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Labour Pledge to Abolish Universal Credit.

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Labour Plans to Abolish Universal Credit. 

Universal credit: Labour pledges to scrap welfare scheme

BBC.

Mr Corbyn will promise that a Labour government would introduce “an emergency package of reforms” including:

  • scrapping the two-child limit, whereby families only receive welfare support for the first two children of a family
  • suspending sanctions whereby a claimant’s support can be reduced if they miss appointments

His party also wants to drop the benefit cap which limits the amount of benefit a person can receive.

Shadow communities secretary Andrew Gwynne said while the system could not be “completely replaced overnight”, the announcement was “more than an aspiration” and “the next Labour government will replace universal credit”.

Mr Corbyn will make his announcement on Saturday at a rally in Chingford and Woodford Green – the Greater London parliamentary seat of Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith, who originally implemented the universal credit scheme when he was work and pensions secretary.

The Labour leader is expected to criticise the welfare project for being “over-budget” and “inhumane”.

“Social security is supposed to give people dignity and respect, not punish and police them, make them wait five weeks for the first payment or fill out a four-page form to prove their child was born as a result of rape,” he will say.

The BBC notes some further points and the initial reactions:

Labour also says it would drop the system’s “digital-only” requirement, arguing that it excludes those who do not have access to the internet.

The Department for Work and Pensions says claimants can get paid urgently if required.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said: “This is totally irresponsible from Jeremy Corbyn, who now admits he would happily scrap financial support for vulnerable people with no plan as to what Labour would replace it with.”

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said it would welcome significant reform “but any changes need to avoid further upheaval for those who depend on it”.

The charity’s director for policy and partnerships, Helen Barnard, said Labour’s proposals appeared to “get rid of some of the worst bits of universal credit which we know are pulling some people into really difficult poverty and debt”, citing sanctions and the five-week wait for the first payment.

However, she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme there were also aspects of the system, including the way it avoids people moving to a different benefit when they begin work, which should be preserved.

Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies Paul Johnson said while Labour was proposing a series of changes to universal credit, the announcement did not appear to be calling for an end to the idea of merging six benefits into one payment, which he said had simplified the system.

Food bank charity the Trussell Trust welcomed the end of the five-week wait proposed by Labour – but warned that the party’s plans could create further problems.

It said that “scrapping universal credit may only result in further upheaval”.

The Guardian notes some of the details,

Although Labour says it will “scrap” universal credit it seems it will not drop all aspects of the payment, which merges six benefits into one. It will remain digital in nature, although Labour says it will end the current “digital only” approach and will hire 5,000 advisers to support claimants unable to access the internet or manage their claims online.

It will also allow claimants to be paid fortnightly rather than monthly as now and allow households to split payments between two adults. The current single household payment has been criticised as enabling domestic abusers to control family finances.

Benefit sanctions, the two-child limit on child benefit and the benefit cap – seen as unfair, ineffective and key drivers of child poverty – will be scrapped. The party already has plans to scrap the bedroom tax.

Commenting on the proposals, Adam Corlett, senior economic analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “Labour has set out some significant reforms, but they sensibly do not amount to actually scrapping universal credit. Now isn’t the time for another huge overhaul of our social security system.

“Instead, Labour have focused on reforming universal credit, and scrapping entirely separate benefit cuts that are set to drive up child poverty.”

Our contributors are always noting difficulties, and scepticism about the statement.

But bear this in mind (from the father of Universal Credit):

And this (Retweeted by Thérèse Coffey):

Here is how the Brexit lot greet the news:

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

September 28, 2019 at 9:20 am

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  1. All this bullshit about monthly payments emulating work, yes maybe IF UK Benefits were being paid at the correct legal amount and not 45% below! If some workers are still paid weekly (which many are) then why not pay Benefits weekly like they used to be? It’s far easier to budget a pittance income on a weekly basis than monthly or even fortnightly. Of course if you’re a filthy rich Tory you won’t be able to appreciate that fact.

    trev

    September 28, 2019 at 10:21 am

  2. It is past time to Abolish #DWP, Vulnerable people Need #Security. Hopefully this will also Reduce (massively) the number of #Suicides linked to #Benefit removal

    jaynel62

    September 28, 2019 at 10:24 am

  3. All true and all good but unless Labour wins the next general election with a working majority none of the worthy undertakings will happen. As far as “work is the best way out of poverty” sound bite goes then surely, if true, food bank dependency should be falling like a stone with the greatest proportion of the population in paid work than ever before and unemployment at it’s lowest level for over forty years? So why is it that food bank usage has only ever risen exponentially since 2010, never peaking, never plateauing, never falling but only ever increasing in leaps and bounds?

    Jim

    September 28, 2019 at 10:56 am

  4. @Jim – Very true, all this would depend on Labour winning the next election. This is simply not possible with Jeremy Corbyn in charge, and the Tories know it. But why has it taken Labour years of misery and destitution to finally face the reality of Universal Credit ?

    Andrew M.

    September 28, 2019 at 11:24 am

  5. Andrew Coates

    September 28, 2019 at 11:29 am

  6. Universal Credit was always just a boot-camp for the unemployed. A swift kick up the backside for people who didn’t want to work, in the view of Duncan Smith & Co. With the cruelty in it disguised as ‘fairness to the taxpayer ‘, in order to appeal to Daily Mail readers.

    Jeff Smith

    September 28, 2019 at 11:30 am

  7. Is this the same Jeremy Corbyn who recently scored minus 60 in a recent poll about his leadership ?
    A UK record, and his personal best. Labour can promise the moon at this point, but what real chance is there with Corbyn in charge ?

    Tom Sutton

    September 28, 2019 at 11:38 am

    • Nah, this is a different Jeremy Corbyn we are talking about 😉

      Valerie Vag

      September 28, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      • The very fact that right-wingers are bleating makes me think that Corbyn must be right.

        Andrew Coates

        September 28, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    • In my view Jeremy Corbyn is the best thing that’s happened to Labour in decades, he’s made it possible for people like me to vote Labour again after years in the political wilderness with no one to vote for. At last a proper Socialist leader. Unfortunately, the British Establishment will do anything they can to prevent a Leftwing Socialist government, hence Corbyn’s image has been deliberately tarnished by all the smear campaigns coordinated by British Intelligence in collusion with the Institute for Statecraft and the mainstream media. Think for yourself, judge him by his policies.

      trev

      September 28, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      • He is but doesn’t have a broad enough appeal to win a general election with a majority. Which means no matter how good a man he is nor how great his policies and agenda are Labour will not have the power to implement a single one of their good ideas. I can’t imagine what it will feel like to be beaten by a womanising liar and sh1tbag like Boris Johnson but there you go. That’s the state of play in Great Britain these days.

        Jim

        September 29, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      • That’s the rub with Corbyn. If he can’t win the election, Labour can’t do anything.

        Fred H.

        September 30, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      • ♫Gimme hope, Jezza
        Hope, Jezza
        Gimme hope, Jezza
        ‘Fore the morning come
        Gimme hope, Jezza
        Hope, Jezza
        Hope before the morning come♫

        Edwina Grant

        September 30, 2019 at 3:22 pm

  8. Why are all the media outlets reporting that Corbyn said he would suspend sanctions. Did he actually say suspend? Or did he say scrap, abolish sanctions – without exception? Suspend: to cause to stop for a period; interrupt. Not really good enough.

    F Zela

    September 28, 2019 at 1:58 pm

  9. Universal credit not sort of keep a claim ‘open’ when you start working? With JSA everything just closes down instantly. Then you have the rigmarole of re-claiming. If uc makes it easier to get back on benefits that part should be kept.

    Echinida

    September 28, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    • 🔹suspend all benefit sanctions – why no scrap, abolish – without exception?

      Corina Claimant

      September 28, 2019 at 2:49 pm

  10. I’d rather listen to this – by somebody respected for his campaigning against Universal Credit – than all the bleaters:

    Andrew Coates

    September 28, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    • 🔹recruit 5,000 new DSS staff – not the best of ideas. Coachy even admitted that they would have us in every day if they had the staff.

      Corina Claimant

      September 28, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    • 🔹suspend all benefit sanctions – why not scrap, abolish – without exceptions?

      Corina Claimant

      September 28, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    • What about a ‘jobs guarantee’ (with sanctions) for the unemployed? Getting rid of the providers?

      Corbyn should have said that Labour will

      🔹remove all conditionality
      🔹raise unemployment benefits to at least the rate of Pension Credit
      🔹abolish sanctions – without exception
      🔹abolish all forms of workfare
      🔹end DWP third-party ‘provider’ involvement

      That is what the unemployed want to hear, not this mealy-mouthed codswallop.

      If Labour by some ‘accident’ did get in we all know it would be a ‘jobs guarantee’ for the unemployed backed up by brutal sanctions for non-compliance. Corbyn’s ‘pledges’ are worth as much as Tony Blair’s pledge card and Milliband’s monolith is his backyard. Telling us what we he thinks we want to hear and if they get into office it is a different story.

      Corina Claimant

      September 28, 2019 at 3:01 pm

  11. If it wasn’t for Labour and it’s infamous ‘New Deal’ this blog wouldn’t exist. It was the shocking horrific experiences of the inmates at the Dencora Detention Centre for the Unemployed which spurred this blog into being.

    Historian

    September 28, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    • @ Historian

      That was New Labour not Labour. Thankfully we have a different leadership now, Socialist not neoliberal.

      trev

      September 28, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      • Since this site is intended primarily for the unemployed – the clue is in the name. What is in it for the unemployed from a Labour administration? How will Corbyn benefit the unemployed? Will the unemployed be better or worse off than under the Tories?

        Or will Corbyn embark on a massive workfare programme. Corbyn will suspend sanctions until he get his workfare programme up and running. The line will be spun that unemployed won’t be allowed to fester on benefits like under the Tories, they will be ‘guaranteed a job’. And it is only reasonable that if someone is turning down the offer a job they should suffer a penalty. Labour have already stated this anyway.

        Raviaah

        September 28, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      • We would probably end up with someone like Rachel Reeves or that other nasty piece of work Liam Byrne at the DWP. They are worse than IDS if that is even possible.

        Raviaah

        September 28, 2019 at 7:43 pm

      • But there won’t be a DWP as Corbyn is scrapping it. I think we just have to give him a chance and see what happens, can’t possibly be worse than the Tories and probably better than Blair/New Labour /New Deal. They might reduce unemployment by actually creating some decent jobs, with good wages and a 4 day week, that’s what seems to be on offer from the Labour party.

        trev

        September 28, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      • The 32 hour week is after they have been in for 10 YEARS lol they would have to be elected to two terms of government lol Basically, just a load of rubbish.

        Pie in the Sky

        September 29, 2019 at 8:06 am

      • It’s still something to push for and at least Labour are putting it on the agenda as something to work towards. A shorter working week makes sense but you’ll never hear a Tory saying that. I saw a job advertised recently (sent by email in one of those agency job alerts) that said overtime would be paid after 50 hours! Just the way the Tories want it. Bosses are getting away with anything they like under this government. Vote Labour.

        trev

        September 29, 2019 at 9:17 am

      • @Trev – But what if Labour loses the election because people don’t want to vote for Jeremy Corbyn ?
        Then we’ll have the Tories for another five years !!

        Susan

        September 30, 2019 at 2:15 pm

      • @ Susan

        I think you answered your own question. Either vote for Labour or put up with the Tories for another few years. It’s a simple choice; Corbyn or the Tories. I know which I prefer.

        trev

        September 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    • That was terrible penned in all day as I remember in a small building,the rest was in a charity shop until staff members complained of the bullying then it was back to the beginning.I would never volunteer under those circumstances again.People on probation received the same threatening to report them for being late and a clock that was five minutes slow.

      ken

      September 28, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      • The point of monthly payment is to be more like the world of work. These days most people are paid monthly / 4-weekly, some are paid weekly, but hardly anyone is paid fortnightly. So monthly payment is right – but importantly, advances are available:

        Thats not true for agency work and if you worked for say Thomas Cook you have to wait for any possible wages/redundancy and have a five week wait for an Universal Credit payment.

        THOMAS Cook staff last night condemned their “greedy” bosses for raking in millions – as hundreds of employees turn to food banks while waiting for thousands in missing wages.

        https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10023925/thomas-cook-collapse-staff-food-banks/

        Walking into the making work pay poster’s is an insult.If its Corbyn that removes the nasty from society it should never be returned too.Amber Rudd was right to criticise that language it sends a message that like the envy people use it as an excuse to have a go at others’ and its acceptable behaviour.

        ken

        September 28, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      • I remember when the dole was paid weekly and it was a lot better than today, easier to budget than fortnightly (never mind monthly). Mind you, it was weekly signing too which was a farce but no where near as stressful as it is now, no grilling, no ‘Work Coach’, just a queue to the desk with a dole clerk, “have you done any work?”, “no”, “sign here. Goodbye”. Then came Jobcentres and it all went downhill.

        trev

        September 28, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      • Our staff were very well-paid, ken. The best paid in the business. Most of our staff have worked with us for many years, decades even. Are you saying that in all that time they couldn’t have put aside a rainy day fund sufficient to cover contingencies. At the moment they are made redundant they have to run to a foodbank because they have not one single penny to their name 😉 Not even enough money in the kitty for a packet of pasta? 😉 Pull the other one ;D

        Thomas Cook

        September 28, 2019 at 10:12 pm

      • Everyone who is made redundant and claims benefits, regardless of their previous income always say that they have “no savings”. You been working for Thomas Cook for how long? And you say you have no savings? Are you sure about that? You say you are as poor as a church mouse? So poor you need a foodbank referral? You haven’t got enough money for a tin of baked beans? Yeah sure, we believe you 😀

        Jobcentre Agent

        September 29, 2019 at 7:21 am

      • @Jobcentre_Agent

        One of the problems with Jobcentres is the poor quality staff they have.

        You are ALLOWED to keep £6,000 or less and claim Universal Credit. If you have less than £6,000 you don’t have to declare it. Why? Because you should not be reduced to penury before the state helps you. Pensioners are allowed to have £10,000 or less and still claim benefits.

        Normally I would have thought that a post like this would be made by a right-wing troll but your spectacular ignorance makes me wonder if, perhaps, you might not be a DWP employee.

        Hector

        September 29, 2019 at 11:58 am

      • Hector, Telling the jobcentre that you have ANY savings at all is only going to give you grief with the jokecentre. You wouldn’t declare 6p let alone £6grand! Normally such a post as yours would be made by a left-wing troll but if you have spent anytime on benefits amidst the open plan offices of the jobcentre you would undoubtedly have overheard the forensic Gestapo interrogations that go on. There was one girl being grilled for what seemed for ever. She said that she had no savings. The roach wasn’t convinced. The roach was accusing her of receiving redundancy and hiding it in another bank account. As she she said “you just keep repeating yourself”. But the roach wasn’t going to give up, Hector, your post would suggests that you have never been unemployed and have never set foot in a jobcentre.

        Daphne-Claire de la Rue

        September 29, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      • @Jobcentre_Agent

        The point is that if you have less than £6,000 in savings you don’t have to declare ANYTHING. However the DWP does have the legal right to ask to see you bank statements if they decide to and/or ask your bank to tell them how much you have in any bank account they link to you and if you are discovered to have more than £6,000 salted away they WILL prosecute you in court; of course if you have the money under your bed or hidden this won’t be the case.

        As far as UC goes if you have £6,000 or less of DISCOVERABLE savings you need to declare nothing.

        That IS the legal position.

        Hector

        September 29, 2019 at 3:56 pm

      • Our staff were very well-paid, That is the problem were and a rainy day on benefits can be for a very considerable period of time.When the money isn’t comming in it can just disappear.Losing a job is very traumatic,sitting in a Jobcentre listening to benefit levels is something thats not forgotten.We’ve all been there.

        ken

        September 29, 2019 at 4:32 pm

      • @Trev – Yes this is a problem with volunteering now. For some of these charities they don’t really see the difference between someone sent round by the Jobcentre on a mandatory basis, and a genuine volunteer.

        George B.

        September 30, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      • @ George B

        I do part-time voluntary work at a local Foodbank and it is now just coming up to their busiest time of year with Harvest festival donations coming in soon to be followed by Xmas donations, a time of year when we are rushed off our feet and it’s all hands on deck, but I’ve just been told by my Jobcentre Adviser that I’m going on yet another Back-to-Work course starting on Oct. 21st, 3 days a week for 5 weeks, and that it will take precedence over my volunteering, so that buggers up my voluntary work for a while. The course, at Interserve, isn’t even Mandatory but that seems to be a minor detail to the Jobcentre these days and they make it hard for you to refuse, just bully people into doing these things. And I absolutely know by now that this course like all the rest will be absolute B.S. Not only that but it’s situated at the other side of town from where I live, 2 bus rides away, or walk it into town and get one bus, but at this time of year just as the weather is getting worse, it takes the piss.

        trev

        October 1, 2019 at 11:45 am

    • Labour also brought the infamous David Freud into the mix whose report led to private providers, like a4e and ATOS, becoming involved in welfare provision for the first time. The same David “I was always a Tory” Freud who later jumped ship, became Minister for Welfare Reform in the Conservative/LibDem coalition, and gave us the Bedroom Tax, Universal Credit and all the caps and cuts to social security which followed. This man is at least as guilty if not more guilty for the misery that followed as Iain Duncan Smith. Funny how everybody seems to have forgotten about this creep’s role in the horrors that followed and that are growing and spreading like cancer throughout society to this day.

      Nemesis

      September 30, 2019 at 6:27 pm

  12. Days of Kindness at the DWP

    Hastings is a good place
    to look at the moon, isn’t it
    You can read by moonlight
    You can read on the terrace
    You can see a face
    as you saw it when you were young
    There was good light then
    oil lamps and candles
    and those little flames
    that floated on a cork in olive oil
    What I loved in my old life
    I haven’t forgotten
    It lives in my spine
    Iain Duncan Smith and the child
    The days of kindness at the DWP
    It rises in my spine
    and it manifests as tears
    I pray that loving memory
    exists for them too
    the precious ones I overthrew
    for an education in the world

    Amber

    Amber Rudd

    September 28, 2019 at 9:59 pm

  13. That will get Thérèse Coffey DWP Minister off her coffee mornings on Twitter. Scrap Universal Credit.

    I have just read the policy paper on Universal Credit for homeless people with lots of catches & catch 22’s.

    I have also read the Tory Governments response to the damning UN report on the DWP. Yet more catches & catch 22”s for improvement, like the Disability Model WE DON’T WANT TO BE A DISABILITY MODEL WITH SECTOR CHAMPIONS> MODEL YOUR CONFIDENCE & BE PART OF DISABILITY CONFIDENT.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 28, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    • Jobcentre collaborative working improves outcomes in the community

      JP Marks, director general of work and health services at the Department for Work and Pensions, argues the work of jobcentre work coaches overlaps with social workers, making the point that collaborative working is improving outcomes in the community.

      http://www.publicsectorexecutive.com/Robot-News/jobcentre-collaborative-working

      ken

      September 29, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      • So Jobcentre when someone in the jobcentres Care Of Duty Social Workers Role commits suicide the Care Of Duty lies with the Jobcentre or should I say DWP or should I say The Tory Government. The next thing after scrapping Universal Credit is making Sanctions illegal because the Sanctions have no more Universal Credit to hide behind. Once Sanctions are illegal the flood gates open for illegal sanctions that have taken place over the past 9 years of Welfare Re4form.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 29, 2019 at 4:53 pm

  14. My friend’s daughter was evicted last week. She has mental health problems. As the eviction was for anti-social behavior. Council going against the advice of her health professionals. She was offered no help or support, she is now sleeping rough. Mid 20s white English. No demonstrations for her. I guess she is on her own

    Nella

    September 29, 2019 at 8:00 am

    • Wonder who is living in your daughter’s home now? 😉 If you have a council or HA home you really have to hold onto it like grim death. Once you lose it you will never get another one, Anti-social laws just make it easy for the HAs to kick out the tenants they don’t want. They will just make things up to get shot of sitting tenants. And get big bonuses for the new tenants. They want your home. Better to sit on the dole, at least you will still have a roof over your head, rather than risk it over some bullshit ‘job; If they ‘job’ goes sour they will waste no time in evicting you.
      .

      Farimila

      September 30, 2019 at 8:58 pm

  15. Andrew Coates

    September 29, 2019 at 9:36 am

    • Iain Doopy Shit save my legacy of DWP deaths. IDS your going to the knackers yard, taking your Crimes Against Humanity with you to the courts. Welfare Reform is at least £50 Billion over budget or is that fenced off & money laundering through Disability Confident !!! Let’s fence off £300 million through homelessness.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 29, 2019 at 11:18 am

    • You’ll never change people like IDS, with his pseudo-religious ideas of morality and behaviour. The Conservatives knew exactly the misery that would be caused by the Welfare Reform Act, and Universal Credit. But they don’t care, because they are looking past the suffering, to what they believe is the greater good. An end to long-term unemployment, and a system that supports it.

      Jeff Smith

      September 30, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      • Unions, policymakers call for concrete Universal Credit reforms

        Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn suggests he could scrap hated ‘streamlined’ benefits system if voted into power.

        Mark Serwotka, general secretary at civil and public servants’ union PCS, agreed that Universal Credit (UC) has been “an unmitigated disaster”.

        https://leftfootforward.org/2019/09/unions-policymakers-call-for-concrete-universal-credit-reforms/

        When that’s coming from the inside there’s a real problem but as Lucy mentioned run with the hare hunt with the hounds’.Jeremy Corbyn is in real trouble if he hasn’t got the backing to overturn the right wing extremist’s which lead to the political situation today.Jo Swinson is too much housewife in public address and bland in my opinion and don’t wish to be seen sexist.

        ken

        September 30, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      • Also worth looking at from left Foot Forward.

        Andrew Coates

        October 1, 2019 at 10:55 am

  16. The Tories are openly promoting that people riot in the streets. Boris you are so stupid there are not enough police. O yer Boris goes promoting tribalisim.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 29, 2019 at 11:21 am

    • “there are not enough police”, that’s simply not true, coppers seem to come out of nowhere when anything kicks off. There is no shortage of coppers, Stepping 😉

      Pussy Riot Squad

      September 29, 2019 at 12:01 pm

      • The Army are now called the Police walking on the moon rats.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 29, 2019 at 2:17 pm

  17. Universal Credit has a ‘horrendous impact’ on old people, says Age UK at Labour Conference

    Age UK has warned of the “horrendous impact” the Universal Credit benefit system is having on older people, at a fringe event at the Labour Party Conference earlier this week.

    https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/universal-credit-has-a-horrendous-impact-on-old-people-says-age-uk-at-labour-conference.html

    ken

    September 29, 2019 at 4:21 pm

  18. Many will remmber these sweet’s even though it might be from many years’ ago.

    Leicester’s iconic Fox’s Glacier Mints factory will close before the end of the year

    The owners are in talks with the Job Centre and unions

    https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/foxs-factory-glacier-xxx-mints-3367957

    ken

    September 29, 2019 at 4:43 pm

  19. The Tory conference in full swing

    There are now 500,000 more bi-polar people in work with jobs. With our new Bi-polar Disability Model.

    There are now 300,000 more bi-polar people in work with jobs, With our new Suicide Disability Model.

    With have all these different diverse Disability Models to suit ones needs We also have these kind & caring Work coaches that will see you through hard & difficult times through working very hard & having a use in life.

    The Tory Cocaine Party Conference.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 29, 2019 at 6:42 pm

  20. Even so it means people being forced into work. That can’t be right.

    Dave Blunt

    September 30, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    • After the next general election a lot of MPs are going to be forced into work too!

      Nemesis

      October 1, 2019 at 7:26 am

  21. Yeah, but if it takes 5 years to scrap Universal Credit won’t Labour have to win this election and the next one to do it ?

    Johm Kinsley

    September 30, 2019 at 2:07 pm

  22. The only way that low-paid insecure work is ‘the best way out of poverty’, is if you deliberately sabotage the benefit system. So that even the worst type of work starts to look good, in comparison to being on benefits.

    Alan Turner

    September 30, 2019 at 2:40 pm

  23. My baby! , my baby! Please don’t scrap my baby 😦 Save my baby, please *spins in grave*

    Iain Duncan Smith (deceased)

    September 30, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    • The dingo took your baby.

      Lindy Chamberlain

      September 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm

      • My baby!, my baby! The dingos took my baby 😦 *spins in grave*

        Iain Duncan Smith (deceased)

        October 1, 2019 at 8:20 am

  24. So many £ Billions the Tories going away for the Election £200 Billion on the NHS, £100 Billion on Transport, £ 120 Billion on Social Care & that’s the start of it. Who is paying for it? Selling the Isle Of Wight to Donald Tump got £1 Trillion & if that is not enough give always we could always sell the Isle Of Man to Donald Trump as well, he’s well up for it.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 30, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    • No mention of anything to do with social care or social security unless I missed it.

      Kinky

      September 30, 2019 at 6:28 pm

  25. According to the Guardian Labour is going to reform Universal Credit not scrap it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/30/the-guardian-view-on-universal-credit-labours-plan-makes-sense

    Jim

    October 1, 2019 at 11:13 am

  26. Universal Credit work coach: ‘Even judges told me I was going over to the dark side’
    Scarlett Peregrino has worked as a Universal Credit work coach in London for 18 months

    “Scarlett Peregrino has worked as a Universal Credit work coach at the Hoxton Jobcentre in London for 18 months

    The job title ‘Work Coach’ probably doesn’t fully explain my role in an office like this because you don’t know what you’re going to be dealing with each day. Everyone’s needs are completely different and a lot of the appointments aren’t work-based.

    Out of my caseload, about 30 per cent of people are job ready and can move towards the labour market. For 70 per cent, they’re not able to work at the moment.

    I had a lady turn up with her key worker [a support worker from a charity]. She’s a long-term rough sleeper and also has long-term substance misuse problems but is on a methadone programme. She turned up 20 minutes late. I was half getting ready to go home, but I thought: “I will see you and make sure you get what you need.”

    https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/universal-credit-work-coach-interview-dwp-benefits-638894

    Andrew Coates

    October 1, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    • Needs?
      They need you to get of their back’s, and just do the admin work.

      Zplan

      October 1, 2019 at 6:10 pm

  27. Shelter Scotland has started legal action against Glasgow City Council.

    The move follows concerns from the homelessness and housing charity over “gatekeeping” – where a homeless person is denied access to services – and other “failings in the homelessness services” at the council.

    The charity maintains Glasgow City Council has illegally denied people in need a place in temporary accommodation.

    Shelter Scotland is now seeking a judicial review at the Court of Session, following the council’s inability to respond to a pre-action letter, which set a deadline of September 30.

    Graeme Brown, the director of Shelter Scotland, said: “Time’s up, Glasgow City Council. We are taking you to court.

    “We are not taking this action lightly. We exist to fight for people’s rights to a decent home and to stop homelessness happening.

    “By taking legal action we are trying to stop Glasgow City Council denying hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of people their right to a roof over their head.

    “Rights are not a privilege – they are a legal entitlement enforceable by law and the Council should not be allowed to disregard the law with impunity.

    “We believe that if action isn’t taken now to stop this practice – and public bodies are left to pick and choose which laws they wish to follow – then it will undermine citizens’ rights across the board.

    “The facts are clear; Glasgow City Council is breaking the law; homeless people are being forced onto the streets; officials are unable or unwilling to tackle the problem; and the numbers are getting worse, not better. So, we are taking them to court to put a stop to this unlawful practice once and for all.”

    Shelter Scotland has raised more than £15,000 to fund the action, through a crowdfunding campaign.

    The charity hopes the action will force Glasgow City Council to revise its homelessness plans, including a pledge to provide temporary accommodation for every person who needs it.

    A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “Glasgow faces significant – and in a Scottish context, perhaps unique – pressures on our homelessness accommodation, and we continue to work with the Scottish Housing Regulator and partners in the housing and third sectors to help those facing homelessness and the threat of homelessness.

    “We share a common aim with Shelter and, rather than focusing on court action, we would hope it could work together with the council and its partners to ensure that these challenges are met.”

    https://stv.tv/news/west-central/1441221-shelter-scotland-launches-legal-action-against-city-council

    Newshounds

    October 2, 2019 at 7:13 am

    • “The facts are clear; Glasgow City Council is breaking the law; homeless people are being forced onto the streets”

      That’s bloody scandalous! Aren’t we all supposed to follow the “law of the land”?

      Boris Johnson

      October 2, 2019 at 7:28 am

    • But this is the same virtue-signal council who are “welcoming” thousands of asylum seekers. They have told the Home Office to send as many as you like. But that isn’t enough for them so they are “welcoming” even more than the UK quotas set down by the EU. But even that isn’t enough so they have voluntarily signed up to various “resettlement” programmes. And what happens to the ones who are refused asylum? They refuse to leave and the council fight tooth and nail to keep them here. No wonder there is no social housing available for the indigenous population. Meanwhile, hundreds of the indigenous homeless population die on the streets every year. This council doesn’t give a shit. They are too busy virtue-signalling. This council is effectively sentencing to death those unfortunate enough to lose their home. It is good that Shelter had pulled these bastards up on this scandal. Those responsible should be sent to prison for a very long time.

      Karen (ex-homeless)

      October 2, 2019 at 7:44 am

    • Too true, Boris. You have been threatened with gaol for not following the “law of the land”. What gives, old bean?

      PS Let’s get this bloody Brexit over with. Do or Die!

      Jacob Rees-Mogg

      October 2, 2019 at 7:48 am

    • Normally when we see someone huddled in a shop doorway we shake our heads and mutter to ourselves “Bloody Tories!”. But here the blame doesn’t fall at BoJo;s feet for once, not even their own Scotch government’s feet. It’s the “Bloody Council” who are at fault. According to Wikipedia it is SNP controlled. It is disgraceful that they are simply just ignoring the homelessness legislation and leaving human beings to die on the streets. Disgusting!

      Shona from Devon

      October 2, 2019 at 8:02 am

    • Disgusting!

      Wee Nicola

      October 2, 2019 at 8:14 am

    • About time the council were taken to court.
      They continually turn away Glaswegians from getting accommodation yet the SNP council say they are going to house the illegal immigrants who have failed in their application for asylum.
      How about deporting the illegal immigrants and housing Glaswegians instead.
      I was bought up with the saying ” charity starts at home”
      Obviously the SNP think that housing failed asylum seekers gives them more kudos on an international stage , something to bum their gums about. While the homeless people in Glasgow are dying like flies.

      Porridge

      October 2, 2019 at 8:52 am

    • New social housing nearing completion at Glenacre in Castlemilk will not be used to house Glaswegians on the waiting list. They are being reserved for new Scots. So if you are overcrowded tough luck. Are Living Rent campaigning for locals getting priority. Can’t hear anything, can you?

      Nella Paterson

      October 2, 2019 at 10:18 am

    • Glasgow, courtesy of Glasgow City councillors has and has had thousands of asylum seekers and refugees taking up homes in Glasgow. Glasgow’s asylum dispersal programme reached saturation point, only two years after it began in 2,000 – “The Scotsman” warned us of that epidemic. Glasgow has the additional thousands of EU migrants / Roma arriving without homes to be homed in Glasgow – thousands.

      But still Glasgow City councillors brought the seekers and refugees without homes to be homed in Glasgow – thousands and thouands. And still they, Glasgow City councillors, intend to bring in thousands more seekers and refugees without homes to be homed in Glasgow – Serco let it slip and warned that with busloads of asylum seekers arriving in Glasgow every week the supply of suitable housing is desperately tight.”

      To Shelter and Glasgow City councillors, we don’t have enough of the circa 2,000 homes reserved for asylum seekers because those such as yourselves will not allow anybody to remove the hundreds of over-stayers squatting in homes reserved for asylum seekers! So, Shelter, Glasgow City councillors, MP Chris Stephens, MP Paul Sweeney and all the rest of you who are blocking those who are attempting to send back the illegal over-stayers to wherever, how and where in Glasgow do you intend to home your thousands in the next year?

      Who, according to Housing charity Shelter were the people who were turned away on more than 3000 occasions instead of being provided with temporary accommodation? – certainly wasn’t asylum seekers or SVPRS Syrian refugees invited here by Glasgow City councillors (400 here and another 200 to be brought here before the end of 2020). Who, according to Housing charity Shelter were the hundreds of homeless people who have “died on the streets” – certainly wasn’t asylum seekers or refugees – all hell would have broken out if they had been.

      It’s not rocket science, homelessness is about logistics. How to fit X number of people into Y number of properties and supply enough in the way of infrastructure and services to accommodate X number of people. Problem – who gets the homes? My solution – after circa 20 years of housing asylum seekers and assorted refugees and squatting over-stayers in Glasgow, send the whole lot back to from where the Home Office sent them to Glasgow from. No other city in all of Britain has as many asylum seekers and assorted refugees as Glasgow and has as many new asylum seekers on order to be sent to be housed in … Glasgow … why?

      Tattie Scone

      October 2, 2019 at 10:32 am

      • Ipswich is full up, luv 😉

        Betty from Ipswich

        October 2, 2019 at 10:35 am

    • What’s going to happen to the Jocks who lose their homes as universal credit kicks in? Left to die on the streets?

      Soft Southern

      October 2, 2019 at 10:44 am

  28. Finland To Introduce Four-Day Working Week and Six-Hour Days

    Finland’s new Prime Minister has called for the introduction of a flexible working schedule that would involve a four-day week and six-hour days. From a report: Sanna Marin, the youngest female head of government in the world , has announced the intention to trial the initiative, which she claims could be “the next step” in working life. The 34-year-old leads a five party centre-left coalition – all led by women. The Social Democratic Party leader told NewEurope: “I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. This could be the next step for us in working life.”

    Newshounds

    January 7, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    • So basically the polar opposite of the Tories. Sounds great, that’s what we could have had if Labour had won the election.

      trev

      January 7, 2020 at 9:49 pm


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