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Damien Green’s Constituency: the Place to Learn first hand about the Problems of People on Low incomes and on Benefits. 

Universal Credit roll-out delayed for a further year

Full roll-out of Universal Credit will now not be completed until March 2022.

Reports Welfare Weekly. 

New Work and Pensions Secretary, Damien Green MP, has announced a further one year delay in the roll-out of Universal Credit, meaning the full roll-out of the flagship benefit is FIVE years behind schedule and will not be completed until March 2022 at the earliest.

In a written statement to MPs, Mr Green said the decision had been taken due to changes in policy to tax credits and Universal Credit announced in the 2015 Summer Budget, including limiting child tax credit to two children.

Troubled welfare scheme will now not be completed until 2022, the seventh announced delay since 2013.

Ironically, the delay will have the effect of providing temporary respite for millions of claimants who stood to lose thousands of pounds a year when they were removed across to universal credit from the tax credits system after July 2018.

Guardian. 

Inside Universal Credit IT – analysis of document the DWP didn’t want published

Written evidence the Department for Work and Pensions submitted to an FOI tribunal – but did not want published (ever) – reveals that there was an internal “lack of candour and honesty throughout the [Universal Credit IT] Programme and publicly”.

It’s the first authoritative confirmation by the DWP that it has not always been open and honest when dealing with the media on the state of the Universal Credit IT programme.

New Petition: 

Make all calls to the Department for Work and Pensions free.

Why is this important?

Because charging struggling families up to 45p a minute to claim vital benefit payments by phone is extortionate.

When Iain Duncan Smith introduces Universal Credit, families will be forced to call an 0345 number, incurring charges of up to 45p a minute to claim their benefits.

It’s difficult enough as it is living on disability benefits without being charged 45p/ minute to call the DWP.

More often than not it’s their mistake you’re rectifying when you call, I don’t see why anyone should be charged such an extortionate fee for simply making a phone call.

Background:

The Rt Hon Damian Green MP

Damian Green was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on 14 July 2016. He is the Conservative MP for Ashford.

Education

Damian was educated at Reading School and Balliol College, Oxford. He was President of the Oxford Union in 1977.

Career

From 1978 to 1992 he worked for the BBC and The Times, as well as Channel 4, where he was a producer and presenter specialising in business programmes. In 1992 he joined John Major’s policy unit, where he worked for 2 years.

Political career

Damian held a number of positions in the Shadow Cabinet, including Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills from 2001 to 2003, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport between 2003 and 2004 and Shadow Minister for Immigration from 2005 to 2010. He served as Minister for Policing, Criminal Justice and Victims (jointly with the Home Office) from September 2012 to July 2014.

He was Minister of State for Immigration from May 2010 to September 2012.

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Written by Andrew Coates

July 25, 2016 at 11:50 am

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  1. Let’s hope this pile of worthless sh?t never gets rolled out! 😞

    Marie

    July 25, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    • Marie

      unfortuntely I have bad news for you and everyone.

      Having worked in the civil service & in IT I can tell you it goes like this.

      A Bright Young spark comes up with a bright idea [nope, i’m lying, its usually old farts who haven’t got a clue about IT in any shape or form – or know, or have successfully run a simple IT project from start to finish let alone departmental wide one, or kept up with technology… I am sure everyone gets the drift – they’re clueless]. They get performance pay for coming up with the idea. Then more performance pay for coming up with the Project Presentation. After numerous meetings it is okay.

      Next its call in the private sector to map it out for implemention. More meetings. More Performance pay.
      More useless stuff added to useless project.

      Private companies then start creating project. Short cuts due to delays to unrealistic targets agreed by both sides ensue. Limited testing in house at private sector, cheapest options taken throughout.

      Finally staff made aware of new project – note it is only at this stage the people who will use this rubbish will hear of this brilliant idea. Staff offer suggestions, more changes proposed – cheapest only accepted as long as it does not change general thrust of project. Most intelligent suggestions bined, even if it corrects glaring holes in project as it will take too long to implement and Management does not believe it will add anything to the project. Performance pay continues to flow

      Project rolled out. Chaos ensues.

      Private sector from meeting throughout helpfully suggests revisions. They’ll cost though but we do want a successful project don’t we?

      Chaos continues internally but project declared a success, despite a few teething problems which are of no note.

      Repeat, all of the above.

      That is Project management in IT, and generally in the UK.

      Gazza

      July 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      • Marvellous er NOT 😬

        Marie

        July 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      • The other thing I am waiting to hear of is the chaos to strike in Councils and Housing Associations trying to cope with UC and Housing Benefit – from what I hear its gong to be a right horror show.

        In this case the software is being rushed through with very very limited testing [I know the level of testing for one area and eyes would bulge as it for a country wide project. Insane]. Oh, and inexperienced managers [see above description] doing the coding. I am sure everyone knows how this will end.

        Gazza

        July 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      • Unless Universal Credit claimants can pay their rent one month (or more) in advance while receiving Universal Credit they will remain perpetually in one month of arrears as far as their rent goes because the rent allowance rolled into Universal Credit is paid four weeks (or more) in arrears. Landlords are going to love this aren’t they. Especially landlords renting in the private sector. The result: Private landlords will stop renting properties to people on or likely to end up on Universal Credit.

        Tim

        July 25, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      • tim

        my biggest concern is the varying of wages & benefit payments/HB under UC (vis a vis changing amounts via HMRC’s “Realtime” feedback on tax credits etc) from what I understand if you get one script wrong its kaput on payments being right.

        so it’ll be under/over payments all over the place, if the claimant gets any form of payment that is.

        Gazza

        July 25, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    • Gazza

      Yep. You’re dead right. People are going to be shocked by how much worse they’ll end up if/when they get transferred to Universal Credit. Like Osborne’s £9.00 per hour minimum wage in 2020 – probably won’t happen now after Brexit – it looks good but when you consider the claw back that comes from loss of top-up benefits and such like people end up substantially worse off! It’s counter-intuitive but true. But Universal Credit is the pits. Apart from time-limiting it how could it be made any worse? And we ended up with it while the Liberal Democrats were in coalition with the Conservatives and Labour supporting it “in principle”! WTF?

      Tim

      July 27, 2016 at 8:14 am

  2. It will be hell on earth,I’m dreading it.

    Marie

    July 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm

  3. Universal (crap) Credit came to my joke centre in January, I was told I won’t be going on it as it is for new claimants only….

    Marie

    July 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    • That’s right, now. But everybody is supposed to end up transferred from the old benefits to Universal Credit by 2022. Or so they say now. Personally I really can’t see the DWP and HRMC being able to do that by the given date, or even at all, all things being equal. The project is an absolute shambles. I should know because I’m on Universal Credit and several times when I rang the call centre with a query (because you can’t get help locally at Jobcentres for UC queries) I was told to call back the next day because staff couldn’t access the system. I can’t understand how any government of any political complexion could have overseen a balls up like this, even with a shallow plastic idiot like David Cameron at its head. Pray God that Theresa May will show some honesty and sense in respect to this abortion of a welfare reform.

      Tim

      July 25, 2016 at 4:51 pm

  4. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    July 25, 2016 at 3:43 pm

  5. If anybody really believe that the six benefits UC replaces will have been phased out and all benefit claimants migrated from that basket of benefits onto Universal Credit by 2022 must be mad. Mark my words, The shit will really hit the fan when claimants start being moved from several benefits onto Universal Credit – if/when it ever happens – and when the self-employed move from working tax credits onto UC, because the way UC is calculated for the self-employed is crazy and based on hypothetically best possible earnings being maintained.

    Is that prick David Freud being kept on as unelected Minister for Welfare Reform?

    He’s the only – and probably most malignant – rat not yet to have left the sinking ship of Universal Credit.

    Tim

    July 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    • Tim

      What T (Alien) May fears about all this is the knockon effect of Tax Credits going up the swany, everyone knows there is a problem with UC but until it hits them its someone elses problem.

      The number of wanna be tories on tax credits and WILL suffer along with everyone else [you know, the peons who have no aspiration to be tories…] is what is I suspect causing the greatest angst.

      This whole thing was dead before birth, was still born, but no one has decided who will take responsibility for its cremation.

      Gazza

      July 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      • T(witch)May

        Marie

        July 25, 2016 at 7:49 pm

  6. Just looked at Damian’s “career” so far. F**k me gently, haven’t any of these bastards ever had a proper job. By proper job, I mean: factory worker, checkout assistant, lorry driver, etc.

    jj joop

    July 25, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    • Damien? Could this be an omen? Has he got “666” stamped on him as a birthmark? Is it the end of days?

      Tim

      July 27, 2016 at 8:16 am

  7. Planned massive crackdown of overcrowded properties.

    One of the main problem’s facing councils throughout the country is the growing trend for landlords to abuse migrants coming to our country to work. Many cases are unfolding now around the UK of where landlords are making ridiculous amounts of rents by deliberately overcrowding their properties and charging by the head.

    Businesses are liable to be on edge about this as will no doubt EU migrants whose competition for employment has been based on making savings UK workers cant on the cost of living not to mention have them reappraise whether or not they can earn enough to send home, a main driver for them as most still don’t bring the family dew to living costs, irony i know.

    The fallout to this however is what about those who came family only, whose family is so large they struggle to find and afford the type of housing they need, especially now laws have changed on child related benefits, tax credits and housing not to mention the CAP.

    doug

    July 26, 2016 at 8:46 am

    • Safety concerns in SPORTS DIRECT town over ‘carved up houses’

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-35604776

      Remember this a while back.

      doug

      July 26, 2016 at 8:49 am

      • Houses & apartments are being changed here too, a lot of complaints going on with the council.

        enigma

        July 26, 2016 at 10:17 am

      • General guide to calculate if a house or flat is overcrowded

        1) Room Standard
        Number of Rooms Number of Persons allowed
        1 2
        2 3
        3 5
        4 7.5
        5 or more 2 per extra room

        2) Space Standard
        Square meters floor area (square feet) Number of Persons allowed
        10.2 (110) or more 2
        8.36 – 10.2 (90 to 110) 1.5
        6.50 – 8.36 (70 to 90) 1
        4.66 – 6.50 (50 to 70) 0.5
        less than 4.66 (50) 0

        Anyone under 10 represent 0.5 of a person while anyone over the age of 10 represents as one person.

        doug

        July 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

    • Doug-mate. I see where you’re coming from. But these rules are unenforceable. Why? Because local authorities simply don’t have the resources to enforce these rules 24/7.

      jj joop

      July 26, 2016 at 11:40 am

      • Think about the timing of this jj joop,just as sentiment towards migrants is at its highest hate level. I imagine a few programs and wallop, in comes the phone calls just like the hate we saw towards anyone unemployed and the fraud hotline. Also think of the profit these councils will make from fines from x amount of landlords and at a time further local cuts are to be introduced and councils set to struggle.

        Overcrowding is nothing new, we’ve been talking about it or at least i have since the early 2000s on the basis of massive house shortages and inadequacy of available stock in terms of various sizes. So it was a fore gone conclusion that this situation would arise even without the influx of European workers who have only served to highlight the issue.

        At the end of the day will have to see but if it does go like wild fire i hope the landlord once caught is forced to pay for the tenants to be rehoused rather than what is currently happening which is tough luck, out you go onto the street and the landlord is nowhere to be seen.

        I don’t care if your from abroad or this shore,all deserve a good standard of housing which means good safe quality of maintenance and ample space to live in.

        Migrants are being abused by some landlords be it them direct or as may well be the case like recruitment agencies, that property management agencies are doing it and may just may be in league with certain businesses and or even these recruitment companies.

        doug

        July 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  8. Our old friends – DWP Security Guards – in new scam:

    Andrew Coates

    July 27, 2016 at 11:25 am

    • Its amazing isn’t it how the crappier you are as company, the more likely you will be rewarded a government contract.

      Well we might as well all sit back and watch how they mess this up like they have everything else.

      doug

      July 27, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      • People on Facebook initially thought this was something akin to information from Newsthump, but apparently not.

        Andrew Coates

        July 27, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    • Is anything wrong with the current discrimination helpline? if there isn’t why change it.

      enigma

      July 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      • Yes, there is not a private company squeezing pennies out of the taxpayers and putting it in their own pockets.

        Andrew Coates

        July 28, 2016 at 4:14 pm

  9. Social welfare interviews behind closed doors ‘not standard’

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/social-welfare-interviews-behind-closed-doors-not-standard-1.2735937

    See what happens when people don’t record ?

    By insisting a recording protects both parties even if DWP do it (they must supply a copy at the end) a lot of what happens wouldn’t meaning no more tall stories to get people sanctioned, no more lies about regulations that don’t exist and so forth.

    doug

    July 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm

  10. UK joins Greece at bottom of wage growth league.

    TUC found that between 2007 and 2015 in the UK, real wages fell by 10.4%, the joint lowest in OECD countries.

    “Wages fell off the cliff after the financial crisis, and have barely begun to recover,” “People cannot afford another hit to their pay packets. Working people must not foot the bill for a Brexit downturn in the way they did for the bankers’ crash.”

    O’Grady said the government needed to take action to boost jobs and wages: “This analysis shows why the government needs to invest in large infrastructure projects to create more decent, well-paid jobs. Other countries have shown that it is possible to increase employment and living standards at the same time.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/jul/27/uk-joins-greece-at-bottom-of-wage-growth-league-tuc-oecd

    enigma

    July 27, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    • Steer the ship,cameron headed straight for the rocks and the vessel has now sunk.

      ken

      July 27, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    • “Large infrastructure projects to create more decent, well-paid jobs”.

      Ok lets use the HS2 as an example.

      Firstly will all claimants trained in rail line construction step forward, no one, common surely theirs someone ?

      HS2 will be awarded to a developer who will hire contractors who supply their own team while also subcontracting out certain work. So other than the odd agency labourer you will likely find not one single position that’s decent and well paid taken up by a ex claimant.

      As for the position of labourer, the hourly rate is poor to say the least so no overtime, meaning still state dependent. The changes are however and yes i have already witnessed this throughout the entire UK, even Ipswich, the position of labourer will be filled by EU migrants specially recruited because that s how construction type work goes these days.

      Im not being racist, just go look at any large construction project as usually nine times out of ten, all non to low skilled work is taken up by mostly if not all EU migrants that have been specially recruited, the give away is they have to always get one who speaks good English otherwise they cant tell the others what to do.

      Yes their all suppose to speak English now, that’s what employers wanted as they said they couldn’t understand them and rely important information like training, Well on construction projects that couldn’t be further from the truth and guess what as i went round their houses all over the country, their all overcrowded but this time its them doing it, not the landlord and why, because it lowers their cost. They show no regard for HSE and broke more rules than i can count, the same slack way they work abroad and get themselves hurt or dead, questioning how on earth they ever got their CSCS and stuff to be allowed on site.

      Like everything that comes out of a politicians mouths, its absolute bull that even if their not aware of it, mostly all if not all the work will go to people already in work again.

      doug

      July 28, 2016 at 12:29 am

  11. Just a heads up, Andrew Coates is in Rio preparing for the Olympics coverage on this blog 🙂

    Pinnochio

    July 27, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    • Indeed.

      Sent from my smart phone:

      Andrew Coates

      July 27, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      • Aye up lad, it’s all right for some… 😉

        Old Yorkie Edna

        July 27, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    • We were under the impression that you do not possess any form of telecommunication device, Mr Coates, let alone a mobile ‘smart phone’. At least this is what you have assured numerous work coaches on many occasions. We will be having a chat with you when you next sign on.

      Ipswich Jobcentre Plus

      July 28, 2016 at 6:05 pm

  12. Tory’s new Cruella De Vil hag!

    Marie

    July 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  13. Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith has said he would scrap the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which he said has become a ‘byword for cruelty’.

    I would scrap the DWP which has become a byword for insecurity and cruelty,

    http://citywire.co.uk/new-model-adviser/news/owen-smith-would-scrap-cruel-dwp/a936690

    ken

    July 27, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    • They who say such things that effect millions of people will always do.

      enigma

      July 27, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      • Yeah,some people will say anything to get into power,rotten liar!

        Marie

        July 27, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    • But, one comment wisely said : It was all “when I’m in power” talk…[but] it’s not going to happen”!

      All Talk

      July 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm

      • And what the hell is he going to replace the DWP with I wonder…

        Marie

        July 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    • & end austerity, to make zero-hours contracts unlawful, increase spending on the NHS, & so on, all copied.

      enigma

      July 27, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      • Labours down on points against the conservatives so Mr Smith is just trying to appeal to unemployed people and people on low wages who made quite a sway in the Brexit vote.

        If Smith had said what he would do instead then i would take him seriously but the fact he didn’t speaks volumes. Government cant control business, its as simple as that.

        As for getting shot of ZH theirs no statutory requirement for any employer to offer any form of contract so if they could still hire people offering the same amount of work, they could quite legally and government cant do a damn thing about it. For the record recruitment agencies tend to offer the most ZH’s as they do boost the amount of people being self employed and going through an umbrella company in this country. Whats particularly bad about this self employed scam is they don’t work any more or less than their PAYE counterparts. Agencies are exploiting taxes and todate the government has done nothing about it and labour haven’t even stated their aware of it which cast dispersion’s on even Corbyn.

        doug

        July 28, 2016 at 12:47 am

    • The Department of Work and Pensions is apparently going to become the Department of Industry, Labour, Digitisation and Opportunity… DILDO for short.

      Y'aright Chuck

      July 28, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      • As Maggie Thatcher famously said the only way to get on in life is through the virtues of Self-Reliance, Hard-work, Initiative, Thrift and Enterprise…. in other words SHITE! 😀 But the evil old witch, Maggie, was full of it!

        Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, Dead, Dead, Dead...

        July 28, 2016 at 6:31 pm

  14. Britains new feminist PM bows to kiss the real controllers royal arse!

    Marie

    July 27, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    • She keeps a tight hold of her handbag when she has a dodgy visitor around.

      Another Fine Recession

      July 28, 2016 at 4:15 am

      • Wise precaution we should all follow in the Jobcentre when Coachy comes near.

        Andrew Coates

        July 28, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    • One old dear helps another diabetic and arthritic old dear rise to her feet.

      Tim

      July 28, 2016 at 6:15 pm

  15. Lloyds bank to axe 3,000 jobs and close 200 branches.

    Lloyds is also blaming a fall in the use of branches by customers for the job cuts, which come on top of 9,000 announced in a three-year cost-cutting programme in October 2014. These followed 45,000 jobs that went after the rescue of HBOS during the 2008 crisis. Lloyds, which also owns Halifax, now employs about 75,000 people.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jul/28/lloyds-bank-to-axe-3000-jobs-and-close-200-branches

    enigma

    July 28, 2016 at 10:22 am

  16. Supreme Court rules against Named Person scheme. data sharing.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-36903513

    enigma

    July 28, 2016 at 10:25 am

  17. DWP’s Jobcentres could do much more to ensure people stay in work

    http://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/opinion/dwps-jobcentres-could-do-much-more-ensure-people-stay-work

    Notice how its not explained how exactly it will help ?

    Think about it, how does what youve paid help or who you worked for, its not like DWP are the slightest bit interested in helping get back into your trade is it, its not going to help someone who just got sacked and cant make a claim for 26 weeks is it.

    Get ready people as its yet more privacy invasion.

    doug

    July 28, 2016 at 11:39 am

    • This is also found within the above website, there is also a PDF.

      The Work and Health Programme: levelling the playing field.

      The paper identifies a range of barriers to market entry in previous competitions. Poor contract design – including onerous financial-health requirements – erected barriers for smaller organisations hoping to bid for ‘prime’ contracts in the Work Programme. The same programme’s heavy emphasis on payments by results also created cash-flow issues for smaller providers, which – if replicated in the Work and Health Programme – threatens to discourage bidders entering the market. A heavy focus on the price, rather than quality, of bids may have favoured large organisations capable of leveraging economies of scale to undercut competitors. Such a focus is indicative of a short-term approach to market creation by government, which encourages immediate gains over creating a healthy market, with a wide base of providers, to ensure value for money in subsequent programmes.

      http://www.reform.uk/publication/the-work-and-health-programme-levelling-the-playing-field/

      enigma

      July 28, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      • I don’t trust this reform think tank one bit enigma. sure they say a few good things but something just does not ring true about them. They like government only look at the data sheets which is unprofessional as their really not facts but guesstimates meaning their only worth is as a guide.

        Its a bit late to say bring in the small fry companies, their all out of business which they would know if they didn’t rely on only data to bring about debate and ideas. In truth that one you posted is a no brainer that any claimant already knows.

        I hate to say it but one thing i have learned about think tanks is they cannot be trusted even when thay make a few good points.

        doug

        July 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      • The Work & Health programme is a cut-down cut-price version of the Work Programme fused with the Work Choice programme (supposedly for disabled and unwell “job seekers”). The “pay by results” shite was always risible. If you had “pay by results” in the NHS would more people get cured and/or made well and/or live longer? So I suppose the people in the private sector that will end up involved running the new scheme will be real bargain basement outfits who will bully and cajole (in hope of driving people into jobs) but not provide any real help or training (because that would cut whatever small profits they made on the margin).

        Tim

        July 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm

      • doug

        you’re right to be sceptical – just found that the head guy a Mr Andrew Haldenby worked at Conservative Research Department (1995-1997), ultimately as Head of the Political Section.

        Reform was Formed after the Labour 2001 election result. “Reform was founded in 2001 out of a concern that the record public spending increases that followed would not in fact transform public services, or improve economic productivity, in the way that was hoped.”

        So it has ConCons written all over it

        Gazza

        July 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm

      • Thanks Gazza, you saved me a bit of research their, much appreciated.

        doug

        July 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      • So many people don’t yet know what that means.

        enigma

        July 29, 2016 at 8:39 am

      • It’s called working in the community!

        enigma

        July 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

  18. Want to know if your entitled to UC in your area,want to know the gateway conditions (who can and cant have UC).

    http://universalcreditinfo.net/

    Put in a post code and find out.

    doug

    July 28, 2016 at 11:48 am

  19. Jeremy Corbyn has won his High Court battle to remain in the Labour leadership.

    enigma

    July 28, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    • So that’s it then. Labour’s finished. Not that the party could displace the Tories, under any leader, as things stand; perhaps a new party will rise phoenix-like from the ashes – a party I could vote for and one that could properly rival the Conservatives. Poor old Jezza. Mediocre is as mediocre does.

      Tim

      July 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm

  20. Embarrassment for Christine Lagarde and IMF as Fund’s own watchdog slams its eurozone record.

    The IMFs handling of the single currency emergency has been the cause of major internal discontent at the Fund and this verdict will be seen as a vindication of those criticisms.

    In a powerful new report the Fund’s Independent Evaluation Office (IEO) says the IMF’s performance between 2010 and 2013 in relation to the overlapping financial crises in Greece, Ireland and Portugal has “raised issues of accountability and transparency, which helped create the perception that the IMF treated Europe differently”.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/embarrassment-for-christine-lagarde-and-imf-as-funds-own-watchdog-slams-its-eurozone-record-a7160031.html

    enigma

    July 28, 2016 at 5:42 pm

  21. The rumour mill is saying that by January 2017 all jobseekers will be forced onto universal jobmatch. And by 2017 the data collected will be passed to another platform and without human intervention a secret algorithm will determine if you have satisfied the conditions to be paid benefit.

    Rumour Mill

    July 28, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    • … or not.

      Rumour Mill

      July 28, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      • I heard UJM is to be binned this year, hope so it’s the worst job site going 😞

        Marie

        July 28, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    • Judgement Day is on the way and the Terminator cometh.

      Sarah Conner

      July 29, 2016 at 6:10 pm

  22. Pension freedom withdrawals accelerate to top £6bn

    More than 770,000 over-55s have taken an average of £11,000 each out of their pots, raising concern many may run out of cash.

    Pension providers warned, however, that the reforms could leave some elderly people in poverty later in life. Adrian Walker of Old Mutual Wealth said: “Pension freedom reforms have liberated the retirement market, but it is dangerous to measure the success purely against the amount of money people are taking out.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/government-urged-to-end-national-scandal-of-underpaid-care-workers/

    enigma

    July 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    • I see the mistake!

      Government urged to end ‘national scandal’ of underpaid care workers

      Unison is calling on the government to end the ‘systematic underpayment’ of homecare workers, cheated out of the minimum wage.

      Failure to honour the minimum wage is endemic across the care sector as many homecare workers are unpaid for the time they travel between home visits – which can be up to a fifth of their working day, says UNISON today (Thursday).

      enigma

      July 28, 2016 at 7:34 pm

  23. The hairdresser for the homeless.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-36918094

    Marie

    July 29, 2016 at 11:12 am

    • Never mind that Marie, the world’s going to end – again!!

      enigma

      July 29, 2016 at 11:50 am

  24. Stepping up, breaking barriers: transforming employment outcomes for disabled people.

    http://www.reform.uk/publication/stepping-up-breaking-barriers-transforming-employment-outcomes-for-disabled-people/

    enigma

    July 29, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    • enigma & All

      if you want to know where the above is heading for read:

      http://www.reform.uk/reformer/rocket-boosting-the-work-programme-model/

      Choice Quotes:

      Commercialise it
      – A ‘payment-by-results’ (PbR) model (ME: Like Remploy? We all know how that’s working)
      – case for retaining an outsourced model is compelling, but the Work Programme design can be improved on.
      – “Sharper financial incentives are needed for the very hardest to help. In the Work Programme, too many claimants ended up being ‘parked’ as the reward for moving them into work did not reflect the significant investment needed to overcome their barriers. The Government should return to the ‘AME/DEL switch’ of the last Parliament, and thereby increase the total funding envelope. This approach enables government to pay for employment services (DEL) from the savings (AME) accrued by a claimant moving into sustained employment. ” – (ME: Ah the old Shovel as much money down the hole in as quick a time as possible ploy…)
      – An accelerator payment model – whereby providers are paid incrementally more per claimant as they move more people into work – would help ensure those furthest from work always carry the greatest financial reward.” (ME: – See above remark)

      And this was published by a impartial person… Ben Dobsons is the name of this schill

      And Reform is proud to boast of publishing articles on Conservative Home… Now what could be the connection I wonder… hhhhmmmmm…..

      Gazza

      July 29, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      • Remploy is owned by Maximus if any didn’t know.

        It would suggest they are looking to take over the whole disabled, ill side of the business.

        doug

        July 29, 2016 at 2:40 pm

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