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As the Budget looms and the  government prepares to take an axe to benefits – above all for the working poor – the issue of sanctions  has been out of the headlines.

But there are voices who continue protesting:

A group of churches and charities have called on the UK government to hold an urgent independent review into the benefit sanctions regime.

Welfare Weekly. (3rd of July)

The group argue that the government has failed to heed the recommendation of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, who called for a full independent review of the benefit sanctions system earlier this year.

Dame Anne Begg, who chaired the Committee’s investigation, said: “The implementation of the present sanction regime is controversial with the government claiming it is effective in helping people into work while many others say sanctions are causing real distress to families and are actually acting as a barrier to participation.”

Why are so many people still facing multiple sanctions?

“As there are so many questions about the effects on people who have been sanctioned, it is time the government implemented the recommendation of my Select Committee in the last Parliament to carry out a full, independent review of the whole sanction regime.

“Many believe that sanctions are being applied to the wrong people for often trivial reasons and are the cause of the increased use of foodbanks. Only an independent review can get to the truth of what is actually happening so that government policy can be based on evidence and not seen as merely punitive.”

In a 100 day period last year, 346,256 people who were on Jobseeker’s Allowance and 35,554 people on Employment Support Allowance (ESA) were referred for sanctions. These resulted in 175,177 sanctions for Jobseekers and 11,129 for sick and disabled people claiming ESA. 92,558 were blamed on a bureaucratic error.

The call for a review is supported by the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Church in Wales, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church and by charities Church Action on Poverty, Gingerbread and Mind.

Another report here:

Kirk calls for benefits sanction review

The UK Government has been urged to bring forward an independent review of the benefit sanctions system.

The call was made by the Church of Scotland yesterday which said Conservative ministers had failed to indicate whether they would back a review suggested by Westminster’s work and pensions select committee.

Kirk officials say that more than 15,000 Scots on job seekers allowance (JSA) were sanctioned over a 100 day period last year.

The Rev Dr Richard Frazer, vice-convener of the church and society council, said: “The impact and effect of sanctions on individuals, families and communities across Scotland have been devastating.

“Far from encouraging people back to work, they impose punitive and indiscriminate financial hardship on thousands of people who need help.”

Dame Anne Begg, who was MP for Aberdeen South between 1997 to 2015 and chaired the select committee, said: “Many believe that sanctions are being applied to the wrong people for often trivial reasons and are the cause of the increased use of foodbanks.

“Only an independent review can get to the truth of what is actually happening so that government policy can be based on evidence and not seen as merely punitive.”

Aberdeen Central SNP MSP Kevin Stewart said: “Westminster’s unfair and punitive sanctions regime is causing misery in communities across Scotland and hitting those who need help most, from single mothers to people with disabilities.

“Organisations like the Church of Scotland see the impact of the unfair sanctions first-hand in communities across the country – they join a growing number of voices calling for an immediate review of the policy and it is time for the Department for Work and Pensions to sit up and take notice.

“The SNP has already been clear that there should be an immediate review of the UK Government’s conditionality and sanctions regime – and the DWP should not be allowed to impose any more unfair sanctions on vulnerable people while the review is ongoing.”

But a spokeswoman for the UK Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said JSA sanctions had fallen from 84,200 in 2013 to 55,864 in 2014 as more claimants fulfil their commitments to look for work.

She claimed sanctions were only used as a last resort for the “tiny minority” who refuse to take up the support offered.

The spokeswoman said it spent around £94billion a year on working age benefits to ensure a “strong safety net” was in place to support people who are unemployed or on low incomes.

“Every day, Jobcentre Plus advisers are helping people into work – we’ve seen employment in Scotland increase by 53,000 and unemployment fall by 19,000 in the last year,” she added.

The department is currently considering the contents of the committee report.

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

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  1. “Currently considering” sure they are, it will be 2020 and it will still be “currently considering”

    enigma

    July 6, 2015 at 4:13 pm

  2. There is no depths the UK government will travel.

    Peoples’ last few months or less of life and you’ve got these on your back.

    Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die, MP says

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/06/terminally-ill-benefit-claimants-asked-when-they-expect-to-die-mp-says

    Its more interested in selling off state owned (taxpayer) assets on the cheap in bonanza selloffs.Then claiming their reducing the deficit.

    ken

    July 6, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    • Yes Ken, just like when people have been asked while at an assessment “why haven’t you committed suicide yet.

      enigma

      July 6, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      • Its all Tribunal material Enigma,people who are just saying that just prove they know little about illnesses,or they are just being flippant and unprofessional.Typical of the governments practice.

        Its very hard to see how anyone can fail to win a case,just present the facts and let them conclude.

        ken

        July 7, 2015 at 5:17 pm

  3. The BBC is to cover the cost of providing free television licences for over-75s, the government has confirmed.

    Ministers said the move would be phased in from 2018-19. In return, rules on paying for catch-up services such as iPlayer might be introduced and the licence fee will rise with inflation

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33414693

    enigma

    July 6, 2015 at 9:15 pm

  4. OT – Autonomous robo-taxis could in the next couple of decades become cheaper and more efficient than privately-owned vehicles, which could amount to the biggest change in personal transport since the invention of the internal-combustion engine.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/driverless-cars-and-superuber-robot-taxis-could-cut-carbon-emissions-by-90-10369503.html

    enigma

    July 6, 2015 at 9:34 pm

  5. Women and Social Security

    Introduction

    1. This report sets out the findings and recommendations made by the Welfare Reform Committee on its inquiry into the impact of welfare reform on women.

    2. In order to inform its scrutiny the Committee took oral evidence on 19 May and 2 June 2015. The Committee also issued a call for written evidence which ran from 12 March to 1 May 2015. A total of 35 written submissions were received. Details of the written submissions and those who attended to give oral evidence are available in the annexe.

    http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/91066.aspx#a2

    enigma

    July 6, 2015 at 9:49 pm

  6. New research published today (Monday) the TUC has found that London is outperforming other parts of the UK in economic and jobs growth, while the economic recovery is weakest in the North West and Northern Ireland.

    https://www.tuc.org.uk/economic-issues/labour-market/economic-analysis/industrial-issues/regional-economic-inequalities

    enigma

    July 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm

  7. This is to remind you that this commenter has no source of income. Please give generously. Thank you!

    An Appeal

    July 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

  8. The millennium development goals (MDGs) have driven “the most successful anti-poverty movement in history” and brought more than a billion people out of extreme penury, but their achievements have been mixed and the world remains deeply riven by inequality, the UN’s final report on the goals has concluded.

    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jul/06/united-nations-extreme-poverty-millennium-development-goals

    enigma

    July 7, 2015 at 10:26 am

  9. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    July 7, 2015 at 11:48 am

  10. Reblogged this on L8in.

    l8in

    July 7, 2015 at 11:49 am

  11. Re: Work Programme Plus

    Looks like they’re giving anything away.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/277107/response/674818/attach/html/2/FoI.2617.REPLY.pdf.html

    jj joop

    July 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  12. OT, interesting read,

    “human beings will accept and submit to their present condition and consider it to be ‘normal’, no matter how contrived the circumstances”. – until one day when one realizes the truth.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ragged-Trousered_Philanthropists

    enigma

    July 7, 2015 at 12:01 pm

  13. We’re all eligible now!

    Any person in receipt of JSA after completion of the Work Programme is eligible to be referred to CWP.

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/276657/response/675079/attach/html/2/FOI2583%20Response%2006.07.15.pdf.html

    jj joop

    July 7, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    • Mary Sanderson left an annotation (26 June 2015)

      CWP is primarily aimed at WP leavers. However, there is nothing in the Back to Work Schemes legislation that prevents DWP referring other groups.

      Internal policy is simply there to manage the numbers of people entering the scheme.

      The criteria for selection is simply:
      CWP is aimed at long-term unemployed claimants whose key barrier to work is a lack of work experience or motivation, and is designed to enhance their CV, employability skills, and motivation.

      References:
      DMG 34855
      https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/sy

      See 7.5
      http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/

      See page 18
      http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/

      jj joop

      July 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm

      • The video I posted 2 weeks ago I feel gives it all away jj joop.

        In the video the man makes references to people claiming universal credit which as you know comprises certain benefits. He makes no reference to unemployed claimants being the only target.

        You only have to consider what would become of these providers if only unemployed claimants went to them and only went once to know it was never going to stop there.

        I think we will see allsorts at the providers once universal credit is in full swing but what has yet to be discerned is will the provider be paid less when dealing with a tax credit claimant or housing only claimant when they are clearly already working. I say this as providers will strike a payout bonanza like they never did when failing to get two thirds of unemployed people into work and why, because its easier to get people already working or less than 6 months unemployed to than any other group outside that.

        The result of this will raise the count on whom the providers help into work (a ratification the Tories sorely need) and so pump up the rhetoric of how the work programming is working without I suspect divulging who exactly its helping.

        Also its an increase in outgoing tax payer funds to providers obviously meaning despite letting go of tons of public civil servants, the cost of administering help is as costly as it has ever been and over time once fully privatised will increase as it did with the railways for instance since it was privatised by the tories back in the day to name but one that ended up costing the taxpayer more over the long run.

        I think its also fair to inject that benching for those over 6 months unemployed is set to continue what with the advent of new gravy strains.

        gaia

        July 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      • Interestingly and perversely it was privatisation of the railways that allowed trains drivers salaries to shoot up to astronomical levels. And the amount of public money being pumped into the ‘privatised’ railways is astronomical as well.

        Casey Jones

        July 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm

      • Indeed gaia, if you hadn’t of posted the video, we wouldn’t have known anything about WP+. As it is, the DWP are hiding behind the law (so-called) as usual.

        jj joop

        July 8, 2015 at 9:32 am

  14. Teen apprentice died on ‘dangerous job after agency rushed through placement to get payment’
    Prosecutors alleged they used apprentices as ‘cheap labour’, had a ‘history’ of failing to train them properly, and a ‘grossly unsafe’ system of work
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teen-apprentice-died-dangerous-job-6017189

    Another Fine Mess

    July 7, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    • And now people know why I get angry talking about health and safety in regards to employers and there so called obligations.

      Prosecutions words were, “It involved putting his hands in close proximity to the moving parts of an unguarded lathe, whilst wearing unsuitable clothing, when he wasn’t properly supervised”.

      According to rules no lathe should be operated without guards operational and in place. Another rule is never handle the lathe mechanics while the motor in engaged and spinning, only use the handles supplied to propel the lathes shaft so as to machine the material from a safe distance behind guards.
      Proper designed PPE must be worn at all times when in a machine shop, even when not operating machinery.
      Lastly no apprentice, trainee or any person lacking in legal competence is to be left unsupervised.

      Although its not impossible for the individual employee to be the doer of there own demise, it still would in this case point to no supervision being the catalyst as had it not been the case, this lad would still be alive now.

      As for negligence on the part of Lime People Training Solutions Ltd, its no wonder they stuffed up as unless your experienced in engineering, you wouldn’t have the slightest clue what and what to look for in a machine shop. I suspect all they did was check this firm were insured and that there fire checks were up to date and that was probably that I suspect.

      Providers and this is a fact im happy to stand in a court and say, are not well trained in health and safety and risk assessment, especially when it comes to high risk jobs like engineering and construction, two sectors desperate to fill a skills shortage dew to them not wanting to pay proper wages to the existing staff they let go back towards 2008.

      Ever since the crash, and you can check this out if you don’t believe me, engineering and construction has hired loads of unskilled workers in a cost cutting venture after letting far to many experienced workers go never to be taken on again. Employers in the two sectors have also sort to use cheaper inferior parts. This has resulted in poor built products failing more regularly like buses, trains for example not to mention there’s also been a rise in reactive maintenance to new build houses. Also most projects are never completed on time and thus activate a clause that sees less revenue go to the contractor/employer.

      The bottom line is there’s a reason there’s one teacher per pupil amounts, sadly its not practiced or legally enforced in the workplace leading to one experienced engineer having far too many unskilled workers to watch over and thus leads us down this path.

      gaia

      July 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      • That picture is shocking to see, it is obvious money is more important – to the greedy, than human beings, of course the sons or daughters of the greedy – rich will never have to endure anything like what is happening to millions of people.

        enigma

        July 7, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      • Utterly shocking! What a horrific way to die! RIP this young lad. But it is not the first time! In a similar utterly abhorrent fashion Working Links sent another young lad to the dockyard who suffered a similar horrific death – he was DECAPITATED!! And if these slip-shod and negligent employers, and the scum agencies and workfare providers that they feed off for cheap and free labour aren’t snuffed out it won’t be last time either.

        Working Links KILLS!!

        July 7, 2015 at 8:40 pm

      • I remember when I was a kid and one of me mates getting killed playing around on a construction site. A bag of cement fell on top of him. And now they want to send loads of kids to these death-trap places under these workfare schemes. Disgusting!

        Debs

        July 8, 2015 at 7:53 am

      • Jeeesus gaia! Where did you get this from? It’s absolutely dreadful. That poor boy. I really feel for his family.

        jj joop

        July 8, 2015 at 9:37 am

      • Accidents in engineering are seldom pleasant jj joop and I don’t take joy in showing graphic images but when it comes to health and safety in the workplace, especially in engineering and construction, I don’t play.

        With all the best will in the world, it still happens and boy does it happen quickly at that and often for such stupid reasons to.

        gaia

        July 8, 2015 at 11:39 am

      • jj j It’s from http://www.lildobe.net/gallery2/v/Disasters
        It’s not related to the apprentice story.

        Another Fine Mess

        July 8, 2015 at 6:09 pm

      • Oh good lord, even if I had the real photos, I would have never posted them, especially while the case is ongoing.

        No the photo is of quite an old case which again I had nothing to do with. As another fine mess points out, there easily located on the net but do be warned, whoever took them, took them from all angles and a whole lot closer to.

        There very popular shots often showed during health and safety in the workplace and believe it or not are not even the worst.

        You hope they send a message, sadly its not always possible to get certain individuals to hear it. If the topic interests pay particular attention to abroad as even though we are governed by Europe, they are the least shinning example when it comes to practicing it.

        gaia

        July 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      • Don’t worry, if you get the fantastic opportunity of MWA/CWP/workfare, you’ll get nearly 10 minutes of H&S training before you start, although most of that time will be spent filling in paperwork.

        Another Fine Mess

        July 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      • Im not sure what your age is another fine mess but if your middle, then like me , it was our generation that wrote it, yet now we get some hack or adolescent as you said pronouncing there the tsar on it.

        The tests again as you said are short and of no real help, take the CSCS for a start, they throw a book at you that’s on questions, not theory, then have you take a multiple choice questionnaire. Its more about people these days absolving themselves of guilt by passing it on to the employee than it has anything to do with the safety of the individual and those around them.

        You see if you read the acts your see a common phrase, “reasonably practicable”, which means time/cost verses safety. This particular piece needs removing as its the single most used excuse used by employers when things go wrong.

        I have to in my job when working, see these jokers called H&S officers,reps and every other title they use to make themselves seem important and by far and large there all twats whom are usually completely unfamiliar with the actual doing of a job so base there evidence on no practical experience.

        I had one once that tried to have me sacked all because I kept throwing water on his fire as so to speak. It started when he couldn’t explain to the class how putting a fall arrest on an unsecured ladder that has yet to be tethered to a wall is an acceptable risk so one can climb the ladder so as to tether it to a wall in order to make it safe and functional.
        Basically if the ladder fell while doing so, the individual connected to the arrest would be forced to follow the path of the falling ladder until such time the ladder was connected to a wall. The most common ladder accidents usual happen within the first seven rungs.

        The nail in the coffin to this H&S guy was when I began questioning the use of googles when using a cable stapler. Basically under health and safety a worker must always use tools as so designed so as in this case the cable stapler which has front, rear and side staple guards so I asked the question, “so if we are to use as designed, can you explain exactly how one gets a staple accidently in there eye”. Naturally he couldn’t answer as the only one he had was putting it directly towards the eye which isn’t as the tool was designed to be used.

        Ive met a lot of H&S workers in my time and in all that have only ever met 2 that,

        A: actually knew first hand what they were talking about.
        B: actually cared about peoples safety instead of absolving companies of guilt.

        The kind of H&S checks providers do are not of a higher enough standard when talking high risk jobs so are ill equipped to perform a proper and competent risk assessment in say a machine shop for instance.

        gaia

        July 9, 2015 at 9:56 am

  15. The DWP “plans to place 350 psychologists in job centres” is knowingly false and misleading?

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/the_dwp_plans_to_place_350_psych?nocache=incoming-675593#incoming-675593

    enigma

    July 7, 2015 at 3:31 pm

  16. There was a another photo where a young person was killed in a recycling plant on a programme back in the 80s,clothing getting tangled in machinery has consequences

    http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/youth-contract-could-lead-to-more-deaths-1-4025602

    The governments red tap challenge which they got down to one page exposes people to exploytation and risk,where without proper representatation training and supervision this is what happens,more so if the person has a learning disability.People cannot be brought back.

    ken

    July 8, 2015 at 4:38 am

    • Recycling plants are dangerous, dangerous places. In fact, a recycling plant is the most dangerous environment you could place someone in with ‘limited and/or no recent work experience’ yet it is the most common place for mwa/cwp victims to be sent. Just how many unreported deaths and injuries are there are under the government’s workfare schemes.

      Workfare KILLS!!

      July 8, 2015 at 7:24 am

      • “Mr Cain went on to mount a campaign to raise awareness of the deaths of 85 young people on the YOPs scheme and the YTS scheme that followed it and took out a successful prosecution for negligence against the government.”

        Job centre ‘advisers’ sending people to their deaths -literally!

        Workfare KILLS!!

        July 8, 2015 at 7:33 am

      • “Workfare KILLS!!”

        You can be sure the government will not be keen to publish figures relating to deaths and injuries on Workfare schemes!

        Tobanem

        July 8, 2015 at 7:34 am

      • The job centre ‘adviser’ who made the referral to these schemes which resulted in these deaths and injuries and all those up and down the ‘chain of command’ and those who were responsible for and complicit in these acts should be held criminally responsible for manslaughter at least.

        Workfare KILLS!!

        July 8, 2015 at 7:42 am

    • “ken”

      85 young people killed on Government training schemes is a startling figure.

      No doubt many more were injured.

      I wonder how many people observing the 7/7 atrocity yesterday were aware of these other tragic deaths in the 1980s?

      Tobanem

      July 8, 2015 at 7:30 am

      • Injuries will no doubt outweigh deaths by a significant number.

        Workfare KILLS!!

        July 8, 2015 at 7:34 am

      • I suggest all people on here send a copy of the The Star report on 85 Workfare deaths to their MPs.

        It certainly will be an eye-opener for many.

        Tobanem

        July 8, 2015 at 7:41 am

    • Good spot, ken!

      Workfare KILLS!!

      July 8, 2015 at 7:43 am

  17. When considering Workfare deaths and accidents, also remember that the Government refused to publish details of the companies involved in Workfare because of public outrage – and that outrage was connected to making people work for nothing.

    Just think of the further outrage if the death figures are made widely known.

    Tobanem

    July 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

  18. George Osborne will slow the pace of planned welfare cuts when he presents his Budget, the BBC understands.

    The chancellor is set to take three years – instead of two – to cut welfare spending by £12bn a year.

    Measures restricting tax credits for families with more than two children are anticipated.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33437115

    enigma

    July 8, 2015 at 10:46 am

  19. Tube strike: London Underground walk-out due to start.

    Industrial action affecting all underground lines is due to start at 18:30 BST.

    London Underground (LU) has warned commuters there could be no services at all on Thursday as a result of the walk-out.

    The strike was called after LU and unions failed to agree a pay deal over new Night Tube services.

    The weekend services are set to begin on 12 September on sections of the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-33440369

    enigma

    July 8, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    • Do you know much ££s Night Tube services drivers get paid? 😉

      Terry Dactyl (Train Driver)

      July 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      • Tube strikes will soon be a thing of the past once the tube-driving dinosaurs are put out to pastures, let me assure you. Transport for London (TfL) are already testing automatic driver-less trains. Already cities around the world and even in the UK are operating driver-less systems.

        Boris Johnson (Mayor of London)

        July 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  20. Cameron Mathieson’s family wins Supreme Court case against DWP.

    A family has won its legal bid to challenge limits on welfare payments to severely disabled children in hospital.

    Benefits for Cameron Mathieson, five, stopped after he spent more than 12 weeks in Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool.

    Supreme Court judges agreed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had been “grossly unfair” when it stopped his payments after 84 days.

    His family said they had continued the fight over Disability Living Allowance (DLA) “on behalf of other families”.

    Cameron, from Warrington, Cheshire, died in 2012 after suffering from cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, among other conditions.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-33442942

    enigma

    July 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

  21. welfare cuts raise £34.9 billion. These include a four-year freeze in the uprating of most working-age benefits, cuts in the generosity of tax credits and reduced work allowances in universal credit. The government will also force local authorities and housing associations to cut rents, thereby reducing the cost of housing benefit;

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2015/jul/08/budget-2015-live

    enigma

    July 8, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    • Did Osborne order private landlords to reduce rents?

      Questioner

      July 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      • Do bears shit in the woods?
        Is the Pope a Catholic?

        Answerer

        July 8, 2015 at 4:37 pm

      • FAO Answerer

        Did you read enigma’s post immediately before mine, where it was stated: “The government will also force local authorities and housing associations to cut rents, thereby reducing the cost of housing benefit”.

        That is why I asked my question about private landlords.

        If you can’t contribute something sensible, SHUT UP.

        Questioner

        July 8, 2015 at 6:54 pm

      • I will ask you again:

        Do bears shit in the woods?
        Is the Pope a Catholic?

        Well…?

        Answerer

        July 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm

  22. Tens of thousands of people lose their jobs because of Osborne’s decision to introduce a living wage on top of the minimum wage.

    That’s the view of the Office for Budget responsibility, an independent body that released a huge report on the state of the UK economy to coincide with the Budget.

    Meanwhile

    Osborne has said that six million people will see their pay rise as a result.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/budget-2015-live-osbornes-living-wage-will-leave-60000-job-cuts-says-obr-10375495.html

    enigma

    July 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm

  23. Major announcements in George Osborne’s Summer Budget included:

    A new National Living Wage will force employers to pay £7.20-an-hour to over-25s from April 2016, rising to £9 by 2020
    Another £37billion needed to balance the books, including £5billion from tax avoidance, £17billion from spending cuts and £12billion from welfare reforms
    Amount workers can earn before paying income tax to rise to £11,000 next year, before reaching £12,500 by 2020
    40p tax rate to rise to £43,000 in 2016, taking 130,000 people out of higher rate
    Top rate of tax for those on £150,000 will not be cut from 45p
    Pension tax relief for people on more than £150,000 to be reduced
    Working age benefits frozen for four years from 2016-17
    Amount families can claim in benefits to be cut from £26,000 to to £23,000 in London, and £20,000 a year in the rest of the country
    Child tax credits limited to the first two children in any family
    18-21-year-olds to lose jobless benefits under ‘earn or learn’ scheme
    Public sector pay to increase by only 1 per cent for four years from 2016-17
    Rents for social housing cut by 1 per cent every year for four years
    Corporation tax cut to 18 per cent by 2020
    Tax relief for wealthy buy-to-let landlords to be cut
    BBC to fund £650million bill for free TV licences for the over-75s
    Inheritance tax allowance to rise to £1million for family homes, paid for by a tax raid on the pensions of the rich
    A major clampdown on tax avoidance, including scrapping temporary ‘non-dom’ status
    Student grants for poor young people to be axed and replaced with loans
    Shops to be able to open for longer on Sundays to boost trade
    Road tax overhaul creates £140 flat fee, while fuel duty is frozen
    £30million to speed up adoption of children in council care
    Defence budget to rise 0.5 per cent above inflation every year, to meet Nato target to spend 2 per cent of GDP
    £10,000 annual payment to holders of the George and Victoria Cross

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3153214/George-Osborne-uses-summer-Budget-announce-tax-cuts-welfare-cuts.html

    enigma

    July 8, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    • – Many questions, one of which is how the hell will poor young people or anyone else of any other age who wants to better their lives be able to get a loan. – as usual stopping those who want to better their lives, as we all know.

      enigma

      July 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      • enigma,

        looks like the lock-in I talked about [start with education… Need to get a loan – but you’re poor so cannot fford it – plus also force you to comply to onerous capital rules by work to death] have started.

        If you’re poor why trying to better yourself – or allow it to be easy or doable?

        Gazza

        July 9, 2015 at 9:56 am

      • I know what you mean Gazza, just thinking about the young people who won’t be able to do what the young were able to do years ago. their lives are certainly going to be different.

        enigma

        July 9, 2015 at 10:30 am

    • Free 30 hours of childcare for three- and four-year-olds.
      Child tax credits restricted to two children born from and after 2017
      Cuts to employment and support allowance payments for new claimants deemed capable of “work-related activity”.

      http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/08/july-budget-2015-key-points-at-a-glance

      enigma

      July 8, 2015 at 10:30 pm

  24. Following this mornings flurry of comments on here about workfare deaths, here is more bad news – this time the death of an apprentice.

    And the Budget today encouraged more apprenticeships.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teen-apprentice-died-dangerous-job-6017189

    Tobanem

    July 8, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    • That’s the link in the thread that started the thread!

      Another Fine Mess

      July 8, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  25. Hundreds of anti-austerity protesters have gathered in Parliament Square in London, defying an official ban on their protest to argue that George Osborne’s budget will perpetuate a divisive and unfair economic policy.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/08/budget-hundreds-join-anti-austerity-protest-ban-parliament

    enigma

    July 8, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    • Banning protests, just how bad will life get in the future.

      enigma

      July 8, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    • Hopefully there is enough people working on UC whilst the strike goes on, for there is many people who have to use it, at least at the moment, unless the system crashes as it has done before.- then hopefully UC is withdrawn.

      enigma

      July 8, 2015 at 10:49 pm


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