Government accused of misleading voters on benefit stats

Tue, 16/04/2013 - 12:20 -- nick

The government has been accused of misleading voters in the way it quotes statistics on benefits.

Writing in The Guardian, Jonathan Portes and Declan Gaffney believe both Ian Duncan Smith, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Grant Shapps, the Conservative party Chairman, have misled the public.

Portes and Gaffney write "these misrepresentations of official statistics cross a line between legitimate "spin", where a government selects the data that best supports its case, and outright inaccuracy."

New government guide to employing older workers published

Mon, 15/04/2013 - 19:47 -- nick

A new government guide to employing older workers has been published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Britain will have 13.5 million jobs to fill over the next ten years, but only 7 million young people are projected to leave school and college over that time.

Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

Work Programme payment model not working

Mon, 15/04/2013 - 12:13 -- nick

Work Programme providers do not receive enough money to deliver vital support to their unemployed clients, a report has found.

Companies that provide the Programme are paid a small amount when a jobseeker joins them, but only receive major payments when the clients has been found work and when they have stayed in work for a period.

Government using more negative language about benefits

Mon, 08/04/2013 - 18:29 -- nick

The government is using more negative and loaded language about benefits and claimants, a study has found.

The Guardian has examined the text of ministerial speeches and press releases from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over the last year, and found that the language used has become far more judgemental than in the final year of the previous Labour government.

The newspaper wrote:

Archbishop of Canterbury condemns benefit cuts

Sun, 10/03/2013 - 19:26 -- nick

The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has condemned benefit cuts.

Backing a letter from UK bishops which criticised the government's decision to increase working-age benefits by only 1% - a real-terms cut at a time when inflation is at 2.7% - he said that society had a duty to protect the "vulnerable and in need".

The bishops claimed that 200,000 more children would be pushed into poverty by the changes, and many will be the children of unemployed people.

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.

Charities being bullied off Work Programme - DWP

Thu, 28/02/2013 - 12:32 -- nick

DWP has claimed that charities are being intimidated into leaving the government's Work Programme by online activists.

This comes in the wake of Sue Ryder, the care and hospice provider, exiting the Programme's Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) scheme on Monday.

It had previously included 1,000 unemployed people among its 'volunteers', but released a statement which said:

MPs criticise Work Programme failures again

Fri, 22/02/2013 - 12:57 -- nick

A committee of MPs has added to the widespread criticism of the government's Work Programme, describing it as "extremely poor".

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), responsible for ensuring the government gets value for its spending, reported that the Work Programme was currently getting only 3.6% of clients into sustained work, far below the target set by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) of 11.9%.



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