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Mandatory Work Activity: How to Solve Unemployment (and the Servant Problem) Says Ben Gummer Ipswich MP.

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Govt Solves Unemployment.

This a Guest Post by Ben Gummer Ipswich MP, Mayor of Ipswich, Editor of the Ipswich Star and Cabinet Secretary for Ipswich.

It’s Boost, Boost for Ipswich!

More jobseekers told to do unpaid work or face possible loss of benefits

Mandatory work activity requires jobseekers to work unpaid for up to 30 hours a week or risk losing their benefits

The government will tell up to 70,000 jobseekers that they must work unpaid for four weeks or lose their benefits for three months under an expansion of the mandatory work activity programme.

Employment minister Chris Grayling said the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) would also tighten up rules to stop jobseekers from “gaming the system” – evading mandatory placements .”

Ipswich is my home and I am grateful for this opportunity to explain the Government’s exciting proposals.

Due to the busy increase in essential Ipswich services – Charity Shops, Nail Bars, Pawn Shops, Betting Shops – there is a need to roll up shirt sleeves and get down to work!

Just outside Ipswich, say in Stowmarket, with which I have close connections! (I’m a real Suffolk boi!) there’s a great shortage in qualified service personnel to work in some of the larger establishments.

This amazing new government scheme will enable people to get some footmen, maids and gardeners on the way to working full-time!

Social services, hospitals and the much-needed ‘community servcie’ to keep our road verges cut will also benefit.

Next event: Ben in the Pub

Venue: The Emporer Inn, 293 Norwich Rd Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 4BP

Date & time: Thursday 28/06/2012 at 8:30 pm

Tell Ben how excited you are about his plans to charge £5 a pint and make you work for nothing!


Written by Andrew Coates

June 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

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  1. Essential? Nail Bars? What fucking planet is this guy on?

    They want MORE workfare in hospitals?

    This guy must be on a windup.

    Ghost Whistler

    June 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm

  2. I think I’ve found a cure: send him into space and he can be Mayor of the Moon (and practice moonies with the other morons we send there)!


    June 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm

  3. And then there’s the asshat called Grayling
    Who’s work programme seems to be failing
    He eats little babies
    And lunches in Hades
    But his favourite hobby’s impaling.

    – copyright Sue Marsh 2012:



    June 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  4. Benefits for striking low-paid workers to be axed

    Low-paid workers who take strike action will no longer have their wages topped up by the state, ministers say.

    Workers on up to £13,000 a year can currently claim working tax credits to top up their income even when they take part in industrial action.

    But from next year there will be no increase in benefits if a worker’s income drops due to strike action.

    The change is part of the new Universal Credit, which is replacing the benefit system with a single payment.

    Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says the fact that the current benefit system compensates workers and tops up their income when they go on strike is “unfair and creates perverse incentives”.

    Article here.


    June 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

    • The DWP has said that Universal Credit will be ‘digital by default’. Government doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to large IT projects. There’s a real concern that the Universal Credit system simply won’t work and people will be left without payments while ministers give large amounts of public money to IT consultants in a vain effort to make it work.

      Professor John Seddon:



      June 17, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      • From what iv’e read the UC replaces the written and signed Jobsekers Agreement with something called the Claimant Committment (i may have this wrong). This agreement can be made binding not just in writing but electontrically and even via telephone. So you can be told what you have to do over the phone with no opportunity to sign your agreement (thus demonstrating your awareness of the conditions).

        Ghost Whistler

        June 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    • Same old nasty party.

      And they’ll have support for this from all the ‘inconvenienced’ middle class asstards who would rather little Tarquinella was in school while they had an affair with the au pair.

      Ghost Whistler

      June 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm


    dwp insider hereford

    June 18, 2012 at 9:08 pm

  6. http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_232766_en.pdf

    Any comment I could make on this would be totally inadequate.


    June 20, 2012 at 4:11 pm

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