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How Many Real Katies Will The DWP Create? #IDanielBlake

October 28, 2016

Last night, I watched I, Daniel Blake. I realised a few things while watching it. I like to think that I am a successful writer. I like to think that Same Difference is a successful blog.

But as the movie began with Daniel Blake’s ESA assessment, I began to recall previous posts I’ve written here. Posts about pointless questions that claimants have been asked at Work Capability Assessments they should never have had to attend. I realised that my readers are Daniel Blake. I realised how easily I could be Daniel Blake, too.

The character I really related to in Ken Loach’s documentary, however, was not Daniel Blake, brilliantly played as he was by Dave Johns. It was his friend Katie, a young single mother he meets at the JobCentre. Hayley Squires’ character has recently moved to Newcastle from London.

Readers, I am Katie. I am a young woman from London. My mother is older than Katie, but she could easily be her.  And as I watched Daniel Blake go through pointless jobsearches, be forced to apply for JSA while he waited to appeal his unsuccessful WCA result, and build a friendship with Katie and her two young children, I wondered how many real Katies the DWP will create.

I watched Katie eat an apple for dinner while feeding her children and her new friend, Daniel Blake, the food she had prepared. And I realised my mother would do exactly the same thing, if ever she had to. I watched Katie break down in tears from extreme hunger in the middle of a food bank, while opening a tin and desperately trying to eat its contents in secret. I’ve often teased my mum for eating her shopping- but that scene made me grateful that we have those conversations in supermarkets, not food banks.

I watched Katie shoplift for the first time in her life because she couldn’t afford everything she needed from the supermarket. But when Katie turned to prostitution to ‘buy the kids fresh fruit,’ that was when I started wondering how many real Katies the DWP will create.

I realised that I have written here in the past about many Daniel Blakes. Too many to mention, or even start linking to. I thanked goodness that I have never, yet, written about a Katie- a female claimant forced to turn to prostitution to give her kids the life she wants for them. But I realised how easily I could write about a Katie.

I can’t help wondering if the DWP has already created any real Katies. I can’t help wondering how many more real Katies the DWP will create.

Those Katies will all  want what my mother wants- the best for their children. They will all turn to prostitution as a last resort. I only hope that all those Katies will meet a Daniel Blake at the JobCentre- someone who will help them even when they are forced to turn to that last resort.

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  1. October 28, 2016 2:12 pm

    >someone who will help them
    >even when they are forced to turn to that last resort.

    Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria –
    Vera Baird (Labour)

    Newcastle City Council (Labour)
    Report suspected adult abuse –
    Child protection –

    Newcastle Members of Parliament (all Labour)
    Chi Onwurah MP – Nicholas Brown MP – Catherine McKinnell MP

    Is there any mention in this movie about Atos/Unisons bitch Jeremy Corbyn and his gang of Wilfully Neglectful blind eye turning criminal abusers not doing their jobs?

    Hell no,
    Rich Ken Loach is just another sicko Corbyn c**ksucker –

    Labour criminals are just as guilty as Conservative(and the rest) criminals…
    No mention of that in this BS political propaganda film.

  2. October 29, 2016 4:54 am

    I, Daniel FAKE

    If you would like to contact the DWP’s Atos/Maximus/capita criminals
    To ask them why they aren’t in prison yet…
    You could do it via their union Unison –

    Northumbria Police Branch of UNISON –

    UNISON Northumbria Police Branch
    Human Resources Department, Block 42
    North Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE20 0BL
    Phone: 07795207986


    Newcastle City Council Branch –

    UNISON Office
    Room 145
    Civic Centre
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 8QH
    Phone: 0191 211 6980/6981


    Newcastle NHS –

    UNISON Office – Room 141 Level 2
    Freeman Hospital
    Freeman Road
    High Heaton
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE7 7DN
    Phone: 0191 2231373


    And if you would like to get some advice about all of the DWPs Crime and Vulnerable Adult Abuse
    and Police/Council/NHS Criminal Corruption…

    Then you could try –

    Citizens Advice Newcastle –

    As they state on their home page –
    “providing free, confidential, INDEPENDENT and IMPARTIAL advice”

    Oh… But wait…

    Citizens Advice Newcastle – Charity Commission accounts,

    Click to access 0001135396_AC_20150331_E_C.pdf

    Page 19 –
    states that Citizens Advice Newcastle is getting just over £260,000
    A Quarter Of A Million Pounds Per Year
    From – The Wilfully Neglectful blind eye turning Atos loving Unison owned criminals running Newcastle Council. (Labour)


    Perverting The Course of Justice –

    The Bribery Act 2010 –

    Fraud Act 2006 –

    Serious Crime Act 2007 –
    Encouraging or Assisting Crime –

    Accessories and Abettors Act 1861 –

    Assisting an Offender – section 4(1) Criminal Law Act 1967 –

    Misconduct in Public Office –

    Care Act 2014 –
    Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –

    Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care worker offence –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care provider offence –

    Any of that in Kock Roachs’ – I, Daniel Fake?

  3. October 29, 2016 5:36 am

    >But I realised how easily I could write about a Katie.
    You mean a *real* one?
    Go on then…
    Remember… you spell it –
    W.h.e.r.e. a.r.e. t.h.e. P.o.l.i.c.e.?


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