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Youth Unemployment Scheme. Huh?

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The BBC Reports,

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says a £1bn plan to provide subsidised work and training placements will “provide hope” to thousands of young people.

The youth contract scheme will give employers subsidies worth £2,275 to take on 160,000 18-to 24-year-olds, for six months, over three years.

Youth unemployment hit 1.02 million in the three months to September.

Labour questioned how it would be funded, following reports that working tax credits were to be squeezed.

Asked about the reports on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Clegg said the initiative would not be paid for by one single tax or spending measure.

He confirmed the government was considering a “number of savings” – likely to be announced by Chancellor George Osborne when he gives an update on the state of the economy in his Autumn Statement on Tuesday.

The Daily Mirror carries this comment, ”

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Burn said: “You couldn’t make it up. They are now proposing to cut working families’ tax credits to pay for a back to work scheme.”

We say:

Watch out for the “number of savings” – much worse than that.

And what about, btw, the scandal of young people working for Poundland etc for their dole on existing Placement schemes?

We wonder if this bonanza, announced by Nice Mr Clegg, will not go in this direction.


Written by Andrew Coates

November 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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  1. On 30th November get out and show your support for the SCUM DWP in their fight for even fatter salaries and bigger pensions.

    M. Serwotka

    PCS (SCUM)

    November 27, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    • Sorry mate, too weak and cold to go any any march. Your mates in the DWP stopped all me benefits and am left on the streets starving with no money.

      Homeless n Hungry

      November 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    • Too right, mate… it is imperative that those poor unfortunates who have been left without the basic means for survival show their support for the greedy, want-for-nothing, mollycoddled DWP SCUM members who deprived them of food and shelter.

      P. Kenny

      GMB (POS)

      November 28, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    • The idea that working at Poundland/Tesco etc for £2 an hour is a positive experience is beyond me.

      It is my personal opinion that the strike tomorrow should be about this very issue. It is also my opinion that public servants have a duty to dispute this to protect vulnerable people (alongside their pensions).


      November 29, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    • The PCS union is SCUM pure and simple, all they care about is their taxpayer funded salaries and pensions. They don’t give a toss about the misery, suffering and deaths they inflict on their victims. The SCUM can take their pensions and swing from the nearest lamppost – SCUM!!

      PCS are SCUM

      November 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    • Jeremy Clarkson Calls For Strikers To Be Shot

      The BBC has been forced to apologise after Jeremy Clarkson said he would like to see striking public sector workers “shot” in front of their families.

      The Top Gear presenter made his comments on BBC’s The One Show on the evening
      of Britain’s biggest public sector strikes in 30 years.

      He said of the strikers: “I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families.

      “I mean, how dare they go on strike when they’ve got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living.”

      Clarkson’s comments caused an immediate uproar on Twitter, with hundreds joining the backlash.

      Chat show host Piers Morgan tweeted: “Clarkson can abuse – and hit (weakly..) – me all he likes. But what he said about the strikers just proves he’s a nasty little twerp.”

      Author Tony Parsons tweeted: “Jeremy Clarkson has misjudged the moment. Criticising striking public sector workers today is like sieg-heiling at Last Night of the Proms.”

      KateakaMrsO tweeted: “First time I have ever complained about a programme, as I usually think people can use off button but Jeremy Clarkson a disgrace.”

      A BBC spokesman said The One Show made an on-air apology at the end of the show to “viewers who may have been offended by Jeremy Clarkson’s comments”.

      Jon Trickett , Labour’s shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “No one wants these strikes but most of today’s strikers are mums, not militants.

      “Clarkson should apologise. And the Prime Minister should make clear he disassociates himself from the distasteful remarks uttered by one of his friends.”

      Jeremy Clarkson Calls For Strikers To Be Shot

      Sky News

      December 1, 2011 at 5:49 am

      • There’s a simple and obvious solution to the nationwide problem of Jeremy Clarkson and it’s hinted at in his own words…


        December 1, 2011 at 11:18 am

      • Grow a pair. It was clearly a publicity stunt setup by the BBC. Did you not see how the presenters closed up all emotion and reaction as he was saying such remarks?

        Just 21,000 complaints from 1.3m “strikers” and goodness knows how many total public sector workers.


        Too bad so much licence fee payers money has been wasted by such pointless complaining… BBC drop certain people so easily, top “talent” (as the phrase they use) won’t. JC is main presenter on Top Gear one of the most important shows the BBC does with a global audience.

        Work Programme

        December 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm

  2. Given that Working Tax Credit was an utter sham anyway, providing a State Subsidy to employers who couldn’t pay the market rate for a job, it is far better that this throwback to the Gordon “Casino Banker” Scheme was terminated anyway, and the money put to good use. But, seriously, why would any employer wish to apply for any subsidy, then they can recruit willing Monkeys to work as Interns, and pay nothing.

    Rebecca Pidgeon

    November 27, 2011 at 5:59 pm

  3. Come on people 4 action group dont see much action u got no get up and go u un employed no wonder we get away with what we do as u just to lazy to do anything about it we just ave to suggest u wil lose ya tinnes and ya smoke alright ya money and u wil do anything even our illegal work programme ?

    Whistle blower for dwp and work programme

    November 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    • They will go out and pick up dog turds like alan coates is doing and all along they leave it to the likes of wayne and gissajob to work tirelessly to save their lazy arses.


      November 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm

  4. The idea that working at Poundland/Tesco etc for £2 an hour is a positive experience is beyond me.

    It is my personal opinion that the strike tomorrow should be about this very issue. It is also my opinion that public servants have a duty to dispute this to protect vulnerable people (alongside their pensions).


    November 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

  5. I’m on the WP.

    Ours is chaotic, unplanned, they change it all every couple of weeks; After 5 months there, I’ve no idea who is the manager (I don’t think they have one).

    The staff are all former employment agency people, who spout inane nonsense at the drop of a hat.
    Honesty and speaking the truth is not their forte.

    I’m obliged to apply for 25 jobs per week; many of them are clearly fake vacancies, but I have to go through the motions.

    It’s all a bit silly really, but they get plenty of money for ‘helping’ us, which is the real point of the exercise.


    November 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

  6. We’re all paying for Europe’s gift to our aristocrats and utility companies

    Dukes, water companies and wildlife charities will be relieved to know their plunder of farm subsidies under the common agricultural policy can last until at least 2020

    What would you do with £245? Would you: a) use it to buy food for the next five weeks; b) put it towards a family holiday; c) use it to double your annual savings; or d) give it to the Duke of Westminster?

    Let me make the case for option D. This year the duke was plunged into relative poverty. Relative, that is, to the three parvenus who have displaced him from the top of the UK rich list. (Admittedly he’s not so badly off in absolute terms: the value of his properties rose last year, to £7bn.) He’s the highest ranked of the British-born people on the list, and we surely have a patriotic duty to keep him there. And he’s a splendid example of British enterprise, being enterprising enough to have inherited his land and income from his father.

    Well there must be a reason, mustn’t there? Why else would households be paying this money – equivalent to five weeks’ average spending on food and almost their average annual savings (£296) – to some of the richest men and women in the UK? Why else would this 21st-century tithe, this back-to-front Robin Hood tax, be levied?

    I’m talking about the payments we make to Big Farmer through the common agricultural policy. They swallow €55bn (£47bn) a year, or 43% of the European budget. Despite the spending crisis raging through Europe, the policy remains intact. Worse, governments intend to sustain this level of spending throughout the next budget period, from 2014-2020.

    Of all perverse public spending in the rich nations, farm subsidies must be among the most regressive. In the EU you are paid according to the size of your lands: the greater the area, the more you get. Except in Spain, nowhere is the subsidy system more unjust than in the UK. According to Kevin Cahill, author of Who Owns Britain, 69% of the land here is owned by 0.6% of the population. It is this group that takes the major payouts. The entire budget, according to the government’s database, is shared between just 16,000 people or businesses. Let me give you some examples, beginning with a few old friends.

    As chairman of Northern Rock, Matt Ridley oversaw the first run on a British bank since 1878, and helped precipitate the economic crisis that has impoverished so many. This champion of free market economics and his family received £205,000 from the taxpayer last year for owning their appropriately named Blagdon estate. That falls a little shy of the public beneficence extended to Prince Bandar, the Saudi Arabian fixer at the centre of the Al-Yamamah corruption scandal. In 2007 the Guardian discovered that he had received a payment of up to £1bn from the weapons manufacturer BAE. He used his hard-earned wealth to buy the Glympton estate in Oxfordshire. For this public service we pay him £270,000 a year. Much obliged to you guv’nor, I’m sure.

    But it’s the true captains of British enterprise – the aristocrats and the utility companies, equally deserving of their good fortune – who really clean up. The Duke of Devonshire gets £390,000, the Duke of Buccleuch £405,000, the Earl of Plymouth £560,000, the Earl of Moray £770,000, the Duke of Westminster £820,000. The Vestey family takes £1.2m. You’ll be pleased to hear that the previous owner of their Thurlow estate – Edmund Vestey, who died in 2008 – managed his tax affairs so efficiently that in one year his businesses paid just £10. Asked to comment on his contribution to the public good, he explained: “We’re all tax dodgers, aren’t we?”

    British households, who try so hard to keep the water companies in the style to which they’re accustomed, have been blessed with another means of supporting this deserving cause. Yorkshire Water takes £290,000 in farm subsidies, Welsh Water £330,000, Severn Trent £650,000, United Utilities £1.3m. Serco, one of the largest recipients of another form of corporate welfare – the private finance initiative – gets a further £2m for owning farmland.

    Among the top blaggers are some voluntary bodies. The RSPB gets £4.8m, the National Trust £8m, the various wildlife trusts a total of £8.5m. I don’t have a problem with these bodies receiving public money. I do have a problem with their receipt of public money through a channel as undemocratic and unaccountable as this. I have an even bigger problem with their use of money with these strings attached. For the past year, while researching my book about rewilding, I’ve been puzzling over why these bodies fetishise degraded farmland ecosystems and are so reluctant to allow their estates to revert to nature. Now it seems obvious. To receive these subsidies, you must farm the land.

    As for the biggest beneficiary, it is shrouded in mystery. It’s a company based in France called Syral UK Ltd. Its website describes it as a producer of industrial starch, alcohol and proteins, but says nothing about owning or farming any land. Yet it receives £18.7m from the taxpayer. It has not yet answered my questions about how this has happened, but my guess is that the money might take the form of export subsidies: the kind of payments that have done so much to damage the livelihoods of poor farmers in the developing world.

    In one respect the government of this country has got it right. It has lobbied the European commission, so far unsuccessfully, for “a very substantial cut to the CAP budget”. But hold the enthusiasm. It has also demanded that the EC drop the only sensible proposal in the draft now being negotiated by member states: that there should be a limit to the amount a landowner can receive. Our government warns that capping the payments “would impede consolidation” of landholdings. It seems that 0.6% of the population owning 69% of the land isn’t inequitable enough.

    If subsidies have any remaining purpose it is surely to protect the smallest, most vulnerable farmers. The UK’s proposals would ensure that the budget continues to be hogged by the biggest landlords. As for payments for protecting the environment, this looks to me like the option you’re left with when you refuse to regulate. The rest of us don’t get paid for not mugging old ladies. Why should farmers be paid for not trashing the biosphere? Why should they not be legally bound to protect it, as other businesses are?

    In the midst of economic crisis, European governments intend to keep the ultra-rich in vintage port and racehorses at least until 2020. While inflicting the harshest of free market economics upon everyone else, they will oblige us to support a parasitic class of tax avoiders and hedgerow-grubbers, who engorge themselves on the benefactions of the poor.

    Full article + comments here .

    The Guardian

    November 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

    • “Serco, one of the largest recipients of another form of corporate welfare – the private finance initiative – gets a further £2m for owning farmland.” Hasn’t A$Enema Harrison got some farmland out there on Thornbridge Hall hard-working provided estate Just saying, might be work checking out 🙂

      Whistle Blower

      November 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    • “Serco, one of the largest recipients of another form of corporate welfare – the private finance initiative – gets a further £2m for owning farmland.” Hasn’t A$Enema Harrison got some “farmland” out there on Thornbridge Hall hard-working provided estate Just saying, might be work checking out 🙂

      Whistle Blower

      November 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    • “her hard-working taxpayer provided estate” meant to say as if we don’t already know lol

      Whistle Blower

      November 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm


    Whistle blower for community action programme

    December 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

  8. I hope these people are ready for law suits when we win our cases for being forced to do forced labour and we wil win as anti slavery is againt our human rights and even the goverment cant worm out this one everybody that is on a work programme do same u want to contact a solistor and take action on grounds anti slavery as them telling u if u dont do the free labour thats u being forced and that amounts to anti slavery the more law suits we got going the better its going to be and the worst its going to be for them that are taking advantage of unemployded lets hope it was worth taking free labour because its going to turn out to be very exspensive and lets hope shut some of them teach them to be greedy and not taking on payed labour


    December 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

  9. For all them that are on a work programme that needs a solistor to take there case against the dwp for forceing u to work or we wil stop your benefit thats u being forced and amounts to anti slavery . Contact jim duffy 8 hylton street birmingham b18 6hn u got no excuse now so take action thats my advice to u all that are on work programme and being made to do unpaid work

    Whistle blower 4 the unemployed rights

    December 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm

  10. If dis an action group would hate to see u all in an emergency have seen more action in a dog turd wakey wakey people we wont defeat the work programme dis way


    December 11, 2011 at 1:29 am

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