Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Labour Promise to Review Universal Credit, New Programme for the Dole, and Job ‘Guarantees’.

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Labour has launched its Manifesto, Britain Can Be Better.

Relevant points for the Unemployed.

They begin,

“An inclusive wealth-creating economy works when there is a shared sense of responsibility, so we will be a government that is both pro-business and pro-worker. We value all our businesses as organisations of innovation and wealth production, and we will work strategically with them to create wealth. We value our trade unions as an essential force for a decent society and as guarantors of skills and fair wages.”

“Britain’s route to prosperity and higher living standards is through more secure and better paid jobs. But Conservative policies are causing whole sectors of the economy to be dragged into a race to the bottom on wages and skills.

The Government has weakened employment rights and promoted a hire-and-fire culture. Labour believes our economy can only succeed in a race to the top – competing in the world with better work, better pay and better skills.Too many people do a hard day’s work but remain dependent on benefits.

We will raise the National Minimum Wage to more than £8 an hour by October 2019, bringing it closer to average earnings. We will give local authorities a role in strengthening enforcement against those paying less than the legal amount. And we will support employers to pay more by using government procurement to promote the Living Wage, alongside wider social impact considerations. Our Make Work Pay contracts will give tax rebates to businesses who sign up to paying the Living Wage in the first year of a Labour Government. Publicly listed companies will be required to report on whether or not they pay the Living Wage.”


It is hard for Britain to succeed when employees feel insecure and employers are undercut by those using exploitative working practices. Labour will ban exploitative zero-hours contracts.

Those who work regular hours for more than12 weeks will have a right to a regular contract. We will abolish the loophole that allows firms to undercut permanent staff by using agency workers on lower pay.

The Conservatives have introduced fees of up to £1,200 for employment tribunal claimants, creating a significant barrier to workplace justice. We will abolish the Government’s employment tribunal fee system as part of wider reforms to make sure that affordability is not a barrier to workers having proper access to justice,employers get a quicker resolution, and the costs to the tax payer do not rise.

This raises a lot of questions,

 We will introduce a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee, paid for by a bank bonus tax. It will provide a paid starter job for every young person unemployed for over a year, a job which they will have to take or lose benefits.

This also raises a lot of questions,
Labour believes in rewarding work and in restoring contribution to the heart of our system. So we will not cut tax credits. We want everyone who can to have the chance to contribute through paid work, so we will create a more tailored back-to-work system that helps people secure and keep jobs.
We will do more to help unemployed people get the skills they need for work, testing jobseekers’ Maths, English and IT skills within six weeks of them claiming benefits. They will be required to take up training where this will improve their chances of getting a job. We support the principle behind Universal Credit – that there should be a smooth transition into work – but it must be affordable and fit for purpose,so we will pause and review the programme.
There will be a guaranteed, paid job for all young people who have been out of work for one year, and for all those over 25 years old and out of work for two years. It will be a job that they have to take, or lose their benefits.
And we will commission a replacement for the Work Programme at a more local level, working with local authorities to join up support for the long-term unemployed. We will introduce a higher rate of Job Seekers Allowance for those who have contributed over years. It will be funded by extending the length of time people need to have worked to qualify.

Then this,

Alongside strong and responsive public services, the social security system plays an important role in supporting many disabled people to live independently,and must always treat sick and disabled people with dignity.
Half a million families have been hit by the Bedroom Tax, and two thirds of those affected are disabled, or have a disabled family member. It is cruel, and we will abolish it.
We will reform the Work Capability Assessment and focus it on the support disabled people need to get into work. We will give an independent scrutiny group of disabled people a central role in monitoring it. And we will introduce a specialist support programme to ensure that disabled people who can work get more tailored help.
Let’s bear in the mind that the Tories want the unemployed out cleaning the streets with toothbrushes and begging for their supper in Food Banks.
But what with Labour will the unemployment have?
  • No Bedroom Tax.
  • A Promise to ‘review’ Universal Credit.
  • Yet another scheme to ‘replace’ the Work programme. This time with lots of fluffy words about being ‘tailored’ and  involving local councils and the rest of the ‘local’ crew (aka, the Unemployment Bizniz under new names) no doubt eager to jump in as well.
  • Monitoring/Review of the back to work process for the disabled.
  • A wholly ill-thought ‘guaranteed job’ promise.

We will examine this job guarantee in more detail later but for the moment we ask:

  1. What choice will we have about the work we take up?
  2. Will it be at the Living Wage?
  3. What happens if we lose this job?

What we do not have:

  • Abolition of the sanctions regime.
  • An end to the  ‘unemployment industry’ doing little but fill their own pockets,
  • A raise in benefits to the ‘Living Benefit’ level that Ipswich Unemployment Action will set.
  • Stop to to claimants paying Council Tax.
  • Independent Medical Experts involved in assessing the disabled.
  • Clear Abolition of  ALL FORMS OF  WORKFARE.

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  1. The Void has a ‘slightly’ more direct response:

    “Here Comes The Forced Labour Party – Massive Extension Of Workfare And Benefits To Be Slashed.”

    Such as,

    “and the rest into their shit workfare plus a sandwich scheme. They also want to lower the benefit cap in some parts of the country, meaning that the soaring homelessness caused by the policy in London will be extended to other cities.

    They will keep the despised Work Capability Assessment, possibly making it worse with the ominous threat of it becoming even more work focussed. This will come with a new, no doubt mandatory ‘support programme’ for sick and disabled claimants, by which they probably mean workfare. There are no plans to halt the closure of the Independent Living Fund, reverse the atrocious reforms to Council Tax Benefits, scrap or even reduce benefit sanctions and they think Universal Credit is a good idea in priniciple.”


    Andrew Coates

    April 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    • So we don’t want Labour… we don’t want Tories/LibDems back in either… does that mean we should vote UKIP or are they just a fourth kind of turd on offer for us to pick from in this election of crap?

      John Smith

      April 13, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      • Vote TUSC

        Vote Socialist GB

        Vote The Left Unity Party

        Vote Class War

        Vote Mebyon Kernow in Cornwall

        Vote SNP in Scotland

        Vote Plaid Cymru in Wales

        400 MP majority anti austerity UK parliament

        Vote Labour get TORY / LABOUR COALITION from Yougov polling predictions of

        277 Labour MPs

        264 Tory MPs

        28 Lib Dems

        That means The Tories can just sit in a caretaker government and not stay in power for next 5 years.



        April 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      • Sorry these old eyes and hands did a faux pas, that was a freudian slip that was a most heartfelt wish.


        I meant vote the parties of the poor of the left, and Labour (even if called Liebour) will be inside a support and confidence (that way Labour is forced to change and be anti austerity) with theover 100 MP in UK parliament only you can bring into power, as the poor now outnumber all other voters.

        We can change things in May big time.

        CLASS WAR

        and flying visits from SNP and PLAID CYMRU.



        April 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

  2. I will vote Labour.

    Apart from wider reasons, our Ipswich candidate, David Ellesmere, joined us for the anti-sanctions protests, while the Tory Toff backs the regime to the hilt.

    Andrew Coates

    April 13, 2015 at 4:37 pm

  3. Just as I predicted , todays so called Labour Party is unable to tell the difference between Right and Wrong, instead of investing public money in proper training for our disposed youngsters New Labour would rather enrich companies quoted on the New York stock market and proven fraudsters such as A4E .
    This simply is not good enough , what in Gods name is the matter with you useless people your enough to give anybody a Brain Seizure ,for Christ’s Sake invest in our Youth before its to late, oh sorry I forgot it already is ; Your fourty Years too late.
    Take a Trip to Germany you numb skulls and see how they do things there ; Training centres to reskill workers in every imaginable industry present in every area of the Country who find themselves unemployed, you were the party that started this contracting out and half baked so called training schemes , you should be ashamed of yourselves , do you not realise the anger and resentment you have caused with your ill thought out half hearted feeble ideas on unemployment ?
    David Anthony Penson Bracknell Berkshire

    David Anthony Penson

    April 13, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    • Shame is you have no party of the poor of the left running in Bracknell voting area.

      The Greens ran away from two policies that would have saved people from hunger from May, paid a decent state pension to all, leaving none with nil state pension coming from 2016

      The Tories did not win 2010.

      27,327 Tory vote win

      24,752 did not vote

      8,755 votes wasted on Labour

      11,623 votes wasted on Lib Dems

      Add together to non-voters, Labour and Lib Dems voters and get a TUSC MP.

      But the trade unions will not fund the campaign and MP candidates sufficient to run in all voter areas.

      Trade unions funded Labour that says Labour will not reverse Tory spending cuts nor change anything in the last Tory Budget.

      And oh by the way, Germany has foodbanks.



      April 13, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    • I think full employment by governments definitions is impossible.
      Productivity is already suffering because of the number of people employed doing pointless and useless things.

      Paul Mason: what they aren’t telling you about work


      Another Fine Mess

      April 13, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      • Technology replacing manual labour has been an issue for decades and its only noticeable now as technology is growing faster and making gains 2 to 4 times a year as opposed to the past.

        The young boy is wrong in this video as just take a look at todays CNC machines, then tell me they don’t have dexterity and precision and speed.

        I hate to say it BUT anything we can do, machines can or will do it better, just look at the track record to date with entire ports, warehouses and production lines ran by robots with just a handful of people overseeing them daily.


        April 14, 2015 at 9:55 am

      • Too right, gaia, you can bet your bottom dollar that some-ones, somewhere are developing an “automated supermarket shelf replenishment system” (“shelf stacker”). Goodness know where the “work programme” will send their victims when the next generation of fully automated supermarkets are up and running.

        Automatic for the People

        April 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  4. It is almost like I am the only one in the country immune to this B.S.

    Everyone knew DSS before it became DWP;
    Everyone knew CORGI renamed to Gas Safe;
    Everyone knew CRB renamed to DBS;
    Everyone knew Highways Agency renamed to Highways England;

    All the current government does is draw up stupid changes at the end of the parliamentary term where the new government is forced to continue the changes or face an expensive bill to scrap it (such as with private sector contracts)

    All Labour would do is rename/rebrand the Tory offering and its worrying.

    The compulsory jobs guarantee seems to be inspired by the Future Jobs Fund which effectively created an additional sweetener tax deal for councils creating pointless useful jobs … (REWIND: https://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/massive-jobs-boost-200-new-jobs-in-suffolk/ Council jobs wandering about parks) and private firms wanting subsidised (read: paid for) staff to boost growth before axing staff down the road.

    Except… the compulsory element makes it far more worrying.

    Reminds me of a Undercover Boss episode I watched on Watch the other day (nothing on TV!) Park Resorts… (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/undercover-boss/on-demand/46788-001) When you compare their shittest location in Great Yarmouth where everyone was on minimum wage and the place seriously understaffed… to one of their flagships on the Isle of Wight which was overstaffed with staff reportedly paid amongst the best on the island far above the minimum wage… this highlights poor unhappy conditions

    This made me feel sick… to increase their profit margins they treated staff like animals, and they can do that in Norfolk… lots of unemployed people, especially over the border in Lowestoft etc. – Supply and Demand etc. This is what I think this Labour scheme will involve…

    There was a guy (probably a pot head) without a single qualification working 60 hours a week on minimum wage, working as a chef, waiter and pot washer, no hygiene certificate, no previous history in the food industry, poor health and safety and hygiene practices (not that he had time to clean up doing 4 peoples jobs!) … he filled in an application form and got the job the same day, without even an interview… they needed someone to fill the role and accepted anyway (no discredit to him, deserves a medal, how he managed it I do not know… customers were none the wiser)… if he quit, they would have got someone in prompto to cover the hours, just like how he replaced someone else.

    In summary, think of the sweat shops producing your clothes, then consider a cheap holiday, to also include people being exploited in poor conditions… I have no doubt that these “cheap” UK holiday parks will be queuing up to take advantage…

    Universal Jobmatch

    April 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    • Sadly I cannot find the clip on youtube!

      Universal Jobmatch

      April 13, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    • I’ve been begging my sanction center to send me to off to ‘a job’ for months now, they can’t, – even if it would be unpaid. All they can do is point me to ‘popular’ sometimes even fake postings on UJ.

      Now that Liebour are including the over 25s in their manditory jobs guarantee, where the hell are all these guaranteed ‘jobs’ going to come from?

      Another Fine Mess

      April 13, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      • Its not too difficult to be honest… every employment programme / training scheme you have been on, in the eyes of the law the provider is your employer, and should you lose a place to misconduct etc. you have lost your “job” through misconduct or should you refuse to go to the sham training scheme you have refused to take the job.

        A job needs not be a situation where (in traditional terms) …
        The employer has income to pay your wages/salary for a year/month
        You have a workplace and/or company vehicle/transport
        You have skills for an industry
        You carry out work that is meaningful to fit any particular purpose

        An job advert, job description and personal specification can easily be fabricated from a model template… an interview can be conducted through Jobcentre Plus premises or the provider (where applicable)… you can easily then be manipulated to be dismissed on the first day and lose your rights to benefits.

        Of course, “paid” work in the community such as a charity shop, community centre or park allows a small rotating army, a high turnover of staff, to keep it running… its likely the jobs won’t be widely promoted outside these providers and jobcentre plus.

        If you are paid monthly at jobcentre plus, they can easily afford between a day or few of wages which comes out of the amount you will lose. Likely to be a separate budget nonetheless, savings to different benefit budgets will pay dividends. Or quite realistically, a fly-by-night business which won’t pay wages at the end of the month, will milk the money for profit then liquidate the business before they can be prosecuted for not paying the minimum wage… likely a sales or telesales positions. Yeah, likely involving more charity door-to-door salespersons.

        So when they say “jobs” its likely to be “hidden jobs” that aren’t known to the outside world. At the end of the day, some provider elsewhere will profit handsomely from this scheme. It is sad when the vast majority of people are genuine and just want work, not to be tricked out of benefits.

        Universal Jobmatch

        April 13, 2015 at 10:10 pm

      • There not classed employers as they cant be unless you enter into agreement with (service for remuneration).

        This is why the DWP changed or tried to the relationship in regulation to equal that of providers (DWP contractors).

        Also your there to train, not work. Im not saying you wont work as a form of training, just that you cannot be expected to work as though paid staff otherwise why are you there in the first place.

        The tory mantra of work for benefit has no legal standing otherwise your entitled to employment rights, one of them being min wage.

        I could go on but how DWP sell placements and what they are, are two entirely different things.


        April 14, 2015 at 6:24 am



    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    April 14, 2015 at 5:22 am

  6. Australia wants to freeze parents benefits who refuse vaccines.


    Just so people can see how cruel the welfare system is world wide.

    America: pay for D & A test at own expense as a requirement to putting in for unemployment benefit, if failed NO BENEFIT, NO REFUND.

    I could go on demonstrating how treating the poor as though they are the cause of the global crash, how as a species we instantly pick on the weakest in society to address upper tier societies failings.


    April 14, 2015 at 6:32 am

  7. Theresa May ducks 12Bn welfare saving questions but incites getting all into work will make a fair bit of it. She also said the disabled and pensioned would be protected. She also claimed if elected would create a further 2 million jobs (neatly reflecting the total not in work in the UK don’t you think ?) Well lets take a look shall we.

    So we have the unemployed and in work benefit claimants including parents.

    Family and children = 15.9 billion

    Unemployment = 4.2 billion

    Housing = 2.8 billion

    Social exclusion = 29.2

    Social protection = 57.8 billion

    Well with 11 billion spent on inwork benefits already, even if they did get 2 million in work, most would still be drawing inwork benefits so the 11 billion will rise. This means getting everyone a job will not save 12 billion.


    As you can see with social protection it covers amongst other things disability and pensioners and thus leaves the unemployed, vulnerable, single parents, homeless and those of ill health (physical or mentally).
    It also covers funding for schemes aimed at helping the unemployed into work (providers).


    This covers the poor, long term unemployed, single parents, etc and covers housing, law, unemployment, healthcare, etc.

    Theresa May’s only retort was when backed into a corner was “people only need to look at our record”. This means the Tories want use to just trust them, don’t ask, do vote and just let them sort it out as they don’t even know yet.

    Either way certain groups will be affected like disabled put over ill health, pensions over vulnerability, stuff like that but do remember once in power, there’s nothing stopping them changing there minds.


    April 14, 2015 at 7:38 am

  8. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


    April 14, 2015 at 8:40 am

  9. Labour to review UC. I thought if something were already on The Statute Book ie enshrined into law it could not be reversed etc. The same as the 5 year Goverments


    April 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

    • Things can be reversed but this seldom ever, ever happens.

      With regards to labour, lets not forget prior to the Tories it was them that created the work programme from scratch, formally known as flexi new deal, so the notion of UC going away is merely nothing but a wishful dream and the same could probably be said of all the other schemes.

      Anyone thinking labour or UKIP has a different agenda to the Tories is a fool as they in there own ways all intend to stick it to the poorer of society and this is pandemic globally.

      Governments desperately need to get people into debt worldwide or money will falter again. so are devising ways to ensure even the poorest, even homeless get into it. Look at welfare loans, hardship payment recovery, suggestions to charge for GP visits, charge for drug and alcohol and weight issues, removing concessions to replace them with the advanced learners loan to study, 9 thousand a year uni bill (course cost only), charges to take employer to court, extra charges to convicted criminals, suggestions to charge for legal aid towards challenging the government.

      NEED I GO ON ?


      April 14, 2015 at 9:43 am

      • Yes Gaia, I appologise. I am old enough to remember the precursors. The youth opportunity programme (YOP) The grownup version The Training Opportunity Programmes and The Employment Rehabilitation Centres along with the Work Training Schemes and Restart Courses


        April 14, 2015 at 9:54 am

      • No apology needed sir, we just all have to decide which is the least dangerous to get into bed with when voting as there all out to get us one way or another.

        Let us all remember a certain Lib Dem promise prior to an election towards students and what happened the moment they were in power or should I say part power.


        April 14, 2015 at 10:00 am

      • I am becoming greatly concerned that there will not be ANY party with enough seats to for any Government and we could end up with a 3-4 party coalition. If that were the case, would the 5 year rule go out of the window and we have a second election. I was also under the impression that the Monarch could also call an election / ask somebody to form a Government using the Royal Prerogative.. Or has there been a change in Constitutional Law


        April 14, 2015 at 10:09 am

      • Northolt:

        Do you remember the Community Programme? I believe the young unemployed were flicked onto it after the YOP, if they were still unemployed. I think you had to be aged between 18 and 23. It was being run in the eighties. Happy days!

        jj joop

        April 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      • JJ JOOP. In 1986 I was 29 and on the Community Action Programme for the unemployed. In the September I had my Heart Attack while ditch digging in in the Wilds of Welney near Downham Market in Norfolk. But as you say Happy Days. I was only paying a £1 a pint then.


        April 14, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      • Back in 1986 – 76p a pint in Bradford. 20 cigs £1.30p

        Obi Wan Kenobi

        April 15, 2015 at 2:02 pm

  10. I also forgot to add the EMPLOYMENT TRAINING SCHEME We got an extra £10-£15 for that too.


    April 14, 2015 at 10:00 am


    That’s how pensioners are described by a former chief of the Benefits Agency in this report from The Telegraph:


    Where have I heard that logic before? Ah, yes, it’s how the Nazis viewed the genetically diseased etc.


    April 14, 2015 at 12:42 pm

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