

topdog99 says...

Another mess that’s costing more than if they had left it alone and more proof that Tory cuts are hurting but aren’t working.
The Uk is ending up a part time low paid society thanks to Cameron and Clegg
P/T cheep soldiers
P/T Fire-fighters
Rise of 0 hours contracts
Big mess in Somerset due to cuts in maintenance of rivers causing widespread flooding.

Tory cuts so far, 20,000 Army,
5,000 Navy,
5,000 RAF,
60,000 NHS,
16,000 Police,
730,000 Public Sector,
1,700 Remploy,
2 Bankers

And people are moaning that things aint like they used to be!!

Something the Tories will never say, they left a massive £29.2 bn structural deficit in 1997, I don’t recall Labour making a drama of it.

Roll on 2015 when we kick these jokers OUT
And we wont be fooled by the very real possibility of the Tories getting in again through the back door by the Ukip Tories-incognito
Another mess that’s costing more than if they had left it alone and more proof that Tory cuts are hurting but aren’t working. The Uk is ending up a part time low paid society thanks to Cameron and Clegg P/T cheep soldiers P/T Fire-fighters Rise of 0 hours contracts Big mess in Somerset due to cuts in maintenance of rivers causing widespread flooding. Tory cuts so far, 20,000 Army, 5,000 Navy, 5,000 RAF, 60,000 NHS, 16,000 Police, 730,000 Public Sector, 1,700 Remploy, 2 Bankers And people are moaning that things aint like they used to be!! Something the Tories will never say, they left a massive £29.2 bn structural deficit in 1997, I don’t recall Labour making a drama of it. Roll on 2015 when we kick these jokers OUT And we wont be fooled by the very real possibility of the Tories getting in again through the back door by the Ukip Tories-incognito topdog99
  • Score: 55

5:43pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

topdog99 wrote:
Another mess that’s costing more than if they had left it alone and more proof that Tory cuts are hurting but aren’t working.
The Uk is ending up a part time low paid society thanks to Cameron and Clegg
P/T cheep soldiers
P/T Fire-fighters
Rise of 0 hours contracts
Big mess in Somerset due to cuts in maintenance of rivers causing widespread flooding.

Tory cuts so far, 20,000 Army,
5,000 Navy,
5,000 RAF,
60,000 NHS,
16,000 Police,
730,000 Public Sector,
1,700 Remploy,
2 Bankers

And people are moaning that things aint like they used to be!!

Something the Tories will never say, they left a massive £29.2 bn structural deficit in 1997, I don’t recall Labour making a drama of it.

Roll on 2015 when we kick these jokers OUT
And we wont be fooled by the very real possibility of the Tories getting in again through the back door by the Ukip Tories-incognito
Apart from rationing, the Rent Acts and no change on the economy-oh I nearly forgot, no referendum, what will you be giving us? Not to say I don't think you're right. After all loads of people buy double glazing from some gaffer that knocks on the door, or put a great big pipe on the back of an '89 Astra and go "boom, boom". They're all good ole Labour voters.
PS-are you PCS or Unison?
[quote][p][bold]topdog99[/bold] wrote: Another mess that’s costing more than if they had left it alone and more proof that Tory cuts are hurting but aren’t working. The Uk is ending up a part time low paid society thanks to Cameron and Clegg P/T cheep soldiers P/T Fire-fighters Rise of 0 hours contracts Big mess in Somerset due to cuts in maintenance of rivers causing widespread flooding. Tory cuts so far, 20,000 Army, 5,000 Navy, 5,000 RAF, 60,000 NHS, 16,000 Police, 730,000 Public Sector, 1,700 Remploy, 2 Bankers And people are moaning that things aint like they used to be!! Something the Tories will never say, they left a massive £29.2 bn structural deficit in 1997, I don’t recall Labour making a drama of it. Roll on 2015 when we kick these jokers OUT And we wont be fooled by the very real possibility of the Tories getting in again through the back door by the Ukip Tories-incognito[/p][/quote]Apart from rationing, the Rent Acts and no change on the economy-oh I nearly forgot, no referendum, what will you be giving us? Not to say I don't think you're right. After all loads of people buy double glazing from some gaffer that knocks on the door, or put a great big pipe on the back of an '89 Astra and go "boom, boom". They're all good ole Labour voters. PS-are you PCS or Unison? Dai Rear
  • Score: -25

5:45pm Thu 12 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Dont Panic! Ive just heard that the Tories are drafting in Iain Duncan Smith to oversee the backlog. He's ace at this sort of "three mile high and rising" backlog stuff as we all know...

Failing that Boris the Clown will have his water cannon ready to cool things down...I do love a circus.
Dont Panic! Ive just heard that the Tories are drafting in Iain Duncan Smith to oversee the backlog. He's ace at this sort of "three mile high and rising" backlog stuff as we all know... Failing that Boris the Clown will have his water cannon ready to cool things down...I do love a circus. KarloMarko
  • Score: 28

5:52pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Dai Rear wrote:
Funny isn't it. If there was an increased demand for a particular food because a TV chef had recommended it, that food would start appearing on supermarket shelves within 5 days, albeit at a premium price. When there's an increased demand for something produced by the public sector a sort of frenzied clucking starts all over the Civil Service farmyard and people get stuck abroad or miss their holidays. Twas ever thus.
That's true though isn't it. Ever wondered what an iPhone would be like if it was made by our public sector? I imagine it would be like when nationalised British Leyland made cars that fell to bits.
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Funny isn't it. If there was an increased demand for a particular food because a TV chef had recommended it, that food would start appearing on supermarket shelves within 5 days, albeit at a premium price. When there's an increased demand for something produced by the public sector a sort of frenzied clucking starts all over the Civil Service farmyard and people get stuck abroad or miss their holidays. Twas ever thus.[/p][/quote]That's true though isn't it. Ever wondered what an iPhone would be like if it was made by our public sector? I imagine it would be like when nationalised British Leyland made cars that fell to bits. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: -22

5:58pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Llanmartinangel says...

altom23 wrote:
Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best!
With the fastest growing economy in the G7 the Tory government does indeed know best. Story from Reuters here:

http://uk.mobile.reu
ters.com/article/idU
KBREA2B0YZ20140312?i
rpc=932

Or would you prefer to be like France?
[quote][p][bold]altom23[/bold] wrote: Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best![/p][/quote]With the fastest growing economy in the G7 the Tory government does indeed know best. Story from Reuters here: http://uk.mobile.reu ters.com/article/idU KBREA2B0YZ20140312?i rpc=932 Or would you prefer to be like France? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: -17

5:58pm Thu 12 Jun 14

altom23 says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Funny isn't it. If there was an increased demand for a particular food because a TV chef had recommended it, that food would start appearing on supermarket shelves within 5 days, albeit at a premium price. When there's an increased demand for something produced by the public sector a sort of frenzied clucking starts all over the Civil Service farmyard and people get stuck abroad or miss their holidays. Twas ever thus.
That's true though isn't it. Ever wondered what an iPhone would be like if it was made by our public sector? I imagine it would be like when nationalised British Leyland made cars that fell to bits.
Sorry who has lost the thread here then????? We are discussing Passports / backlog / Newport
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Funny isn't it. If there was an increased demand for a particular food because a TV chef had recommended it, that food would start appearing on supermarket shelves within 5 days, albeit at a premium price. When there's an increased demand for something produced by the public sector a sort of frenzied clucking starts all over the Civil Service farmyard and people get stuck abroad or miss their holidays. Twas ever thus.[/p][/quote]That's true though isn't it. Ever wondered what an iPhone would be like if it was made by our public sector? I imagine it would be like when nationalised British Leyland made cars that fell to bits.[/p][/quote]Sorry who has lost the thread here then????? We are discussing Passports / backlog / Newport altom23
  • Score: 6

6:03pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

altom23 wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
Funny isn't it. If there was an increased demand for a particular food because a TV chef had recommended it, that food would start appearing on supermarket shelves within 5 days, albeit at a premium price. When there's an increased demand for something produced by the public sector a sort of frenzied clucking starts all over the Civil Service farmyard and people get stuck abroad or miss their holidays. Twas ever thus.
That's true though isn't it. Ever wondered what an iPhone would be like if it was made by our public sector? I imagine it would be like when nationalised British Leyland made cars that fell to bits.
Sorry who has lost the thread here then????? We are discussing Passports / backlog / Newport
Absolutely. We're not discussing the headline "Lidl runs out of cheese "Now, what's the difference between Lidl and the Home Office? 3 guesses if you like
[quote][p][bold]altom23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: Funny isn't it. If there was an increased demand for a particular food because a TV chef had recommended it, that food would start appearing on supermarket shelves within 5 days, albeit at a premium price. When there's an increased demand for something produced by the public sector a sort of frenzied clucking starts all over the Civil Service farmyard and people get stuck abroad or miss their holidays. Twas ever thus.[/p][/quote]That's true though isn't it. Ever wondered what an iPhone would be like if it was made by our public sector? I imagine it would be like when nationalised British Leyland made cars that fell to bits.[/p][/quote]Sorry who has lost the thread here then????? We are discussing Passports / backlog / Newport[/p][/quote]Absolutely. We're not discussing the headline "Lidl runs out of cheese "Now, what's the difference between Lidl and the Home Office? 3 guesses if you like Dai Rear
  • Score: -18

6:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Touch of the sun Dai? You need a long relaxing foreign holiday. Oppps forgot, your bestest mates, the Tories - have screwed up big time again!

Still, "staying home" is far more patriotic as we say in UKIP/Help for Zeros. - over a warm Watneys fun pack.
Touch of the sun Dai? You need a long relaxing foreign holiday. Oppps forgot, your bestest mates, the Tories - have screwed up big time again! Still, "staying home" is far more patriotic as we say in UKIP/Help for Zeros. - over a warm Watneys fun pack. KarloMarko
  • Score: 17

6:14pm Thu 12 Jun 14

topdog99 says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
altom23 wrote:
Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best!
With the fastest growing economy in the G7 the Tory government does indeed know best. Story from Reuters here:

http://uk.mobile.reu

ters.com/article/idU

KBREA2B0YZ20140312?i

rpc=932

Or would you prefer to be like France?
The UK is the only G7 Country where the Red Cross is providing Emergency Food Aid !!
No Roots, Principles or Values.

.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]altom23[/bold] wrote: Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best![/p][/quote]With the fastest growing economy in the G7 the Tory government does indeed know best. Story from Reuters here: http://uk.mobile.reu ters.com/article/idU KBREA2B0YZ20140312?i rpc=932 Or would you prefer to be like France?[/p][/quote]The UK is the only G7 Country where the Red Cross is providing Emergency Food Aid !! No Roots, Principles or Values. . topdog99
  • Score: 29

6:16pm Thu 12 Jun 14

topdog99 says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Touch of the sun Dai? You need a long relaxing foreign holiday. Oppps forgot, your bestest mates, the Tories - have screwed up big time again!

Still, "staying home" is far more patriotic as we say in UKIP/Help for Zeros. - over a warm Watneys fun pack.
Can you spare just £3 a month? please send me just £3 a month, and I will retire in Spain on just £78,000 a month, If I can get a passport that is.
please send me just £3
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Touch of the sun Dai? You need a long relaxing foreign holiday. Oppps forgot, your bestest mates, the Tories - have screwed up big time again! Still, "staying home" is far more patriotic as we say in UKIP/Help for Zeros. - over a warm Watneys fun pack.[/p][/quote]Can you spare just £3 a month? please send me just £3 a month, and I will retire in Spain on just £78,000 a month, If I can get a passport that is. please send me just £3 topdog99
  • Score: 16

7:06pm Thu 12 Jun 14

portman says...

The GOV. have cocked up end of.
The GOV. have cocked up end of. portman
  • Score: 8

7:48pm Thu 12 Jun 14

topdog99 says...

portman wrote:
The GOV. have cocked up end of.
Not end of!
because they didn’t just **** up they cost people their jobs and they will do it again and again and again trying to save money at the cost of decent wages and good service, U turn after U turn, then realising they were wrong on many of their cuts all along they will back peddle to where we were originally and then have the gall to claim they have fixed the problems! A huge cost to get back to square one.
[quote][p][bold]portman[/bold] wrote: The GOV. have cocked up end of.[/p][/quote]Not end of! because they didn’t just **** up they cost people their jobs and they will do it again and again and again trying to save money at the cost of decent wages and good service, U turn after U turn, then realising they were wrong on many of their cuts all along they will back peddle to where we were originally and then have the gall to claim they have fixed the problems! A huge cost to get back to square one. topdog99
  • Score: 26

8:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

anigel says...

Easy to blame the current government but you seem to have forget that it was the previous one that actually cost those job in the first place. Don't let those facts get in the way of your union propaganda though.
Easy to blame the current government but you seem to have forget that it was the previous one that actually cost those job in the first place. Don't let those facts get in the way of your union propaganda though. anigel
  • Score: -8

9:33pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Jonnytrouble says...

Jess your a Labour MP and most of Wales is Labour who follow Liebour lies from your leader ,like the Tories your all as bad as each other so im afraid your on another loser here like you tried last time to plead with this uncaring shower....
R.I.P Lib Dems too your finished when voting takes place next yr....
Jess your a Labour MP and most of Wales is Labour who follow Liebour lies from your leader ,like the Tories your all as bad as each other so im afraid your on another loser here like you tried last time to plead with this uncaring shower.... R.I.P Lib Dems too your finished when voting takes place next yr.... Jonnytrouble
  • Score: 0

10:09pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Llanmartinangel says...

topdog99 wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
altom23 wrote:
Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best!
With the fastest growing economy in the G7 the Tory government does indeed know best. Story from Reuters here:

http://uk.mobile.reu


ters.com/article/idU


KBREA2B0YZ20140312?i


rpc=932

Or would you prefer to be like France?
The UK is the only G7 Country where the Red Cross is providing Emergency Food Aid !!
No Roots, Principles or Values.

.
I wonder how many G7 countries would stump up an unlimited benefit payout to people who have never worked. Labour thought that was fine.
[quote][p][bold]topdog99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]altom23[/bold] wrote: Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best![/p][/quote]With the fastest growing economy in the G7 the Tory government does indeed know best. Story from Reuters here: http://uk.mobile.reu ters.com/article/idU KBREA2B0YZ20140312?i rpc=932 Or would you prefer to be like France?[/p][/quote]The UK is the only G7 Country where the Red Cross is providing Emergency Food Aid !! No Roots, Principles or Values. .[/p][/quote]I wonder how many G7 countries would stump up an unlimited benefit payout to people who have never worked. Labour thought that was fine. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: -13

11:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Llanmartinangel says...

The answer to the passport office problem is really easy. Move some of the 400 civil servants WAG took on last year into the Home Office, along with the people whose job it is to translate every piece of bureaucracy into Welsh, and they can all do something constructive. A nice change for them. WAG won't know they are gone, it'll still be the lumbering, ineffectual money furnace it is now, and people get their docs and get to go abroad on time. Simples.
The answer to the passport office problem is really easy. Move some of the 400 civil servants WAG took on last year into the Home Office, along with the people whose job it is to translate every piece of bureaucracy into Welsh, and they can all do something constructive. A nice change for them. WAG won't know they are gone, it'll still be the lumbering, ineffectual money furnace it is now, and people get their docs and get to go abroad on time. Simples. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: -13

1:37am Fri 13 Jun 14

Howie' says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
topdog99 wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
altom23 wrote:
Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best!
With the fastest growing economy in the G7 the Tory government does indeed know best. Story from Reuters here:

http://uk.mobile.reu



ters.com/article/idU



KBREA2B0YZ20140312?i



rpc=932

Or would you prefer to be like France?
The UK is the only G7 Country where the Red Cross is providing Emergency Food Aid !!
No Roots, Principles or Values.

.
I wonder how many G7 countries would stump up an unlimited benefit payout to people who have never worked. Labour thought that was fine.
A new report released Monday by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, showing that more working people are living in poverty, they state that in 2012, 18 per cent of working-age households were workless, but in only two per cent of households had nobody ever worked. More than half of adults in ‘never-worked’ households were under 25. Therefore, when Iain Duncan Smith told Owen Jones on Question Time last week, “I didn’t hear you screaming about two and a half million people who were parked, nobody saw them, for over 10 years, not working, no hope, no aspiration,” he was lying (Nothing new there, he's got form). Two per cent of the population is not two and a half million people, and under-25s cannot have been unemployed for more than 10 years.
The report, 'Monitoring poverty and social exclusion' , makes it clear that the proportion of ‘never-worked’ households has increased recently – most particularly since the current government came into power? – and is most likely a manifestation of high and rising young adult unemployment rather than a fixed number of people “parked” on the dole.
“The ‘low-pay, no-pay’ jobs market keeps millions in poverty and holds the economy back,” states the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report. “Work should always be a route out of poverty but it is not. Changing the benefits system will not solve problems such as in-work poverty, increasing underemployment and rising health inequalities.”

It states that 6.1 million working households are in poverty, so in-work poverty now exceeds workless poverty, which stands at 5.1 million households. That’s 11.2 million households – family groups – earning below 60 per cent of average income. Could that mean maybe a third of the total population is in poverty, due to current government policies?
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]topdog99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]altom23[/bold] wrote: Everyone told them what the outcome would be but the Tory Gov always knows best![/p][/quote]With the fastest growing economy in the G7 the Tory government does indeed know best. Story from Reuters here: http://uk.mobile.reu ters.com/article/idU KBREA2B0YZ20140312?i rpc=932 Or would you prefer to be like France?[/p][/quote]The UK is the only G7 Country where the Red Cross is providing Emergency Food Aid !! No Roots, Principles or Values. .[/p][/quote]I wonder how many G7 countries would stump up an unlimited benefit payout to people who have never worked. Labour thought that was fine.[/p][/quote]A new report released Monday by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, showing that more working people are living in poverty, they state that in 2012, 18 per cent of working-age households were workless, but in only two per cent of households had nobody ever worked. More than half of adults in ‘never-worked’ households were under 25. Therefore, when Iain Duncan Smith told Owen Jones on Question Time last week, “I didn’t hear you screaming about two and a half million people who were parked, nobody saw them, for over 10 years, not working, no hope, no aspiration,” he was lying (Nothing new there, he's got form). Two per cent of the population is not two and a half million people, and under-25s cannot have been unemployed for more than 10 years. The report, 'Monitoring poverty and social exclusion' , makes it clear that the proportion of ‘never-worked’ households has increased recently – most particularly since the current government came into power? – and is most likely a manifestation of high and rising young adult unemployment rather than a fixed number of people “parked” on the dole. “The ‘low-pay, no-pay’ jobs market keeps millions in poverty and holds the economy back,” states the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report. “Work should always be a route out of poverty but it is not. Changing the benefits system will not solve problems such as in-work poverty, increasing underemployment and rising health inequalities.” It states that 6.1 million working households are in poverty, so in-work poverty now exceeds workless poverty, which stands at 5.1 million households. That’s 11.2 million households – family groups – earning below 60 per cent of average income. Could that mean maybe a third of the total population is in poverty, due to current government policies? Howie'
  • Score: 15

5:25am Fri 13 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

"It states that 6.1 million working households are in poverty, so in-work poverty now exceeds workless poverty, which stands at 5.1 million households. That’s 11.2 million households – family groups – earning below 60 per cent of average income. Could that mean maybe a third of the total population is in poverty, due to current government policies?"
No-the whole of it, because I have decided to define the word "poverty" (which actually has a meaning-ask people in Sudan, Bangladesh, rural China, they'll soon tell you) as being 60% of the median income of residents of Rodeo Drive Beverley Hills .Pretty impressive eh? Cameron has taken the prosperous country bequeathed to him by the wonderful Brown/Balls and turned it into sub-Saharan Africa. And he's another year, almost to go. Nuclear Armageddon? Yes, according to those unbiased folks at Rowntree.
"It states that 6.1 million working households are in poverty, so in-work poverty now exceeds workless poverty, which stands at 5.1 million households. That’s 11.2 million households – family groups – earning below 60 per cent of average income. Could that mean maybe a third of the total population is in poverty, due to current government policies?" No-the whole of it, because I have decided to define the word "poverty" (which actually has a meaning-ask people in Sudan, Bangladesh, rural China, they'll soon tell you) as being 60% of the median income of residents of Rodeo Drive Beverley Hills .Pretty impressive eh? Cameron has taken the prosperous country bequeathed to him by the wonderful Brown/Balls and turned it into sub-Saharan Africa. And he's another year, almost to go. Nuclear Armageddon? Yes, according to those unbiased folks at Rowntree. Dai Rear
  • Score: -19

9:46am Fri 13 Jun 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this.

Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen.

Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer.

There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well!
Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this. Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen. Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer. There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well! BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: 18

9:57am Fri 13 Jun 14

Good Job No Kids says...

All the huffing and puffing about cutbacks etc. Newport passport office has had issues with backlogs going back 15 years. I remember being in school with people who got work there on £15p/h plus to help deal with the backlogs.

The people whinging see no problem with applying for a passport 6 weeks before they go away. Why not do it six months before and then the offices wouldn't have a big surge of applications every spring?
All the huffing and puffing about cutbacks etc. Newport passport office has had issues with backlogs going back 15 years. I remember being in school with people who got work there on £15p/h plus to help deal with the backlogs. The people whinging see no problem with applying for a passport 6 weeks before they go away. Why not do it six months before and then the offices wouldn't have a big surge of applications every spring? Good Job No Kids
  • Score: -6

10:20am Fri 13 Jun 14

Dai Rear says...

BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this.

Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen.

Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer.

There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well!
Was it only 4 years ago that this country was an earthly paradise? Oh indeed. Who needed to worry about passports then? "All are welcome, especially non-English speakers" was the sign over the gate at Heathrow. What was the POINT of passports in those halcyon days?
Never fear Little BCF your heroes (and the torrent of immigrants) will be back next May.
[quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this. Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen. Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer. There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well![/p][/quote]Was it only 4 years ago that this country was an earthly paradise? Oh indeed. Who needed to worry about passports then? "All are welcome, especially non-English speakers" was the sign over the gate at Heathrow. What was the POINT of passports in those halcyon days? Never fear Little BCF your heroes (and the torrent of immigrants) will be back next May. Dai Rear
  • Score: -10

1:59pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Explainitplease says...

I can't believe anyone actually believed the 6 week lead time for a new passport.
Mind you I can't understand people who book a holiday without finding their passport, and checking the date.
I can't believe anyone actually believed the 6 week lead time for a new passport. Mind you I can't understand people who book a holiday without finding their passport, and checking the date. Explainitplease
  • Score: 0

3:49pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Newportg says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
The answer to the passport office problem is really easy. Move some of the 400 civil servants WAG took on last year into the Home Office, along with the people whose job it is to translate every piece of bureaucracy into Welsh, and they can all do something constructive. A nice change for them. WAG won't know they are gone, it'll still be the lumbering, ineffectual money furnace it is now, and people get their docs and get to go abroad on time. Simples.
Better still, this incompetent shower at Westminster should not have closed the Newport office down in the first place
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: The answer to the passport office problem is really easy. Move some of the 400 civil servants WAG took on last year into the Home Office, along with the people whose job it is to translate every piece of bureaucracy into Welsh, and they can all do something constructive. A nice change for them. WAG won't know they are gone, it'll still be the lumbering, ineffectual money furnace it is now, and people get their docs and get to go abroad on time. Simples.[/p][/quote]Better still, this incompetent shower at Westminster should not have closed the Newport office down in the first place Newportg
  • Score: 10

4:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

MERoden says...

Newportg - I completely agree with you. Actually, I agree with all of you here. Everything you said here is true. The Home Office Secretary should NEVER have closed down the Newport office. That was actually the best performing passport office. They should re-open the Newport office as a full passport processing centre like it was originally. Only then, will the backlog start to clear.
Newportg - I completely agree with you. Actually, I agree with all of you here. Everything you said here is true. The Home Office Secretary should NEVER have closed down the Newport office. That was actually the best performing passport office. They should re-open the Newport office as a full passport processing centre like it was originally. Only then, will the backlog start to clear. MERoden
  • Score: 8

5:06pm Fri 13 Jun 14

james peterson says...

What is the problem with the back log???? they are all fake applications anyway. labour says there is a cost of living crisis, so nobody can afford to go on holiday. ;-)
What is the problem with the back log???? they are all fake applications anyway. labour says there is a cost of living crisis, so nobody can afford to go on holiday. ;-) james peterson
  • Score: -5

5:25pm Fri 13 Jun 14

james peterson says...

james peterson wrote:
What is the problem with the back log???? they are all fake applications anyway. labour says there is a cost of living crisis, so nobody can afford to go on holiday. ;-)
If they are not fake they must be from the rich who are not facing a cost of living crisis so the tories are not doing a good job of looking after them.
[quote][p][bold]james peterson[/bold] wrote: What is the problem with the back log???? they are all fake applications anyway. labour says there is a cost of living crisis, so nobody can afford to go on holiday. ;-)[/p][/quote]If they are not fake they must be from the rich who are not facing a cost of living crisis so the tories are not doing a good job of looking after them. james peterson
  • Score: 0

12:42am Sat 14 Jun 14

Howie' says...

Dai Rear wrote:
BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this.

Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen.

Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer.

There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well!
Was it only 4 years ago that this country was an earthly paradise? Oh indeed. Who needed to worry about passports then? "All are welcome, especially non-English speakers" was the sign over the gate at Heathrow. What was the POINT of passports in those halcyon days?
Never fear Little BCF your heroes (and the torrent of immigrants) will be back next May.
Keep taking the pills Dai, they may work one day but some how I doubt it!
[quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this. Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen. Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer. There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well![/p][/quote]Was it only 4 years ago that this country was an earthly paradise? Oh indeed. Who needed to worry about passports then? "All are welcome, especially non-English speakers" was the sign over the gate at Heathrow. What was the POINT of passports in those halcyon days? Never fear Little BCF your heroes (and the torrent of immigrants) will be back next May.[/p][/quote]Keep taking the pills Dai, they may work one day but some how I doubt it! Howie'
  • Score: 1

10:43am Sat 14 Jun 14

Newport Incompetence says...

Newport do not provide a good service an are of a degree of incompetence of the highest level.. They have lost my sons 1st adult application, after he has had the interview and told us to apply again!

He goes on holiday in 3 weeks.

This is nothing to do with cuts. This is pure incompetence.

Who said that they provide a good service? Absolute disgrace. Maybe when they halved the service, they cut the wrong half!
Newport do not provide a good service an are of a degree of incompetence of the highest level.. They have lost my sons 1st adult application, after he has had the interview and told us to apply again! He goes on holiday in 3 weeks. This is nothing to do with cuts. This is pure incompetence. Who said that they provide a good service? Absolute disgrace. Maybe when they halved the service, they cut the wrong half! Newport Incompetence
  • Score: -3

2:30pm Sat 14 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Howie' wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this.

Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen.

Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer.

There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well!
Was it only 4 years ago that this country was an earthly paradise? Oh indeed. Who needed to worry about passports then? "All are welcome, especially non-English speakers" was the sign over the gate at Heathrow. What was the POINT of passports in those halcyon days?
Never fear Little BCF your heroes (and the torrent of immigrants) will be back next May.
Keep taking the pills Dai, they may work one day but some how I doubt it!
Right there Howie, your medication didn't work for you either, you still think your British....
[quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this. Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen. Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer. There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well![/p][/quote]Was it only 4 years ago that this country was an earthly paradise? Oh indeed. Who needed to worry about passports then? "All are welcome, especially non-English speakers" was the sign over the gate at Heathrow. What was the POINT of passports in those halcyon days? Never fear Little BCF your heroes (and the torrent of immigrants) will be back next May.[/p][/quote]Keep taking the pills Dai, they may work one day but some how I doubt it![/p][/quote]Right there Howie, your medication didn't work for you either, you still think your British.... welshmen
  • Score: -2

4:30pm Sat 14 Jun 14

Furface says...

I applied for my twins passports on 23rd May by using the check and send facility at Cwmbran Post Office. I received a text a week later advising me they had received my applications and it would take 3 weeks and both passports turned up today - 3 weeks later. Bearing in mind they are brand new passports and not renewals for which they advise a 6 week turnaround, I appear to be within the 97% of those successfully receiving their passports within three weeks. I also received a text three days ago advising me they were being dispatched.
I applied for my twins passports on 23rd May by using the check and send facility at Cwmbran Post Office. I received a text a week later advising me they had received my applications and it would take 3 weeks and both passports turned up today - 3 weeks later. Bearing in mind they are brand new passports and not renewals for which they advise a 6 week turnaround, I appear to be within the 97% of those successfully receiving their passports within three weeks. I also received a text three days ago advising me they were being dispatched. Furface
  • Score: 0

12:36am Mon 16 Jun 14

Howie' says...

welshmen wrote:
Howie' wrote:
Dai Rear wrote:
BassalegCountyFan wrote:
Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this.

Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen.

Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer.

There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well!
Was it only 4 years ago that this country was an earthly paradise? Oh indeed. Who needed to worry about passports then? "All are welcome, especially non-English speakers" was the sign over the gate at Heathrow. What was the POINT of passports in those halcyon days?
Never fear Little BCF your heroes (and the torrent of immigrants) will be back next May.
Keep taking the pills Dai, they may work one day but some how I doubt it!
Right there Howie, your medication didn't work for you either, you still think your British....
That's what my birth certificate says welshmen but maybe you know better although I have spent possibly more than half my life living abroad amongst people that I respect and you don't understand.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Howie'[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dai Rear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BassalegCountyFan[/bold] wrote: Well done to Ms Morden and Mr Flynn for raising this. Staff, unions and local representatives warned at the time about the potential impact of cuts to the passport office in Newport, and they were sadly ignored by the tories. Now we are seeing the consequences of this government's stubborn unwillingness to listen. Theresa May gave a shockingly arrogant display yesterday - refusing to acknowledge Ms Morden and Mr Flynn's questions on the impact of cuts to the Passport office, and flatly refusing to apologise for inconvenience caused to British families this summer. There was a brilliant phrase used yesterday to describe the condem government: an 'ineptocracy'. Sums it up pretty well![/p][/quote]Was it only 4 years ago that this country was an earthly paradise? Oh indeed. Who needed to worry about passports then? "All are welcome, especially non-English speakers" was the sign over the gate at Heathrow. What was the POINT of passports in those halcyon days? Never fear Little BCF your heroes (and the torrent of immigrants) will be back next May.[/p][/quote]Keep taking the pills Dai, they may work one day but some how I doubt it![/p][/quote]Right there Howie, your medication didn't work for you either, you still think your British....[/p][/quote]That's what my birth certificate says welshmen but maybe you know better although I have spent possibly more than half my life living abroad amongst people that I respect and you don't understand. Howie'
  • Score: 2

3:08pm Mon 16 Jun 14

welshmen says...

What's stopping you going back to live where you were most happy..

You say... I have spent possibly more than half my life living abroad amongst people that I respect and you don't understand....

.I say " I spent all my working life in this Country" paying my NI and taxes. also my employees paid NI and taxes to this Country, supporting our Armed forces in this Country, bringing my Children up in this Country, and respecting my fellow Britain's who live here and not the masses that you enjoy coming here for free,you only spent half of your working life here, well well, so you haven't contributed enough NI stamp's for a full British pension or the free benefits towards your foreign friends you must have around you, that kind of makes you feel at home/work, as you said some time ago you had retired so your thankful our people worked all their working lives for you to enjoy something for nothing same as your foreign mates....
What's stopping you going back to live where you were most happy.. You say... I have spent possibly more than half my life living abroad amongst people that I respect and you don't understand.... .I say " I spent all my working life in this Country" paying my NI and taxes. also my employees paid NI and taxes to this Country, supporting our Armed forces in this Country, bringing my Children up in this Country, and respecting my fellow Britain's who live here and not the masses that you enjoy coming here for free,you only spent half of your working life here, well well, so you haven't contributed enough NI stamp's for a full British pension or the free benefits towards your foreign friends you must have around you, that kind of makes you feel at home/work, as you said some time ago you had retired so your thankful our people worked all their working lives for you to enjoy something for nothing same as your foreign mates.... welshmen
  • Score: -2

8:49pm Mon 16 Jun 14

herdygerdy says...

4 weeks now and still waiting for one new child passport and two child renewals .....they have gone to Liverpool for processing! I did try again today to chase them up but the woman replied with she will track and trace them and get back to me :( So much for child new and renewals only taking 3 weeks - my bank account was debited within 3 days of me posting the applications though x
4 weeks now and still waiting for one new child passport and two child renewals .....they have gone to Liverpool for processing! I did try again today to chase them up but the woman replied with she will track and trace them and get back to me :( So much for child new and renewals only taking 3 weeks - my bank account was debited within 3 days of me posting the applications though x herdygerdy
  • Score: 2

9:36pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Howie' says...

welshmen wrote:
What's stopping you going back to live where you were most happy..

You say... I have spent possibly more than half my life living abroad amongst people that I respect and you don't understand....

.I say " I spent all my working life in this Country" paying my NI and taxes. also my employees paid NI and taxes to this Country, supporting our Armed forces in this Country, bringing my Children up in this Country, and respecting my fellow Britain's who live here and not the masses that you enjoy coming here for free,you only spent half of your working life here, well well, so you haven't contributed enough NI stamp's for a full British pension or the free benefits towards your foreign friends you must have around you, that kind of makes you feel at home/work, as you said some time ago you had retired so your thankful our people worked all their working lives for you to enjoy something for nothing same as your foreign mates....
Wrong again welshmen, I will get a full state pension at 66.
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: What's stopping you going back to live where you were most happy.. You say... I have spent possibly more than half my life living abroad amongst people that I respect and you don't understand.... .I say " I spent all my working life in this Country" paying my NI and taxes. also my employees paid NI and taxes to this Country, supporting our Armed forces in this Country, bringing my Children up in this Country, and respecting my fellow Britain's who live here and not the masses that you enjoy coming here for free,you only spent half of your working life here, well well, so you haven't contributed enough NI stamp's for a full British pension or the free benefits towards your foreign friends you must have around you, that kind of makes you feel at home/work, as you said some time ago you had retired so your thankful our people worked all their working lives for you to enjoy something for nothing same as your foreign mates....[/p][/quote]Wrong again welshmen, I will get a full state pension at 66. Howie'
  • Score: 3

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