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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Which? — Consumers Association — and punitive welfare reform

An open letter by Dude Swheatie of Kwug to Which? — Consumers Association

I post the below here because I believe the Terms & Conditions of use for the email contact form on your website rules out any content critical of yourselves.(1) (2)

As a Glasgow law professor has stated, benefit sanctions constitute Britain's secret penal system.(3)

Benefit sanctions are more widespread than fines from the cout system and applied without means-testing or even a fair trial or the cognisance of the person sanctioned, as that article reveals. Yet it seems to me that Which? website shares the Conservative Government's values rather than a Human Rights Act approach when it comes to the state benefits entitlements of poorer people. (4)

And I suggest that you also consider how Which?'s apparent disregard for the interests of poor people is perverting the course of British justice. Regarding the privatisation of British justice, I direct you to Ecologist article A 'poll tax' for English justice - subjecting the poor to 'trial by ordeal'.

Is the Consumers Association so geared to the privatisation of services that it does not care for those who are vulnerable enough economically to be desperate for information, advice and guidance that would help them assert their rights as citizens?


(1) http://www.which.co.uk/terms-and-conditions/user-generated-content/

(2) http://www.which.co.uk/about-which/contact-us/email/

(3) http://www.crimeandjustice.org.uk/resources/benefit-sanctions-britains-secret-penal-system

(4) http://search.which.co.uk/search?w=%22welfare+reform%22&asug=&mainresult=mainresult%3Ayes&intcmp=GNH-Search

(5) http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2919243/a_poll_tax_for_english_justice_subjecting_the_poor_to_trial_by_ordeal.html


  1. You are aware that "Which?" Magazine is currently run by Matthew Oakley, the former Welfare Reform advisor from Policy Exchange who is currently boosting his daily wage with a second job on the Social Services Advisory Committee? That's right, the one who wrote last year's Oakley Report on DWP Sanctions and Service Delivery...

  2. Thanks, Nic!

    I did not know that but am not in the least bit surprised.

    I am, however, more determined that should I ever receive a few spare £m, I would 'splash out' for a period to give our causes as much TV publicity as Which? gets to boost the illusion that it supports an empowered society.