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Tories to Make Things Worse for Unemployed.

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Update (Monday).

People on employment support allowance who are deemed fit to work would be put on the jobseeker’s allowance, reducing their benefits by £25 a week. Work ‘experience’  and ‘training’ to be compulsory after 6 months. The core elements of the Tory package involve putting everyone on a single out-of-work benefit, including the stock of 2.6m incapacity benefit claimants and lone parents. The back-to-work programme will largely be run by voluntary groups and private sector companies.

I woke up – briefly – around five-thirty this morning. Put the radio on (Radio Five I think). Some woman from (guess it!)…A4e. Haven’t heard anyone so thick. And such a  goody-two-shoes. Unable to get simple questions. Interviewer asked if there was a subsidy to take on the unemployed employers might get rid of existing workers to have the extra money. She failed to understand this. Replied about what a  wonderful job her company was doing.

These are the people who are going to Get Britain Working!

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The media today (written Sunday) is full of David Cameron’s plans to Get Britain Working.

He plans to abolish the New Deal (in its various forms) for the Unemployed.

Good.

But what will they put in its place? And who is behind the schemes?

Details are sketchy (we will update them as they are revealed), but this (here) is worth noting. The policy is called,

Get Britain Working” – which will see sweeping changes to policy across whole swathes of Whitehall in an attempt to “unleash investment and entrepreneurial activity that helps create more jobs”.

That is, the usual guff.

But wait..Who is the Shadow (unelected) Chap in Charge?

Mr Cameron’s article puts wholesale reform of Britain’s welfare system at heart of his drive for jobs – masterminded by Lord (David) Freud, the welfare expert who “defected” from advising the government to become a Tory shadow minister earlier this year.

David Baron Freud’s ‘expertise’ on welfare is nill. What has he done in his life? Well, he was a public schoolboy. He went to Oxford. Worked at the Financial Times. He then swanned around advising on financial deals, pilfering and making a mess of things.

 

To start with, what is his experience in life? Sketch here.

“His involvement in raising £50bn ($72bn) during some of the biggest deals of the 1980s and 1990s made him a wealthy man – yet he continues to cycle to work, swim regularly in Hampstead Heath’s ponds and conduct his business in functional off-the-peg suits.”

Mistakes he has made in his career include (here), 

He moved into advising companies, and was involved in piecing together extremely complex deals such as the flotations of Eurotunnel and EuroDisney, which cost investors millions, and the financing of the Channel Tunnel rail link. Eurotunnel opened in May 1994 one year behind schedule and £2bn ($2.9bn) over budget. Sir David later admitted the deal was a “shambles” and that he had “successfully sold the market a pup”.But his chutzpah meant his career was not held back.Hauled before furious MPs to explain the mispricing of Railtrack, he was subsequently appointed an advisor to the government on its successor, Network Rail.

As a an adviser to the Labour Government Freud was responsible for introducing the principle of Workfare and the Flexible New Deal. Now he has ratted and joined the Tories we can be sure he will have had an even freer hand. Expect loads of money for the usual suspects (A4E etc) to ‘train’ the workless, and a programme of workfare. That will be as a futile, demeaning, pointless, costly, as anyone can imagine. And do absolutely nothing to deal with mass unemployment.

 

Watching A4E gives some more information on this depressing, tyrannical, absurd, scheme (here).

Welcome to the Baron in charge of Creating Social Exclusion.

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Written by Andrew Coates

October 4, 2009 at 9:39 am

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  1. […] Cross-posted from Ipswich Unemployed Action. […]

  2. training for what?.there seems to be a lot of talk and nothing delivered,except more personal abuse to the unemployed.

    it sounds much the same as the present new deal with different branding and much the same cost,and a heavy bet by the same people.

    even those that have found “employment” i have known through new deal/programs are out of work again,its the conservatives that brought in the labour workforce legislation and made the disposal of the workforce easy,with hire and fire credit driven boom bust in place unemployment is a major offshoot of these political ideas and will continue to be a real problem.

    in the mid eighties the conservatives actually cut rates of the then supplementary benefit and it can be expected the already miserly minimum wage will come under pressure,this is readily exploited by some employment agencies expecting a lot while delivering little in return.”gangmasters” term would not be unjust.

    poor pay breeds poor unmotivated staff and leads to poor companies that implode from within.

    ken

    October 4, 2009 at 6:31 pm

  3. The long term plans, more hidden from view, will include the unemployed being herded into working for their current benefits in order to prop up private sector. more extreme theories include work camps. This is a more sinister conspiracy theory which I think would only transpire in the event of large scale social unrest as unemployment and crime possibly increases. We are definitely in for some tough time. But desperate times call for desperate measures. I do not think everything the Tories want to do is negative. There are many people who abuse the system. There are generations of families on social housng estates who have never worked. They would feel so much better about themselves if they even worked a couple of days a week in volunteering. We all need something to do. I remember when I was young and unemployed hearing Norman Tebbitt saying get on your bike and get work. I did and I have never looked back. If the Tories use the new profiling system they are planning to bring in then hopefully they match people with things that actually interest them. That is the key. No one wants to do work that doesn’t inspire and engage them afterall. If they can get that right then I do not see what the problem is with being told to work as a volunteer for two or three days a week for ones benefits if one is able bodied.

    Tim

    November 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    • But to solve the problem you need to research the problem. We can see the problem exists but how badly?

      Neither Labour or Conservatives do this… they just working on a solution to scroungers and applying it to everyone unemployed… and when I say unemployed I also mean those newly unemployed too…

      Flexible New Deal

      November 15, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    • Tim.

      You say in your last paragraph. ‘To work as a volunteer’.
      Please take into account that these people could well find themselves being put alongside those on the community payback scheme. INNOCENT will be tarred with the GUILTY. Also will these workers be replacing those laid off from council and state funded jobs. Not a good move

      Philip

      October 30, 2010 at 12:19 pm

      • Phillip, this has been going on since they created the New Deal scheme.

        A gang of the unemployed worked next to a group of Hosley Bay prisoners in the Museum of East Anglian Life.

        Both are being ‘rehabilitated’.

        I have worked alongside prisoners on day-release, from Hosley

        As equals, our aim is to get some skills updated, and a reference. Not a bad thing as such.

        Where it gets hairy is when people on the New Deal are forced into doing ‘volunteering’ for Charity schemes where they are doing exactly the same as people in the same place doing the same work who are said to ‘paying back’ their debts to society.

        So the out-of-work have commited a crime and must pay.

        Andrew Coates

        October 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm

  4. I watched a programme quite recently on channel 4. It was showing how this government and some of its officials were swindinling tax out of the system by simply avoiding. I thought Mr Osbourne POT and kettle.

    Kyron

    October 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm


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