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David Clapson, another victim of disastrous benefit sanctions

Mon, 04/08/2014 - 14:21 -- nick

Another innocent person has been added to the government's benefit-slashing death list.

David Clapson, a 59 year old ex-soldier from Stevenage, had his benefits cut off because his jobcentre advisor said he wasn't doing enough to find work, despite the pile of freshly printed CVs that was found next to his body.

He could no longer afford to pay for electricity, and he needed to store his insulin in a fridge, meaning cutting his benefits led directly to his death.

This is one of the more extreme examples that has driven some ex-jobcentre staff to set up a new website.

PM criticises 'magnetic pull' of UK benefits - the lowest in western Europe

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 12:55 -- nick

Prime Minister David Cameron is lurching right again - and hitting poverty-stricken benefit claimants, his favourite punching-bags.

In a bid to suck up more UKIP voters for the Tories, Cameron is launching another policy designed to make him look tough on immigration - even more than the EU, the real monster for Nigel Farage's party.

The PM is coming for those migrants who need welfare support this time with a new initiative that will limit their out-of-work claims to three months, regardless of their circumstances and the poverty created.

Real sanction stories in video as jobcentre whistleblower confirms targets

Fri, 18/07/2014 - 11:35 -- nick

I've just come across this video from February on Youtube, which features a whistleblower from a jobcentre revealing some of the sharp practice he has seen.

Despite endless government denials, many brave jobcentre workers have confirmed the existence of sanction targets, and this one is no different.

He tells of needing to refer three people every week for sanctions, leading to all kinds of strange reasoning.

Jobseekers interviewed outside Wigan jobcentre said they has been victims of this stupid and dishonest policy, including:

More unemployed misery as falling wages and self-employment woes hit

Wed, 16/07/2014 - 13:07 -- nick

Today's official unemployment figures show a familiar pattern to those who watch them regularly.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in the last three months employment went up by 254,000, unemployment went down by 121,000, and the number claiming out-of-work benefits fell 36,000 to just over one million people.

The government predictably crowed, David Cameron saying:

Labour goes back to the New as it panders to benefit haters

Thu, 19/06/2014 - 13:45 -- nick

Ed Miliband has announced a key piece of policy for the next election - and has lurched back to the days of New Labour.

In an attempt to appeal to 'middle ground swing voters' - politician-speak for Daily Mail readers who live in marginal constituencies - the party will take benefits away from all those aged 21 or under who have lower level skills unless they undertake training.

Universal Credit - new enquiry could expose many failings

Wed, 18/06/2014 - 12:10 -- nick

A group of MPs from all three major parties is to finally examine Universal Credit properly - more than a year after it began.

Iain Duncan Smith's baby has been beset by poor planning, poor thinking and massive overspending, but has so far escaped the enquiry that it so badly needs.

MPs aren't committing to a full public enquiry, but the committee will look into whether the scheme can ever succeed at a time when cuts in spending mean it may not give real incentives to move into work.

Inflation drop still means working and workless are getting poorer

Tue, 17/06/2014 - 13:11 -- nick

Inflation fell a fraction last month to 1.5%, but this still outstrips both wages and benefits as those at the bottom see no positives from the so-called 'recovery'.

The government crowed in April as it finally saw wages rising faster than prices for the first time in years, but the latest wage figures show they have fallen back significantly, rising only 0.7%.



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