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Universal Credit could take 10 YEARS to finish, says Labour MP

The government’s disastrous £700m Universal Credit programme could take up to 10 years to complete, Labour MP Stephen Timms informed El Reg on Thursday.

“I’ve been reliably told by someone formerly working on the programme that it will take ten years to complete. Based on the evidence, I have no reason not to believe that time-scale,” Timms said.

Timms’ source had been working on the project until recently, he said.

The National Audit Office has said just £34m of project’s IT investment could be re-usable. Currently just 0.3 per cent of the eligible population are using it.

In a letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, Timms pointed out that the earliest completion date is now 2021.

“In 2011, you said the transition to Universal Credit would be complete by 2017,” he wrote. “Now we are told that the transition to Universal Credit will be completed by 2021 at the earliest, a date which is six years away.”

A spokesman from the DWP said by 2017 the last new claims to legacy benefits will be accepted and we will migrate remaining cases to Universal Credit. The current business plan assumes the bulk of this will be complete by 2019, she added.

“Our current plan is on track and we are making good progress. By this time next year, Universal Credit will be in every Jobcentre in the country.

Universal Credit is a UK welfare benefit launched in 2013 to replace six means-tested benefits and tax credits.

The Labour party has promised to conduct a review of the programme to determine if it can be salvaged or should be scrapped, if it gains power in the May general election. ®

Meanwhile in Housing Benefit land the Independent reports today,

Housing benefit bill rose by £2.4-billion under coalition as Labour claim new homes needed

New analysis of a report on housing benefit shows that the total bill has risen by £2.4-billion since the coalition took power in 2010 – despite a pre-election promise to be tough on handouts.

The figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show that the cost rose to £24.6-billion in 2013-2014, up from £22.99-billion when they took power in 2010, with nearly half a million more people relying on the state handout, bringing the total to around five million.

We expect the coming budget to full of talks of crack-downs on claimants, cutting our already miserable levels of benefit, and increased surveillance by the Nosey-Parkers of the DWP.

I for one do not like this idea of having a DWP leant computer watching our every job-seeking move…….

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  1. Reblogged this on stewilko's Blog and commented:
    Makes me sick, What a total waste of time and money. This evil, immoral Conservative lead Coalition government have lied, torn up the Human Rights Act. Ripped away Welfare or what was previously Social Security. They have spent sickening amounts of tax payer’s money on a policy dreamt up on the back of fag packet. The coalition have no idea, probably don’t even care of the harm and damage they have caused. Individuals have died, families have gone hungry and children have suffered.

    stewilko

    March 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm

  2. If the government have to resort to standing over claimants 35 hours a week to help get them into work then WHAT does that say about all there other schemes to date ?

    They’ve looked at health, they’ve looked at education/training and they’ve looked at counselling, all of which to date have produced little results.

    At the rate the Tories are going, the welfare budget will soon be mostly spent if not already, more on keeping private businesses in pocket than what’s actually handed out in benefits.

    When you have a system that costs more to collect and administer than assist who its for, is it any wonder the welfare budget just keeps getting bigger while both public servants and private businesses levels remain unreduced.

    Theres a reason why other past governments never tackled this and that’s because its simply cheaper to place trust in the claimant and not prod the fire by trying to introduce schemes already tried, tested and failed by one once known as new deal.

    “You poke a fire enough and oxygen gets involved with the result being a bigger more uncontrollable and possibly dangerous fire”.

    gaia

    March 15, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    • gaia,

      nice one [tongue in cheek Mode on] but I would point out there have been good results in Health – NHS private outsourcing or back door privistaisation – a success if you are one of those companies, Counselling – not sure about that one. Education/training via DWP, another success story for the likes of G4S etc et al, whats not to like? Education per see, another success story for the backers of Academy schools, not local schools and PFI companies racking it in at taxpayes expense. So its all good!

      Gazza

      March 15, 2015 at 8:09 pm

  3. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    March 15, 2015 at 2:17 pm

  4. I am writing to simply ask, are there any circumstances in which a
    Jobseekers Handwritten jobsearch evidence can be retained against
    their will?

    one can only assume that this would count as effectively stealing
    from the claimant if the paper it is written on is their property.
    (when not using work plan booklet and own paper)

    My evidence was recently retained against my will as they asked me
    to come back on the monday with more information, however this task
    became pretty much impossible when they took the original of my
    handwritten evidence and refused to return it when asked.

    In regard to your question, as there are no circumstances
    where jobcentre staff are allowed to keep a jobseeker’s handwritten logs
    against their will, no such recorded information exists

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/257166/response/628076/attach/html/3/WDTK%20FoI%20931%20Response%20Mr%20Smith.pdf.html

    enigma

    March 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    • One and only time I received a sanction was when these fuckers retained my ‘job log’. Fucking c!”££s!!

      fuck da jobdacenta

      March 15, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    • No they cant Enigma.

      They cant retain it, copy it or take from it.

      As its somewhat a day late in the preceding’s now as so to speak, in future get in the habit of verbally saying your happy for them to view it ONLY, and always make sure your close enough to snatch it back the next time an advisor gets brave.

      Also get in the habit if you haven’t done it already of making sure it contains personal data like your full name and email address or the likes as then it does breach data protection.

      As for levelling theft, theft is only so if the perpetrator gains from it. I know you will say if you get sanctioned they have but sadly the police do not see sanctioning someone as a gain currently.

      gaia

      March 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    • enigma:

      Sounds like your coachy is a right wanker. Only on one occasion did the Jobcentre make a copy of my written work search but they gave back the original. I think they only did that because it was done on a word proceesor and they knew I couldn’t be inconvenienced, i.e. sanctioned or called back to “provide” more evidence, if they declined to return it.

      I record all my JCP interviews and signings for legal purposes, so that way there is no misunderstanding as to what or wasn’t said.

      jj joop

      March 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

  5. EAT THE RICH!!

    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    March 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

  6. I think the set up of UC will take a lot longer than the year 2021, that’s if UC is still going. if things carry on as they are, people being laid off from their jobs, which is happening every single day, the housing benefits bill will just continue to rise.

    enigma

    March 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

  7. DOUBLE DOLE & PENSION

    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    March 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm

  8. Universal Credit hits all ages, in or out of work, and will leave many more kids in penniless starving families, including the heavily pregnant mothers left with no food money long before their due date and after the birth.

    Labour can only abolish Universal Credit before it is fully implemented.

    Because housing benefit is absorbed inside Universal Credit, so sanctions will mean no rent money and no food money. Somore homeless.

    As UC will become permament as Hardship Payments become a recoverable loan.

    Do indeed Vote Class War, because in many marginals the Tory and Lib Dem sitting MP is on a far slimmer majority than the huge number of poor that outnumber all other voters.

    So few people will come out to vote, not least by apathy but also because the general election is during the May Bank Holiday week and folk will be away from home on holiday. Charter flights are usually Sunday to Sunday.

    The poor will be home in their teeming hundreds of thousands.

    England is the best bet to overturn Tory and Lib Dems out of office, from voting different logos.

    Class War’s logo is on my website, to see where to put your pencil cross by on Thursday 7 May.

    If you do not have Class War, you do have:

    – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC)
    running over 122 MP candidates and climbing

    – Mebyon Kernow running in all Cornwall voting areas
    with the slimmest majorities of sitting Tory and Lib Dem MPs in all England

    – Socialist party of Great Britain (Socialist GB)

    These socialists invented the welfare state, the NHS and the state pension.

    Together this group of parties could add to Labour / SNP / Plaid Cymru to reach the threshold of 323 MPs to shut out the Tories and Lib Dems from government.

    The poor have never had so much power as this year, becuase all pundits predict the most severe hung parliament by any of the big parties, even with just 1 partner party.

    I hoep my little website helps to end all this cruelty against what appears to be getting closer and closer to half the population of the UK.

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

    Chris

    March 15, 2015 at 8:07 pm

  9. Labour and Tories refuse to commit to doctors’ £8bn NHS funding plea.

    “All the major parties say they want to maintain the NHS as a service that delivers excellent patient care, free at the point of access. But voters, concerned about the future of their health service, will want to see the parties vying for their support put their money where their mouth is.

    “The Tories cannot be trusted with the NHS, whatever they say before the election. They broke their NHS promises in this parliament. And their extreme plans for £70bn of spending cuts – which go way beyond balancing the books – would put our NHS at risk.”

    Chris Ham, chief executive of the King’s Fund thinktank, said: “An additional £8bn a year by 2020 is the minimum requirement for the NHS is to continue to meet patient needs and maintain standards of care. The commitments made so far by the parties are welcome but in the main do not go far enough. They and the public should be under no illusions – if this funding is not found, patients will bear the cost as staff numbers are cut, waiting times rise and quality of care deteriorates.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/15/labour-and-tories-refuse-to-commit-to-doctors-nhs-funding-plea

    enigma

    March 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm

  10. Meanwhile

    More than a quarter of board members on the new bodies charged with commissioning care for the NHS have links to the private health sector, new analysis shows.

    Research by the Unite union showed that nearly 1,000 Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) board members have professional connections to private healthcare firms – with many holding directorships or owning such firms outright.

    The figures will fuel concerns that CCGs, which were introduced by former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, will be biased towards awarding lucrative contracts to healthcare companies rather than state providers. Critics have claimed the reforms represent “privatisation by stealth”.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/over-a-quarter-of-board-members-on-new-bodies-commissioning-nhs-care-have-links-to-the-private-health-sector-10109809.html

    enigma

    March 15, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    • The government skulduggery a foot in the NHS is quite eye catching, yes.

      gaia

      March 16, 2015 at 9:01 am

    • Clinical commissioning groups are looking for private company to take on £1.2bn contract in biggest privatisation of NHS services yet.

      Cancer care for patients in Staffordshire could be cut after it is taken over by profit-driven firms in the biggest privatisation of NHS services yet, campaigners are warning.

      Handing the £700m contract to the private sector could see hospices closed, less money being spent on treatment and patients left at risk of experiencing poor care, they claim.

      The fears follow the publication on Monday of a secret document prepared by the four local NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire involved in the outsourcing deal to rouse interest in the contract among private firms. They plan to appoint one company to act as the “prime provider” of cancer services, including diagnosis, treatment and aftercare, with that firm then sub-contracting more services.

      The 24-page memorandum marked “Commercial in confidence” is thought to be the first document of its type to be disclosed, despite the extension of private firms’ involvement in running and managing NHS clinical services in recent years.

      http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/16/privatisating-nhs-staffordshire-cancer-care-harm-patients-campaigners-say

      enigma

      March 16, 2015 at 3:18 pm

  11. The origins of Boko Haram had been misunderstood. It was not initially opposed to western education, but had grown from disillusioned youngsters who had not found good jobs despite their qualifications.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-31861023

    Hmmmm ?

    gaia

    March 16, 2015 at 8:54 am

    • Yes, and just how many are there, out there in the world.

      enigma

      March 16, 2015 at 10:06 am

    • Cant get a job, led to believe that with education comes a plentiful career ?

      I would say if this can reduce a person to cold bloodedly commit heinous mass murders, rape, torture and slavery, that I would need to use a far stronger word than merely disillusioned.

      gaia

      March 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

    • Boko Haram recruits = religion = deluded, distorted world view

      Gazza

      March 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

      • “Gazza”, when you say “religion”, I think you mean false religion.

        But you are right when you use the words “deluded” and “distorted”.

        Fanatical recruits have been deluded by the master deceiver – an expert in delusion and distortion – the Devil himself!

        Tobanem

        March 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

    • Boko Haram didn’t say it, one Tony Blair did.

      It amazes me how anyone would want to listen to a man who’s track record for receiving information let alone being honest about it, is shall we say less than stella.

      I mean, would you bet on a horse if he supplied the tip ?

      gaia

      March 17, 2015 at 5:38 am

  12. Only TEN years to roll out UC?

    I thought it was over A THOUSAND YEARS – 1571 years to be precise!:

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-db8e-Hated-universal-credit-will-take-1,000-years-to-roll-out

    Tobanem

    March 16, 2015 at 9:34 am

    • A Thousand Years. Sounds Like A ”Reich” Mess

      Info

      March 16, 2015 at 9:44 am

    • Yes, a long way into the future because their plan is to have every (majority) human being on UC, weather he or she is unemployed or not. making sure that the majority of people receive the correct amount of money, not a penny more.

      enigma

      March 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

      • This The COULD Mean That Eventually And I Repeat COULD Mean. That With The Election After Next 2020 Or 2025, We Will See The Old Age Pension Or What Ever Name It Is Called The, Plus Pension Credits And Application For Age Related Benefits Being Paid By UC. Following On From This, As You Would Have Too Register With http://www.gateway.gov.uk In Order That You Will Get A Registration Number, As we do now for Universal Jobmatch. This Number Could Then And Again I Repeat Could. Replace Any Pre-Existing Numbers Such As..Nino / Nhs / Hospital Etc. Thoughts On This Anybody ?.

        Info

        March 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      • OK Then Enigma. How’s About Thumb Prints?

        Info

        March 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      • Or a chip. inside, way into the future. but it is happening in Sweden on a small scale. thumb print is happening in Pakistan.

        enigma

        March 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

  13. WORKING ON THE FLY – STINKING RICH

    Tory Chairman muddled about dates:

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/16/grant-shapps-urged-to-quit-over-second-job-under-michael-green-pseudonym

    “It seems that Mr Shapps’s repeated denials, which were not in the heat of the moment but also included a calculated decision to instruct solicitors, were contrary to the facts. He also appears to have threatened legal action on the basis of this”.

    Tobanem

    March 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

  14. Tenants hit by bedroom tax suffer range of health problems, study shows.

    Stress, anxiety, hunger, ill-health and depression are all experienced by people who have been affected by the controversial welfare policy.

    “It’s all stress,” says George, 56, an unemployed warehouse worker from Newcastle-upon-Tyne who saw his £72-a-week income dip to £47 after the so-called bedroom tax kicked in. “I can’t sleep at night. I regularly see my doctor, I suffer from depression.”

    His dietary staple is sausage rolls, four for £1 from the local Greggs store. “That could last me for a day.” He can’t afford fruit and vegetables, and feels tired all the time. “If you are on a diet of sausage rolls it fills a hole, but you cannot live a life like that.”

    George’s experience is not uncommon in Walker, the most deprived ward in Newcastle. According to the first study of the health impact of the controversial welfare policy, tenants affected by the bedroom tax report high levels of stress, anxiety, hunger, poor diet, and depression.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/16/tenants-hit-by-bedroom-tax-suffer-range-of-health-problems-study-shows

    enigma

    March 16, 2015 at 10:31 am

    • Dr Wendy Ross, a GP in Walker for 23 years, agrees it is difficult to isolate the bedroom tax as a sole cause, because local people have been hit by multiple welfare reforms, including benefit sanctions, council tax, and incapacity benefit fit-for-work tests, all of which have had “a massive impact” on patient health and wellbeing.

      enigma

      March 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

  15. WATER CANNON REJECTED

    “The mayor’s decision to buy these weapons in advance of the home secretary’s approval was rash and arrogant, and a waste of public money. I’m pleased the home secretary was able to see what the mayor could not. Water cannon is an indiscriminate military weapon that has no place on our streets.”

    http://www.politics.co.uk/blogs/2015/03/11/boris-johnson-humiliated-after-theresa-may-blocks-water-cann

    It’s a great pity Boris Johnson pored £218,000 down the drain in the first place!

    Tobanem

    March 16, 2015 at 10:52 am

  16. OT : Ministry of Injustice strikes again

    It appears that something has been perculating concerning the Westminister Ring… methinks something serious was threatened and the establishment has been forced to act

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31907201

    Gazza

    March 16, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  17. Something heard: a few of the Jobcentre people who look like staff may be, it is said, on Mandatory Work Activity.

    Andrew Coates

    March 16, 2015 at 12:42 pm

  18. From my local paper. This guy was threatened with sanctions for not applying for jobs but had no money for phone calls. Up until recently he could have used a phone in the Joke Centre. I’m also at a loss to understand why he had to attend a Job Centre 10 miles from his home when there are two Job Centres in Blackpool (1 and 3 miles away). The DWP Awkward Squad must be doing overtime!

    http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/community/community-news/judge-brands-actions-as-outrageous-1-7157588

    Blackpool Lad

    March 16, 2015 at 1:45 pm

  19. OT: World of Work

    A Very Good look at the world of work in the recet past as against now and the future:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-02b18d60-92f2-4158-b34b-10c85dae2bc0

    Gazza

    March 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    • Not much change then, we would like to think that as time goes on things would get better, for human beings, (not those who exploit them)

      enigma

      March 16, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    • Yes, tonight’s Panorama is on the quality of UK jobs, looks like it will be worth a watch.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t14n

      BTW You’re not allowed to say “world of work” anymore, I’ve banned it.

      Another Fine Mess

      March 16, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      • Another, so what should I call it ? Slavery… Oh.. that work programme….

        Gazza

        March 16, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      • Slavery.

        enigma

        March 16, 2015 at 11:07 pm

      • It’s just a expression to give the expression people are lazy.

        Another Fine Mess

        March 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

  20. The following words were taken from a recent job advert:

    “The candidate will be required to work on more than one task at a time, therefore conflicting demands and deadlines will require careful priority and time management”.

    Sounds similar to the conflicting demands of Jobcentre Plus – when you are asked to sign-on and attend a job interview elsewhere at the same time!!

    Tobanem

    March 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    • Tobanem, did it state the £’s per hour.

      enigma

      March 16, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      • “enigma”

        The hours for this job are 8.30-5.30, and the pay is “commensurate with experience”.

        Tobanem

        March 17, 2015 at 8:59 am

    • Hers one for you, but be careful – may come across difficult situations.

      Job Title – Welfare Benefits Advisor / Assessor

      Salary/Rate – £20000 – £23500/annum

      Location – West Sussex

      Agency – Capita

      Description

      Welfare and Benefits Advisor

      Capita plc are a FTSE 100 and the UK’s No. 1 business process outsourcing (BPO) and professional services company, at the leading edge of redefining and transforming services. We deliver back office administration and front office customer contact services to private and public sector organisations across the UK and Ireland.

      The position of Welfare Benefits Advisor will sit within Local Government Services under the Digital & Software Solutions division.

      Capita’s local government business is the UK’s leading provider of services to the local government sector. For over 20 years we have formed trusted partnerships with local authorities to help improve efficiency, raise service quality, reduce costs and deliver benefits to the local community. Employing over 2,500 across the division, we cover everything from back office processing, administration and finance services to customer management, channel shift and tackling fraud. Our services include: Revenues and benefits, business support, local welfare assistance administration.

      We are looking for an experienced individual to visit Social Care customers to give professional Welfare benefits advice and to assist in the completion of benefit claims.

      Role Responsibilities:

      Visit customer’s to obtain financial information in order to undertake an assessment of their contribution towards residential or non-residential care.

      Ability to prioritise workload and co-ordinate a variety of tasks in a clear and logical way
      Ability to understand financial processes relating to personal finances and benefits
      Ability to work in a customer focused way providing a high quality service with a high level of attention to detail and gaining the trust and confidence of residents within West Sussex.

      Follow up on outstanding benefit claims made and undertaken reassessments of customer contributions as a result of successful claims.
      Ensure that the Adults’ Services Framework System is updated together with case notes providing information regarding the financial assessment and benefits claimed
      Liaise with staff in Adults’ Services, staff in Capita Service Finance, & outside agencies where required

      Skills and Experience:

      Experience of working with vulnerable adults
      Knowledge of Welfare Benefits that could apply to Adults’ Services customers
      Sound communication and interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with a range of customers and create effective working relationships
      Strong problem solving skills with the ability to anticipate problems and resolve issues independently
      Excellent literacy and numeracy skills in order to analyse and interpret written material and to respond to complex correspondence

      Desirable skills and experience:

      Understanding of Adults’ Services Charging Policies for residential and non-residential social care support
      Understanding of Welfare Benefits legislation

      Person specification:

      Must be willing to travel across West Sussex 3-4 days a week

      Have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to deal with difficult situations
      Excellent communication skills

      Follow Capita on twitter @capitacareers
      Follow Capita on facebook @careersatcapita

      enigma

      March 16, 2015 at 10:02 pm

  21. Police condemn jeering crowd who took selfies and goaded suicidal man to ‘get on with it and jump’ from a multi-storey car park minutes before he plunged to his death.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2997168/Horror-jeering-crowd-goaded-suicidal-man-jump-multi-storey-car-park-minutes-plunged-death.html

    enigma

    March 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    • “Schadenfreude” to the extreme.

      It sounds very similar to benefit claimants who were asked why have they not committed suicide yet!

      Tobanem

      March 17, 2015 at 9:04 am

  22. Updated 11th Feb. 15

    This guidance is for healthcare professionals approved or appointed by the Department for Work and Pensions Chief Medical Adviser to undertake Work Capability Assessments on behalf of the department.

    Assessment of risk in Employment and
    Support Allowance claimants with a Mental Health condition was developed with input from
    senior psychiatrists, and makes clear that the assessment of risk needs to focus both on the
    claimant’s health and whether the claimant could cope with work-related activity

    Work Capability Assessments are carried out in connection with claims for Employment and Support Allowance.

    This handbook is only a part of the training that a healthcare professional receives. Disability assessment is a practical occupation and much of the guidance involves verbal information and coaching.

    Some of the information may not be readily understood without background medical knowledge and an awareness of the other training that healthcare professionals receive.

    210 pages.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/408884/WCA_Handbook_Version_7_-_030315.pdf

    enigma

    March 16, 2015 at 6:38 pm

  23. Fixed term parliaments a mistake.

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

    I think its high time the public decide how parliament works rather than let politicians oversee and legislate themselves and governance.

    Shouldn’t it be the will of the people that decide whether or not someone stays, I mean is this not a democracy ?

    gaia

    March 17, 2015 at 6:55 am

    • Yes, if we were to go for an interview and say “I can do this, I can do that, of course I will do that”, if it’s later found that we are not up to the job, because of the lies we said at the interview. then we shouldn’t be in that job, should we.

      enigma

      March 17, 2015 at 7:37 am

    • Fixed term parliaments a mistake
      I think so, and I’m surprised it’s never mentioned.
      What happens if a dangerous government gets in. We’ve only tried it once and that’s exactly what happened!

      Another Fine Mess

      March 17, 2015 at 11:42 am

  24. Hebdo, Frances 9/11

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31904542

    Its amazing how you give a government an inch and they’ll take a mile.

    If military presence wasn’t bad enough, France begins its China style censorship of the internet.

    gaia

    March 17, 2015 at 7:06 am

  25. The Scottish National Party (SNP) is calling on the UK Government to increase the work allowance within Universal Credit to help “tackle the scourge of in-work poverty”.

    Increasing the work allowance, which determines when people entering work begin to have their benefits reduced, by £600 would boost the income of a worker claiming Universal Credit by £390 a year, the SNP claims.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/boost-universal-credit-to-tackle-the-scourge-of-in-work-poverty/

    enigma

    March 17, 2015 at 8:42 am

  26. Anyone enjoy watching panorama last night ?

    How it was effectively emitted that technology has replaced the workforce in many areas and threatens it further with certainty to the tune of 10 million becoming unemployed in the next 10 to 20 years.

    Or how Thatcher’s actions to shut down the coal mines has lead to mining areas being the most poverty stricken still to this very day or how capitalism and the promise of wealth has engineered the removal of many manufacturers from the UK so they could and can exploit cheap labour and non existent employment laws abroad, further demonstrating wealth over people at any cost.

    Now im sure politicians know this so begs the question, is welfare reform just about savings and simplicity or more about an impending reality that is liable to see the figure of 11 million people inwork on benefits jump to 16 to 21 million ?

    Can 10 to 15 million tax and NI payers keep a country a float that todate 31 million minus those below 10,000 per annum currently struggle to achieve and infact don’t hence government borrowing figures.

    gaia

    March 17, 2015 at 8:51 am

    • gaia,

      they know for sure – hell there was a article about he jobs crash that is coming in NextBigFuture a few months back – it makes grim reading in its predictions.

      More to the point why is nothing being done? Answer : Nothing will be done, this is the rat race to earn as much out ofthe peons in whatever way possibble, in as fast a way as possible and then fly off to somewhere else or retreat to the Gated Community of like minded folk.

      Watch out for the increasing visibility of private security “people” on the streets in the rich areas/gated. A increase of “Fluff” distraction news. That will be the signal things are going to get immeasurably worse.

      Gazza

      March 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      • Gazza

        Was signing on once every week, and an apt today, (was the start of more apts) or just maybe ……….

        Handed in that doc last week, but was it binned? so was thinking of sending another by recorded delivery.

        Apt today, brought out my fav docs as usual, “sure my job search is going ok”, then adviser brings out that doc and asks why, “signing on every week, apt today etc, = now signing on once every two weeks, maybe an apt every six weeks. but with health adviser. adviser all very pleasant!

        enigma

        March 17, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      • enigma

        So no official reply? Oh dear, keep giving them rope. Next time your in, just take another copy of letter, insist that it is placed with your records and politely ask any news of your expected reply?

        Advisor will not say anything, at which point you say, that having had 4 weeks to reply should be adequate so if must excalate to Building manager will do so. Ask for persons name and for the names of the two mangers above the fools you’re dealiing with.

        Let the know that you expect a ‘Written Reply’ – you need it recorded and if this happes again how can you point out if it is verbal that you brought up this issue?

        They’ll be constantly asking if you’d like a word. I know they did in my case just said had no interest wanted a written reply.

        As for evasion on their part point out as it is a seriuos matter, you require it n writing from the named Officials.

        Gazza

        March 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm

  27. Over heard many claimants being told that their benefits could be stopped, no longer is it “could be sanctioned”

    enigma

    March 17, 2015 at 1:48 pm

  28. Over 2,000 people are to rally in Westminster in a bid to force the shortage of affordable homes up the general election agenda amid fears neither the Conservatives nor Labour will make the housing crisis a campaign priority.

    Tuesday’s “Homes for Britain” event – the largest protest yet at successive governments’ failure to address the shortage of affordable housing in the UK – comes as campaigners voiced disappointment at Labour’s refusal to include housing on its five-point election pledge card and the social housing sector’s fear that the Conservatives’ campaigning is focused only on home ownership.

    The national event follows a series of local protests against alleged “social cleansing” by landlords replacing affordable housing with more expensive units for sale.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/17/protesters-try-to-force-affordable-housing-up-the-election-agenda

    enigma

    March 17, 2015 at 1:52 pm

  29. “If” only.

    Labour will seek to slash the number of food banks operating in the UK if it comes to power, and its record on welfare should be judged on whether it succeeds in drastically reducing the number of people reliant on food handouts, the shadow work and pensions secretary, Rachel Reeves, said.

    “I think it is a sign of failed welfare state that so many people are using them. I want to see the number of people going to food banks fall under a Labour government,” Reeves said in an interview.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/17/labour-vows-to-reduce-reliance-on-food-banks-if-it-comes-to-power

    enigma

    March 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm

  30. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    March 25, 2015 at 11:08 pm


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