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The Cuts are Coming.

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The cuts are coming.

Expect more sanctions, and misery.

This (pre-Queen’s speech) was only a foretaste:

The BBC reports,

Government spending cuts will see unprotected parts of the social security budget fall to their lowest level for 25 years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned.

The IFS said protecting pensioner benefits meant cuts of almost 10% over two years to the welfare budget.

That would take welfare spending as a share of GDP to its lowest since 1990.

The government has committed to taking £12bn out of social security spending by 2018.

The Guardian gives some details.

Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions will have to make a £105m cut this year, which comes in addition to the £2bn savings to the department’s running costs made between 2009-10 and 2014-15.

These “efficiency savings” will be to departmental spending rather than cuts to benefits payments and are separate from the planned £12bn in welfare cuts, the details of which have yet to be revealed by the government.

But the savings will still be generated by increasing pressure on claimants and former claimants. Officials said they would be stepping up “debt recovery”, making extra effort to secure the repayment of loans issued under the social fund – the system by which benefits claimants are given a loan when they are deemed to be facing a crisis situation.

Currently this money is repaid by deducting money from benefits payments, but there is no system to reclaim money from ex-claimants who have found work and are therefore no longer claiming benefits. The DWP will be given new powers to get that money repaid, a spokesperson said, although details of how this new system will work have not yet been released.

It was not clear how much money could be saved by this measure given that the social fund is not well-advertised by the DWP, and fewer loans are being given out as a result.

The rest of the money would come from making administrative savings, focused on back office functions – with officials looking at ways they can reduce IT contracts and telephone costs. There would be no impact on staff levels at Jobcentre Plus offices this year, a spokesperson said.

Guardian.

This is on the wider picture:

The Government’s pledge to find £12bn in savings from the welfare budget will require ‘significant cuts’ to non-protected benefits, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

Outside of protecting spending on state pension and universal pensioner benefits, the Conservatives would need to find savings on the a scale amounting to almost 10% of unprotected benefits, just to meet their 2015 manifesto pledge.

The IFS says, “finding the sought after £12 billion of cuts in just two years will not be easy”.

“Finding such a reduction without cutting child benefit, which has been pledged this week, would mean that even more significant cuts would likely be required to spending on one or more of tax credits, housing benefit and disability & incapacity benefits”.

Welfare Weekly.

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Written by Andrew Coates

June 5, 2015 at 11:47 am

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  1. We can expect thousands or hundreds of, people being laid off, only to be then taken on zero hour and or working for their benefit. it is going to be miserable for millions more.

    enigma

    June 5, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    • Apart from political and social reasons like other people here I was well pissed-off with the Tory win for purely personal ones.

      Andrew Coates

      June 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    • If you don’t mind me asking enigma, why will people be laid off or are you referring to civil service staff, im a bit lost ?

      gaia

      June 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      • Oh forget that enigma, I see where your coming from now, sorry just winding down for the weekend.

        Anyway have a good one yourself.

        gaia

        June 5, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    • It woud be ironic beyond belief if this started happening in the welfare to work companies. A4E/Learn Direct et al staff let go then re-employed on poor Zero Hour contracts.

      Gazza

      June 5, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  2. Just out, no time to do direct tweet cut and paste etc.

    “BBCSuffolk ‏@BBCSuffolk 16m16 minutes ago
    Ipswich Citizens Advice Bureau reveal that some disabled people have been waiting over a year for Personal Independence Payments.

    Andrew Coates

    June 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

  3. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    June 5, 2015 at 3:49 pm

  4. It makes you wonder what’s next, will we see DWP employees being evacuated dew to suspected possible planted bombs. Will DWP piss people off so much we will all witness stronger more poignant behaviour from disgruntled claimants.

    Ive got to hand it to advisors, they’ve got some stones to do there job as its not like they get protection outside of the office like IDS does. Don’t get me wrong, I would never condone such acts but in fairness, advisors can hardly cry about it when they wind up claimants the way they do and these cuts will fray nerves that’s for sure.

    gaia

    June 5, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    • gaia:

      You say that you would never condone such acts. Really. I say get the fkn lads in, immediately.

      Parker Pyne

      June 7, 2015 at 10:51 am

  5. …The IFS said protecting pensioner benefits meant cuts of almost 10% over two years to the welfare budget. …

    Here we go again. The old must die, so the younger keep welfare benefits.

    We will ALL lose welfare benefits, irregardless of age.

    Austerity was and always will be a total lie. It saves nothing. It rises national debt.

    PENSIONER BENEFITS ARE ALREADY CUT

    The flat rate pension con will seen more than half of new pensioners next year with
    LESS NOT MORE OR EVEN NILS TATE PENSION FOR LIFE,
    especially the poorest,
    especially women.

    See why in my WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT section, at the end of my petition:
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    LOSS OF PENSION CREDIT

    The flat rate abolishes Pension Credit (savings) for new pensioners.

    Pension Credit guarantee credit will be cut by Universal Credit and by more complex conditionality next year, even eventuallyt ot he over 75s.

    CONCLUSION

    So even IFS is out of touch with what is already happening or in the pipeline against pensioners, both current and new next year.

    And the SERPs opt out will hit works and private pensions, with the pension changes coming.

    So don’t believe a word the Tories are telling you.

    Pensioners will be hit by reduced welfare spending. Whether benefit or social housing or the state pension or pension credit. Etc ad nausem.

    Chris

    June 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    • “Chris”

      Where is the best site for information on Pension Credit – and all the forthcoming changes/conditionality to Pension Credit?

      Questioner

      June 6, 2015 at 7:39 am

      • “Chris”

        Where do you get your information about Pension Credit? I suspect it is not from the official DWP site!

        Perhaps you can expand on your comment about how Pension Credit guarantee “will be cut by Universal Credit and by more complex conditionality next year…”

        Questioner

        June 6, 2015 at 9:26 am

  6. According to the Daily Mail today, Universal Credit has proved effective at nudging people off benefits and into work. Out of work benefits have fallen to their lowest level in 35 years – a “significant milestone”, says Employment Minister Priti Patel.

    “Our welfare reforms are transforming the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities and giving people the skills and opportunities to get on in life. It’s about having the dignity of a job, the pride of a regular wage and the peace of mind that comes from supporting your family.”

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3113085/Vindication-IDS-Claims-work-benefit-hit-35-year-low-2-1-controversial-welfare-reforms.html

    I thought Universal Credit was well behind schedule with only a fraction of claimants on it already! And I haven’t even mentioned sanctions, foodbanks, homelessness, suicides etc…

    Tobanem

    June 6, 2015 at 9:00 am

    • Oh, and don’t forget, Workfare, zero-hours contracts and dubious self-employment.

      Tobanem

      June 6, 2015 at 9:05 am

      • And don’t forget the working poor and in-work benefits – a thorny issue which is going to intensify under Universal Credit!

        Tobanem

        June 6, 2015 at 9:09 am

  7. To confirm how out of touch the Daily Maily is, have a look at their editorial about how poverty has been “vanquished”:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3113051/DAILY-MAIL-COMMENT-IDS-vanquished-poverty-lobby.html

    Tobanem

    June 6, 2015 at 9:29 am

    • By the way, my use of “Daily Maily” was a keyboard error – but is sounds good, so I left it in!!!

      Tobanem

      June 6, 2015 at 9:30 am

  8. A woman suffering from Parkinson’s and a brain tumour has been told she will no longer receive a vital benefit because she has been ruled fit enough to work.

    She was asked to go for her first medical in December 2012 and had a second a year later. On both occasions she was told she met the criteria for the allowance.

    Miss Leek went for a third medical last month, which she said was the same process as before.

    A few days later she received a call to say her work capability assessment had found that she was able to do some work and must report to the job centre.

    To qualify for the allowance an applicant has to achieve a score of 15 during the assessment. Miss Leek scored no points.

    “This means many people with Parkinson’s are languishing in the work-related activity group, presumed fit enough to return to work, when they should be in the support group where they can be protected from repeat assessments and the threat of their support being cut

    http://newarkadvertiser.co.uk/articles/news/Julia-Leek-do-not-change

    enigma

    June 6, 2015 at 10:16 am

    • “enigma”

      The report about Parkinson’s disease is over on Vox Political.

      On commentator talking about a Parkinson’s victim who could not read or write, or hold a boiling kettle, or even hold a knife and fork because of his severe shaking, said:

      “Much to my despair three weeks later he received a letter saying he was fit for work, this poor man lives alone with no help from anyone, he asked me to come over and read what it said”.

      Is that not the most poignant and harrowing – as well as utterly ludicrous case – you have ever heard of thus far?

      Sending a letter like that to someone who can no longer read, is approaching the nadir of absurdity. Have we reached the lowest of the low? God help us if there is worse to come – and I heavily suspect there is…

      Tobanem

      June 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      • Parkinson’s Disease is degenerative, meaning it gets worse and worse. It does not improve.

        So why bring in sufferers for repeated assessments on a quite nauseous pretext of rescuing them from being trapped in the benefits system?

        Tobanem

        June 6, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      • Tobanem

        I don’t agree with no points for that disease, and also don’t agree with continued assessments, there should be only one, how bad must one be, it is unbelievable what is going on in this day of age.

        enigma

        June 6, 2015 at 3:12 pm

  9. Some Jobcenters are illegaly insisting that JSA claimants undertake 35 hours weekly job search activity, even though they are under no legal obligation to do so, and threatening sanctions for those who do not comply. Huddersfield Jobcenter i s one such example where abuse of the law is taking place, presumably the behest of the incompetent Manager and under the instructions of misinformed Work Coaches .

    not roger

    June 6, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    • Are we not? I thought our Job Seeker’s Agreement meant we did.

      Andrew Coates

      June 7, 2015 at 10:16 am

  10. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    June 6, 2015 at 9:49 pm

  11. Childcare funding gap will hit stressed parents, Citizens Advice warns.

    http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/jun/06/free-childcare-underfunding-could-threaten-changes-charity

    enigma

    June 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

  12. Draft Universal Credit (Work-related requirements) In Work Pilot Scheme and Amendment Regulations 2015

    Our objective is simple: we want to help influence and support low-paid claimants to progress in work and increase their pay so that they are earning above the level of a full-time job at the national minimum wage, where they are able to do so. That ambition has the potential to deliver a huge impact. The individual will be working and earning more and living more independently of benefits. Employers will benefit from a more engaged and motivated work force and the state will continue to reduce the benefit bill. The ambition is clear and the benefits will be huge.

    controlled trials that we plan to deliver under the regulations will begin in April 2015. It will centre on providing work coaching and support to low-earning claimants in order to set relevant goals and aspirations and help individuals to consider what they could do to increase their earnings and what activities they should undertake. As part of the trial, some of those activities could be mandatory, specifically where they offer claimants a strong opportunity to increase their salaries.

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmgeneral/deleg2/150114/150114s01.htm

    enigma

    June 7, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    • That ambition has the potential to deliver a huge impact.

      Yeah, mostly on CAB and the foodbanks.

      Another Fine Mess

      June 8, 2015 at 12:14 am

      • And the rising number of homeless people.

        enigma

        June 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

  13. GCHQ, the Cheltenham-based monitoring agency, is collecting “bulk personal datasets” from millions of people’s phone and internet records using techniques now banned in the US, according to Privacy International.

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/08/privacy-international-gchq-data-techniques-outlawed-usa-freedom-act

    enigma

    June 7, 2015 at 11:28 pm

  14. THE Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was forced to deny yesterday that it had contributed to the suicides of at least 10 benefit claimants who had been sanctioned.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7e10-HOUNDED-TO-DEATH

    British welfare provides no sanctuary from work
    The UK does not provide especially generous welfare to people of working age. This may surprise anyone familiar with its widespread fascination with benefits cheats and scroungers.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/1b70a808-0b7c-11e5-994d-00144feabdc0.htm

    Another Fine Mess

    June 8, 2015 at 12:01 am

  15. The Guardian view on universal credit: needs more work
    The Resolution Foundation has carried out an important analaysis of his biggest reform of the welfare system. Now Iain Duncan Smith must listen. LOL!

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/07/guardian-view-on-universal-credit-needs-more-work

    Aliens from Mars and Jupiter also claiming UK benefits – Daily Mail
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3114177/ISIS-jihadis-Syria-Iraq-funding-evil-war-milking-Britain-s-benefits-false-claims-online-fraud-student-loans.html

    Another Fine Mess

    June 8, 2015 at 12:05 am

    • Australia government tried to claim that ISIS crap and just recently it was proved to be incorrect.

      http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/may/27/story-of-australian-jihadis-overseas-and-on-the-dole-turns-out-to-be-a-furphy

      Australia’s Tony Abbot also compared immigrants/asylum seekers to terrorists so its clear what his agenda is. The UK is just following suit so it can drive home its own racist agenda.
      It also has the adverse effect of creating justification to spy on claimants.

      New sanction charge.

      Your not actively seeking work while training on non approved training (ie jihadist camps, etc)

      You not available for work if you work part time/temp contract abroad.

      gaia

      June 8, 2015 at 8:08 am

      • Its worth claimants keeping an eye on this claim terrorists draw benefits as like all things, I cant see how it wont effect the rest of us.

        If you put this with GCHQ blanket surveillance operating and part 4 of the data protection act, they could rein in on masses of claimants rather than a few at a time.

        Pull out those pseudonyms fellow claimants if you already don’t do so. When using a system that’s not yours like a providers for instance and its required you sign in, then only place an x where you would normally place a signature.

        A person can use whatever signature they like and they can change it as much as they like providing its not for fraudulent purposes.

        Also just like DWP cant hold a copy of your CV, they cant inturn force you to upload one to UJM, a fact sadly missed by claimants as,

        A: DWP reside as data controller so same processing rules apply as they do when at the local office.

        gaia

        June 8, 2015 at 8:50 am

  16. Handy interview tips from a Jobcentre Plus work coach.

    1. Do you prefer cats or dogs ?
    2. How many balloons would fit in this room?
    3. If you could be any superhero, which one would you be?
    4. Before going on holiday, when do you look to pack your case?
    5. How would you react if you were transformed into a fish?
    6. If you were an ice cream, what flavour would you be?
    7. Name five uses for a stapler without staples

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/dwpgovuk/9-unexpected-questions-you-might-be-asked-at-a-job-mcz6

    Another Fine Mess

    June 8, 2015 at 1:04 am


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