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Bedroom tax fails in every way except spreading misery and poverty

Fri, 28/03/2014 - 13:56 -- nick

The coalition's hated bedroom tax has been a failure on every count, according to a BBC investigation.

The BBC found that 11% of social housing tenants were affected by the tax, which cuts housing benefit for those who have a spare room in their council or housing association home.

It was put in place for two main reasons: to free up space in under-occupied homes, and to save the government money as it cuts a swathe through public spending with its damaging and unnecessary austerity drive.

Falling inflation rate still making claimants poorer as insurance fails

Tue, 25/03/2014 - 16:30 -- nick

UK inflation fell last month to 1.7%, its lowest rate for four years.

This is on the CPI index; the RPI index, which includes housing costs, is still at 2.7%, and with many claimants having to subsidise their own home costs since the introduction of the bedroom tax this is becoming more relevant.

Whichever rate is used, this is yet another way in which unemployed people are getting poorer and poorer since the coalition made the decision to cap benefit rises at 1%.

Lesson from Jobcentremole: claim the money you're entitled to

Fri, 21/03/2014 - 14:04 -- nick

The Jobcentremole, a whistleblower who tweets the truth from within the system, has given another interview to Slutocrat, and it makes very interesting reading for unemployed people.

Despite the government's continuing denial, we know that targets are in place for benefit sanctions - the public accounts committee of MPs admitted this only last week - and Jobcentremole confirms this.

Budget 2014: second benefit cap sees workers punished along with claimants

Thu, 20/03/2014 - 13:50 -- nick

The 2014 budget hammered claimants with a second benefit cap as the Tories sought to capitalise on the political 'success' of the first.

When the coalition introduced a £26,000 cap on a family's total benefits many in the UK rose up to congratulate them, reasoning that the 'scroungers' deserved their kicking.

Punished by years of below-inflation pay rises, the suffering working poor have been encouraged by media and government to look at the workless around them not as the biggest victims of the banking-lead recession but as the cause of their misery.

Real employment falls as self-employment poverty rises

Wed, 19/03/2014 - 12:57 -- nick

A fall in unemployment was announced today by the Office for National Statistics, but this disguises some very bad news for unemployed people and the whole UK.

Between November 2013 and January 2014 unemployment fell by 63,000 to 2.326 million compared with the three previous months, driven not by a rise in the number of jobs - down by 60,000 - but by a rise in self-employment, up 211,000.

We know how to combat youth unemployment - but coalition won't do it

Fri, 07/03/2014 - 14:10 -- nick

Wales is leading the way in creating work for young people through an innovative scheme – but the Tory-led government won’t acknowledge it.

Polly Toynbee has written about the principality's successes through its Jobs Growth Wales programme.

This helps those aged 18-24 into work by paying companies to take on trainees for six months and pay them the minimum wage.

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