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Iain Duncan Smith Takes Time off from Grinding the Faces of the Poor to Campaign against Europe.

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There is a theory that Iain Duncan Smith owes his long office in the  post as Work and Pensions Secretary to his role as a licensed bully.

That people will loathe him so much that they will forget that when it comes down to it, he’s just a barking pooch for David Cameron.

Another view is that he’s a punching-bag: somebody out there to take the blows for kind ‘n’ caring Cameron.

The picture above (from Another Angry Voice) suggests that he is “compensatory narcissist”.

I’m not clear about his “behavioural traits” but I like the idea that he, like the rest of us, is judged in terms of a psychometric test.

Whatever.

IDS has been busy recently.

His favourite target over Christmas has been the sick and the disabled.

Anguish of mum and son betrayed by Tories and left to rot by Iain Duncan Smith. Daily Mirror. 21st January.

Iain Duncan Smith has already slashed support for the disabled. Now he wants to cut it further. Daily Mirror. 21st January.

‘Cruel And Incompetent’: Iain Duncan Smith Forced To Admit Christmas ‘Benefits Bonus’ Blunder. Welfare Weekly. 20th January.

Labour’s shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Owen Smith MP, has accused the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of being “cruel and incompetent”, after at least 327,379 sick and disabled people were left without a £10 “Christmas Bonus”.

Then there’s this,

Revealed: The true cost of Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms. 18th of January. Politics Co.UK.

For the thousands of people who have been hit by Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms, the findings of a new report published today will come as little surprise.

The audit, which was carried out by the Labour MP and chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee Frank Field, who has been a supporter of some of Duncan Smith’s key welfare reforms, examines the extent to which each measure contributes to the government’s stated aim of mending ‘broken Britain’.

The findings are damning. While it recognises that more people are in work and congratulates the government on reducing the benefit bill, it suggests those successes have come at a high cost to some of society’s most vulnerable people. So let’s go through the record and see how the government have fared.

Yet the Great Man, not content with wrecking the lives of people on benefits – we could continue to his role in Sanctions, the Unemployment ‘Business’ and the way we all have to pay Council Tax (a way of cutting our benefits without appearing to do so) –  has found time for this:

Iain Duncan Smith is to campaign independently for Britain to leave the European Union, spurning the rival campaigns seeking to act as the main group pushing to quit in the EU referendum.

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Written by Andrew Coates

January 22, 2016 at 4:45 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    January 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm

  2. BBCs breakfast host Naga Munchetty asks whats a reasonable amount of time for a ESA claimant to get a job during Saturdays morning show ?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35384506

    If someone, anyone knows how to contact the BBC then please can you as Naga needs educating that getting paid work is neither up to the claimant or government but the EMPLOYER.

    I thought she was astute but with a comment like this just consigned herself to the category of DUMB BIMBO.

    doug

    January 23, 2016 at 8:52 am

    • It is totally unfair that ESA claimants receive an extra £30 a week over what JSA claimants review – totally unfair. It is absolutely outrageous! IDS is right on this one! And of course as nobody likes a cut in their income it is to be expected that ESA claimants who have a vested interest will squirm and scream to protect their extra lolly. IDS should be fully supported in this move!

      Camapign for Equal Rights for Jobseekers (CERJ)

      January 23, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    • It is totally unfair that ESA claimants receive an extra £30 a week over what JSA claimants receive – totally unfair.

      Camapign for Equal Rights for Jobseekers (CERJ)

      January 23, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    • It is high time that ESA claimants cut the crap. Their protestations are completely transparent. This is one cut you ain’t gonna see any riots on the street over. Because it is completely fair. The only people who will disagree with this are ESA claimants 😀

      Camapign for Equal Rights for Jobseekers (CERJ)

      January 23, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    • “[The letter] fails to acknowledge that existing claimants and those with the most severe disabilities will not be affected at all,” a spokesman said. Which IS true. The ESA malingers will be out of pockets though and about time too 😀

      Campaign for Equal Rights for Jobseekers (CERJ)

      January 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      • Existing claimants should have their benefits cut too – IDS needs to get tough!

        Campaign for Equal Rights for Jobseekers (CERJ)

        January 23, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      • Cut Benefits for Equal Rights for Jobseekers (CERJ)!

        Raise everybody else’s benefits!

        Andrew Coates

        January 23, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      • If you want to see what an ESA claimant looks like take a look in any pub, off-sales or bookies. You won’t be able to move for the malingering layabouts.

        “Come in to the jobcentre and sign-off all you ESA claiamants. Your time is up! Hand back your fraudulently claimed monies, and that includes you Stepping, Lucy, Raining and overburdendonkey.”

        Coxswain Ozzie

        January 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm

      • If you want to see what an ESA claimant looks like take a look in any pub, off-sales or bookies. You won’t be able to move for the malingering layabouts.

        “Come in to the jobcentre and sign-off all you ESA claimants. Your time is up! Hand back your fraudulently claimed monies, and that includes you Stepping, Lucy, Raining and overburdendonkey.”

        Coxswain Ozzie

        January 25, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    • Iain Duncan Smith’s cruel welfare cuts will make finding work harder for disabled people say charities.

      MacMillan, RNIB and Mind are among 30 groups and peers issuing a letter calling for a halt to the cut to Employment Support Allowance.

      More than 30 national charities and peers today publish an open letter to Iain Duncan Smith warning his cruel welfare cuts will force disabled people into poverty.

      Groups including Mencap, MacMillan, Parkinson’s UK, RNIB, the MS Society and Mind warn IDS’s planned £30-a-week cut to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) will “push sick and disabled people further away from work and closer to poverty.”

      The letter states: “We call on the Government to listen to the damaging effect this will have on the lives of sick and disabled people, and immediately halt this cut.”

      It comes ahead of a crunch vote on the hated Welfare Reform and Work Bill in the House of Lords next week.

      http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/iain-duncan-smiths-cruel-welfare-7229476#ICID=sharebar_twitter

      Andrew Coates

      January 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm

  3. As for Duncan Smiths qualifications just make a CV using his employment and qualification history and see how far you get in getting paid work.

    Remember to remove Duncan (so Ian Smith) and replace what he did for government as voluntary work but obscure the fact its government but do ensure it stays faithful to what he has done. You can freely use history private sector employment.

    See how far you get, see if you can get employment ?

    doug

    January 23, 2016 at 9:04 am

  4. DONT USE mobile devices on DWPs wireless internet.

    Although they wont admit it, mobile devices are being logged and TRACKED.

    doug

    January 23, 2016 at 9:37 am

    • Like smartphones? Sorry if it’s a dumb question but there are ppl on 10hr contract where I work and they sign on.?

      katrehman

      January 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      • Don’t use DWP’s wireless while in a JC Kat, how are you getting on at work?

        enigma

        January 25, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      • I often have my pc with me when going to the JC, I’ve never switched it on while there though, if I wanted to go on line I would use my USB mobile broadband.

        enigma

        January 25, 2016 at 4:22 pm

  5. Housing providers could be forced to close accommodation for the most vulnerable because of housing benefit cuts – John Healey.

    John Healey MP, Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Minister for Housing and Planning, responding to a survey released today which reveals that 95 per cent of specialist housing providers could be forced to close accommodation for the most vulnerable because of housing benefit cuts, said:

    http://press.labour.org.uk/post/137745842934/housing-providers-could-be-forced-to-close

    Housing leaders are urgently lobbying government to protect specialist housing from a planned welfare cut, which would see mass closures of homes for the most vulnerable.

    http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/business/finance/rent/supported-housing-on-the-brink/7013515.article

    Also on inside housing.

    A specialist housing association has warned under-35s in mental health accommodation face rent deficits of almost £200 a week under a government plan.

    enigma

    January 23, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    • Ministers want to get rid of social housing, former civil service chief to say .

      Lord Kerslake to say housing bill will force councils to sell off more than 100,000 homes to subsidise right-to-buy discounts.

      The former head of the civil service will accuse government ministers this week of trying to phase out social housing altogether in favour of a new generation of “starter” homes that will be unaffordable for people on low incomes.

      The intervention from Lord Kerslake, who was the most senior Whitehall mandarin until July 2014, will come as opposition and crossbench peers join forces against key aspects of the government’s controversial housing and planning bill when it reaches the Lords on Tuesday.

      http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/23/ministers-want-to-get-rid-of-social-housing-former-civil-service-chief-to-say

      enigma

      January 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    • Enigma it’s. Tough. Increase in number of kids using breakfast club because free school meals means free breakfast. One of our neediest kids. Is now packed lunch because someone in her house got a job.. All I could say was perhaps when they sort out their money they can re think. I’m still not brilliant health wise but just carry on, how’s your RA? And the food Bank? Jcp are giving the short hours employees hell. One has been sent for interviews. About an hours. Bus ride away. Her English and sense of direction are not so good and they didn’t offer travel expenses, I told her to ask next time!

      katrehman

      January 25, 2016 at 6:59 pm

      • That’s DWP not telling people what they are entitled to, especially those who can’t speak good English as you said, my RA is OK, I just get on with it too, that job I told you about last year, after 8-9 months, emails back and forth, I now have that job, I start next week, a full time job at that, 60 hours per week but I do like to be busy! it’s a permanent job too with all benefits which as we know is very hard to find these days, this is why I have fought them to get it. why did I have to fight for it? my RA.

        enigma

        January 27, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      • RA!? – reading ability?

        the3rs

        January 27, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      • Rheumatoid Arthritis?

        the3rs

        January 27, 2016 at 5:38 pm

  6. Profit warnings reach highest level since recession – report

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-35394180

    I have to wonder was welfare reform about an efficient public service or merely the Tories preparing the way for recession 2.0.

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/3823646-2016-will-catastrophic-dry-bulk-baltic-dry-index-sets-another-historic-low

    Whether your aware of it or not, the financial world is in crisis with some experts predicting another imminent crash.

    doug

    January 24, 2016 at 9:31 am

    • enigma

      January 24, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    • Yawn, yawn, yawn…. if it was so easy to predict the market we would all be ££££billionaires. If you are so certain the market is going to ‘crash’ why not ‘short’ it? Thought not! Too scared it suddenly rebound, the train will leave the station and you will be left stood on a windswept ‘platform’ minus your shirt on your back.

      Conspiracy Crap

      January 26, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    • Same old articles posted day-after-day like they have been been years and years ‘predicting’ a stock market ‘crash’. Of course as a broken clock displays the correct time a cyclical market will over time ‘correct’. These articles, crap spouted by ‘brokers’… is all about market manipulation. This is how the big boys make their money. It is all about getting the mug investor to buy-high and sell-low. If you listened to their crap you would have bought gold when it was almost $2000 an ounce. Where is gold now? Just over $1000 an ounce. Or bought silver when it was $35 an ounce. Where is silver now? Just nudging $14 an ounce! If anyone could predict the stock market they wouldn’t be wasting their time writing fear-mongering articles on obscure websites they would be trading the stock market and making their fortune!

      Warren Buffet

      January 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    • Same old articles posted day-after-day like they have been for years and years ‘predicting’ a stock market ‘crash’. Of course as a broken clock displays the correct time twice a day a cyclical market will over time ‘correct’. These articles, crap spouted by ‘brokers’… is all about market manipulation. This is how the big boys make their money. It is all about getting the mug i.e ‘retail’ investor, the ‘little people’ to buy-high and sell-low. If you listened to their crap you would have bought gold when it was almost $2000 an ounce. Where is gold now? Just over $1000 an ounce. Or bought silver when it was $35 an ounce. Where is silver now? Just nudging $14 an ounce! If anyone could predict the stock market they wouldn’t be wasting their time writing fear-mongering articles on obscure websites they would be trading the stock market and making their fortune!

      Warren Buffet

      January 27, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    • @ doug can you say at what the FTSE 100 will close TOMORROW – it should be simple stuff and don’t want to make things too difficult even though you dudes with your financial crystal balls can see into the financial markets for years ahead 😉 We can all pick up some points and make lots of ££s.

      Mystic Meg

      January 27, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    • And what will the FTSE 100 be at this time NEXT YEAR? – simple stuff to ‘predict’ 😀 You can make a lot of money at this game 😀

      Mystic Meg

      January 27, 2016 at 5:30 pm

  7. The sick man of Europe looks to be evolving into the sick workforce instead instead.Ignoring any realistic prospect of this ever happening also.Still to hit the headlines to justify more cuts.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has refused to confirm reports that it plans to force more sick and disabled people into work through its imminent shake-up of employment support.

    http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-shrinks-from-confirming-duncan-smiths-latest-workfare-threat/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3404200/Duncan-Smith-bid-2million-sick-benefits-work-Work-Pensions-secretary-call-shake-fundamentally-flawed-system.html

    ken

    January 24, 2016 at 9:32 am

  8. Experts think young people {16} could do with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35383832

    enigma

    January 25, 2016 at 6:57 am

  9. High wage, low welfare or low wage, high welfare, the skills and housing puzzle.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/soaring-rents-and-low-wages-fuel-25bn-housing-benefit-bill-a6831771.html

    Theirs short term thinking and theirs long term, so how has the Tories plans worked out so far. Well thanks to the Tories self created housing bubble as part of its crooked plan to help inflate the countries GDP we have seen a massive increase in housing welfare with some areas reporting a 50% increase. While the Tories like nothing more than to project figures of the entire UK average, local figures and stats demonstrate a much more stark reality, a point i and others have been making for a while now.

    To further dent the Tories aims, skills really do matter as the report demonstrates how areas with higher skills per person attract more business and thus putting the Tories tactic of removing eduction concessions and replacing them with a loans scheme the unemployed and low wage earners cant afford to take out in question.

    Although the Tories waged war on educating our youth, employers cant wait 5 to 10 years to profit from it, begging the question, why aren’t they supplying the same effort to over 25s be they fit or otherwise ?
    Then we have employers reporting they are really struggling to hire locally, a stark contrast to DWPs opinion and enforcement that claimants should look for employment up to 90 minutes travel or if you like a total of 3 hours travel to and from work daily. As i and others have pointed out, employers are more often than not, interested in applicants who live 15 to 30 minutes away , not just because their far less effected by public transport delays but because their overheads are low and thus affording the employer with someone more likely to stay longer,especially when you consider DWP have enforced in work benefit claimant conditions such as looking for work that either gives more hours or pays more wages and thus puts reducing ones working overheads first on the block when doing so what with hours and pay not being a realistic option currently.

    So as the press coined it regarding housing, we appear to also have a post code lottery regarding a decent jobs with decent pay not to mention dependent on where you live, welfare dependency being a NO CHOICE RATHER THAN A LIFESTYLE ONE.

    doug

    January 25, 2016 at 10:10 am

  10. It’s time to completely rethink reward.

    http://www.cipd.co.uk/community/blogs/b/reward_blog/archive/2016/01/25/it-s-time-to-completely-rethink-reward

    This interesting article highlights yet more short term thinking clashing with long term outcomes as tories best made plans seem to be holding the country back.

    I have to wonder as the Tories thrive on capitalizing on misery through propaganda to force through unpleasant changes a public would not normally stomach, what they will do to change this outcome.

    Will they offer up the low paid as the reason the public aren’t getting the pay rises they deserve, i mean they already believed all the other tosh that was later proved wholly incorrect, hell even with the proof some simply refuse to except it even now.

    People like to place blame where its easiest, cant tackle a government or big business who doesn’t listen so instead believe poverty is the sole cause of the 2007/8 global crash.

    doug

    January 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm

  11. ANOTHER BENEFIT DEATH

    Harrowing excerpt:

    “What came next for Luke is a now familiar spiral: pushed off sickness benefits and unable to cope with the requirements of the Jobcentre, he had his Jobseeker’s allowance taken away. His housing benefit and council tax support were also cut. His debts started to mount and he began to struggle to feed himself. Three months later – on 29 May 2015 – when Luke failed to respond to his family’s calls, police officers broke into his house and found him dead on his bedroom floor. An inquest returned an open verdict”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/21/schizophrenic-brother-benefits-dwp-sanctions-vulnerable

    Tobanem

    January 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    • But he had been receiving ~£300 a week in real terms for over 20 years – £300 a week in hardly chicken feed! Why didn’t he have something ‘put away’?

      Punt

      January 25, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      • Actually it is chicken feed punt and you’ve only got to look at nat min workers earning around the same and still needing and being awarded in work benefit assistance on top.

        To further highlight this point all benefits are taxable so the very fact DWP hadn’t reduced it proves putting some thing away was never an option for the claimant and never something the now government thought was possible after means testing. Also where does this £300 figure even come from as their absolutely no way he was receiving that amount 20 years ago, pure fiction.

        Lastly no one in history saves in case they get a benefit sanction, thats as bat poop crazy as imagining countries like Russia or Iran do.

        Im sorry as while saving is a practice everyone should do, its just not possible at a useful amount on £300 a week unless your over heads are extremely low.

        doug

        January 25, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      • The comment does say “real terms”. And you don’t “take home” £300 a week on minimum wage. A minimum wage worker also has to fork out for rent, council tax, “in-work” expenses etc. A better comparison is with a jobseeker who receives only £70 a week. You would need a pretty good income – £18,500 before you take home £300 a week then you still have your rent/mortgage expenses to take off. So yes, £300 “in your pocket” is certainly not chicken feed.

        The Hungry Chickens

        January 25, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      • Hungry chicken this claimed £300 isn’t money that just went in this guys pocket after paying his bills and again i repeat where does this figure come from ?

        It appears to me as in many a case, to much propaganda, not enough facts.

        doug

        January 25, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      • Never mind the begrudging comments about money, it’s the simple fact that someone suffering from schizophrenia should not have been found fit for work in the first place.

        That decision is bad enough in itself, but just remember there is not enough work around in the first place!!!

        Tobanem

        January 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      • Schizophrenics receive the highest rates of disability which is ~ £300 a week compared to a jobseeker on £70 = that’s a FACT, Jack! And they have been known to work ‘on the side’. Having schizophrenia doesn’t necessarily mean that a person isn’t ‘fit for work’.

        It isn’t even schizophrenia that has caused this individual to take the actions he has taken. Going from £300 to £70 a week would be a shock to the system; it would be like losing a well-paid job and landing on JSA. You would need to make big adjustments to your life-style. Then the harsh reality of being on JSA would deliver a further jolt.

        It highlights the danger of becoming dependent on an income which can be withdrawn at any time on a whim. People are losing their jobs all the time; people are losing their homes all the time; people are losing loved ones all the time; jobseekers are suffering a living Hell on JSA but not everyone is hanging themselves!

        A sense of proportionality and perspective desperately needs to be brought into things!

        Swan

        January 25, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      • With medication schizophrenia can be brought completely under control. As well as the symptoms diminishing over time. It is also diagnosed at round about the late teens/early 20s. It could be non-existent after 20+ years. These decisions are really for medical professionals.

        Swan

        January 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      • FAO “Punt”

        Where are you getting this “£300 a week in real terms for over 20 years” from?

        I’m sure the actual income would have varied over this time period!

        Tobanem

        January 26, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    • “That decision is bad enough in itself, but just remember there is not enough work around in the first place!!!” – and the people that can’t find work are on £70 a week not £300. You can’t justify keeping paying an individual £300 a week from the public purse by saying: “but there is no work out there” – it’ preposterous!

      Swan

      January 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      • Help me here then swan as ive looked at government rates past and present yet still cant locate this figure of £300.

        You state its fact so the least you can do is give us all a link to where this can be verified.

        Without some substance its just impossible to look at what this figure is meant for as government don’t just pluck a figure out of air and start paying it.

        doug

        January 26, 2016 at 9:55 am

      • Schizophrenia DOES attract the ‘higher’ rates of disability benefits which are ~ £300 a week, as does other serious illnesses such as a stroke… not sure if it extends as far as ‘depression’, ‘anxiety’, ‘bad back’… 😉 Brought to you by THAT’S A FACT, JACK!!

        THAT'S A FACT, JACK!!

        January 26, 2016 at 11:52 am

      • FAO “Swan”

        I was unaware schizophrenia could be instantly cured by harsh benefit reductions and enforced jobsearch conditionality with sanctions mixed in thereafter.

        The victim in this case was not cured – his condition deteriorated badly after the clearly wrong benefit decision was made.

        There plainly is not enough work around for well Jobseekers, so what chance has a schizophrenic with no recent or not so recent work history got when competing for jobs?

        I did not at any time say “there is no work out there”.

        Yes, these decisions are for medical professionals, not tick-box practitioners.

        Tobanem

        January 26, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      • What is does prove though is that the jobcentre regime is deliberately designed to tip its victims over the edge. Not everyone is mentally strong enough to withstand the psychological violence meted out from the jobcentre. Once this guy landed on JSA he will have been seen as an ‘easy target’ and instantly picked on by the jobcentre work roach bullying scum. The DWP would be only too happy if ALL jobseekers were to follow suit and hang themselves!

        And on the subject of ‘well Jobseekers’ – there is no such thing, at least as far as the DWP is concerned. ALL jobseekers are looked on by the DWP/’providers’ as somehow ‘mentally ill’, ‘something not quite right with them’. ‘Treat’ them as mentally ill as in bullying and to justify codswallop ‘interventions’ , but don’t officially class them as mentally ill as this would entail paying higher rates of benefit – how inconvenient for the DWP. The DWP wants to have its cake and eat it!

        Accumu

        January 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      • FAO “Accumu”

        By the term “well Jobseekers” I simply meant unemployed people who are not claiming any type of “health” benefit.

        But you are right when you say the (long-term) unemployed on JSA are increasingly being classified as “somehow mentally ill”, and that is a development which has already been raised on this site by several people – including myself.

        I doubt very much if this new breed of psycho-unemployed will be “cured” by the “Jobcentre Psychologist”!

        Tobanem

        January 26, 2016 at 1:31 pm

  12. You’re not hallucinating

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2074813-youre-not-hallucinating-mps-really-did-pass-crazy-bad-drug-law/

    I never get tired of reading yet more REAL EXPERTS stating politicians really do need to stay out of matters their just not mentally capable of understanding.

    You look up most politicians and you keep seeing this recurring theme that they tend to have history,journalism, law and economics degrees.

    doug

    January 25, 2016 at 2:32 pm

  13. Your mum must be proud of you love, your old schoolteacher will too, what with you reaching one million ‘hits’ and all 🙂

    Old Edna

    January 25, 2016 at 3:43 pm

  14. Criticisms are rising against the British government for pursuing poor economic plans. A central theme of criticisms is a controversial welfare reform plan that comprises a series of austerity cuts many of which are publicly believed to specifically undermine the vulnerable members of the society.

    This appears to have provoked the United Nations to launch an investigation into the impacts of welfare cuts on the British public – and specifically less privileged “marginalized groups”.

    The investigation will study whether welfare cuts have hit groups such as single parents, ethnic minorities and children.

    Javier Farje, a UK-based editor and political commentator, has told Press TV that the UN investigation is meant to seek explanations from the British government about how it has ensured that its austerity measures do not affect the vulnerable groups of the society and what it has done to protect them.

    “This latest investigation has a chain of elements which have a lot to do with not only the austerity measures taken by the government but also how the government is taking measures to counter the effects of austerity measures on the ordinary people,” said Farje.

    http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/01/25/447299/Concerns-rising-over-UK-welfare-cuts/

    Andrew Coates

    January 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm

  15. I’m sorry BBC, can you say that again ?

    Today on BBC breakfast a presenter announces the results of a new study on the causes of homelessness and low and behold, housing issues tops the list.

    No doubt when the findings go mainstream DWP, the Tories and their sycophant electorates will dust off the moth balls and come out swinging in denial, no doubt hacking on about drink and drugs despite local councils turning away well adjusted, non addicted people daily.

    If it is to be drink and drugs then perhaps government would like to comment that despite a recent bill banning legal highs, that alcohol the number one burden of the NHS was given an exemption ?

    doug

    January 26, 2016 at 11:07 am

  16. “For example, a 65-year-old with £50,000 in their pension at the end of April 2015 could have bought an annual annuity income of £2,739. Despite an increase in annuity rates, the market downturn means that the same 65-year-old can now expect to buy an annual income of just £2,306.” Save up £50,000 to give you £44 a week. What is the point? You can’t retire comfortably on £44 a week! So that rules out a villa in Spain! A pensioner who hasn’t saved a penny will be receiving more!

    Pension Pot

    January 26, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    • Almost 22 years to claw back the £50,000 in cash terms, not adjusted for the pot size changing as you draw from in it. And of course the pensioner provider will be banking on you croaking well before 86 so pocketing what remains as pure profit 😉

      The Great Pension Rip-off

      January 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      • And average stock market return is 7% so whatever happens there should be a tidy profit for the pension provider when you are eventually pushing up daisies 😀

        The Great Pension Rip-off

        January 27, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      • No wonder a lot a peeps just blow their cash on fast cars and big TVs 😀 and then claim minimum pension guarantee and all the other benefits 😀 and be a lot better off as well as having enjoyed their £cash£ 😀

        The Great Pension Rip-off

        January 27, 2016 at 5:50 pm


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