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It’s Universal Credit Day – Hip Hip Hooray!

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Today (16 February 2015) the national roll out of Universal Credit begins.

Jobcentres, from the rural Highlands of Scotland, down through the Vale of York and into London, are moving over to the new benefit.

The church bells are ringing, the street urchins have a smile on their faces, and the unemployed are queuing up to congratulate the local Jobcentre for their hard work.

As part of the accelerated roll out announced by the Secretary of State, Iain Duncan Smith in September, over 150 Jobcentres will come on board in the next 2 months. It will then be available in all Jobcentres by this time next year.

Sad faces have been seen at those not yet ‘on-line’ with Universal Credit!

And on the eve of this national roll out, new research shows that Universal Credit is getting people into work more quickly and so helping them to earn more.

Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith said:

This government’s welfare reforms have saved the taxpayer £50 billion and restored fairness to the system.

That Valentine’s gift Ipswich Unemployed Action sent Iain was money well spent!

The centrepiece of these reforms – Universal Credit – begins national roll out tomorrow. This landmark event is a key part of our long term economic plan, which guarantees you will always be better off in work than on benefits.

The evidence today shows that under Universal Credit, people move into work more quickly and earn more money, giving them increased financial security. It is very impressive that we have seen these results so soon and that this is having a real impact on people’s lives. This is a cultural change which will alter the landscape of work for a generation.

The evidence is there: lo and behold and, hey presto!

The research shows that, over a 4 month period, claimants are:

  • 13% more likely to have been in work than those on Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • earning more money

What an achievement!

Similar to previous findings, the report also confirms that new Universal Credit claimants in the expanded sites are more likely than Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants to:

  • believe the benefit system is encouraging them to find work
  • take any job they are able to do
  • spend more time looking for work

We believe, we truly believe!

Once fully rolled out, Universal Credit will boost the economy by £7 billion every year.

Touch us with some of this star-dust Iain!

Universal Credit eventually replaces 6 existing income-based benefits – Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Working and Child Tax Credits and Housing Benefit.

Nay-sayers may care to revisit this article: Universal Credit: the anatomy of a government failure.

“Despite years of wasted money, political turmoil, Whitehall infighting, failed IT and departmental chaos, universal credit is being claimed by less than 4,000 individuals in the UK. What went wrong with the government’s flagship welfare reform?”

This, to be published next week, promises to be interesting: The Coalition Effect (essay), Nicholas Timmins.

 

 

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  1. UNIVERSAL CREDIT – DODGE AND BODGE

    As if the delays brought about by the “beast” I.T. behind it all were not bad enough, the coalition’s own welfare cuts have undermined Universal Credit even more!

    http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2015/02/gov-dodged-scrutiny-of-univers.html

    Tobanem

    February 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

  2. Funny when I saw IDS on the BBC News this morning – raving about his regime cracked down hard on benefit claimants and the very wealthy tax dodgers alike, he didn’t respond to these charges,

    “The coalition’s own welfare cuts undermined Universal Credit more than its IT delays.

    Yet it will cause alarm when Universal Credit’s further IT-related delays emerge officially, as they will undoubtedly continue to do after the election when the almighty bodge the coalition made of its development bears fruit. “

    Andrew Coates

    February 16, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    • IDS just can’t admit when he’s wrong, it’s a running joke that’s really not a joke. Every time he’s on the telly spouting complete bullshit I just have to laugh as no one believes anything he say’s anymore. Even when proof is put before him… he just refuses to see it even though he knows it’s right.

      Never mind, just under 3 months to General Election, I really can’t see Cameron holding on to Smith after that.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      February 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  3. Apart from the fact that you only get UC once a month instead of fortnightly, what exactly is the difference between JSA and UC?

    Parker Pyne

    February 16, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    • There will be even more sanctions with UC than there are with JSA.

      enigma

      February 16, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    • And one could become homeless a lot sooner.

      enigma

      February 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    • UC isn’t just a new name for JSA. It replaces JSA , Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Incapacity Benefit and one or two others as one benefit.

      KJ

      February 17, 2015 at 5:31 am

  4. 13% more likely to have been in work than those on Jobseeker’s Allowance
    earning more money

    They claim it encourages people to take any old job, and then say they earn more money, more money than what?
    LOL

    It seems at least around here, only NEW claims have been put on UC, and as we all know your first month or six of a new claim is your best chance of re-employment, after that you’re doomed, have they taken account of that.

    These results based on income data from Real Time Information (RTI) were compared to a similar group of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants.

    Unless they know exactly why the UCs did better than the JSAs it’s another failed pilot.

    Another Fine Mess

    February 16, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    • Yes, “more money, sure!. it’s time to sell everything for a fiver!

      enigma

      February 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    • UC at the moment, is only for new claims, they handle every benefit claimant on UC.

      enigma

      February 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      • They can’t handle rather!

        enigma

        February 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      • Well unless they’re comparing the UC claims against NEW JSA claims in the same area, then the 13% UC advantage is meaningless isn’t it.
        Wonder if they’re including UCers in the claimant or unemployment figures yet.

        Another Fine Mess

        February 16, 2015 at 2:39 pm

      • The Question for that 13% is it for a specific Group as I strongly suspect? Short-term unemployed? Temp Workers? etc etc

        Gazza

        February 16, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    • Here’s more nonsense on “more money” – wages

      Labour would guarantee apprenticeships for every school leaver in England who “gets the grades” by 2020, Ed Miliband has said.

      The pledge comes as Mr Miliband set out his party’s business policies for the general election.

      He argued better training and higher wages were key to boosting productivity.

      Tory MP Grant Shapps said his party had pledged to cap benefits further to fund three million apprenticeships.

      He said: “Gordon Brown already made exactly the same promise when he was in power and then they failed to deliver it. And secondly we actually have already doubled apprenticeships during this parliament.

      “We’ve said in the next parliament if the Conservatives are re-elected, we will put three million people onto apprenticeships, that’s a massive increase.”

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-31483886

      enigma

      February 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

      • Almost none of the the ‘apprenticeships’ are created, most are just normal NMW jobs with “Apprenticeship -” stuck on the front and the pay now dropped to £110 pw. They think we’re all daft.
        I see it quite often, and a problem with jobsearching every day, never mind 35h/pw – you get to recognise all the constantly reposted but impossible to get junk vacancies.

        Another Fine Mess

        February 16, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      • A lot of people (those not on benefits, of course) think that every unemployed person is unemployed because they are stupid, I have heard many say that of the unemployed. not for long ……………

        I know someone who is a volunteer and has been for years, also goes to ST Johns to keep up to date with “first aid” always telling people .”get a job” so doesn’t like those who get free food from a food bank, this person has a house and lives alone in it, no, they are not rich, this person is on benefits. somehow think their special.

        This person like many others, don’t yet know of the misery coming their way.

        enigma

        February 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      • Aren’t there ‘apprenticeships’ to do things like fill shelves at Morrison’s?

        Andrew Coates

        February 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      • There must be some merit in butchers and bakers apprenticeships, if that’s want you want to do.
        http://your.morrisons.com/Home-New/Corporate/Media-centre/Corporate-news/Morrisons-become-largest-provider-of-apprenticeships-in-the-UK/

        Another Fine Mess

        February 16, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    • Interesting article there enigma, especially when you delve into it and its associated links.

      The first and most important question is,

      Are we saying obese people cant work, don’t already work, I mean how does say Eric Pickles, the new jersey governor Chris Christie, the Belgian politician Maggie De Block fund there life ?

      Or maybe John Goodman, Kevin James, Kathy Bates and even yes one Aretha Franklin.

      Now I don’t know whats the most shocking, the governments latest illogical brainstorm or the fact no one, even the press didn’t slam dunk this fantasy with the facts I just presented before you.

      As for dame carol black, this is just yet another shameful plug for her earlier review titled working for a healthier tomorrow (dated 2008), pay particular attention to questions 2,4,5

      https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/working-for-a-healthier-tomorrow-work-and-health-in-britain

      Now correct me if im wrong but shouldn’t our concern be for such a persons health and not the burdening cost they place on the health service and the department for work and pensions. This tells me and hopefully the public that there is a difference in what government mean by care and what you think they mean by care ?

      For the record, will Eric Pickles get his wages sanctioned if he refuses treatment after even the prime minister joked about his obesity, and if not are we then saying if you work you don’t require treatment but if you don’t work, you do ?

      Or is it just easier to bully people when you hold there financial security in your hands ?

      gaia

      February 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      • For the record here, addiction isn’t the problem, its a symptom of.

        Be it obesity, drugs or alcohol addiction, the initial problem is far more complex, one I doubt the work and pension department will be willing to pick up the tab for ?

        A psychologist named Bruce k alexander actually found way back in the seventies through a controlled experiment that “its not you, not your brain but the cage you live in” that dictates addiction. By cage when related to humans, he means society.

        http://www.brucekalexander.com/

        gaia

        February 16, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      • I will read that PDF later tonight.

        “Addiction” interesting info, DWP will now say we’re all addicted. not because of society of course.

        enigma

        February 16, 2015 at 5:42 pm

  5. Jobcentres that will be infected with Universal Credit form Feb to April 2015.

    Ashford JCP

    Barnsley JCP

    Goldthorpe JCP

    Wombwell JCP

    Basildon JCP

    Retford JCP

    Worksop JCP

    Bedford JCP

    Broad Street JCP

    Birmingham City JCP

    Erdington JCP

    Handsworth JCP

    Kings Heath JCP

    Washwood Heath JCP

    Perry Barr JCP

    Sutton Coldfield JCP

    Selly Oak JCP

    Birmingham South West JCP

    Sparkhill JCP

    Yardley JCP

    Boston JCP

    Dereham JCP

    Thetford JCP

    Brentwood JCP

    Brighouse JCP

    Halifax JCP

    Todmorden JCP

    Chesterfield JCP

    Staveley JCP

    Edinburgh City JCP

    High Riggs JCP

    Leith JCP

    Wester Hailes JCP

    City Tower JCP

    York Monkgate JCP

    York Stonebow JCP

    Colchester JCP

    Corby JCP

    Skipton JCP

    Daventry JCP

    Dudley JCP

    Halesowen JCP

    Stourbridge JCP

    Annan JCP

    Dumfries JCP

    Stranraer JCP

    Musselburgh JCP

    Burton JCP

    Ilkeston JCP

    Long Eaton JCP

    Flint JCP

    Mold JCP

    Bury St. Edmunds JCP

    Milldenhall JCP

    Newmarket JCP

    Northallerton JCP

    Market Harborough JCP

    Hartlepool JCP

    Hastings JCP

    Hereford JCP

    Leominster JCP

    Ross-On-Wye JCP

    Dingwall JCP

    Fort William JCP

    Invergordon JCP

    Portree JCP

    Wick JCP

    Hinckley JCP

    Litchfield JCP

    Barnet JCP

    Edgware JCP

    Hendon JCP

    Finchley JCP

    Harlesden JCP

    Kilburn JCP

    Wembley JCP

    Willesden JCP

    Fulham JCP

    Shepherds Bush JCP

    Hounslow JCP

    Poplar JCP

    Wandsworth JCP

    Maidstone JCP

    Melton Mowbray JCP

    Frome JCP

    Wells JCP

    Dalkeith JCP

    Penicuik JCP

    Neath JCP

    Port Talbot JCP

    Newcastle City JCP

    Newcastle East JCP

    Newcastle West JCP

    Kidsgrove JCP

    Newcastle-under-Lyme JCP

    Irvine JCP

    Kilbirnie JCP

    Saltcoats JCP

    Airdrie JCP

    Bellshill JCP

    Cumbernauld JCP

    Motherwell JCP

    Clevedon JCP

    Weston Super Mare JCP

    Oxford JCP

    Redditch JCP

    Bexhill JCP

    Rugby JCP

    Ryedale JCP

    Eyemouth JCP

    Galashlels JCP

    Hawick JCP

    Bridgwater JCP

    Bridgnorth JCP

    Market Drayton JCP

    Oswestry JCP

    Shrewsbury JCP

    Whitchurch JCP

    Southampton JCP

    Southend JCP

    Grantham JCP

    Stamford JCP

    Didcot JCP

    Yeovil JCP

    Stratford-upon-Avon JCP

    Felixstowe JCP

    Leiston JCP

    Woodbridge JCP

    Sheerness JCP

    Sittingbourne JCP

    Swindon JCP

    Tamworth JCP

    Taunton JCP

    Clacton JCP

    Harwich JCP

    Grays JCP

    Cwmbran JCP

    Pontypool JCP

    Abingdon JCP

    Beccles JCP

    Lowestoft JCP

    Alexandria JCP

    Clydebank JCP

    Dumbarton JCP

    Witney JCP

    Minehead JCP

    Chippenham JCP

    Devizes JCP

    Salisbury JCP

    Trowbridge JCP

    Wrexham JCP

    That’s the provisional list so far published by the DWP on 9th December 2014.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 16, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    • Yes, we can all look at it as a “virus” for many it is.

      enigma

      February 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    • Tranche 2- May-July

      Banff JCP
      Fraserburgh JCP
      Peterhead JCP
      Sutton in Ashfield JCP
      Bournemouth JCP*
      (*Also serves Christchurch
      Borough Council)
      Winton JCP**
      (**Also serves East Dorset
      District Council)
      Bridgend JCP
      Maesteg JCP
      Porthcawl JCP
      Pyle JCP
      Waltham Cross JCP
      Bargoed JCP
      Blackwood JCP
      Caerphilly JCP7
      Canvey Island JCP
      Loughborough JCP
      Cheltenham JCP
      Banbury JCP
      Bournemouth JCP*
      (*Also serves Bournemouth
      Borough Council)
      Alloa JCP
      Colwyn JCP
      Llandudno JCP
      Bude JCP
      Redruth JCP
      St Austell JCP
      Bodmin JCP
      Penzance JCP*
      Truro JCP
      (*Also serves Council of the
      Isles of Scilly)
      Helston JCP
      Launceston JCP
      Liskeard JCP
      Newquay JCP
      Penryn & Falmouth JCP
      Cirencester JCP
      Rhyl JCP
      Poole JCP*
      (*Also serves Poole Borough
      Council and Purbeck District
      Council)
      Winton JCP**
      (**Also serves Bournemouth
      Borough Council)
      Eastbourne JCP*
      (*Also serves Wealden
      District Council)
      Eastleigh JCP
      Stornoway JCP
      Falkirk JCP
      Grangemouth JCP
      Cinderford JCP
      Coleford JCP
      Blaydon JCP
      Felling JCP
      Gateshead JCP
      Arnold JCP
      Anniesland JCP
      Bridgeton JCP
      Castlemilk JCP
      Drumchapel JCP
      Easterhouse JCP
      Govan JCP
      Langside JCP
      Laurieston JCP
      Maryhill JCP
      Newlands JCP
      Parkhead JCP
      Partick JCP
      Shettleston JCP
      Springburn JCP
      Gloucester JCP
      Gravesend JCP
      Glossop JCP*
      (*Also serves Staffordshire
      Moorlands District Council)
      Penzance JCP*
      (*Also serves Cornwall
      Council)
      Kettering JCP
      Batley JCP
      Dewsbury JCP
      Huddersfield JCP
      Spen Valley JCP
      Lewes JCP
      Newhaven JCP
      Barking JCP
      Dagenham JCP
      Acton JCP
      Ealing JCP
      Southall JCP
      Edmonton JCP
      Enfield JCP
      Palmers Green JCP
      Newport JCP
      Blandford JCP*
      (*Also serves Purbeck
      District Council)
      Grimsby JCP
      Immingham JCP
      Barton JCP
      Scunthorpe JCP
      Bedworth JCP
      Nuneaton JCP
      Kirkwall JCP
      Poole JCP*
      (*Also serves Purbeck
      District Council and East
      Dorset District Council)
      Poole JCP*
      (*Also serves Poole Borough
      Council and East Dorset
      District Council)
      Newbury JCP*
      (*Also serves Wokingham
      Borough Council and West
      Berkshire Council)
      Johnstone JCP
      Paisley JCP
      Renfrew JCP
      Richmond JCP
      Lerwick JCP
      Chelmsley Wood JCP
      Solihull JCP
      St Albans JCP
      Buxton JCP
      Stirling Council
      Stroud District Council
      Swansea City Council
      Telford & Wrekin Council
      Tewkesbury Borough Council
      Walsall Council
      Waltham Forest Council
      Wealden District Council
      West Berkshire Council
      Wokingham Borough Council

      KJ

      February 17, 2015 at 5:39 am

      • KJ:

        Put Tranche 3 up, if you have it.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        February 17, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      • Tranche 3-

        Tranche Three – September 2015 – November 2015

        Aberdeen Ebury House JCP
        Worthing JCP
        Alfreton JCP
        Belper JCP
        Heanor JCP
        Amlwch JCP
        Holyhead JCP
        Llangefni JCP
        Bognor Regis JCP
        Littlehampton JCP
        Aylesbury JCP
        Sudbury JCP2
        Abertillery JCP
        Ebbw Vale JCP
        Tredegar JCP
        Bolsover JCP
        Shirebrook JCP
        Bracknell JCP*
        (*Also serves Wokingham
        Borough Council)
        Bradford Eastbrook Court
        JCP
        Bradford Westfield House
        JCP
        Keighley JCP
        Shipley JCP
        Braintree JCP*
        (*Also serves Uttlesford
        District Council)
        Witham JCP
        Bedminster JCP
        Bishopsworth JCP
        Bristol Central JCP
        Bromsgrove JCP
        Beeston JCP
        Cardiff Alexandra House JCP
        Cardiff Charles Street JCP
        Ammanford JCP
        Carmarthen JCP
        Llanelli JCP
        Aberystwyth JCP
        Cardigan JCP
        Chelmsford JCP*
        (*Also serves Maldon District
        Council)
        Chichester JCP
        Chesham JCP
        Crawley JCP
        Hemel Hempstead JCP3
        Darlington JCP
        Matlock JCP
        Doncaster JCP
        Mexborough JCP
        Thorne JCP
        Dundee Wellgate JCP
        Bishop Auckland JCP
        Chester-Le-Street JCP
        Consett JCP
        Crook JCP
        Durham JCP
        Newton Aycliffe JCP
        Peterlee JCP
        Seaham JCP
        Spennymoor JCP
        Stanley JCP
        Honiton JCP
        Louth JCP
        Skegness JCP
        Rushden JCP
        Exeter JCP*
        (*Also serves West Devon
        Borough Council)
        Bangor JCP
        Caernarfon JCP
        Dolgellau JCP
        Machynlleth JCP
        Porthmadog JCP
        Pwllheli JCP
        Borehamwood JCP
        Horsham JCP*
        (*Also serves Mid Sussex
        District Council)
        Greenock JCP
        Port Glasgow JCP
        Ipswich JCP
        Lincoln Orchard Street JCP
        Harrow JCP4
        Hayes JCP
        Uxbridge JCP
        Barnsbury JCP
        Finsbury Park JCP
        Highgate JCP
        Twickenham JCP
        Chelmsford JCP*
        (*Also serves Chelmsford
        City Council)
        Malvern Hills JCP
        Mansfield Hill House JCP
        Chatham JCP
        Merthyr Tydfil JCP
        Tiverton JCP
        Stowmarket JCP
        Haywards Heath JCP
        Horsham JCP*
        (*Also serves Horsham
        District Council)
        Milton Keynes JCP
        Abergavenny JCP
        Caldicot JCP
        Chepstow JCP
        Buckie JCP
        Elgin JCP
        Forres JCP
        Newark JCP
        Barnstaple JCP
        Clay Cross JCP
        Staveley JCP
        Sleaford JCP
        Cromer JCP
        Fakenham JCP
        North Walsham JCP
        Killingworth JCP5
        North Shields JCP
        Wallsend JCP
        Whitley Bay JCP
        Atherstone JCP
        Coalville JCP
        Northampton JCP*
        (*Also serves South
        Northamptonshire Council)
        Haverfordwest JCP
        Milford Haven JCP
        Pembroke Dock JCP
        Reading JCP*
        (*Also serves Wokingham
        Borough Council and West
        Berkshire Council)
        North Kensington JCP
        Kingston JCP
        Maidenhead JCP
        Oldbury JCP
        Smethwick JCP
        Tipton JCP
        West Bromwich JCP
        Scarborough JCP
        Whitby JCP
        Selby JCP
        Tonbridge JCP*
        (*Also serves Tonbridge and
        Malling Borough Council)
        Slough JCP
        Ayr JCP
        Girvan JCP
        Swadlincote JCP
        Totnes JCP
        Spalding JCP
        Cambuslang JCP
        East Kilbride JCP
        Hamilton JCP
        Lanark JCP
        Rutherglen JCP
        Diss JCP
        Northampton JCP*
        (*Also serves Northampton
        Borough Council)
        Stafford JCP
        Houghton-le-Spring JCP
        Southwick JCP
        Sunderland JCP
        Washington JCP
        Newton Abbott JCP
        Andover JCP
        Margate JCP
        Ramsgate JCP
        Watford JCP*
        (*Also serves Watford
        Borough Council)
        Tonbridge JCP*
        (*Also serves Sevenoaks
        District Council)
        Bideford JCP
        Tunbridge Wells JCP
        Braintree JCP*
        (*Also serves Braintree
        District Council)
        Witham JCP
        Leamington Spa JCP
        Watford JCP*
        (*Also serves Three Rivers
        District Council)
        Wellingborough JCP
        Hatfield JCP7
        West Berkshire Council
        West Devon Borough Council
        West Dorset District Council
        West Lindsey District Council
        West Lothian Council
        City of Westminster
        Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
        Winchester City Council
        Wokingham Borough Council
        Worcester City Council
        Wychavon District Council
        Wycombe District Council
        Wyre Forest District Council
        Local authority Jobcentre area
        Reading JCP*
        (*Also serves West Berkshire
        Council and Wokingham
        Borough Council)
        Exeter JCP*
        (*Also serves Exeter City
        Council)
        Bridport JCP
        Gainsborough JCP
        Bathgate JCP
        Broxburn JCP
        Livingston JCP
        Marylebone JCP
        Westminster JCP
        Weymouth JCP
        Winchester JCP
        Bracknell JCP*
        (*Also serves Bracknell
        Forest Council)
        Reading JCP**
        (**Also serves Reading
        Borough Council and West
        Berkshire Council)
        Worcester JCP
        Evesham JCP
        High Wycombe JCP
        Kidderminster JCP

        KJ

        February 19, 2015 at 2:47 am

      • Tranche Four – December 2015 – April 2016

        Arbroath JCP
        Forfar JCP
        Montrose JCP
        Campbeltown JCP
        Dunoon JCP
        Helensburgh JCP
        Oban JCP
        Rothesay JCP8
        Basingstoke JCP
        Leicester New Walk JCP*
        (*Also serves Leicester City
        Council)
        Brighton JCP
        Hove JCP
        Easton JCP
        Horfield JCP
        Shirehampton JCP
        Cambridge JCP*
        (*Also serves East
        Cambridgeshire District
        Council and South
        Cambridgeshire District
        Council)
        Ely JCP
        Huntingdon JCP**
        (**Also serves Huntingdon
        District Council)
        Wisbech JCP***
        (***Also serves Fenland
        District Council)
        Cannock JCP*
        (*Also serves South
        Staffordshire Council)
        Canterbury JCP
        Herne Bay JCP
        Whitstable JCP
        Biggleswade JCP
        Dunstable JCP
        Leighton Buzzard JCP
        Coventry Cofa Court JCP
        Coventry Tile Hill JCP
        Dartford JCP
        Derby Forester House JCP
        Derby Normanton Road JCP
        Derby St Peters House JCP
        Dover JCP
        Cumnock JCP
        Kilmarnock JCP9
        Cambridge JCP*
        (*Also serves
        Cambridgeshire County
        Council and South
        Cambridgeshire District
        Council)
        Kirkintilloch JCP
        Alton JCP
        Bordon JCP
        Petersfield JCP
        Hertford JCP
        Barrhead JCP
        Beverley JCP
        Bridlington JCP
        Goole JCP
        Hessle JCP
        Staines JCP*
        (*Also serves Runnymede
        Borough Council and
        Spelthorne Borough Council)
        Weybridge JCP**
        (**Also serves Runnymede
        Borough Council)
        Loughton JCP
        Epsom JCP
        Fareham JCP
        Wisbech JCP*
        (*Also serves
        Cambridgeshire County
        Council)
        Cowdenbeath JCP
        Cupar JCP
        Dunfermline JCP
        Glenrothes JCP
        Kirkcaldy JCP
        Leven JCP
        St. Andrews JCP
        Gosport JCP
        Great Yarmouth JCP10
        Guildford JCP*
        (*Also serves Waverley
        Borough Council)
        Harlow JCP
        Farnborough JCP*
        (*Also serves Rushmoor
        Borough Council)
        Cosham JCP*
        (*Also serves Portsmouth
        City Council)
        Havant JCP
        Portsmouth JCP**
        (**Also serves Portsmouth
        City Council)
        Hull Britannia House JCP
        Hull Market Place JCP
        Huntingdon JCP*
        (*Also serves
        Cambridgeshire County
        Council)
        Newport Isle of Wight JCP
        Ryde JCP
        King’s Lynn JCP
        Guiseley JCP
        Leeds Eastgate JCP
        Leeds Park Place JCP
        Leeds South JCP
        Leeds Southern House JCP
        Morley JCP
        Pudsey JCP
        Seacroft JCP
        Leicester Charles Street JCP*
        (*Also serves Oadby and
        Wigston Borough Council)
        Leicester New Walk JCP**
        (**Also serves Blaby District
        Council)
        Leicester Wellington Street
        JCP
        Bexleyheath JCP
        Bromley JCP11
        Kentish Town JCP
        Croydon JCP
        Purley JCP
        Thornton Heath JCP
        Dalston JCP
        Hackney JCP
        Hoxton JCP
        Tottenham JCP
        Wood Green JCP
        Hornchurch JCP
        Romford JCP
        Brixton JCP
        Clapham Common JCP
        Kennington Park JCP
        Stockwell JCP
        Streatham JCP
        Forest Hill JCP
        Lewisham JCP
        Mitcham JCP
        Canning Town JCP
        East Ham JCP
        Plaistow JCP
        Stratford JCP
        Redbridge JCP
        London Bridge JCP
        Peckham JCP
        Sutton JCP
        Luton JCP
        Middlesbrough East JCP
        Middlesbrough JCP
        Redhill JCP*
        (*Also serves Reigate and
        Banstead Council and
        Tandridge District Council)
        Hythe JCP
        Lymington JCP
        Ringwood JCP12
        Letchworth JCP
        Alnwick JCP
        Ashington JCP
        Bedlington JCP
        Berwick JCP
        Blyth JCP
        Cramlington JCP
        Hexham JCP
        Morpeth JCP
        Norwich JCP
        Bulwell JCP
        Nottingham Parliament St
        JCP
        Nottingham Station St JCP
        Leicester Charles Street JCP*
        (*Also serves Leicester City
        Council)
        Blairgowrie JCP
        Perth JCP
        Peterborough JCP
        Devonport JCP
        Plymouth JCP*
        (*Also serves West Devon
        Borough Council)
        Cosham JCP*
        (*Also serves Havant
        Borough Council)
        Portsmouth JCP**
        (**Also serves Havant
        Borough Council)
        Brecon JCP
        Llandrindod Wells JCP
        Newtown JCP
        Welshpool JCP
        Ystradgynlais JCP
        Eston JCP
        Guisborough JCP
        Loftus JCP
        Redcar JCP
        Redhill JCP*
        (*Also serves Mole Valley
        District Council and
        Tandridge District Council)13
        Aberdare JCP
        Llantrisant JCP
        Mountain Ash JCP
        Pontypridd JCP
        Porth JCP
        Tonypandy JCP
        Treorchy JCP
        Rayleigh JCP
        Dinnington JCP
        Maltby JCP
        Rotherham JCP
        Eltham JCP
        Woolwich JCP
        Staines JCP*
        (*Also serves Elmbridge
        Borough Council and
        Spelthorne Borough Council)
        Weybridge JCP**
        (**Also serves Elmbridge
        Borough Council)
        Aldershot JCP*
        (*Also serves Waverly
        Borough Council)
        Farnborough JCP**
        (**Also serves Hart District
        Council)
        Chapeltown JCP
        Sheffield Bailey Court JCP
        Sheffield Cavendish Court
        JCP
        Sheffield Eastern Ave JCP
        Sheffield Hillsborough JCP
        Sheffield Woodhouse JCP
        Folkestone JCP
        Cambridge JCP*
        (*Also serves
        Cambridgeshire County
        Council and East
        Cambridgeshire District
        Council)
        Kingswood JCP
        Yate JCP14
        Cannock JCP*
        (*Also serves Cannock Chase
        District Council)
        Jarrow JCP
        South Shields JCP
        Staines JCP*
        (*Also serves Elmbridge
        Borough Council and
        Runnymede Borough
        Council)
        Stevenage JCP
        Billingham JCP
        Stockton JCP
        Thornaby JCP
        Hanley JCP
        Longton JCP
        Camberley JCP
        Redhill JCP*
        (*Also serves Mole Valley
        District Council and Reigate
        and Banstead Council)
        Watford JCP*
        (*Also serves Watford
        Borough Council)
        Brixham JCP
        Torquay JCP
        Barry JCP
        Penarth JCP
        Castleford JCP
        Hemsworth JCP
        Pontefract JCP
        Wakefield JCP
        Willenhall JCP
        Watford JCP*
        (*Also serves Three Rivers
        District Council)
        Aldershot JCP*
        (*Also serves Rushmoor
        Borough Council)
        Guildford JCP**
        (**Also serves Guildford
        Borough Council)
        Plymouth JCP*
        (*Also serves Plymouth City
        Council)
        Woking JCP
        Bilston JCP
        Wolverhampton Chapel
        Court JCP
        Wolverhampton Molineaux
        House JCP

        KJ

        February 19, 2015 at 2:53 am

  6. The Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2014

    30.Sanctions: transition from old style ESA.
    31.Escalation of sanctions: transition from old style ESA.
    32.Sanctions: transition from old style JSA.
    33.Escalation of sanctions: transition from old style JSA.
    34.Sanctions: temporary return to certain existing benefits.
    35.Loss of benefit penalties: transition from existing benefits other than tax credits.
    36.Loss of benefit penalties: reduction of universal credit

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2014/1230/contents/made

    enigma

    February 16, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  7. Oh Look, the first Media Cracks in UC is starting to appear – with a pointed up yours to George [Iain “Pretentious” Duncan] Smith… Nice…

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-31487792

    Gazza

    February 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    • It won’t be the last.

      enigma

      February 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    • That’s really funny.

      So is this little boy now saying he was duped by DWP, I mean how can he be so clear of understanding in the promotional video yet contradict it completely later on while working may I add.

      So what hes saying in fact whether DWP like it or not (I doubt there comment) is that infact DWP DIDNT PREPARE HIM FOR WORK, THAT UNIVERSAL CREDIT DIDNT AND STILL DOESNT MIMIC WORK BEYOND THE DRUDGE OF NO REWARD.

      I particularly liked it in the video when this lad said I never knew about these courses or schemes until I got universal credit, well someone didn’t get jobseeker directed every other week as the rest of us have endured for countless months over countless years.

      gaia

      February 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      • You know though what will happen to him now!.

        enigma

        February 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    • It looks like that clip might be part of next Monday’s Inside Out North West prog.

      The chief executive of the National Housing Federation David Orr said: “This scheme isn’t even ready to fully roll out in Ashton-Under-Lyne, where it’s been piloted for two years, let alone the rest of the country.”
      LOL

      Another Fine Mess

      February 16, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      • That was the impression I got, and hell knows there have been plenty of articles, radio and telly reports.

        I also thought they’d run up against significant problems – for clients and for their own system.

        Andrew Coates

        February 16, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      • that clip
        It’s being used on tonight’s North West Tonight @ 6:30pm.

        Another Fine Mess

        February 16, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      • Should be the very 1st news item here when it appears.
        http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b052g77z
        On next Monday’s Inside Out North West prog aswell.

        Another Fine Mess

        February 16, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      • I love it when this sort of story comes out in to the open, DWP of course will just bury their heads in the sand again.

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        February 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm

  8. Those who would like to see themselves as morally superior on the basis of their waistline are now given free licence to express their disgust for the fat.

    If the intention is to give people a second chance, to live a slim, healthy and prosperous life – then the answer is no. We know, from existing studies, that obese people may well lose some weight, but that 80% to 95% will return to their original weight after a few months.

    But here is the alternative theory. What if the intention is not to make people slimmer, but to make the obese reconcile themselves with the fact that they are worthless human beings, and hence unworthy of receiving any financial support from anyone? If that is the case, then the initiative may work very well indeed.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/16/david-cameron-obese-big-society-benefits

    enigma

    February 16, 2015 at 8:46 pm

  9. The BBC have somehow managed to get hold of a photo of the new UC computer.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-11735673

    Another Fine Mess

    February 16, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    • Wow, I want one!

      enigma

      February 16, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    • So someone who works varying hours per week will have to make a new claim, very often, so how long will it take for that person to receive benefits after making a new claim, when less than 16 hours.

      enigma

      February 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      • Enigma,

        Better yet how many of the claims will diseapear? In my case when I signed up to the super-dooper wonderous system known as UJM, my claim vanished. Twice. If I had not been paying closer attention than normal I would not have realized. DWP would have won though – one less application. Whats not to like?
        A relative had the same thing happen three times but didn’t realize what was going on. Three weeks later…. Claim of course was not backdated. Who won there I wonder? Could it possibly be DWP… hhhhhmmmm….

        Gazza

        February 16, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      • I think the idea is supposed to be that if you have low, or no hours one week, then it will would be partially made up by UC, – in about 4 weeks time.
        What could possibly go wrong? LOL

        Another Fine Mess

        February 16, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    • There must be some mistake… This is far to advanced for the DWP.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      February 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  10. The preparation guide to homelessness, hunger & starvation.

    Introduction

    Universal Credit prepares claimants for the world of work in which 75 per cent of employees are paid monthly. It also encourages claimants to take responsibility for their own financial affairs. To that end, Universal Credit is paid in a single monthly sum to households. Households are expected to manage their own budgets, making housing costs a priority.
    It is important that claimants are able to make the same sorts of decisions as those in work and develop the financial capability to do so. The purpose of this guidance is to provide high-level information. It sets out the Department’s approach to provide Personal Budgeting Support (PBS) and Alternative Payment Arrangements (APA) where appropriate for Universal Credit claimants, considering a combination of financial and other challenging factors eg addiction, homelessness, learning difficulties etc.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/378300/personal-budgeting-support-guidance.pdf

    enigma

    February 16, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    • It’s about time they put a sock in this ridiculous world of work and realised just how daft they look.

      For every single employer/boss/manager/owner that I’ve worked for. If I’d worked the first week and then just not bothered to turn up for the second week, the boss would have simply rung me and asked if I was OK?, or shall we count this as an owed day off? Or at worst, do I just want to lose a days pay while I get my act together? They certainly wouldn’t have threatened the sack, and they certainly wouldn’t have said I now have to work for the next 3 months without pay.

      The same goes for bugeting. Walking miles to get a loaf for 47p is just something you don’t do while working. Time is money, so you just pop into the nearest shop pay £1.80 and not worry to much about it.

      Another Fine Mess

      February 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      • arrhhhh
        The same goes for bugeting. Walking miles to get a loaf for 47p is just something you don’t do while working. Time is money, so you just pop into the nearest shop pay £1.80 and not worry to much about it.

        Another Fine Mess

        February 16, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    • What is the fascination with monthly. Pay?? I work, and I’m paid monthly, and I do make rent etc a priority but I choose to get my tax credits n child benefit weekly?? !!! Still ids n co are not of this planet….

      kat rehman

      February 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm

  11. Same old cobblers. They’re looking desperate now.

    David Cameron: Jobless teenagers must carry out community work to get benefits

    “They will be required to do 30 hours a week of work in the community which can include making meals for older people, working in local parks or cleaning up war memorials.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/11416694/David-Cameron-Jobless-teenagers-must-carry-out-community-work-to-get-benefits.html

    Another Fine Mess

    February 17, 2015 at 12:25 am

    • If you walk around this town, from 8am to 5pm, you will see those pushing babies walking aroud, but you won’t see any other teenagers, as is the case for those that are aged up to 25, of course this will be the case in other area’s. if it isn’t it soon will be.

      enigma

      February 17, 2015 at 9:38 am

  12. Iv been reading this blog for some time, it’s about time I posted. When I was signing on all I ever saw down the job centre were the same faces complaining about being sanctioned for something or other. I know their systems are crap and their CV building courses are pointless but I never had any problems, they even bought me a new bike to get to work and gave me other benefits for finding a job. There’s two types of job seekers, those who want to work and those who don’t. There are plenty of jobs out there you just need to put the effort in to find one. Props to ipswichunemployedaction

    http://www.hotjobseeker.com

    johnny bravo

    February 17, 2015 at 1:39 am

    • DM reader got lost? or just sPam?

      I’m going for both!

      Another Fine Mess

      February 17, 2015 at 8:04 am

    • Ah, Johnny “Wooster” Bravo just wandered in… Lost are you? The Daily Heils are looking for you and your ilk…

      Gazza

      February 17, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    • Give me a new bike anytime and I’ll cycle to the Suffolk Salt Mines for work!

      Andrew Coates

      February 17, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    • The three vacancies which you have posted on your website are all fake. This is because you are an affiliate for CV Library who pay you £1 for each CV that you supply. You also charge employers $100 plus VAT to access your database and post jobs. I doubt if this database actually exists. Your website has no contact address although the Domain Registration gives an address off Ranelagh Road. In short you are a scammer. I suggest you get on your ‘free’ bike. I have rated Hotjobseeker.com as untrustworthy on Web of Trust complete with a back-up comment.

      https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/hotjobseeker.com

      milliem

      February 25, 2015 at 2:53 pm

  13. I was wondering why those jobcentres were chosen,the above headlines explain why.

    G4s are in the news recently again,giving rise to claims their presence are just a little bit more then seen but not unheard.intimidating claimants’.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-8ee2-G4S-security-threats-will-not-deter-benefits-protests#.VOKgnyxJ3CM

    ken

    February 17, 2015 at 2:11 am

  14. Where the hell is my new bike, my local job centre don’t even pay full bus fare after they promised they would! They do NOTHING and I have talked to staff and ex-staff who admit that the situation has changed and it is no longer about getting you a job.

    jruti

    February 17, 2015 at 9:01 am

  15. George Osborne once advised people to use “clever financial products” that could have helped them reduce care costs and inheritance tax, a video from 2003 shows.

    The re-emergence of the footage will be embarrassing for the chancellor as it comes amid controversy about the government’s lack of prosecutions of tax evaders who had accounts at HSBC in Switzerland.

    Downing Street has also been criticised over the subsequent appointment of the former HSBC boss Stephen Green as a trade minister and the lack of investigation into the bank’s activities.

    As Labour accused Osborne of avoiding answering questions about the scandal, the video of him as a backbench MP more than a decade ago was dug out by the Huffington Post.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/16/osborne-advised-using-financial-loopholes-to-avoid-tax-and-care-costs

    enigma

    February 17, 2015 at 11:27 am

    • Don’t worry the Person behind the Leak says there is more to come. Interesting Times if you’re a Tory/Rich/Wooster supporter…

      Gazza

      February 17, 2015 at 12:55 pm

  16. All:

    According to the DWP, the My Work Plan booklet is not available when Universal Credit is claimed. I know it’s not mandatory to use for people on JSA and claimants can currently evidence their work search through whichever means they deem suitable and most effective.

    However, does anyone know what will be “available” for people claiming Universal Credit, and will it be mandatory?

    jj joop

    February 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  17. JJ:

    Latest Guidance:

    From: Operations FOI Requests

    Department for Work and Pensions

    13 August 2014

    My Work Plan Booklet Guidance Queries and Help.

    9. My Work Plan booklet. However, this booklet is not a mandatory product for demonstrating evidence of work search and claimants have the right to demonstrate what they have done to look for work through whichever means they deem suitable and most effective.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/222865/response/549956/attach/html/4/My%20Work%20Plan%20guidance.pdf.html

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    • Obi:

      Thanks for the latest link. I’ve been trying to find any information about what Universal Credit claimants may have to use.

      The My Work Plan Booklet Guidance Queries and Help says that its is only “available” for people claiming JSA. I’ve never bothered with it, despite being repeatedly badgered by my coachy to use it. The last time she tried, I stuck paragraph 9 under her nose. She didn’t like it, but what the hell.

      I want to find out if they’re going to carry this booklet over to Universal Credit, and if they do, will it then be mandatory to use. I can’t seem to find anything, though.

      jj joop

      February 17, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      • Any ideas?

        jj joop

        February 17, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      • Completion of the My Work Plan booklet is not a condition of Jobseekers Allowance or Universal Credit.

        This means that you don’t have to use it when on UC,

        Those on UC will have to carry on as usual looking for and applying for jobs. just keep a print out of all what you have done regarding job search. just as you may be doing now.

        There is a lot of requests on whatdotheyknow regarding UC.

        enigma

        February 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      • enigma:

        Yeah, I’ve noticed. The questions/requests are going into freefall. I’m still on JSA, like most people. And I don’t use the booklet. Never will, either. What a waste of time, and paper.

        jj joop

        February 17, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      • I don’t use it either, I have just came off ESA and went onto JSA, the first thing I was given was the booklet, told to sign it etc, so I brought out the guidance on it and put it in front of them, no more was said about it.

        There will still be advisers in the jobcentres when they become digital. so no worries regarding showing our job search evidence.

        enigma

        February 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      • Their stuffed when they cannot gain access to your universal jobmatch account.giving them access,gives you potential problems.anyone including the decision maker can access what someones put down.

        people fall for this as they exploit peoples ignorance,they were hoping just to click in for all your jobseach activity in data format in front of them. the digital by default isn’t quite.

        ken

        February 18, 2015 at 3:16 am

    • Abolishing Jobseeker’s Allowance for 18-21 year olds and replacing it with a Youth Allowance. After six months young people on the Youth Allowance will have to take an apprenticeship or do daily community work for those benefits.

      21 at the moment.

      enigma

      February 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      • They’re just creating a pool of cheap labour for employers to exploit.

        jj joop

        February 17, 2015 at 4:46 pm

      • Very true JJ, what will they call it when JSA is abolished for 21 +

        enigma

        February 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      • It wont work, in fact it will make mattes worse – guess what this is the finding of DWP themselves!!!!:

        http://t.co/lYgPMoTXAr

        or

        http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2014/12/10/failure-of-government-workfare-scheme-revealed

        So this is all Tory Claptrap rubbish.
        How so? Nothing has changed since then – so you’ll just get the same outcome – wasted money, wated lives.

        Gazza

        February 18, 2015 at 5:28 am

      • THEY WILL CALL IT THE YOUTH TRAINING SCHEME OR YTS

        dwp

        February 18, 2015 at 8:42 am

      • Yes no matter what scheme it is, a complete waste of time but then all those schemes were created to stop all those accused of making any money on the side.

        enigma

        February 18, 2015 at 1:08 pm

  18. This paper examines claimants’ attitudes to Universal Credit, their behaviour and labour market outcomes

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/403415/universal-credit-survey-report-final-ad-hoc-20.pdf

    This report assesses what difference Universal Credit has made to the employment and earnings of new claimants in the first 4 areas.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/403546/Universal_Credit_estimating_the_early_labour_market_impacts_-_ad_hoc_19.pdf

    enigma

    February 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    • “Views expressed in this report are not necessarily those of the Department for Work and Pensions or any other Government Department” – are you sure!

      enigma

      February 17, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    • Nice Post there enigma, I particularly liked the last link where it says,

      “Encourage more people into work and to make even small amounts of work pay
      and be SEEN TO PAY”.

      It still infers the tory mantra that claimants DONT WANT TO WORK, but more importantly proves the point the Tories as they attempted to put it but obviously failed “CANT MAKE WORK PAY”.

      This is further highlighted with the phrases,

      “Universal Credit does not distinguish between people who are in work and on a
      low income, and those who are out of work”, and

      “Many claimants on low incomes will still be paid Universal Credit when they first
      start a new job or increase their part-time hours”.

      Basically they have muddied the ground between not working to working part time but not exceeding 30 hours and working part time but not exceeding 30 hours to working 30 plus hours. So statistically they can claim more people are in work and that it does pay because the taxpayer and NOT the claimant/new employee saves what ever gets deducted from UC.

      So the phrase make work pay means what exactly and for whom ?

      Theres a lot of people in the UK who work but only part time for a multitude of reasons but under JSA, the government couldn’t set about hassling them into conditionality with the end result the claimant cancelling out there respective JSA payment (taking away DWPs power)while maintaining housing benefit and other reliefs.

      Now under UC unless someone can confirm differently, they now have the power to stop the whole shebang (all benefits), meaning they could quite easily sanction all a persons benefits if say they only worked 30 hours but in DWP eyes wasn’t earning enough (ie needing and receiving tax credit and or housing benefit ) or making steps to increase it.

      When you analyse UC carefully you will see its pure design is to FORCIBLY PUSH people off claiming benefits, to DISINCENTIVISE people to want to claim it or even return to rather than the HELP INTO WORK APPROACH they have constantly insisted they are advocating and applying.

      I remember saying right back when UC was first past into regulation that it was a trick designed to distract the working public by making them turn on and despise the unemployed while all the while it was aimed at them, the without doubt largest claimers of benefits.

      Why do you think the Tories REFUSED to remove CHILD TAX CREDIT from UC.

      You see tax credit isn’t to be confused with unemployment benefit, even housing benefit (non contributory) as the latter is a donation and not related to tax/NI payments where as tax credit is just that, a credit from your very own tax paid to the treasury.

      Basically im saying DWP decide whether or not you get back some of your VERY OWN HARDEARNED MONEY YOU HANDED OVER FOR TAXES.

      So does anyone want to take a stab at why our government be they Tory, Labour or otherwise wont simply increase the amount you can earn before paying taxes to completely absolve the need for tax credit, child tax credit or housing top ups ?

      gaia

      February 18, 2015 at 10:51 am

  19. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    February 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm

  20. The Church of England has launched a strongly worded attack on Britain’s political culture, criticising all parties for offering only “sterile arguments” that are likely to make voters more apathetic and cynical in the runup to the general election.

    In an unprecedented intervention, the church’s bishops have published a joint open letter warning that “our democracy is failing” and attacking the “growing appetite to exploit grievances” and “find scapegoats” in society. They called for “a fresh moral vision of the kind of country we want to be”.

    “There is a deep contradiction in the attitudes of a society which celebrates equality in principle yet treats some people, especially the poor and vulnerable, as unwanted, unvalued and unnoticed,” the bishops write.

    Describing people who rely on social security “in terms that imply they are undeserving, dependent and ought to be self-sufficient” deters others from providing neighbourly support, the bishops say.

    It is “game-playing”, they write, “to claim that anyone who cares about the impact of austerity on the most vulnerable members of society is … careless about the extent of national indebtedness”, adding that “it is to the discredit of our politicians” that the financial crisis has become a political football.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/17/church-of-england-calls-for-fresh-moral-vision-in-british-politics

    enigma

    February 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    • OH IDS doesn’t like it!

      Iain Duncan Smith says that when he heard Bishops talking about ‘alienation and dwindling relevence’ in pre-election intervention he assumed they were talking about their own congregations

      The Church of England claimed in a highly poliltical pre-election intervention that Thatcherism should be consigned to history because it no longer has the answers to Britain’s problems.

      The Church’s most senior clerics said the free-market ideas embodied by Margaret Thatcher were “fragmenting” society and “entrenching” inequality between rich and poor.

      The comments infuriated senior Conservatives. Mr Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, told Sky News: “Personally, when I heard the Bishops comments about alienation and dwindling relevance I thought they were talking about the Church of England congregations.

      “It is ironic that despite claiming to be non partisan they only produce these reports when conservatives are in government.

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/11419923/Iain-Duncan-Smith-mocks-Church-of-Englands-dwindling-relevence.html

      enigma

      February 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  21. hhhmmm Maybe there is some hope for the BBC.

    A very good 10min video spiel by a Retiring Surgical Consultant about the Problems of the NHS.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31506317

    He tells it as it is

    Gazza

    February 17, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    • The thing is if you don’t you should and if you do stop ignoring it.

      Global crash or not, everything goes up every year, we as a country no matter the reason take less financially in than we spend, so we borrow with interest.

      http://www.debtbombshell.com/

      So under a capitalistic management system and no im not advocating communism or socialism, eventually no matter what we pay, we will not be able to sustain the cost let alone consider paying back the national debt or even the interest on it. It would make no difference if all went private and would infact accelerate this eventuality who’s timescale really is held on very tenuous global let alone national financial vines all interconnected.

      gaia

      February 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

  22. The final report from the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance has been released on February 18 2015

    The Commission was set up because Local Government finance urgently needs reform

    The Commission’s vision is for a finance system that:

    •Promotes self-reliance and self-sufficiency
    •Encourages entrepreneurialism and innovation
    •Promotes local decision-making on service delivery
    •Is transparent in how it works and in the division of responsibilities between central and local government
    •Maintains support for the most vulnerable.
    “Local government and the services it provides are on a cliff-edge.

    “Councils’ success at implementing cuts over the past few years has shielded people from the stark reality that the services they use can’t carry as they are for much longer.

    “The urgent need for reform is going to be one of the biggest and most important challenges facing the next government. Without it, many of the key services which have been part of everyday life for generations may not be there much longer.

    http://www.cipfa.org/-/media/iclgf/documents/iclgf_final_report.pdf

    enigma

    February 18, 2015 at 10:26 am

    • Promoting employment while protecting the vulnerable.

      Education, training and skills — local authorities, collaborating through Local
      Enterprise Partnerships and sub-national Pioneer areas could be entirely
      responsible for further and adult education, skills and apprenticeships,
      regeneration and employment support, including the Work Programme.
      This involves replacing the current system of more than 100 funding streams
      so that investment decisions can be based on local factors such as what local
      businesses need to create jobs.

      Supporting families and children through early intervention

      The costs of failing to support young people are high — £5,500 to lock up a young
      offender for a month, £46,000 to take a child into care and £4,500 to maintain an
      18-24 year old NEET for a year. Coordination of different services to provide a
      joined up intervention when families hit problems has been improving, with the
      Troubled Families programme building on good practice in local government.
      However, practitioners have told us that still more could be done by central
      government to ensure that departments work together efficiently and coherently.
      The government could work with Pioneers to embed the Troubled Families
      approach to funding and collaboration across the full range of services for families
      and young people

      enigma

      February 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

    • We’re seeing “self- sufficient/sufficiency” appear a lot aren’t we.

      enigma

      February 18, 2015 at 12:52 pm

  23. more workfare

    Official figures show unemployment in Scotland – which includes those who are out of work and not eligible for benefits – dropped to 149,000 in the final three months of last year.

    That total is 48,000 less than the same period the previous year, with Deputy First Minister John Swinney saying: “Unemployment is now back to levels not seen since 2009 as the Scottish economy continues to recover.”

    The number of Scots in work increased by 63,000 over the year and 20,000 from October to December, to stand at 2,625,000, the Office for National Statistics also revealed.

    http://www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/news/scottish-headlines/unemployment-total-down-15-000-1-3693785

    enigma

    February 18, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    • So the message is:

      If your 18 to 21, not in work, training or education, a future Conservative government will make you into an unpaid slave.

      Cameron has finally lost the plot.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      February 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  24. Meanwhile

    Swiss prosecutors are searching offices of the Geneva subsidiary of HSBC bank in an inquiry into alleged money-laundering.

    They said they were investigating HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) and “persons unknown for suspected aggravated money laundering”.

    The investigation could be extended to people suspected of committing or participating in money laundering.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-31516416

    enigma

    February 18, 2015 at 12:05 pm

  25. We can’t vote on this government’s welfare reform with out-of-date data.

    In a conference on poverty statistics at the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) last week, throughout the day, one thematic gripe emerged: timeliness for data on poverty. One particularly sophisticated and definitive dataset, the Office for National Statistics’ Households Below Average Income (HBAI) publication will not be released until after the election.

    This delay in releasing the most up-to-date figures on HBAI is concerning. Not only does it hamper the ongoing analysis that thinktanks, academics and charities do with the data, it means that the general election in May will be fought on out-of-date information, and the public will be asked to cast votes without knowing the effects of the coalition’s far-reaching welfare reforms.

    The last HBAI figures, published by the Department for Work and Pensions in July 2014, covered the 2012/13 financial year: crucially ending just as welfare reform came in. So, the impact of the bedroom tax, the removal of council tax assistance schemes, changes to disability living allowance and employment support allowance, and benefit sanctions are not reflected in any of this data. The figures that will most accurately show the nationwide effect of the coalition’s policies, meanwhile, will be published just after the country heads to the polls.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/18/we-cant-vote-welfare-reform-out-of-date-data

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

  26. Tory youth welfare plans an attack on the north, Lib Dems say.

    Party produces analysis showing those most affected by the policy to make school leavers do community work or face losing state support will be in non Tory-voting areas.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/18/tory-youth-welfare-plans-attack-north-lib-dems

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm

  27. The Guardian:

    Brian Adcock on the party leaders’ TV debates – cartoon.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm

  28. Esther McVey has stated she would like to be ‘Prime Minister’ on Loose Women on ITV1 today.

    Power Crazed Tory who obviously can’t get enough!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 18, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    • She maybe able to lie like Thatcher but I highly doubt she has the same IQ which was if memory serves me well around 164.

      There’s reasons why we have had only one lady prime minister such as,

      We are still a majority male driven country,

      Women (not all but most) allow whether intended or not emotions to cloud there judgement which isn’t a bad thing, infact i would say its a good thing but would mean a slower reaction time to change,

      Are by far and large, selective in knowledge so end up looking stupid in the public eye and not installing confidence in electoral votes like for instance Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann.

      Thatcher was a rare one that like her or not well and truly earned her place at the head of the table and is not likely to come around often I suspect. She was a man in sheep’s clothing.

      Voting for Ester McVey is as the Americans put it, “voting for a soccer mom” and we all know what Americans think of football as we play it.

      gaia

      February 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm

  29. Ministers are reaching beyond “scroungers” and aiming at Britain’s working poor.

    David Cameron has started targeting the low-paid in a new benefits trial; this message could undermine his claim to be in favour of Britain’s “hardworking people”.

    One change in particular threatens to scupper Cameron’s claim to be on the side of Britain’s hard working people. In an alteration to legislation that went largely unnoticed at the end of last month, the government introduced a pilot for 15,000 low-paid working universal credit claimants. Those participating in the mandatory scheme may find that their benefits are reduced if they do not actively seek to work more hours or increase their salary.

    The change is important because this policy goes beyond targeting jobseekers, the sick and disabled. If penalises those who are hard at work, maintaining part-time, low-salaried jobs

    Labour peer Baroness Sherlock said in the House of Lords before the secondary legislation was introduced: ‘If you have been on benefits and you get a job, you do not expect the department to ring you up at work saying, “Come and talk to me because you’re not working enough”.

    ‘I think that people who feel that they have escaped the tender ministrations of the jobcentre are going to be a little taken aback when they find that it starts following them to work.’

    Sanctions can apply of claimants working less than 35 hours a week on minimum wage (typically £12,000 a year) who do not comply with the scheme. Failure may include failing to attend ‘job focused interviews’ or failing to apply for a job that might bring in extra hours. Welfare reform minister Lord David Freud says “tougher” conversations will be had with claimants after two months.

    For claimants, one of the most worrying aspects of the programme – called ‘Work Related Requirements’ – is that it can apply to housing benefit (technically the housing cost element of universal credit). That’s potentially a chunk of your rent lost to the DWP if you do not take active steps to get a better-paid job.

    The pilot starts in April and if successful, the government intends to roll the scheme out for most universal credit claimants. Data comparison from the DWP’s Stat Xplore shows that 1,078,413 people in Britain are claiming housing benefit and in work – meaning they are likely to be on low salaries. That’s more than 1m working people who could potentially be affected by the policy if the reform is rolled out with universal credit.

    http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/ministers-are-reaching-beyond-scroungers-and-aiming-britain-s-working-poor

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 18, 2015 at 2:21 pm

  30. Iain Duncan Smith’s Realistic Unemployment Simulator:

    Follow the link to play.

    http://games.usvsth3m.com/iain-duncan-smiths-realistic-unemployment-simulator/

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 18, 2015 at 2:46 pm

  31. Interesting quote here:

    “The Prime Minister who gave us a zero-hours jobs boom is now promising zero-pay jobs for young people”

    Tobanem

    February 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm

  32. Cameron to Smith: – “Your Universal Credit Shit better fucking work after all the crap we’ve told the public about it, or your for the high jump matey”

    Smith to Cameron: – “I told you it was only a fucking joke but once the press got wind of it I had no choice but to lie my ass off”

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 18, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    • I would love to know where and when that actual photo was took as the faces are very telling don’t you think ?

      gaia

      February 18, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      • Cameron is looking at IDS as if IDS said or done something he shouldn’t have, which will affect Cameron.

        enigma

        February 18, 2015 at 4:22 pm

  33. Despite a government suicide prevention strategy introduced in 2012,insufficient funds and lack of a statutory responsibility on local authorities had resulted in widespread failure to take action.

    Moon, Labour MP for Bridgend, told the Guardian: “We know it’s ticking. We know it’s there. We know it’s a problem, and we are choosing to ignore it, or the government is choosing to ignore it.”

    Approximately 6,000 people die by suicide in the UK each year, with more than 4,500 of those in England. The rate was in steady decline until 2008, since when there has been a small increase, which some researchers attribute to the economic downturn. – sanctions – DLA – ESA = JSA.

    “Because the figures are not huge, it’s very easy to think we can ignore that group. Even though they are fit and healthy, – disabled, often young men , we are almost callously saying that because the numbers are so small, it doesn’t matter if they die. And that is so wrong,” Moon said.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/18/cuts-suicide-timebomb-mp-madeleine-moon-mental-health

    enigma

    February 18, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    • So is the cost of housing benefit at 0.38% of the total spend but it didn’t stop our government making waves about that and anyways they have introduced a new regime for dealing with suicide prevention so are in effect increasing funds to the victim, sadly none of it will be spent on actually improving that individuals quality of life, the one thing that in all likely hood would have possibly prevented or most certainly would in 3 of 6 well established causes of certain cases.

      gaia

      February 18, 2015 at 4:32 pm

  34. The government has rejected the idea of extending the availability of student loans to those looking to get an HGV drivers’ licence describing it as “not appropriate”. The idea was first put forward by the Freight Transport Association, and was later adopted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for freight, as a way of mitigating the current shortage of drivers. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has effectively classified taking an HGV driving test as the same level as a GCSE, meaning that it is not eligible for such funding.

    gaia

    February 18, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    • And yet they keep on saying such things as, making peoples lives better “in work” when in fact those who want to better their lives are stopped what with stopping the funding. it’s no wonder there is a shortage of qualified people in a lot of careers.

      enigma

      February 18, 2015 at 4:52 pm

      • You know or will find out that in order to study while unemployed you can only study part time and if any position becomes available to you including a non paid placement, you must cease if you cannot reorganise the study attendance dates and times (trust me, that will never happen ever), all study and concentrate on work.

        Meaning by design, a gods honest all Tory design that no one can really study to better themselves unless they are already in work and not under government conditionality for some other benefit or the above rule applies.

        Lastly as I have already voiced, this Tory government withdrew all funding for concessions towards useful and trade related courses so now unemployed or not, you have to get into debt to the government to achieve the same result unless of course you happen to have say 3700 that will cover a basic BTEC diploma type course for one year to 9000 a year for a HNC/HND type course (none of which cover living expenses may I add). Also if your talking NVQs, you cant get onto one unless you are already working in the field you seek to study in.

        A debt may I add that has been voiced that many people simply cant afford to meet and thus has to be written off at the taxpayer expense.

        (Just so you know this government uses this debt or should I say the premise of it being paid back to inflate the countries GDP, so they in turn can borrow more).

        gaia

        February 18, 2015 at 6:33 pm


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