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George Osborne Sneering at the Less Well Off.

This confirms what a lot of us have thought for some time: the Tories want to take away the social rights of millions, make poverty the spur to accepting low pay and poor conditions, and let their chancer friends make as much money as possible out of the corpse of the Welfare State.

Background in the Telegraph.

Spending Review: IFS warns of deepest cuts in history

The state will be radically different by the time George Osborne has finished cutting public spending, Institute for Fiscal Studies says, ahead of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement on November 25.

In the article we see this,

Mr Osborne is now legally required to cap welfare spending each year, meaning he has little room for manoeuvre in easing the cuts.

George Osborne ‘Wants To Dismantle The Welfare State Brick By Brick’

George Osborne is seeking nothing less than the complete dismantling of the welfare state, says John McDonnell.

Britain’s poorest households are bracing themselves for some of deepest cuts we have ever seen, with Labour warning that George Osborne is seeking nothing less than the complete dismantling of the welfare state.

The Chancellor is said to be preparing a devastating myriad of cuts to benefits and vital services for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society, which he will unveil in the Autumn Spending Review later this week.

Osborne is reported to have reached a deal with the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, to safeguard the Universal Credit budget in return for cuts in other areas of welfare spending.

Iain Duncan Smith reportedly threatened to resign if Osborne raided Universal Credit to soften the blow of tax credits cuts.

The move would have meant that the taper rate for Universal Credit would rise from 65p to 75p, meaning that working people would lose 75 pence for every pound earned over the earnings threshold – removing “work incentives”, say opponents.

It is believed that cuts to tax credits will continue to go ahead, be it in a slightly diluted form, despite opposition from a growing number of Tory MPs and recent defeats in the House of Lords.

The exact scale of those changes is as yet unknown, but it is believed that Osborne is seeking reductions in housing benefit to “mitigate”, or slow down, the pace of cuts to tax credits.

It has also been reported that Osborne will push for far-reaching cuts to council services, including reductions in social care spending for the elderly.

Sickness and disability benefits may also be targeted for further cuts.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell says Tory austerity cuts are ideologically driven, and more about shrinking the state than tackling the nation’s deficit.

George Osborne will use “smoke and mirrors” to cut spending on social security, he said.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the deficit – the gap between what the government spends and takes in – grew by 16% in the year from October 2014 to £8.2bn, significantly higher than the £6bn forecast by economists.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has forecast that this could reach a staggering £69.5bn in the fiscal year to April 2016.

The damning figures have exposed Osborne to claims that his austerity agenda simply isn’t working, and also that the government is failing to balance the books.

However, John McDonnell says George Osborne’s cuts aren’t about tackling the deficit.

“If he really wanted to do that, he wouldn’t have cut inheritance tax, or corporation tax or sold off some of the things that were making profits.

“That’s why I think it’s about more than that. It’s ideological. He wants to dismantle the welfare state brick by brick.”

It is worth reading this in full: Welfare Weekly. 

So Iain Duncan Smith has saved something of his pet project, at the expense of other people on benefits.

What a surprise…

The BBC reports,

George Osborne’s plan to raise more money than he needs to spend is “unacceptable” when he is cutting benefits, according to John Swinney.

Scotland’s deputy first minister has written to the chancellor ahead of his Autumn Statement.

Mr Osborne has argued a surplus is needed while the economy is growing.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has also sent a letter to him warning of the “devastating consequences” of his cuts to tax credits.

In his letter, Mr Swinney said the tax credit cuts would deprive a quarter of a million households, many living on low pay and raising children, of an average £1,500.

See also: The Observer view on the autumn statement. 

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Written by Andrew Coates

November 22, 2015 at 12:09 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

    The Porcelain Doll

    November 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm

  2. Many people don’t know what is happening or what is about to happen, there are a lot of people going about their lives who are living in a bubble, is it better to inform those people of what is happening or better not to inform. who likes giving people bad news.

    enigma

    November 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm

  3. I can remember GidIdiot with the Bankers cheering him on [along with that Tory supporting Business Editor on BBC] declaring he intended to get rid of the welfare state & that it was dead at the Charter House Annual Dinner.

    Nuff said – its always been the ConCons plan from day one.

    Gazza

    November 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    • Its going to be total chaos.

      enigma

      November 22, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    • It wa the Mansion House Speech, and the BBC person was Mr Peston.

      Gazza

      November 23, 2015 at 2:04 am

  4. A Comment on the Guardian.

    Bucks County Council are bust; they have run out of money. I was talking to an employee in one of their libraries last week and she told me they have been told to spend £0:00, they are not even allowed to buy toilet rolls. This instruction is across the board.

    http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/libraries/changes-to-opening-times/future-changes/

    enigma

    November 22, 2015 at 6:39 pm

  5. Experts say scale of George Osborne’s cuts to police, education and council budgets ‘unprecedented.

    Council chiefs warned they would struggle to provide services such as care for the elderly, bin collections, street lighting, social work and pothole repairs. and a lot more.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/experts-say-scale-george-osbornes-6880341

    enigma

    November 22, 2015 at 8:49 pm

  6. Millions of people face council tax rises to help tackle the social care funding crisis under plans announced by George Osborne

    Local authorities will be given the power to raise council tax by an additional 2 per cent to help plug the shortfall in social care funding.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/12010696/Millions-face-council-tax-rises-to-help-tackle-social-care-funding-crisis.html

    enigma

    November 22, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    • How soon before it goes up to 4…. then 6…. then whatever.

      And it will be ALL the councils fault at not spending their money properly in privatising their services – a Jolly Good Idea that, here have this list of companies I and my mates on the ConCons Front Bench have a interest or our pals do – no no you running out of money has got nothing to do with us cutting the grant you get from central gov. Now run along now…

      Gazza

      November 23, 2015 at 2:03 am

  7. We all know what this could mean. and more like “will be”

    Europe recession ‘could be permanent’, think tank warns.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34894200

    enigma

    November 23, 2015 at 2:18 am

    • Look up Japanese Stagflation – it started over a decade ago and is still going on in most respects.

      When the next banking failure comes – and it will happen, the army will have to be called out to deal with the next round of “Austerity”, “We’re all in it together”

      Gazza

      November 23, 2015 at 11:44 am

    • Yes globalisation, more and more people will see things they have never seen before which they won’t like to see.

      enigma

      November 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm

  8. Now we have this, Softening of tax credit blow to be funded by housing benefit cuts.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/nov/22/softening-tax-credit-blow-funded-housing-benefit-cuts

    enigma

    November 23, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    • oops, this news is already above!

      enigma

      November 23, 2015 at 2:38 pm

  9. Osborne wants to raid the Lottery and rob food banks to pay for his spending cuts.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/keep-your-hands-lottery-fund-6877494

    enigma

    November 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm

  10. Malnutrition causing thousands of hospital admissions.

    A food bank charity said it feared families were struggling to afford to feed themselves.

    The government said that malnutrition was “unacceptable”.

    Meanwhile, there are warnings that parents are going without food so their children do not go hungry.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-34777348

    enigma

    November 23, 2015 at 3:05 pm

  11. What is this blog coming to? Is this Ipswich Unemployed Action or Enigma Unemployed Action?

    Where the hell are Obi Wan Kenobli, gaia, superted and the rest?

    Parker Pyne

    November 23, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    • You missed out “Tobanem”

      Tobanem

      November 23, 2015 at 4:49 pm

      • Sorry about that, mate. And no offence intended to enigma, either. But just where the hell is everyone!

        Parker Pyne

        November 23, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    • More to the point WHERE IS WAYNE

      WHERE IS WAYNE

      November 24, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      • Ah, dear Wayne. Where are you buddy!

        jj joop

        November 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      • AND POLICE OFFICER

        Where is wayne

        November 25, 2015 at 9:16 am

  12. I’m here, tweeting as well.

    Incidentally my latest theory is the Tories plan to demolish the welfare state is shown in the way they’ve let the number of penniless and homeless people grow (walk around Ipswich or anywhere else to see).

    The government likes people begging and homeless as (1) It serves as a warning to the rest of us, and (2) Give an opportunity for Charitable Tories, like IDS, and others, to show that they have a heart by setting up Food Banks, and (3) Makes some people annoyed at how bad the poor are having the cheek to ask for money.

    Andrew Coates

    November 23, 2015 at 4:31 pm

  13. Rapid Response Force – All ready by 2025 – Yes very rapid.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  14. That £12 Billion saved from the Welfare Reform will be useful in buying weapons. Now we need another £12 Billion from the Welfare Reform.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 23, 2015 at 4:34 pm

  15. We can save £5 Billion on giving everyone sanctions on Tax Credits.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 23, 2015 at 4:36 pm

  16. Most of the Welfare Budget goes on Pensioners – Scrap Welfare means scrapping Pensioners yet the rich people claim Child Benefit as well as others. Oh no we can`t hurt the rich peoples child benefits.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  17. 2016 = Recession & General Strike.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 23, 2015 at 4:39 pm

  18. Benefit suicides now being reported by the BBC:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34838539

    Tobanem

    November 23, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  19. We know there will be many more who are living in poverty.

    The number of young people living in poverty in the UK has rocketed by 400,000 in the last ten years, according to a damning new report published today.

    Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows that young people are facing worse life chances than their parents, with more people aged 16-24 living in poverty than those aged 65 and over.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/number-young-people-living-poverty-400000-report/

    enigma

    November 23, 2015 at 7:23 pm

  20. ‘Conscious cruelty’: Ken Loach’s shock at benefit sanctions and food banks.

    ‘Hunger is being used as a weapon,’ says veteran director, calling for public rage over situation he says is worse than when he made Cathy Come Home in 1966.

    The veteran film-maker rarely speaks while developing a project but is so deeply concerned about government policy on benefits and the sanctions regime that he gave an interview to the Guardian on the set of his latest film.

    http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/nov/23/ken-loach-benefit-sanctions-jeremy-corbyn-food-banks

    enigma

    November 23, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    • Loach, 79, is shooting what may be his last film, I, Daniel Blake, based on the writer Paul Laverty’s research of jobcentres, benefit sanctions and food banks. It tells the story of Blake, who has worked for years as a joiner but is then forced to give up work and claim benefits. “The present system is one of conscious cruelty,” Loach said. “It bears down on those least able to bear it. The bureaucratic inefficiency is vindictive and hunger is being used as a weapon. People are being forced to look for work that doesn’t exist.”

      enigma

      November 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    • “Where is the Labour party on this?” Well, Labour support sanctions. In fact, it was Labour who introduced sanctions in the first place!

      End Sanctions Now - Without Exception!

      November 24, 2015 at 11:30 am

  21. Hey Andrew,

    Hows the course going?

    jj joop

    November 23, 2015 at 8:17 pm

  22. Gazza,

    How’s your course going as well? I think you said you were about to be kicked onto a CWP. Did you sign any of their paperwork?

    jj joop

    November 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    • jj joop

      See DWP this week – expect lots and lots of pressure – DWP:MUST Use UJM, ME: nope – make it a direction & justify it – oh dear you can’t so that’s now harassment, especially as you have no power under law to do that. DWP:MUST Sign papers, ME: nope, not lawful. DWP: MUST Comply, ME: nope. Why you harassing me?
      Next week repeat for provider – ME: More than willing to take part – sign? Nope. Provider: If you don’t a Sanction will be issued. ME: That would be unwise (That’ll be the only warning before harassment papers get put in).
      I foresee daily signings for a month. They won’t be able to place me due to myself being disabled – they only have manual work from what everyone is saying from what I can see online.
      Problem Provider has, as not signing cannot force me to do anything. Provider: Must apply for jobs. ME: As I am meeting the level set by DWP, who you are not, any job applications will be done in my own time, place and means, and will not be here. How can you lawfully order me to do that?

      KEY to all of this is the simple fact – NO ONE can be forced to sign anything. And I am not signing up to a provider so they can bully me.

      Also this means when the double bookings between the providers and DWP start I can safely ignore the work programme.

      Gazza

      November 23, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    • Gazza:

      Stick it to them, mate. Up their fkn bums! And don’t forget to record all your interviews etc, with them. Keep calm at all times, no matter how much they goad you. Let us know what your roach wants you to sign, and those other gurning wankers; the providers, so-called.

      jj joop

      November 24, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    • Gazza:

      If they threaten to sanction you or otherwise harass you: just show them this –

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/sign_here_or_face_benefit_sancti#incoming-597125

      Also ask them in writing to put in writing exactly what it is they want you to sign and why. And the consequences if you decline. Always make it clear that you will attend all mandatory appointments at the providers office, etc.

      jj joop

      November 24, 2015 at 6:53 pm

  23. if you dont sign pimps contract they cant send you anywhere anyway.

    watch the bs they will spew out to con u to sign it as with out it they cant get there prap payment 😉

    superted

    November 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    • It appears the natives are restless:

      Claimant brings out the big guns concerning use and abuse of UJM:

      Gazza

      November 24, 2015 at 10:47 am

      • hat tip to unemploymentmovement for the above

        Gazza

        November 24, 2015 at 10:57 am

      • What I found most useful was the following legal information:

        “…hence making it an unenforceable contract / agreement because it is tainted with undue influence and duress. These terms were unilaterally imposed and are not valid terms/conditions under the meaning of an Agreement which must include an offer and acceptance based on agreed conditions / terms.”

        Oh dear

        Gazza

        November 24, 2015 at 11:08 am

      • Talking of contracts, many jobs, not on UJM, administrator required, jobs to include to inform all the employees of this company that changes are being made to their terms and conditions.

        enigma

        November 24, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      • “enigma”
        “Talking of contracts, many jobs, not on UJM, administrator required, jobs to include to inform all the employees of this company that changes are being made to their terms and conditions.”

        enigma, so the new Sap…. sorry Grateful new Employee just joined has the job of going round and telling the old existing employees that their Contracts of Employment are now worse? Nice. Thereby earning the hate of the old employees, with the knowledge that on any restructuring last in, first out.

        Out of curiosity enigma, did you find out anything more about the leaflets DWP is tracking people look at when they go to JC?

        Gazza

        November 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      • Electronic signature is now being applied to claimant commitments now too.

        ken

        November 24, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      • We have had people tell us while in the food bank that they were sanctioned for not applying for jobs which were available, the leaflets are no longer in the JC, meanwhile the JC is full of people, inc kids, all signing up to UC so I will soon see them all in the food bank.

        enigma

        November 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      • None of those people said anything about leaflets. that man who told us he got a job, it was in fact his advisor who put him forward for it, the JC passed his phone no to the company, the company phoned him, this is the problem with giving your phone number/email add to the DWP. we don’t know if this man has been paid, we havn’t seen him since.

        enigma

        November 25, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  24. Cutting the number of councils could save up to £650m over 10 years, the Welsh government has claimed.

    Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews confirmed plans to cut the 22 councils to eight or nine.

    The shake-up could result in the loss of up to 1,900 jobs as administration services are slimmed down.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-34904221

    enigma

    November 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    • They will probably want to sign by thumb print next

      Hamster

      November 25, 2015 at 9:49 am

  25. This is worth mentioning, that work is good for health by some.Its been circulating in the media lately.

    Workplace bullying costs economy £18bn, Acas claims

    http://www.expressandstar.com/business/city-news/2015/11/16/workplace-bullying-costs-economy-18bn-acas-claims/

    Another story appears further down that Labour votes to end G4s contract,many will recognise this outfit and its activity inside government premises intimidating claimants’ also turning a blind eye to multiple breaches of the law and as acting as an accessory. Propping those up carrying it out.

    ken

    November 24, 2015 at 10:12 pm

  26. http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2015/11/councils-want-medical-records.html

    Nasty little idea being discussed in the Shires. If it comes to pass we will all be double plus fucked.

    Councils (and businesses) want access to our medical records to determine who is entitled to benefits and services.

    Read it and weep.

    Lucy

    November 25, 2015 at 11:34 am

    • Yet another plan to put even more people in poverty, “things can only get better” for billions – not.

      enigma

      November 25, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  27. OT: Tax Credits Newflash. WTF!!!!

    Tax credit cuts scrapped, Osborne announces
    Posted at 12:48
    George Osborne says the £4.4bn tax credit cuts will be scrapped altogether. He says he’s listened to the concerns and decided not to press ahead with them. He can do this, he says, because of the “improved” public finances.

    BBC political journalist getting poked fun of:

    Laura Kuenssberg
    ‏@bbclaurak
    So, better overall financial picture gets him out of a v uncomfortable financial hole

    REPLIES:
    – history of missed targets, ought to know better
    – do you really blieve that statistical jiggery pokery and those growth forecasts. Naive beyond belief – or perhaps you are a Tory.
    – On the back of a fetid October? So was he just being a bastard for the fun of it?

    more from BBC:
    “Laura Kuenssberg ‏@bbclaurak 3m3 minutes ago
    Huge u turn on Tax Cred, but If Universal Credit, which replaces them goes ahead as planned families off hook this yr, but lose same by 2020”

    So basically still going to get shafted…

    and in other news….

    Gazza

    November 25, 2015 at 12:59 pm

  28. OT: Gididiot can’t help himself – New Target Pensioner’s – “We’re All in it together”

    Kevin Peachey
    PeacheyK
    Just after big u-turn, slips in change to pension credit – won’t get it if leave UK for more than a month #wintersun #AutumnStatement

    Gazza

    November 25, 2015 at 1:20 pm

  29. OT: and in other News…Pension

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-30777166
    55% won’t get full new Pension Credit

    Plus if only made a few years contributions [hello Stay at Home Wives…] they won’t get anything

    Gazza

    November 25, 2015 at 3:02 pm

  30. OT: JSA Conditionality from Rightsnet

    Expansion of JSA-type conditionality to a million more people ….. not clear who …. ESA/WRAG?!

    ‘Universal Credit will extend the same Jobcentre Plus support that people on Jobseeker’s Allowance get to 1.3 million additional claimants who currently get little or no support, by 2020’

    ME: This is referring to the new regulations from 6Ap16

    Gazza

    November 25, 2015 at 3:09 pm

  31. “Reversing the tax credit cuts, as well as being an embarrassing climbdown from proposals made four months ago, will mean the chancellor breaches his self-imposed welfare cap, which was meant to limit the cost of social security. Osborne said he would still cut £12bn from the welfare bill, but would do so “in a way that helps families, as we make the transition to our national living wage.”

    He said: “We will not be within that lower welfare cap in the first years. But the house should also know that, thanks to our welfare reforms, we meet the cap in the later part of the parliament. Indeed, on the figures published today, we will still achieve the £12bn per year of welfare savings we promised.”

    “The announcements mark a victory for Jeremy Corbyn and a series of Tory backbenchers and peers who had rejected the cuts to tax credits. Stephen McPartland, the Tory MP for the marginal seat of Stevenage, tweeted: “Delighted chancellor has listened and abolished the changes to tax credits. The victory is his and I can now return to the fold!!!!!!”

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/nov/25/george-osborne-u-turn-scrap-tax-credit-cuts-autumn-statement

    But…….

    “He stressed that welfare savings totalling £12bn would be “delivered in full” under the plan.”

    http://www.enca.com/money/britain-makes-u-turn-welfare-cuts

    Andrew Coates

    November 25, 2015 at 4:16 pm

  32. Oh Joy HB/UC Impact

    form Rightsnet a provisional view:

    Q: Do you think this is intended to apply to Housing Costs Element in UC too, or just HB?

    A: Hard to say for sure – only HB is mentioned but the costings document ( https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/479740/SRAS2015_policy_costings_final.pdf p35) shows the savings from this measure increasing over the period 2018/19 to 2020/21.

    Given that current HB claimants are meant to be being migrated to UC over the period 2018-2021 ( “All residual legacy benefit caseloads will move onto UC by 2021” – p33), I think the figures might be consistent with it applying to UC too.

    Gazza

    November 25, 2015 at 5:23 pm

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    Mark Catlin

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  34. This blog needs to get its arse into gear if it is to reach 1,000,000 “hits” before the year end. What’s the ‘prize’ for the millionth ‘hitter’? 100 weeks JSA and one hundred crates of Abbot Ale?

    Abacus

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