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Welfare “Culture of Fear” Brings “New Hope” Says David Cameron.

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David Cameron says he is giving unemployed Britons “new hope and responsibility” by cutting their benefit payments and claims his welfare reforms are part of a “moral mission” for the country.

In an article for the Telegraph, the Prime Minister issues a sharp rebuke to Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, who said recent changes had left many in “hunger and destitution”.

Daily Telegraph.


The Guardian,

Iain Duncan Smith‘s Department for Work and Pensions is presiding over “a culture of fear” in which jobseekers are set unrealistic targets to find work – or risk their benefits being taken away, leading charities have told an official inquiry.

Hostel residents with limited IT facilities are being directed to apply for 50 jobs per week, while single parents are being told they must apply for full-time jobs to continue receiving jobseeker’s allowance, the charities say in evidence to an official inquiry. On Wednesday, new figures are expected to show a record number of claimants have had cash withheld.

The weight of evidence also supports controversial claims by Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Catholic church in England and Wales, in the week he is due to be made a cardinal by the pope. “Something is going seriously wrong when, in a country as affluent as ours, people are left in that destitute situation and depend solely on the handouts of the charity of food banks,” Nichols said on Tuesday.

The Guardian, unlike Cameron, looks at the evidence,

The National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers says “claimants are being sent on schemes with no discussion about whether they are appropriate to their needs and no opportunity for them to make representations about it”. Adequate notification is also not routinely being given”. It says some claimants have been told: “You need to spend 35 hours per week doing job searches and show evidence of 50 to 100 job searches or job applications per week.”

The evidence acts as a counterpoint to those who suggest welfare claimants are seeking a life on benefits. The government has been sufficiently embarrassed by the allegations that it has conceded it will look at a further inquiry into sanctions once the Oakley review has completed.

The number of sanctions in the year to 30 June 2013 was 860,000, the highest for any 12-month period since statistics began to be published in their present form. The figures due to be published on Wednesday cover the year to September 2013, and are likely to show a further increase in the number of claimants debarred from receiving benefits for as long as three years.

Disabled people are losing access to jobseeker’s allowance at the rate of 14,000 a month, the charities say. In total, the number of them having their benefits sanctioned each month has doubled since the regime was toughened in October 2012.

Just wait till Workfare is introduced – this April.



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  1. Question: Is Workfare being rolled out nationally in April, or is it being piloted in certain areas with a view to a national roll out in October?

    jj joop

    February 19, 2014 at 11:21 am

    • JJ,

      We do not know yet.

      Believe me we are watching them!

      Andrew Coates

      February 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      • Hope springs eternal!

        jj joop

        February 20, 2014 at 7:37 pm

  2. I see McVile has been on Sky and BBC News spouting her venom again.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

  3. “Hostel residents with limited IT facilities are being directed to apply for 50 jobs per week, while single parents are being told they must apply for full-time jobs to continue receiving jobseeker’s allowance, the charities say in evidence to an official inquiry. On Wednesday, new figures are expected to show a record number of claimants have had cash withheld.”

    This kind of behaviour is nothing more than institutionalised bullying. I have the Internet at home and I have never been told to apply for 50 jobs per week.

    jj joop

    February 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  4. How many times must it be repeated? There is NO statutory requirement to seek a predetermined minimum number of jobs.

    On many days there are NO new jobs to apply for – even if the vast numbers of competing Jobseekers are mentally and physically capable, and also have the facilities at hand to actively seek work in the first place!

    Someone is going to be killed before too long over this out of touch lunacy masquerading as policy – and all pretending to “help” the poor as well.


    February 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    • I know but you try telling that to some jumped up adviser; they’re a law unto themselves. And the kind of people they pick on just don’t have the confidence to challenge them.

      jj joop

      February 19, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      • jj joop

        A good practical point observed from everyday life within the unreal world of Jobcentres!

        It’s amazing their business can be conducted based on a dubious foundation of lies and trickery!!

        The real world stops at the doors of Jobcentre Plus!!!


        February 19, 2014 at 5:11 pm

  5. I just “hope” Cameron drops dead.


    February 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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    Our website is mentioned under the Universal Job Match – List of Fake Employers (part 1). Please see the link below


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    Tony Giles

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    Andrew Coates

    February 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    • “Global Marketing Director” – says ‘Tony’ sat in his dingy bed-sit working his one-man scam operation 🙂 RFLMAO 🙂


      February 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    • He’s some free advertising for them.


      February 19, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      • “We provide a copy and paste service for our clients… to get your company the maximum exposure and traffic.” lol


        February 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    • So strike jobs is suing us for mentioning their name? LOL

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 19, 2014 at 5:28 pm

  7. From here – Ex-football star Alan Lawrence admits postal theft

    but this is the important bit:

    “Sentencing Lawrence, Sheriff Petra Collins told him: “Offences of this kind normally attract a custodial sentence, but I am persuaded marginally to allow you the chance to do a community payback order which will include supervision and to complete 100 hours of unpaid work within nine months.

    “This is a direct alternative to custody.””

    UNPAID PAID is a DIRECT ALTERNATIVE TO CUSTODY yet quasi-judicial jobcentres are ‘sentencing’ innocent jobseekers to UNPAID WORK for the ‘crime’ of being unemployed.


    February 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      UNPAID PAID is a DIRECT ALTERNATIVE TO CUSTODY yet quasi-judicial jobcentres are ‘sentencing’ innocent jobseekers to UNPAID WORK for the ‘crime’ of being unemployed.

      Don’t forget that the sentences for the ‘crime’ of being unemployed are up to 8 times longer than that.


      February 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    • For “End Unpaid Work”

      Yes, Workfare has long since been compared to Community Payback for convicted criminals.

      The main difference is Workfare “sentences” handed out to the unemployed tend to be much longer in duration!


      February 19, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    • lol but it is NOT unpaid work – he will still be receiving his jobseeker’s allowance for crying our loud!

      Blue Rinse

      February 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      • Blue Rinse

        Jobseeker’s Alloowance was never intended as a substitute for a proper wage, so Workfare IS unpaid work!


        February 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      • So presumably those sent on it get a minimum of worker’s rights at work since they are paid employees? And if they don’t, then WHY NOT?


        February 21, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      • If you want to class a benefit such as JSA as payment for work, then put it up to £250 per week.

        Benefits are not a substitute for wages or salaries.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        February 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

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    February 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

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    February 19, 2014 at 6:16 pm

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    February 20, 2014 at 1:15 am

  11. Universal Credit – The End?

    Here is something that might bring real new hope to the unemployed:


    Universal Credit has long since been described as a train crash waiting to happen. Let’s hope it crashes before it reaches the station.


    February 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

    • Lets hope it crashes before anyone gets on…

      its surprising that no one will go to jail for wasting so much taxpayers money

      Universal Jobmatch

      February 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm

  12. Toilet Duck-an Smith and co may want this, but there is no required method of application for these jobs. So:
    What have you done to look for work?:
    “I used your sanitary product called Universal Jobmatch, although it doesn’t work, and applied for 100 of the identical and imaginary jobs it had on it.”
    How did you apply?
    “I applied for them correctly, as we may apply via any method we find suitable. I applied simultaneously for all 100 of the fictional or notional jobs, in my head, via telepathy.”

    something survived...

    February 21, 2014 at 8:37 pm

  13. New Hope my arse! The government are pressuring for us “lazy scum” on JSA to find work. I was lucky enough today to be offered an interview for a 15hr/wk job. Why do i sound so pissed off then you ask?
    It transpires that should I get the job, I will only be £6 a week better off after benefit payment reductions of JSA, Council Tax and Housing Benefit. This does not take into account the busfare I will need to attend this job, meaning I will actually be £10/wk WORSE OFF! How the frell does this make any kind of logical sense?
    And just to add insult to injury, 15hrs a week work apparently does not allow to sign off JSA and keep my HB, meaning I still have to run around doing jobsearch and checking in 3 times a months with my advisors, despite the fact they won’t be paying me a single rust-ridden penny.
    And that lovely free 2 months of bus passes they offer you? Not available unless you’re working full-time. Bloody typical!


    March 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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