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Death of National Insurance could mean the death of state benefits

Thu, 23/07/2015 - 13:45 -- nick

The Telegraph usually has a pretty direct line to the Conservative party.

So when it floats potential new government policies they are likely to be on their way to becoming law, subject to whether they are roundly ridiculed or not. Read more about Death of National Insurance could mean the death of state benefits

You can't eat GCSEs, Iain Duncan Smith, and they won't keep you warm

Thu, 02/07/2015 - 14:34 -- nick

The child poverty figure was out this week, and it surprised many people by showing no overall rise.

This wasn't the success the Conservatives tried to present it as; there is a target in place that commits the government to eradicating child poverty by 2020, the end of the current parliament, and this needs the figure to fall significantly every year with 2.3 million still below the breadline. Read more about You can't eat GCSEs, Iain Duncan Smith, and they won't keep you warm

Iain Duncan Smith caught misleading again - benefit death figures to be published

Thu, 25/06/2015 - 13:15 -- nick

We are used to Iain Duncan Smith misleading us in all sorts of ways.

Last month a leaked document from his Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showed he had already been working through the next £12 billion of benefit cuts after he claimed not to know where they would fall. Read more about Iain Duncan Smith caught misleading again - benefit death figures to be published

Bonfire of benefits - Cameron lists his own failings to explain problems

Mon, 22/06/2015 - 13:02 -- nick

The wait for the bonfire of benefits is nearing its end.

David Cameron is to make a key speech today on failings in the system, in advance of his government's big reveal of what will be lost on July 8th.

The BBC has seen an advance copy of the speech, and its audacity is breathtaking.

"When it comes to extending opportunity - there is a right track and a wrong track," he will say. Read more about Bonfire of benefits - Cameron lists his own failings to explain problems

Unemployment falls and wages rise, but skills shortages hurt low earners

Wed, 17/06/2015 - 12:48 -- nick

The latest unemployment figures show a rapid slowdown in recent falls, down only 43,000 in the last three months.

Between February and April 2015 the number out of work fell to 1.81 million, but the era of quarterly drops of more than 100,000 is well and truly over.

Not satire - cuts to support for the poor will hit the poor hardest

Mon, 15/06/2015 - 12:08 -- nick

It should be a headline from The Onion or Daily Mash.

Thinktank the Resolution Foundation has crunched the numbers on next month's £12 billion welfare cuts, and come up with the boldest possible prediction:

Apparently the move will affect those families with the least money most severely.

As reported in The Guardian: Read more about Not satire - cuts to support for the poor will hit the poor hardest

Tax credit cuts could cost 3.7 million families £1400 per year

Thu, 11/06/2015 - 12:11 -- nick

In advance of its first budget on 8th July the Conservative government is working on new ways to cut spending on welfare.

Having decided to protect the income of pensioners in every case, even giving free TV licences, bus passes and heating payments to millionnaires, they will cut £12 billion from all other benefits.

The BBC is reporting today that this will include £5 billion of child tax credits, meaning 3.7 million of the poorest families will lose around £1,400 every year and the unemployed will be less able to afford to take work. Read more about Tax credit cuts could cost 3.7 million families £1400 per year

Cutting benefits is not the route to full employment - Queen's Speech

Wed, 27/05/2015 - 13:10 -- nick

The Queen's Speech, which sets out the government's planned new laws, is taking place right now in the House of Commons.

Among the expected assaults on freedom and immigration are important proposals that will directly impact on unemployed people.

The new business secretary, Sajid Javid, has promised to cut 'red tape' on businesses by £10 billion, and the phrase should strike fear into the heart of decent people. Read more about Cutting benefits is not the route to full employment - Queen's Speech

Failure IDS is back to wreak havoc in the DWP - but why?

Mon, 18/05/2015 - 13:43 -- nick

The dust is beginning to settle on the shock Tory election win, and the ministerial appointments and cabinet have taken shape.

After Esther McVey lost her seat - to few tears from the unemployed she did so much to hurt but many suggestions for future jobs - a new Employment Minister was found in Priti Patel, who comes from an even harder right wing of the Conservative Party than McVey. Read more about Failure IDS is back to wreak havoc in the DWP - but why?

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