Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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JSA Likely to be Effectively Cut.

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According to the Guardian.

“Welfare cut proposals to go before ministers. Iain Duncan Smith to lay out options for further cuts to welfare budget ahead of autumn statement by George Osborne.”

This will interest us,

Leading options for welfare cuts include restricting most working-age benefits to the first two children, affecting 310,000 families; freezing the up-rating of benefits for two years and then linking it to pay, as opposed to inflation; and withdrawing housing benefit for most people aged under 25, a move that would affect 385,000 people and save £1.5bn.

This will effectively be a cut in benefits, such as JSA.

The rise in energy costs, water bills (No doubt to help companies like Anglian Water already avoiding tax), and above all food prices, hits the out-of-work most.

Most of us will have walked round supermarkets and finding a staple (bread, sardines, eggs) has gone up.

For months and months this has been happening.

Not uprating our benefit in line with these rises will mean we will be squeezed even more.

And on top of this we will soon have to pay some Council Tax, in some cases a few hundred pounds a year.


Written by Andrew Coates

November 14, 2012 at 11:14 am

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  1. Government ready to delay welfare reform.

    By Sarah Neville and Kiran Stacey

    The government is prepared to delay its flagship welfare reform amid fears the complex changes may need to be more thoroughly tested before being extended to all benefit claimants, the Financial Times has learnt.

    Universal credit, under which six benefits will be incorporated into a single payment, lies at the heart of a drive by Iain Duncan Smith, work and pensions secretary, to ensure people are better off in work than on benefits.

    Both Number 10 and the Treasury are desperate to avoid disaster in the run-up to the election and will step in if they feel the system is not robust enough for a full rollout.


    Financial Times

    November 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

  2. “And on top of this we will soon have to pay some Council Tax, in some cases a few hundred pounds a year.”

    ‘Can’t pay wont pay’ destroyed the poll tax and brought down the government, a similar campaign should be started against this change – if should ever come into effect.


    November 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  3. Thank you for your excellent articles and truthful accounts of what is really happening in this once Great Nation of ours and i know the reason for this attack on workers and the vunerable in Society ; The Greed and Stupidity of the likes of Emma Harrison and other so called movers and shakers close to this Government – rather than tackle the appalling fraud and corrupt practices engaged by Big business they have decided to go for a soft target ; The Unemployed.
    It might interest your readers to know there has been a police investigation going on for over six months now into the A4E Office based in cheapside Reading into Fraud going back over a decade by the economic crime unit attached to Reading police station and resident at Loddon Valley Station Early Reading, charges are now due and The Job Centre in Reading are desperately trying to cover it up and prevent it becoming public knowledge so as to deflect from their own woeful mismanagement in this episode. David Anthony Penson 07949 353631

    Mr David Anthony Penson

    November 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  4. Don’t forget next week there is the mandatory (optional) Universal Jobmatch system to look forward to… ooh the excitement of Monster stealing personal data and getting hacked… fun!

    Work Programme

    November 14, 2012 at 8:08 pm

  5. I envision Universal Compulsory Jobmatch being hacked on the first day of it being online 😆 would love that


    November 15, 2012 at 5:43 am

    • Either that or it crashes or ends up being really slow.

      Work Programme

      November 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

      • If anybody tries to use the Suffolk Library service Internet for this they’re in for a lot of nasty surprises – it took me five go’s to send off a job application yesterday.

        It was not working till mid-day (Thursday) as well.

        Andrew Coates

        November 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

  6. is there anything surprising about this anymore? The tories are just scum.

    Ghost Whistler

    November 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  7. JSA should not have been allowed to rise at the rate of inflation while public sector pay was frozen. Working people were feeling the effects of effective pay cuts. Only fair that thoseon JSA should abide by same rules.

    JSA 4 Life

    November 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    • JSA is meant to offer the absolute minimum you can live on.

      Cut that and you cut the ability to live any kind of life.

      Andrew Coates

      November 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    • Public sector pay is only frozen for people earning over £20,000. Jobseeker’s allowance at the highest (over 25) rate is £3,666. Hopefully you don’t work in accounts. You clearly can’t add up.


      November 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

  8. The letter we get from Jobcentre Plus through the DWP states the JSA amount (£142 a fortnight at present) is the amount of money THE LAW say’s you need to live on, but this seems to get forgotten about when a sanction is applied, I think there could be a case here for sanctions being illegal.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 15, 2012 at 5:54 pm

  9. People would not be sanctioned if they conducted job search and relevant activity. Not doing enough to find work – get no money. It’s that simple.

    JSA 4 Life

    November 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    • Its lucky that there is full employment and enough jobs for everybody then, isn’t it. DICK.


      November 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    • Most of us are doing enough or all of us would now be sanctioned, Iain Duncan Smith isn’t satisfied with that though.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      November 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    • Currently everybody on JSA is mandated to do 20 hours jobsearch a week, which will rise to 35 hours a week if Universal Credit ever comes in. (I’m pretty sure it won’t.) Most unemployed people have no internet access (many don’t even have phones!) and can only get online without cost at a library, probably for no more than an hour a day. Under these circumstances this means they have to search for work offline for at least 15 hours a week, i.e., 3 hours every weekday (rising to 6 hours under UC). Unless the government provides facilities, i.e., venues and equipment in every city and town, where Jobseeker’s can spend 3 to 6 hours every weekday looking for work and supply them with stationary, stamps, phones, internet access and newspapers etc., and pay for their transport to and from such centres this is factually impossible for poor people to do on a daily basis. It’s like Marie Antoinette suggesting that the poor eat cake if they have no bread.


      November 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

      • Will history repeat itself… this Universal Credit/Universal Jobmatch is the “Jobseekers Act moment”??

        Give it a few months Labour will use this argument politically… promise to change/reverse it, get into power at the next general election… and then spend 10 years building on it…

        I am guessing abolishing benefits altogether and subsidising part time workers under 10 hours a week (i.e. to bring them over threshold for tax and NI purposes)

        Universal Jobmatch

        November 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    • ;0)


      April 2, 2013 at 9:50 am

  10. DWP’s sanction regime from october 22nd 2012:


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 17, 2012 at 12:35 pm

  11. Way to squash the little man.


    November 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm

  12. stan. there isnt enough jobs for people you tosser!


    April 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    • I was being sarcastic. Dumb arse.


      April 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm

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