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benefit Cap Delay as Computer Software Runs – Again – into Problems.

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Ministers are facing accusations of chaos over welfare reform after announcing that the introduction of the government’s flagship benefits cap of £500 a week will be delayed across most of the country for up to six months.

The hold-up – believed to be the result of concerns over computer software – took councils, job centres and MPs by surprise and raised questions about the timetable for wider changes being planned to the entire benefits system.

What is going on?

The Observer revealed last year that there were internal government concerns over the benefits cap. A leaked letter written by the office of the communities secretary, Eric Pickles, warned that it risked making 40,000 families homeless and costing more than it saved because the homeless would have to be found emergency accommodation.

There have been signs that the government is experiencing difficulties with the computer software being used to implement its wider welfare reforms, including the planned switch to universal credit, which will replace several benefits with a single payment over four years starting next year.

More in the Observer.

In a nasty twist however we note that the cut (not ‘cap’) which principally affects Housing Benefit,  will affect “four London boroughs: Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey.”

The latter contains Tottenham, which has the highest unemployment rates in London and one of the worst  in the country.

As somebody who comes originally from North London I can also add that house prices there are sky-high.

These are also the same people with such confidence in the computer Software used in the Jobsearch system.


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  1. Our beloved Fuhrer, IDS, says:

    “You really are a bunch of pampered, spoilt whiny brats. Those of you in Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey. We never intended that you should live in an actual HOUSE.
    There are plenty of wheelie bins to go around! And if you or your kids get squished in a garbage truck, so much the better! Less scum on our streets! Big family? Why not climb in a skip?: Some skips are really big and can take 2 families!:”

    Next stage: “you don’t really need food. If you can’t find anything in bins, why not eat lovely air? It’s free (so far), see the weight come off! How To Look Good Skeletal!”

    Next stage: “We have a New New Deal, we call it the Final Solution. Lovely no-frills trains will take you to work camps where you will be sorted into 2 groups depending on which one we feel you will be best suited to. The first group will be assured lots of work for the rest of their lives, and this could last 2 years or however strong you are. The other group (including all the Useless Eaters, meaning the spazzes and crips), will be sent for a shower, we don’t have any water, but we have plenty of Zyklon B to ethnically cleanse the country of the foulness of your continued existence.
    Happy dying!
    -Ministry of Love”

    (Next time anyone in the jobcentre *Pus* says ‘please be more enthusiastic’, put on your best smile and say “Heil Hitler!”.)

    If £400 a month is too much rent for a family to get in HB, then it should be too much for an expenses-trip MP to nick off the taxpayer for a single night in a posh hotel.

    something survived...

    December 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    • Karl, I come from this part of North London.

      Ipswich has a lot of poor people, but nothing, nothing, on the scale of Tottenham (Haringey).

      I really spit at those who want to do them down.

      Andrew Coates

      December 26, 2012 at 11:19 am

      • I’m not from Ipswich..??? I didn’t say anything against the people of… wherever you meant. I was making a point against IDS/government. BBC3 repeated the other night an episode of ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’. The same points were made in that. The conservative and libdem politicians go round in the sketch asking people to leave their house and live in cardboard boxes: ‘it’s so convenient; you can pick up
        your house and take it with you’. The subject was the cuts in
        housing benefit, and the class cleansing of areas the rich/tories don’t want the poor to live in. At least on that occasion most of those who didn’t know it was a comedy show, refused to condemn their ‘scrounging
        benefit cheat neighbours’ or call on them to be evicted so white people with money could move in.

        Two good lines spring to mind:
        The Penguin, ‘If’ by Steve Bell in 1980’s:
        “It’s impossible to satirise this shite any more…”
        (=because it’s becoming reality)

        ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’:
        (On how to save money and improve people’s lives:)
        “We take away your house, and then you won’t need
        housing benefit any more.”

        It should be tattooed on IDS’ face.

        something survived...

        January 6, 2013 at 12:23 am

  2. I never believe the nonsense about computer delays… its code for “lets poorly project plan a prosperous IT contract, so we can ask for further monies to speed up the process” .

    Is anyone really surprised that the Universal Credit system is going to be a complete failure? I am sure with some teething problems they will get it working in pilot areas.. but you know its going to mess up when its taking 100% demand.

    Universal Jobmatch

    December 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    • There is indeed a well-tested theory that when people get an IT contract they deliberately do this kind of thing.

      Andrew Coates

      December 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

  3. Quickest way to piss off the JCP/WP As new guidelines deem that having a Mobile phone or the Internet as “desirable but not necessary” I am unable to complete most applications on UJM as most employers deem it as necessary!


    December 25, 2012 at 10:57 am

  4. Do you not think that we don’t moniter the site


    December 25, 2012 at 5:10 pm

  5. Well IDS, if you do, it will be the very first time JCP ever listened to a claimant, i know.

    Monitor us ,please, im not the one who has to return to the same place of work everyday,go home the same way everyday,what makes you think we dont know where JCP staff are,or where their wives or husbands work,children go to school,Mmmm.

    Still feeling confident,still feel masterful.

    Of course you do,know computers you do.


    December 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  6. IUA moderator – This ‘Meg the Matchmaker’ obviously doesn’t know the difference between making a comment and publisising personal profiles from other websites – please ban this individual as the rest of us are trying to make a stand against this coalition government properly – thank you.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 31, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    • yes Obi, the Xmas New Year let that one slip through.

      It’s a grey area however, or perhaps shades of….

      Andrew Coates

      January 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

  7. Hey Meg the Matchmaker you are in breach of the ‘Data Protection Act 1998’

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    • don’t think it is obi… the website profiles linked to are already in the public domain, and since when did the dwp/providers pay any attention to the Data Protection Act 1998. Maybe “Meg the Matchmaker” has been mandated for all we know.


      December 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      • oh, and these “profiles” are already “scraped” by google and every search engine in town.


        December 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      • She still needs banning from this website even though the links are as you say in the public domain, I would suggest this Meg is also looking for someone on the same website, but that’s not fair to publisize someone who works for one of these parasites that run the Work Programme out of spite, it’s still an invasion of privacy – how would you feel if it was your profile and photo on there? – I would want blood!

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        December 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      • Can’t see a “moderator” being around at this time of the year. It will be well into the New Year before this matter is dealt with.


        December 31, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      • Can’t see how what appears to be a bit of innocent “matchmaking” becomes “spiteful”.


        December 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  8. Back to the main topic:

    If we lower ourselves to the unlimited depravity of Iain Duncan Smith and his cohorts, then we become them.

    I haven’t and will never lower myself to the disgusting foul stink of the DWP

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    • But look at these “people” obi, these are the faces of the “sanctioners”, these are the “people” that are throwing human beings into destitution, human beings are becoming homeless and hungry because of these “people”, human beings are DYING because of these “people”. Take a long hard look at these faces, what do you see?


      December 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  9. To John Curtis, this correspondence is already available on Tendance Coatesy.

    No two bites of the cherry!

    Andrew Coates

    January 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

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