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Welfare Reform: Iain Duncan Smith Trumpets Success.

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Some of those ‘Benefiting’ from Iain Duncan Smith’s Reforms.

Welfare reform has improved lives claims Iain Duncan Smith

Saturday April 25th. Express and Star, Wolverhampton.

The architect of the controversial ‘bedroom tax’ has insisted low and middle earners have benefited from his welfare reforms.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith slashed millions from the welfare bill as the coalition government sought to balance the books.

But he claimed these savings, alongside the falling number of people claiming certain benefits, had allowed the coalition to introduce tax cuts for those on low pay.

From this month the tax-free personal allowance threshold on income tax increased to £10,600.

Speaking in Walsall, Mr Duncan Smith said: “What I have been doing now for a number of years is reforming welfare as a means to making more people better off.

“The reforms have not just saved tax payers money, including those on low and middle incomes, we have actually been able to give them tax cuts by raising the threshold on the personal allowance on income tax.

“We have been able to afford that because more people have got back into work as a result of our reforms.”

Mr Duncan Smith, who led the Conservatives for two years during Tony Blair’s New Labour government, was at Nova Training in Goscote where unemployed young people are taught skills to help them secure work.

Evidence of this success…

Fuel voucher for families who use prepayment meters will be available to those in crisis referred to food banks by welfare advice agencies, GPs and social workers.

Families in poverty who are forced to switch off their gas and electricity supply because they are unable afford spiralling energy bills will be offered free charity fuel vouchers under a pilot scheme. The so-called “fuel banks” initiative will provide a £49 credit for struggling families who use prepayment meters in a move designed to address the austerity-era dilemma of “heat or eat”. It is being run by energy firm nPower and poverty charities including the food bank network Trussell trust.

The vouchers, which will provide enough credit to restore power, and keep lights and heating on for up to two weeks, will be available to people in crisis referred to food banks by welfare advice agencies, GPs and social workers.

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 25, 2015 at 10:54 am

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  1. What other charities/or so called will be involved in this fuel voucher scheme? given £49 credit, – will it really be free, (what is) if you haven’t got a pre paid meter, “we’ll give you one and install it free”, again, (what is), as long as your with Npower.

    enigma

    April 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm

  2. Financial Abuse. inc UC

    New laws are on their way to try to stop coercive behaviour, including in financial matters, but no one yet knows how effective they will be.

    Under the Serious Crime Act – which has received royal assent, and which will be implemented later this year – coercive and controlling behaviour between partners will become illegal for the first time.

    Section 76 of the Act allows for a maximum prison sentence of five years, where someone’s behaviour causes alarm or serious distress to their partner. This can include financial abuse.

    But there is widespread concern about another development – the roll-out of Universal Credit (UC).

    The benefit is paid monthly on a household basis. The TUC report warns that UC will make it easier for one partner to control the finances.

    Even though the DWP has promised to make split payments where necessary, Polly Neate thinks many victims will still acquiesce.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32430816

    Unequal, trapped & controlled, Women’s experience of financial abuse and
    potential implications for Universal Credit. – is there “men’s experience in this 68 page pdf too.

    http://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/UnequalTrappedControlled.pdf .

    enigma

    April 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    • Who, on UC will be able to take to court someone who is abusing them financially when legal aid is no longer available, the supreme court? – forget it.

      enigma

      April 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    • Ok, read most of the pdf, there isn’t any “men’s experience with having been financially abused” on UC, but then it was written by women 🙂 – that’s a joke ladies!.

      enigma

      April 25, 2015 at 6:34 pm

  3. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    April 25, 2015 at 2:08 pm

  4. Serious:

    Is anyone else had or still having trouble with their mobile phones over the last 12 hrs on the EE network which includes Orange – T-Mobile?

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    • Problems with O2 aswel, today.

      enigma

      April 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm

      • Not here in Ipswich. Can still phone and send and receive texts but low signal strength.

        Buzby

        April 26, 2015 at 10:22 am

    • Am Having And Have Had Problems With O2 Signal Here In Ipswich. Those of you that know Ipswich. There is no O2 signal from the old Red Cross shop until you reach ”Benny’s Newsagents around the corner, there is no signal in Sainsburys whatsoever and Wilkinsons too. It is the same on the opposite side of the road. That runs from the Age UK shop up as far as Greggs

      Mr James

      April 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm

  5. Sorry Andy – Off Topic – I don’t know how this will stand with you or people on here, however here, but I really feel I must speak out about this: – Me and others with legally obtained smokes experience this on a daily basis. – No Joke Andy.

    I am really getting fed up of the immigants who for some reason beyond me are 100% taking the piss in my city of Bradford, I’ve really had enough of “ave u gota spare cig” or “U give me money or else break your face”

    This is now common place in Bradford, West Yorks,

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 25, 2015 at 4:18 pm

  6. I wish i had known RTU was in Walsall. could’ve told him what i thought of him. still hopefully monday works out for me with this new job unlike the last one last year.

    Somewhatbitterdoley

    April 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm

  7. Sorry Andy, u Known me by now – time to cheer everybody up – K-POP Style

    By the way If adverts for cars were like this in England – we’d all be watching.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    • You know, there are many who go along with the DWP”s game, which doesn’t mean they do everything that the DWP tell them or is thrown at them, – they have docs to put in front of the advisers or managers, so all we have to do is show our job search evidence, that’s not really that bad, myself I also play the DWP’s game, along with my docs, I don’t get sanctioned.

      enigma

      April 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm

  8. There will be a lot more like this to come. as we know.

    A hardworking couple desperate to get on the housing ladder say they are stuck living in a single room with their two children.

    Finance assistant Katrina, 28, and teaching assistant Aaron, 29, don’t qualify for a ­council house as they earn too much a month – £2,500 after tax.

    With private rents too dear, they moved into her ­parents’ spare room with Kayenne, seven, and ­Jaida, four, last October.

    They were planning to stay just one month and then buy a three-bedroom house, funding the deposit with their £15,000 savings.

    But as they moved in the housing prices shot up again and the couple, who earn £40,000 between them were priced out of the market.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/meet-hardworking-family-four-living-5583219

    enigma

    April 25, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    • Election 2015: Labour plan to stop ‘massive’ rent increases.

      Private landlords would not be able to increase annual rents by more than inflation for three years under Labour plans to give tenants more security.

      If Labour form the next government, Ed Miliband said he would act immediately to curb “massive” rent hikes which have forced some people out of their homes.

      New tenants would be given the right to find out what their predecessors paid to help them negotiate the “best deal”.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32468997

      enigma

      April 25, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    • TUSC, THE 6TH BIGGEST PARTY YOU’VE NEVER HEARD.
      GETTING TOTAL MEDIA BLACKOUT

      Offer

      Rent Controls

      Mass council house building

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

      Chris

      April 25, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      • In our hotel room we saw BBC Scotchland giving them a must have been a 10 minute segment on Reporting Scotland (the Scotch local news). Surprising because, living in Dorset, it is the first time we have seen the TUSC mentioned on the news.

        Devon Fudge

        April 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm

  9. A while back you might remember me talking about one sir Francis Maude entering a proposal to exempt government from the data protection act and that the government would have to change a raft of laws to be able to get there polices to work, well in a manner of speaking the cats out of the bag.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32470837

    As you will see from the article, the Tories intend to rewrite and replace the human rights acts ( British Bill of Rights ) and the communication data bill (often phrased the snoopers charter) almost immediately after being elected assuming they do.

    The ramifications be you working or not are far reaching and go quite some way to explain how the Tories will get some of there more insane ideas through.

    Just incase any are wondering how the snooper charter effects the unemployed one must refer to Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-data-retention-and-investigatory-powers-bill

    As you will see in the investigatory powers section, you will come across the following phrase,

    ” Safeguarding the economic well-being of the UK “.

    Its again like the forcing of the unemployed to except treatment or face no benefit a tricky subject in that it traverses many a law so very hard to distil but these coming changes spell and smell of “here comes big brother to nanny you all”.

    With no terrorists attacks of any worthy note on British soil, Crime lower than ever, there is absolutely no reason to grant government this invasive power that they as with all laws will only abuse to further gain there grip on the public who they deem as mere puppets to serve there wants and whims.

    Remember to date the Tories have stated a desire to also get rid of the magna carta, rewritten the civil service code to gag public servants (designed by none other than sir Francis Maude), planned legal restriction to be placed on union strikes, the removal of check off and the removal of 90,000 civil service positions (again Maude the architect ) to name but a few of his axe wielding ways. Oh he also believes and supports that part of the NHS should be privatised which should come as no surprize as he aided and abetted privatisation to such an extent that around half of public spending NOW goes on PRIVATE companies running public services.

    Despite retiring he also has made it clear if given a peerage will happily sit on the back bench and vehemently push and support further austerity.

    For a man or party that claims to want transparency, that claims we are all in it together, they have a funny way of showing it, a funny way indeed and if left unchecked will leave the only thing transparent, being you the public.

    YOU,VE ALL BEEN WARNED.

    gaia

    April 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

    • We’re monitoring our spouses, brainwashing our children, and putting power into the hands of the few. – our own devices.

      This nostalgic vision of America/the world seems to be the fuel that is powering Eggers’s dismay at the onslaught of technology in modern life. In The Circle, all life happens online, in full and continuous public view. Yet when Eggers talks about the kind of tech companies that he depicts so savagely in The Circle, he’s even-handed, as if he’s upholding the very decency that he thinks the world may be in danger of losing. He has never set foot in Google or Facebook, he says. “I have seen non-tech campuses that are not in California that have some of the same goals, to provide all the best stuff to their staff. In the case of The Circle I took it to a logical extreme. What they want in The Circle – and I’m not saying this about any of these companies – but all of these services are provided so that you never leave. They ultimately have 10,000 people in a controlled environment, where all of their actions, preferences, behaviours can be observed, monitored, monetised.”

      He reviles what he sees as the online industry’s attempts to capture the data of the young while they are still in school. “The schools thing is terrifying, the fact that in the US school system there’s a constant push and pull against these companies. Amazon provides free school software. All you have to do is fill out a profile. The schools are broke so they take the software. I mean, it’s terrible software, but it’s free. And then the kids are forever tracked by these private entities.”

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/authorinterviews/11558350/Dave-Eggers-We-worry-about-the-NSA-and-GCHQ-but-we-are-complicit.-We-spy-on-each-other.html

      enigma

      April 26, 2015 at 10:51 am

    • They the Tories or other will change/update rules & regs, the bill of rights or anything else for their own interest, which is of course is about “control”

      enigma

      April 26, 2015 at 10:59 am

      • Enigma. You have forgotten to mention the REGULATORY POWERS INVESTIGATORY ACT – R.I.P.A This ”COULD” eventually be used by the DWP to try and find out how we have survived while on benefits. I know as it has been in the press that some local authorities use this act to find out if you really are in the school catchment area you say you are.

        Majestic 12

        April 26, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      • Gaia has mentioned it for me. 🙂

        enigma

        April 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      • “How have we survived” are they really wandering as to why we are still here.

        enigma

        April 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    • BRITISH BILL OF RIGHTS! You have none! 😀

      Magnum Carter

      April 26, 2015 at 11:45 am

      • Yes, reality.

        enigma

        April 26, 2015 at 11:49 am

      • This reminds me of the notice you see pinned to the inside of a police cell – YOURS RIGHTS WHILE IN CUSTODY 😀

        Old Lag

        April 26, 2015 at 11:58 am

      • It will soon appear in all jobcentres.

        enigma

        April 26, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    • Oh, something I don’t believe ive mentioned yet, well the begin part anyway, but certain governments are trying to find ways to ban and or criminalise the use of encryption software while big businesses seek through the courts to prevent the development and use of ad/flash/java/IP/etc blocker type software.

      gaia

      April 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      • Yes, and how long will it be until websites such as this one, where we protest about sanctions, homeless, food banks and a lot more besides, as well as websites such as whatdotheyknow, and every other social networking website.

        enigma

        April 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      • – Are closed down.

        enigma

        April 26, 2015 at 12:40 pm

  10. THE MORALITY OF WORK – reality- workfare.

    In their manifesto, the Conservatives have promised to tear up the rules on the eligibility of EU migrants to claim benefits in Britain. In future, new arrivals will have to wait four years – while working and paying tax – before they can receive child benefit, or a council house.

    Reducing the attraction of benefits is at the heart of Mr Duncan Smith’s mission for Britain, too. His radical reforms to the welfare system aim to ensure that it always pays to work, rather than live off the state.

    IDS – “There is a moral reason for it because [work] develops you. It creates stable communities. Of course you earn money, but more than that, you earn a real sense of self-respect.

    “The kids are going to talk about being proud of their dads or their mums who go out to work. That is the kind of stuff which changes generations.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/11563623/Iain-Duncan-Smith-Miliband-and-Sturgeon-would-destroy-the-UK.html

    enigma

    April 26, 2015 at 9:56 am

    • Make me laugh, “The kids are going to talk about being proud of their dads or their mums who go out to work”.

      I don’t remember as a lad (around 50 years ago) ever thinking about being proud that my mother and father worked, I do however remember my dad working so much that we hardly ever saw him though.
      Seriously as a kid that crap just doesn’t float in the adolescent mind and IDS is crazy to believe it ever ever would.

      So when we talk about todays kids there only interest is in how well there doing in the latest RPG, how well there killing monsters and foes as opposed to other online gamers, how there kitting out there make believe house or kingdom from the game induced spoils of theft, murder and in some case genocide.

      It seems like other things IDS and the Tories are so out of touch on, kids is another.

      A child’s life should be just that, innocent and care free but this government seems hell-bent to brainwash them into unnatural behaviours, even machine like so as to manufacture well behaved, thoughtful, bright and obedient automatons.

      You might even say this government believes all parents and teachers are incapable of raising and building up children, that like labour, their to blame for the UK being ranked very low in terms of qualifications per country, for manufacturing NEETS kids, for developing a massive skills shortage in this country, for god forbid, allowing kids to have such a thing as free choice.

      That’s right the failure of the kids is the by product of bad parenting and teaching or so the Tories believe anyway.

      gaia

      April 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

      • Exactly gaia!! My daughter saw me crying because of the bouncing pay cheques we had to contend with in my previous job, and saw me crying over the sustained sexual harassment I was subject to buy another employee, who I successfully had prosecuted last year. Now she sees me exhausted and in pain every day due to the heavy cleaning jobs I do with rheumatoid arthritis.
        I won’t lie, I am better off in work, but if I had to pay transport ( school I work in is 5 minutes from my house) and had to pay prescription costs ( two items every month at least) I’d be no better off than on benefits.
        I can’t remember being proud of my dad for working and I don’t think it registered with my daughter either!! What planet are these tories on!!

        kat rehman

        April 26, 2015 at 11:30 am

      • I don’t remember being interested in what my parents were doing while at work either, I was too busy with my interests. which was very different from what it is today, as some of us know, it is going to be worse for all those who are still at school, as it already is for those who receive “youth allowance” what kids used to do will never be the same, all are being monitored. now though this also includes everyone.

        enigma

        April 26, 2015 at 11:41 am

  11. “There is a moral reason for it because [work] develops you. It creates stable communities. Of course you earn money, but more than that, you earn a real sense of self-respect”

    You then take a trip to the local food bank.

    enigma

    April 26, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    • Reminds me of this overheard in Library, youngish bloke, “Finally got a job – 12 hours a week”

      Wonder if even that was an a Zero Hour contract.

      Andrew Coates

      April 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

      • More likely that not, all carers in this town as well as others are now going on zero hour contracts. many job descriptions are not stating a wage as we all know, less and less full time jobs, it’s nothing but part time, – job sharing.

        enigma

        April 27, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      • All those part time workers will be fighting each other for more hours, it’s not going to be a pretty sight, I remember last year someone with a part time job who forced out someone else working part time thus getting a full time job. we’ll see a lot more of that especially when on UC.

        enigma

        April 27, 2015 at 3:59 pm

  12. How the Tories dehumanise low-paid families – or should I say ‘benefit units’

    Anyone earning less than the equivalent of 35 hours on the minimum wage would be subject to pressure which could end in a sanction.’

    As part of the universal credit pilot, last week saw the beginning of new requirements on the number of hours worked: under these regulations, anyone earning less than the equivalent of 35 hours on the minimum wage would be subject to pressure which could end in a sanction. The second parent in the “benefit unit” would be required to work a minimum of 16 hours, taking the working week for the family up to 51 hours, before the threat of sanctions would be lifted.

    Over the coming year, 15,000 families will be placed on this regime, to varying degrees of stringency: some will just be nudged with a fortnightly phone call, others will have to attend regular interviews which, as we’ve seen with the regular social security picture, comes with the ever-present risk of having your benefits removed and being left with nothing.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/26/tories-low-paid-families-benefit-units-parents-minimum-wage

    enigma

    April 27, 2015 at 10:01 am

  13. “gaia” – you might be interested in this report (with video) about Francis Maude:

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/top-tory-minister-lets-slip-5578232

    Tobanem

    April 27, 2015 at 10:08 am

  14. Five billion people ‘have no access to safe surgery’

    One of the study’s authors, Andy Leather, director of the King’s Centre for Global Health, said the situation was outrageous.

    “People are dying and living with disabilities that could be avoided if they had good surgical treatment,” he said.

    “Also, more and more people are being pushed into poverty trying to access surgical care.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32452249

    enigma

    April 27, 2015 at 10:20 am

  15. How decadent the country has become:

    Scales

    April 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    • Oppose those with loony polices including UKIP from standing for Parliment

      Greenford

      April 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

      • Parliament [even]

        Greenford

        April 28, 2015 at 9:18 am

  16. ‘Who will protect, provide, shelter, build?’ Why privatisation is the key to the election.

    For a century, left and right in Britain believed in universal access to education, health and housing. The Thatcher era changed everything. As the political parties battle it out, is there any alternative to the privatisation, breakup and foreign takeover of vital services?

    In the century following the passing of the Public Health Act of 1875, the hideous squalor of Britain’s industrial cities, which had led to millions dwelling in exhaustion and misery and to plague-like levels of life expectancy, was vanquished. It has yet to return.

    The water network. The education network. The health network. The postal network. The welfare network. The transport network. The energy network.

    The networks are still with us, but they are threatened.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/27/why-privatisation-is-the-key-to-the-election

    enigma

    April 27, 2015 at 6:08 pm

  17. The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don’t want you to know.

    If a prison decided to implement a policy of punishing its inmates by cutting their food supply, it would be universally condemned as a human rights abuse.

    The increase in food poverty in the UK, illustrated by the latest food bank figures, is a human rights abuse that you wouldn’t inflict on criminals.

    According to the Trussell Trust, its food banks have been used more than a million times in the 2014-15 financial year, a 19 per cent increase on the previous 12 months.

    And, lest we are in any doubt that this is directly linked to the coalition government’s policies targeting those on benefits, we just need to look at the increase in food banks themselves which have risen from 56 in 2010 to 445 in 2015 – an increase of almost 700 per cent . And this is only the tip of the iceberg. The total number of organisations providing emergency food assistance is estimated to be over 1,500 according to a 2014 parliamentary inquiry into hunger in the UK.

    These figures expose a double-edged Tory lie connected with their benefits and back-to-work policies. One side of this is the supposed record numbers back in employment. But the fact that the second largest cause of food bank referrals (22 per cent) is from people on low income, shows this employment “miracle” is due, at least in some part, to driving people into underpaid and insecure jobs.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-sickening-truth-about-food-banks-that-the-tories-dont-want-you-to-know-10195840.html

    enigma

    April 27, 2015 at 10:23 pm

  18. FROSTBITE – DUE TO THE BEDROOM TAX

    I have asked many times on here what will be the lowest point to which Tory policies – and their consequences – will sink.

    Now we have a frostbite victim, not on some far away frozen mountain top, but in Lancashire:

    Full report here:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/bedroom-tax-victim-loses-toes-5593914

    And just when you thought the David Clapson case was bad.

    What will be next – there seems no depths to which these evil cases can sink to. Let’s hope the 7th of May will put a stop to all this Tory shame.

    Tobanem

    April 28, 2015 at 7:55 am

    • Living in a tent (in Lancashire) during the winter – due to the Bedroom Tax.

      Welcome to Tory Britain.

      Tobanem

      April 28, 2015 at 8:13 am

      • There was an encampment of tents in Ipswich a few years ago, in the graveyard of St Margaret’s Church.

        HOMELESS CAMPERS EVICTED FROM IPSWICH GRAVEYARD DEARBHLA CROSSE

        November 8th 2011

        Homeless campers at an Ipswich graveyard are to be evicted over concerns that a recent rise in the number of rough sleepers is disrupting worshippers.
        Up to 11 people have been camping out at St Margaret’s Church in Ipswich but, due to a lack of facilities and the recent escalation in activity and noise, the church can no longer accommodate the campers.2

        – See more at: http://www.thepavement.org.uk/stories.php?story=1365#sthash.tW8zhGH6.dpuf

        Homelessness has got worse since then…..

        Andrew Coates

        April 28, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    • I cant see the page enigma so heres the link on the same story but with the mirror incase others cant see it.

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bedroom-tax-victim-loses-toes-5592828

      If the deaths weren’t enough, I hope these graphic pictures serve as a reminder to all claimants both in work or out, that this is precisely how far the Tories are willing to go, how waving banners, standing tall protesting has done exactly NOTHING to halt the conservatives plans.

      Wake up people as today its him but tomorrow could just as easily be you, except unlike him, we will probably suffer like thousands already have,without the public ever knowing, alone.

      gaia

      April 28, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    • That’s fucking horrific!

      kick the westmonster crowd to fuck

      May 6, 2015 at 10:31 am

  19. GMB Name “Winners” Of £9,296 Million Housing Benefit Paid To Private Landlords In Britain In 2013/14

    The abuse of housing benefit by private landlords has gone on for too long as millionaires take sackloads of cash for exploiting those in housing need or stuck on low pay says GMB.

    In Great Britain there are approximately 4.2 million households living in private rented accommodation. The rent to landlords in 1.59million or 38% of them is paid in part or in full by taxpayers. Private landlords were paid an annual total of £9,296 million in housing benefit in 2013/14. See table below for the full data by UK region plus data for the top 20 councils in Britain by amount paid.

    http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/private-landlords-housing-benefits-winners-named

    enigma

    April 28, 2015 at 11:34 am

    • It’s a pretty long list. didn’t want to clog this post up. making it even longer!

      enigma

      April 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

  20. Has anyone noticed how it’s much easier to get good paid work now, thanks to the 2 million new jobs created?
    I’m having to turn offers down left right and center these days.

    Another Fine Mess

    April 28, 2015 at 1:27 pm

  21. A Conservative government would use fines imposed on Deutsche Bank for its involvement in rigging interest rates to fund 50,000 apprenticeships, David Cameron has announced.

    The Conservative leader said the scheme would “train young people and get them off the dole and in to work”.

    It comes on top of three million apprenticeships the party has pledged over the next Parliament if re-elected.

    Labour said the number of young people starting apprenticeships had fallen.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2015-32491591

    enigma

    April 28, 2015 at 2:04 pm

  22. Andrew: coming to Ipswich, perhaps.

    Grand-pimp Seetec are advertising for a Job Coach (field based role) on cv-library in Sufflolk. There’s no mention of finding the unemployed jobs, just “helping the long-term unemployed attain meaningful engagement and Work Placement opportunities” WTF does that mean?

    The Role
    Due to our ongoing success we are seeking driven and passionate individuals to deliver our CWP front line services, working to help the long term unemployed attain meaningful engagement and Work Placement opportunities. We are seeking talented individuals who enjoy a target driven environment and are looking for an opportunity to help make a difference in people’s lives by assisting them to develop the skills, confidence and experience to enhance individual’s employment goals and prospects. You will proactively support customers into employment by:- *Carrying out initial assessment on your customer caseload to enable the creation of personal action plans. *Delivering initial engagement meetings *Running Job Search Sessions to support individuals in finding suitable employment. *Carrying out reviews and monitor activity, provide customer support and assistance. *Producing and maintain a customer portfolio *Ensuring systems, procedures and compliance of the programme standards are met. *Undertaking activities to find customers employment and placed into work.

    Skills and Experience
    *Ability to demonstrate Seetec’s values. *Positive, enthusiastic approach to problem solving with a “can do” attitude. *Target & results driven individual. *Ability to negotiate and influence outcomes. *Demonstrate a genuine commitment to the personal and occupational success of the long term unemployed. *Excellent verbal and written communication skills. *Excellent all round IT skills

    Additional Info
    Full driving licence, own vehicle and full business insurance required. Seetec is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

    jj joop

    April 28, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    • I have seen many like it, aswell as for CapIta & maximus.

      enigma

      April 28, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    • Seetec is an equal opportunities employer

      But only want applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates and Full driving licence, own vehicle and full business insurance required

      You can see from the decription, other than poaching from another provider, no one else would be suitable. …So not all that equal then.

      Another Fine Mess

      April 28, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    • SEETEC are the worst local firm making money out of the Unemployment Bizniss.

      Yuk!

      Andrew Coates

      April 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

  23. Looking at skint at Merthyr Tydfil on channel 4 last night,ian duncan smith should be ashamed of himself at what the Tories have created.people living in the woods is his idea of the welfare state.that didn’t stop him attacking them back in 2010 telling them to get on the bus to find work.

    The Tory party should be shown the contempt they deserve.not just voted out but pelted out too.

    ken

    April 28, 2015 at 2:23 pm

  24. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    April 30, 2015 at 7:42 am

  25. The intentions of politicians and actually implementing are like day and night.
    With the increase in foodbanks and various other agencies trying to redress the balance between skint and working is an insurmountable task.
    The conservative party has never been in touch with reality and the people on low income or unemployment benefits.

    Robert Daniels

    May 6, 2015 at 8:52 am


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