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Mr Fletcher has replied

Barry "Sloping Shoulders" Fletcher

Mr Fletcher has no comment on the operation of the company for whose operation he is ultimately responsible

No, of course he hasn’t. He’s had his secretary send a letter announcing his attention to pass the buck to a minion.

Tories are not interested in value for the taxpayer in the slightest, what they are interested in is allowing their corporate chums to extract as much profit from every aspect of human existence as possible.

Thomas G.Clark

Keep your fat nose in the trough as long as you can, Barry. But, of course, you don’t need advice from me on that.

An open letter to Barry Fletcher, COO Ingeus UK

Barry Fletcher
Chief Operating Officer
Ingeus UK
Fourth Floor
66 Prescot Street
E1 8HG
Dear Mr Fletcher

I was a participant in the DWP Work Programme, in my case delivered by Ingeus in Gateshead. It was no surprise to me that the end of my programme in October 2014 went without notice or comment from your company but I have just come across the original brochure given to me at the outset of the programme and, given that your company has no doubt reported its success in my case and pocketed the resultant fee, was wondering if you would find the time to answer a few questions on your real performance.

A short time after beginning the programme in October 2012 my advisor made me aware of an opportunity to develop websites for at least ten existing Ingeus clients who were setting up in self-employment; with a further 2-4+ a month  needing the same service across the northeast.

With this ‘guaranteed’ client stream I was persuaded to embark on self-employment.

The ten existing clients eventually materialised into four over a period of as many months, with an occasional new client every 2 months or so.

In January 2014 my advisor left Ingeus and I was told to work with the advisor in North Shields. At the same time I was chasing an overdue invoice with Ingeus for work completed. Repeated attempts to contact Ingeus about payment were met with silence; eventually I received a response and payment when I lodged a claim in county court.

Since January 2014 I have heard nothing from an Ingeus advisor.

At the outset of my programme I was assured of in-house help and possibly therapy for my mental health problems. This amounted to giving me the contact details for the mental health team at Gateshead NHS.

Advice and training on self-employment comprised a phone number to call for Working Tax Credits and a scribbled list of networking groups.

With the above in mind I wonder how you feel my treatment addresses your ‘Customer Pledge:’

  • A flexible service that is convenient and accessible
  • A personalised package of support that is tailored to your needs
  • A professional Careers Academy and support to help you develop and progress in work
  • Priority access to exclusive job vacancies and job market information
  • Respect at all times and support to be active in setting your own goals

In particular could you address the promises you made to

  • Keep in regular contact with you
  • Ensure you can easily contact us
  • Give you access to the tools and information you need
  • Encourage and act on your feedback or complaints
  • Protect your personal information
  • Provide you with equality of opportunity
  • Focus on your safety and welfare

I await your reply, in the mean time you may inform your Gateshead office that this is the closing review on my programme that they never held.

Take That Take That

Take That Take That


Something else I don’t get. So these boys have dropped £25,000,000 into this scheme to avoid paying some unspecified amount of tax.

Surely the tax bill can’t exceed the loss they’re claiming on this scheme?

Unless, of course, someone is lying about the size of that loss and the TT boys’ ‘investment.’ But that can’t be the case or they’d be facing fraud charges as well as a big tax bill.

The thought that these grinning buffoons must have trousered hundreds of millions on the back of 1.5 decent songs and a tide of teenage hormones depresses me.

Hey Hey We’re The Monkees


I don’t get this. Are we supposed to believe that this smartphone is being designed and built by this sextet of integrated wacky hipster froods in their groovy downtown Guangzhou pad?

Screenshot 2014-05-10 21.33.56


Whichever of you is the geeky software genius (I’m guessing it’s Justin Bieberski on the right), if this photo was taken with your new phone please do something about the colour balance.

Old boots

Old boots

How is it that you can know where something is, go straight there and not find what you’re looking for until the fifth time and two weeks of searching the rest of the house?

Welcome back, old friends, wherever you’ve been.

Not the droid you’re looking for

This arrived this morning, I recognised the envelope — standard issue, Gateshead Council Finance — so I opened it without checking the label.

A letter from Gateshead Council

It’s a cheque for £1400 that they were supposed to send direct to my landlord’s agents in Crawcrook.

But if I’d read the address before opening I wouldn’t be allowed to open it — it’s not addressed to me despite having my address — and now I’m not allowed to walk to Crawcrook and give it to the right people. I have to return it to GMBC.

Deja Vu

Yes, I’ve seen this film before and it’s shite. But what’s baffled me: opening scene, ferry full of people and cars, bomb explodes, huge fireball, people throw themselves in water, then, apparently, cars start throwing themselves in too.


UK 2p coin

“…it’s only £20 a month, just coppers really.” The speaker was a very well-dressed lady of an age well beyond economic activity.

My first thought, “yes, it’s ‘just’ 1000 2p’s or 2000 pennies.” Then I got to wondering what someone living on $1 a day or less would feel about this.

12 years ago I worked for a small company in Ali G country that made a box for generating billing information from PBXes. One day our salesman came in and told us how he’d just met a guy with the secret of making millions: come up with a service — his was international telephone calling cards — that people think will be indispensable, charge them £15 a month and after a couple of months 90+% of people have stopped using the service but don’t notice the £15 on their bank statement any more.

Seems it’s £20 a month now, even for pensioners.