Food bank use soars, but don't blame our cuts - minister

Wed, 03/07/2013 - 18:49 -- nick

The use of food banks has soared since the government came to power, but Minister for Work and Pensions Lord David Freud has rejected a link with the government's benefit cuts.

Speaking in the House of Lords yesterday Lord Freud said it was hard to make a "causal link" between the two.

Despite evidence that more and more people are being driven to use the facilities due to over-zealous sanctioning - removing benefits for often-small violations of benefit rules - and below-inflation benefit rises, the Minister said:

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.

Jobseekers now required to use Universal Jobmatch

Mon, 04/03/2013 - 18:01 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) now requires all benefit-claiming jobseekers to use its Universal Jobmatch website.

Those who refuse can be sanctioned and lose their benefits.

Universal Jobmatch is an online site that matches unemployed people with jobs.

Employers are encouraged to post all jobs on it, while jobseekers can upload their CV and receive automatic notification when a matching job is posted.

Those who do not have internet access at home will be given it at their Jobcentre where possible.

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.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling makes statement on A4e

Mon, 21/05/2012 - 13:21 -- nick

Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling:

The DWP's Work Programme providers are required to ensure that stringent controls are in place to guard against fraud and to adhere to high standards of compliance in the operation of our contracts. By its innovative payment by results design, the Work Programme also provides significantly greater protection against fraud than previous employment programmes.


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