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Iain Duncan Smith “Does not Know Where Welfare Cuts will Come from”. Vote Him Out!

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Iain Duncan Smith admits the Tories have not worked out where their £12bn welfare cuts will come from.

Independent.

The Conservatives have not worked out where their planned £12bn welfare cuts will come from, Iain Duncan Smith has admitted.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said the Tories had not “done the work” and were not in a position to say which benefits would be curtailed.

Asked why he could not disclose the cuts, he said: “We would have to have done the work on it. That’s why. We would have had to reach agreement as to exactly where those are… as soon as we’ve done the work and had it modelled we’ll let everybody know what that is.”

In March of this year the Institute for Fiscal Studies challenges the Conservatives over their planned cuts and said the Chancellor should spell out exactly which benefits would suffer.

“But it is now almost two years since he announced his intention of cutting welfare spending by £12bn. Since then the main announcement has been the plan not to cut anything from the main pensioner benefits,” Paul Johnson, the Institute’s Director, said.

“We have been told about no more than £2bn of the planned cuts to working-age benefits. And, remember, apparently the ‘plan’ is to have those £12bn of cuts in place by 2017-18. It is time we knew more about what they might actually involve.”

The New Statesman provides the detailed transcript of what he said,

N: Let me come – speaking of a benefits and welfare, let me come back to you  IDS. Now in March you said that you are – I quote you: ‘May or may not decide that it’s relevant to reveal to the British electorate where the £12bn of welfare cuts are going to come from in the next government’  if you win. Why don’t think it’s relevant that we should know?

IDS: Because we’d have to have done the work on it, that’s why and we’d have had to reached agreement as to exactly where those are. We’ve let know – the public know exactly one area which was that we’re going to freeze those benefits. That’s going to save between 2 and 3 three billion pounds and also –

AN: About £2bn now with low inflation.

IDS:  – and we’re going to lower the cap to £23,000 which is average earnings. But as I said on the Marr programme more recently I said, you know, as soon as we have done the work and had it properly modelled then we will let everybody know what that is.

AN: Shouldn’t you have done the work before you come to the British people to ask for re-election?

IDS: Yes, but the key area here of course –

RR: Yes.

IDS: no, well okay, but the key area here is that everyone is very clear that after the next election, if you get a Conservative government we have already said that we will save £12bn from essentially working age benefits and we’ve said that. That’s very clear. But I have locked out –

SW:  What I don’t understand is … what you won’t cut.  If you’re clear  you won’t cut pensions, child benefit, disablement benefit.

IDS: Yes.

RR: Well he hasn’t completely about child benefit.

SW: Then why can’t you be clear about what you will cut?

IDS: Well because, as I said, the work that we do on this will be done in the spending room, we will announce that out at the time.

Now we already have

  • The Benefit Cap.
  • The Bedroom Tax.
  • No rise in many benefits to meet growing cost of living.
  • Obligation to pay Council Tax percentage by all claimants.
  • Massive sanctions.

In the offing are (Guardian): “abolishing statutory maternity pay and barring under-25s from claiming incapacity benefit or housing benefit. ”

Getting employers to contribute more to the cost of statutory maternity pay – or as an alternative abolishing it entirely.

Freezing benefit payments at current levels across the board.

Limiting welfare payments by family size.

Forcing single parents on income support to seek work when their youngest child reaches the age of three (currently five).

Making it harder for sick people to claim state aid when they are out of work by introducing “stricter” fit-for-work tests and/or tighter limits on eligibility.

Increasing the bedroom tax on certain categories of renters.

Barring under-25s from claiming incapacity benefit or housing benefit.

 

They could simply cut JSA…..

I bet they’d like to.

So we’d all be begging charity from Foodbanks and the ‘Big Society’.

Vote to get rid of this crew!

Two Million a Year to Have to Use Foodbanks if Tories Win.

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The Tory Future: An Endless Queue for Charity Food Banks.

Planned £12bn Tory welfare cuts will lead to two million a year using food banks, says study.

The number of people using food banks will double to more than two million a year under the Conservatives’ plans for £12bn of welfare cuts, an academic study by Oxford University suggests.

The research was seized on by Labour as evidence that David Cameron’s welfare cuts will have far-reaching consequences for family budgets, including eating into in-work benefits, if the Conservatives get back into power next week. On the Question Time leaders’ debate on Thursday, Mr Cameron said he did not want or had no plans to cut child benefit further – but Labour claims this does not mean he has ruled it out. The Prime Minister, asked about child benefit cuts on BBC Breakfast yesterday, again refused to rule it out.

Labour’s spokesperson on work and pensions, Rachel Reeves, told The Independent on Sunday that the Oxford University study was extremely worrying for families on low incomes, and claimed that Mr Cameron’s failure to rule out child benefit cuts suggested that they were on the table.

Last month, the Trussell Trust, the charity that provides parcels to food banks, revealed that visits had risen to over one million a year for the first time.

This is the ‘Big Society’ Cameron Promises.

Oxford academic Dr Rachel Loopstra’s research paper, entitled Austerity, Sanctions and the Rise of Food Banks in the UK, examined the relationship between benefit cuts and food bank demand. The study shows that food parcel distribution per head of population will rise by 0.16 percentage points for every 1 per cent annual cut in benefit spending.

This is the future: living on charity handouts from the Lord and Lady Bountifuls of the land.

Even in school: Schools feeding and clothing pupils, say heads

Head teachers are warning that schools are having to act like “mini-welfare states” in having to provide food, spare uniform and even to wash clothes and provide showers for some pupils.

The National Association of Head Teachers says such welfare support is costing £43.5m from school budgets.

Heads’ leader Russell Hobby said it was a “hidden national scandal”.

A Conservative spokesman said “the number of children living in poverty has fallen by 300,000”.

The warning from members of the NAHT, as they gather for their annual conference in Liverpool, is that schools are having to step in with welfare support for pupils, either because of poverty or dysfunctional families.

The union’s report, based on responses from more than 2,000 head teachers in England, found examples of schools supplying food, clothes, PE kit, headlice treatment, transport costs and equipment for lessons.

There were schools which now had facilities for washing clothes and providing showers for pupils.

We want rights not charity!

Vote to the Tory and Liberal Rabble Out!

 

Sanctions, Destitution and Food Banks.

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In a heart-warming tale we learn this week that,

Foodbanks in South Yorkshire are forging better links with local businesses to help them feed the rising number of hungry families using their services.

Andy Niblock, who works at the Sheffield S6 foodbank based at St Thomas’ Church on Gilpin Street, near Shalesmoor, said they were having to feed more and more hungry mouths.

He said: “There is an ongoing increase in the number of referrals from people with food vouchers wanting to use the foodbank.

“We have partnerships with supermarkets and get very generous donations from lots of people like neighbours, families, schools and churches.”

Companies across South Yorkshire are stepping in to help out foodbanks.

The Star.

In a less heart-warming story we hear that,

A vulnerable 60-year-old has been left penniless and dependent on food bank support after his Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was sanctioned at the end of July while on the Work Programme. South-east Londoner James Dearsley received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (below) telling him that he had been sanctioned from July 29 and that his JSA would not be reinstated until October 29. James, who is already in arrears with his council tax, has spent more than three weeks without social security. This withdrawal of money means that he’s already been forced to use Greenwich food bank twice.

From ANN MCGAURAN

 As Johnny Void says,

Understandably much of the rage against the vicious welfare reforms –  which are costing an increasing number of lives – has been aimed at blundering fucking idiot Iain Duncan Smith.

But it is David Cameron who has cheered along whilst the DWP has spent billions driving the poorest people in the country into destitution.  It is David Cameron who has been in charge whilst hundreds of hungry families have queued at foodbanks, or disabled people have been driven from their homes due to the Bedroom Tax.  And it is David Cameron who is ultimately responsible for the deaths of David Clapson, Stephanie Bottrill, Victor CuffJacqueling Harrisand all of those driven to ill health and suicide by his Government’s callous devastation of the social security safety net.

No amount of cockle-warming tales from charitable Business is going to change that.

Food Banks: Ipswich.

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A food bank charity says it has handed out 913,000 food parcels in the last year, up from 347,000 the year before.

The Trussell Trust said a third were given to repeat visitors but that there was a “shocking” 51% rise in clients to established food banks. It said benefit payment delays were the main cause.

In a letter to ministers, more than 500 clergy say the increase is “terrible”.

The government said there was no evidence of a link between welfare reforms and the use of food banks.

However, the Trussell Trust, the largest food bank provider in the UK, said benefits payments had been a particular problem since welfare changes were introduced just over a year ago.

Some 83% of food banks reported that benefits sanctions – when payments are temporarily stopped – had resulted in more people being referred for emergency food.

The second biggest reason, given by 20% of food bank users, was low income.

“In the last year, we’ve seen things get worse, rather than better, for many people on low incomes,” said Chris Mould, chairman of the Trussell Trust.

This is the Ipswich Foodbank.

Families in need

FIND is a Christian-based registered charity that was founded in 1990 to provide emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession. FIND befriends without judging and gives support to those in need. The charity started over 20 years ago by Maureen Reynel MBE has grown to be an essential support mechanism in the local community.

Food Bank

Our food bank fund targets work to establish and distribute food to people in need. This is a key part of the work of FI…

Readers of Ipswich Unemployed Action may be interested to know what this group’s approach is to fighting the cuts which lie behind the rise in Food bank users.

Here it is:

 

FIND Quiz 2014 Flyerda

 

Bless!

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

April 19, 2014 at 10:15 am

Food Banks Grow and Grow.

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New figures have revealed an “alarming” 400% increase in the number of people enquiring about emergency food supplies during the past six months,, reports the East Anglian Daily Times.

They continue,

The figures, based on enquiries made at Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) branches in England and Wales between February and the end of June, revealed a four-fold rise in enquiries about foodbanks across the eastern region.

Volunteers at foodbanks in Suffolk, and staff at the county’s CABs including Stowmarket, Sudbury, Ipswich and Felixstowe, also confirmed the spike in requests, blaming changes to benefits, low wages and local job losses for the increase.

CAB national chief executive Gillian Guy described the rise as “alarming” and said that “a perfect storm of pressures” was increasing demand.

The charity has also warned that despite encouraging news about employment levels nationally, its bureaux are increasingly dealing with people who are in work but need emergency food supplies to get them through to pay day.

Hazel, a volunteer at Stowmarket Foodbank which opened last September, said the number of people using the facility had gone up significantly this month with the school holidays.

She said: “We see people from all over the mid Suffolk area who have come to us via 17 different referral agencies including the Job Centre, the local children’s centre and the CAB. We see people of all ages and from all different walks of life, not just families, who are struggling to feed themselves.

“During the holidays, children do not get a free school dinner which puts an added pressure on parents.

“The benefit changes are also starting to take effect in this area so that will make a big difference.

One thing few people seem to be commenting on is that people on benefits now have to pay a percentage of Council Tax.

In effect this is a cut in the money we get.

Added to the failure to align benefits with inflation these will mean that next year our already miserable incomes will be even less.

More queues at the Food Banks!

 

 

Written by Andrew Coates

September 8, 2013 at 11:14 am

Food Banks the Scandal Grows.

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The always excellent the Void reports,

A recently formed foodbank –  jointly run by Hounslow Council –  have rules stating they will not help people with ‘chaotic’ lifestyles or those who have had benefits sanctioned.

Hounslow Community Foodbox was established as a partnership between local tenants and residents groups and Hounslow Council, and is chaired by Labour Party Councillor Steve Curran.

We wondered when this was going to happen, or perhaps, be made public.

Here in Ipswich we recently saw,

More than 1,700 cans of food have been donated to a food bank at an open air service in Ipswich town centre.

The Pentecost event was held on the Cornhill on Sunday and organised by the town’s Hope Church and other Christian organisations.

Ipswich Families in Need (Find) asked for donations of food as part of its Carry The Can campaign.

Steve Jay, Hope Church leader, said: “It’s celebrating the fact the church is involved in the community.”

Pentecost is a Christian festival which celebrates the Holy Spirit and is held 50 days after Easter.

Find says,

FIND is a Christian based registered charity providing emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession in Ipswich and the surrounding area. In the community, we have adults who simply exist from one day to the next and who are desperate for help, including youngsters living on low incomes without life or budgeting skills trying to find ways to feed, clothe and house themselves.

Why the community needs this charity

We help those that are deprived of a minimum standard of living, be they single, families, lone parents, children, elderly, sick, disabled or homeless. We offer, free of charge, food, household items, furniture, nursery equipment and nappies, beds and bedding and, when available, cookers, washing machines and refrigerators. When appropriate this includes personal support too.

We learn (from the County Council) that “All recipients are referred by Statuary and non-statuary agencies. No Self-referrals.”

Now people helping run Food Banks are extremely well intentioned.

No doubt.

But what exactly are the criteria for “referral”?

Is Hounslow the only case where some people get excluded?

Jon Cruddas Loses Labour the Unemployed Vote.

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On Newsnight yesterday Jon Cruddas, MP and head of Labour’s Policy Review praised Food Banks ..

He said “Food banks are here to stay”.

Labour would support them as part of the ‘self-help’, community organising politics that Cruddas sees as part of the party’ new agenda..

On the 13th of December Cruddas said,

in the early years of the twentieth century, the Labour movement was about creating a responsible society, driven by collective self-help. It was about nurturing a common life in the face of the dehumanising force of industrial capitalism

In fact the early 20th century was when the labour movement dropped the old, narrow ‘self-help’ of friendly societies, mutuals, and craft unions, and backed universal welfare provision, industrial and white-collar  unions for all.

Cruddas then referred to  this,

 (the) emerging debate about the relational state and about relational welfare and about self-regenerating communities.

Like the ‘Big Society’ this gibberish seems to mean: people doing things that public authorities should pay for, and do, and making  those on benefits dependent on the good will of “communities”.

This means more Charity, Food Banks included.

Or as one section of the Cruddas Blog  cites a Dagenham Church group, “Starting a Foodbank seemed the most obvious way to communicate God’s love in action.”

Jon Cruddas is MP for Dagenham and Rainham and is head of the Labour Party’s policy review.

The deserving poor of Dagenham got a tasty hamper this year (see here)

 

Written by Andrew Coates

February 14, 2013 at 10:27 am