Mark Hoban

Employment Minister calls benefit cap "fair" - video

Mon, 15/04/2013 - 16:27 -- nick

Employment Minister Mark Hoban has released a video explaining why he believes the benefit cap is fair.

The cap, which limits all claimant families to a maximum of £26,000 per year in benefits, came into effect today.

Many, including UnemployedNet, believe the cap is wrong and unnecessary, with the maximum limit set at the level of average earnings without benefits - such as tax credits - being included, while claimants' incomes include everything they get.

The cap is not based on how much a family needs to live on, or allow for the needs of larger families.

MPs criticise Work Capability Assessment

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 12:03 -- nick

MPs on the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee have criticised the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), the test to find out whether disabled and long-term sick people are fit for work.

The committee found that successful appeals against WCA decisions were running at 38%, far in excess of the figure expected through human error.

The chair of the committee, Labour's Margaret Hodge, said the test was hurting the "most vulnerable" and accused the government of being "unduly complacent" in appearing to treat appeals as part of the process despite the anxiety they caused.

Employment Minister to tighten JSA rules again

Mon, 22/10/2012 - 12:43 -- nick

Employment Minister Mark Hoban has threatened Jobseeker's Allowance claimants with tougher sanctions if they 'play the system'.

Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Hoban said 'there are some out there who don't want to roll up their sleeves, and who think they can play the system. Well I've got news for them – they can't.'

The Minister was announcing an increase in the penalty periods for those who turn down jobs or do not co-operate fully with Jobcentre Plus staff.

He writes 'from tomorrow there will be clear and escalating levels of penalties.

Cabinet reshuffle brings new Employment Minister

Tue, 04/09/2012 - 18:06 -- nick

David Cameron today completed the first major reshuffle of his cabinet since the coalition government came to power.

It was reported that Ian Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, had been offered the Ministry of Justice post but turned it down, believing that the introduction of Universal Credit over the next year needed the expertise he had developed since his appointment in 2010. Duncan Smith retains overall control of employment issues at cabinet level.

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