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Cameron's tax bribe will mean more pain for the unemployed

Tue, 04/03/2014 - 14:03 -- nick

Prime Minister David Cameron will make a speech today promising tax cuts before the 2015 election.

He will tell a Midlands audience that he will seek out "every efficiency" to help find "a bit of extra cash" for taxpayers.

His speech will say:

"every bit of government waste we can cut, every efficiency we can achieve is money we can give back to you. A bit of extra cash that can help a dad afford those trainers for his son or help a mum celebrate her daughter's birthday with a meal out.

IDS dismisses scrutiny as MPs give him a mauling on Universal Credit

Tue, 04/02/2014 - 14:32 -- nick

Iain Duncan Smith appeared in front of the work and pensions committee of MPs yesterday, but decided against illuminating them - and us - about his work.

His Universal Credit scheme, widely recognised to be failing due in great part to his poor management and lack of financial acumen, was the main item on the agenda.

In a blizzard of management speak, Smith hid behind the language of "resets", "forensic reviews", "internal reviews", "meshing", "pathfinders", "reshaping" and "refocusing" the programme, trying to bring darkness where the MPs sought light.

Fake self-employment replaces real jobs in sick UK economy

Mon, 03/02/2014 - 14:36 -- nick

More than half of the new 'jobs' created in the UK economy since 2008 have been in self-employment, and the income they attract has taken a sharp dive.

This is the stark finding of a blog by Phillip Inman in today's Guardian, exposing the government's line that one million more private sector jobs in the economy since the recession started shows the UK is in good health.

Government claims workers are better off - so will they raise benefits?

Fri, 31/01/2014 - 14:21 -- nick

The cost of living debate has been rumbling on this week.

Labour's two Eds, Miliband and Balls, have been attracting some positive coverage with their accusation that, due to inflation outstripping wages since the coalition came to power, each family is £1,600 worse off.

This gets to the heart of how people feel about their personal economic circumstances and has caused some government flailing; after all, wasn't making workers better off than the unemployed one of Iain Duncan Smith's key promises?

Young bear brunt as Chancellor plays politics with Autumn Statement

Fri, 06/12/2013 - 14:13 -- nick

Young British people will see more benefit cuts as a result of yesterday's Autumn Statement - but only around the time of the next election.

Chancellor George Osborne announced that that those aged 18-21 would not be able to claim welfare unless they undertake 16 hours of training each week including maths and english if they do not hold these basic qualifications.



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