Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Work Programme ‘in Dire Straits’.

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The reality of the work programme, which Worky here, and many of our valued posters, began to describe some months ago, is now making the national press.

Polly Toynbee writes in the Guardian on Saturday,

IDS’s other big idea, the Work Programme, is already in dire straits as contractors and charities can’t get enough people into non-existent jobs – unless they cheat or demand lots more money.


It’s worth reading the article in full.

It describes the mess that everything from the new universal credit system will create, the effects of the changes in disability benefits,  the abolition of the social fund, putting council tax benefit at the mercy of local councils, to the misery housing benefit reform will create.

Toynbee asks why Labour is not putting up a fight against this.

We think that it will expand and create a Victorian underclass, dependent, if they can get it, on charity.

She says,

“Shadow ministers should roll up their sleeves and demolish a plethora of similarly disastrous policies.”



Written by Andrew Coates

January 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

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  1. I see I am quoted by name in the Sunday Times (Not bought but read in the Library) today criticising the crimilisation of the unemployed.

    This is only a small part of a lengthy article. The quote was on the basis of a couple of telephone interviews.

    It does not mention the placements and voluntary work that I’ve done – which I told the man on the phone about.

    But apart from the that it is fairly reported – under a photo of the cast of Shameless.

    Andrew Coates

    January 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  2. I f you need to rely on Guardian Mad Woman Polly Toynbee to fight your case then you are in serious trouble. The article looks like she’d drank to much good Italian wine at her villa in Tuscany while her kids were at their public school.


    January 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

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