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Europe accuses UK of paying illegally-low benefits

Thu, 30/01/2014 - 13:56 -- nick

The level of Britain's major benefits payments is illegally low, and could be raised in court according to a respected European institution.

UnemployedNet has written before about the UK's poverty-guaranteeing welfare amounts - they are among the lowest in Europe and lower than any comparable country - and the Council of Europe has confirmed this.

Benefits Street residents moved after receiving death threats

Fri, 24/01/2014 - 11:50 -- nick

Residents of James Turner Street in Birmingham, the setting for controversial Channel 4 programme Benefits Street, have been moved to other areas after receiving death threats.

The Mirror is reporting that some of those living there have been threatened on Twitter and other social media, leading the local council to rehouse them for their own safety.

This was confirmed by a Mirror source who said: "After we named the street in the show, some of the participants in Benefits Street have had to be rehomed. They are vulnerable and we have a duty of care towards them.”

IDS uses Benefits Street success to justify failing policies

Thu, 23/01/2014 - 13:49 -- nick

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is to make a speech today suggesting that the Channel 4 programme 'Benefits Street' has brought home the reality of life in some of Britain's inner cities to the wider public.

In a draft of the speech marking the tenth anniversay of his think tank the Centre for Social Justice, quoted in The Guardian, Smith said:

£20 per week extra for new unemployed - Labour

Tue, 21/01/2014 - 12:57 -- nick

Labour will top-up Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) by £20 each week for those who have paid National Insurance for at least five years before becoming unemployed.

Rachel Reeves, Labour's work and pensions spokesperson, followed yesterday's confirmation of her party's policy of linking benefits to contributions by outlining an amount for the increase, should her party win the 2015 election.

She told think tank the IPPR:

NI payers to get higher unemployment benefits under Labour

Mon, 20/01/2014 - 14:48 -- nick

The Labour party has promised to restore the contributory principle to unemployment benefits.

Those who have paid National Insurance as part of their previous salary will be entitled to higher benefits than those who have not.

This proposal would bring the UK into line with most of the rest of Europe, which sees benefits linked to previous pay.

UK inflation rate means benefits still losing value

Tue, 14/01/2014 - 12:50 -- nick

The UK inflation rate fell to 2% in December, the Bank of England has confirmed.

It showed a fall of 0.1% compared to the previous month on the CPI measure, which excludes most housing costs, and is the first time it has been within its target since November 2009.

Slower food price rises were behind the fall, along with pre-Christmas discounts by retailers keen to boost their festive trading figures.

The RPI measure rose by 0.1% to 2.7%, showing that rent and house buying costs are still rising.

When government departments attack - universal credit in trouble again

Wed, 08/01/2014 - 13:41 -- nick

Iain Duncan Smith's failing universal credit programme faces further delays as warfare has broken out within the government leading to the breakdown of key relationships.

The scheme, which aims to replace six benefits with one online system, was being developed jointly between the Cabinet Office and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

UnemployedNet live tweeting on tonight's C4 show 'Benefits Street'

Mon, 06/01/2014 - 14:48 -- nick

Encouraged by the 'success' of Channel 5's recent car-crash programme 'On Benefits and Proud', which gave a voice to experienced Jeremy Kyle guests while pretending to illuminate Britain, Channel 4 is weighing in on the welfare debate.

'Benefits Street' claims it "reveals the reality of life on benefits" from the neighbourhood in Birmingham which has more claimants than any other, but the history of programmes in this area is shameful, so what will it really bring to the party?

New benefit fraud campaign targets tiny part of UK unnecessarily

Fri, 03/01/2014 - 14:21 -- nick

The government is today launching a new anti-fraud and error campaign - but in just six small areas of the UK.

The chosen few - Southwark, Blackburn, Hounslow, Blackpool, Epping Forest and Cardiff - will be targeted with billboards, newspaper adverts, Facebook adverts and letters to claimants.

These will ask claimants to report changes in their circumstances and also ask all citizens to shop those they believe are claiming benefits fraudulently.

Minister for Welfare Reform Lord Freud said:

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