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How one woman’s story sums up the brutality of the benefits system | Kerry Hudson | Opinion | The Guardian
The letter, written in February 2017, starts in large font: “You’ll lose some of your payment… This reduction will last 229 days.” Two hundred and 29 days for a single missed appointment. That’s almost 32 weeks of punishment. Or, if you prefer, February until August, with no money at all. When you consider that the harsher punishments for domestic violence introduced in 2018 suggest a sentence towards the upper limit of “a fine to up to 26 weeks’ custody” for common assault, you have to wonder what fantastical, sadistic metric the DWP has used to calculate sanctions.
DWP  sanctions  Universal  Credit  Austerity  Privatisation  CON-servative  JSA 
august 2019 by asterisk2a
Mentally ill people more at risk of losing benefits, study shows | Society | The Guardian
The findings are based on government data about 327,000 people with either type of health condition who switched from receiving DLA to personal independence payments (PIP) between April 2013 and October 2016.

The findings raise fresh questions over whether people who are struggling with mental ill health are at a disadvantage when they have to negotiate the benefits system.
DWP  mental  health  Universal  Credit  Austerity  NHS  DLA  PIP  ESA  JSA  sanction  UK 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Threat of revolt forces rethink of ‘catastrophic’ universal credit | Society | The Guardian
All current universal credit claimants are people making new claims or those who have had a change in circumstances.
DWP  Universal  Credit  ESA  JSA 
january 2019 by asterisk2a
Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn | Politics | The Guardian
Welfare spending for UK's poorest shrinks by £37bn
Figures compiled after decade of austerity and obtained by Frank Field show most striking cuts are in disability benefits
Spending on welfare benefits for the UK’s poorest families will have shrunk by nearly a quarter after a decade of austerity, according to new figures highlighting the plunge in living standards experienced by the worst-off.

By 2021, £37bn less will be spent on working-age social security compared with 2010, despite rising prices and living costs, according to estimates produced by the House of Commons library.

Some of the most striking cuts are in disability benefits – personal independence payments (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA) – which together will have shrunk by nearly £5bn, or by 10%, since the start of the decade.
Austerity  UK  Disabled  ESA  tax  credit  Universal  JSA  sanctions  welfare  state  society  poverty  trap 
september 2018 by asterisk2a
Heartless Tories spend £200MILLION fighting to stop sick and disabled people getting benefits - Mirror Online
[ with privatization and savings targets, come targets to deny applications and bring in sanctions - so private companies can get some more profit. See Theresa May's homeoffice deportation targets ] But since 2013, more than 400,000 people have been denied PIP or ESA after a medical assessment - only to win it back on appeal. More than two thirds of current appeal tribunals are successful. //&! Councils don't have accessible housing for disabled: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/21/disabled-accessible-housing-shortage-young-millennials
UK  Austerity  DWP  ESA  PIP  targets  JSA  sanctions  Privatisation  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative  JAM  Disabled  poverty  trap 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
Universal credit savaged by public spending watchdog | Society | The Guardian
NAO says core claims about flagship welfare programme are based on unproven assumptions The government’s ambitious change to the benefits system, universal credit, fails to deliver promised financial savings or employment benefits and leaves thousands of vulnerable claimants in hardship, according to the public spending watchdog.

The National Audit Office effectively demolishes ministerial claims for universal credit, concluding that the much-delayed flagship welfare programme may end up costing more than the benefit system it replaces, cannot prove it helps more claimants into work and is unlikely to ever deliver value for money.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/14/the-guardian-view-on-universal-credit-fix-this-cruel-expensive-fiasco &! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-44468437 - The £1.9bn Universal Credit system may end up costing more to administer than the benefits system it is replacing, according to the National Audit Office.
Universal  Credit  DWP  JSA  ESA  Disabled  sanctions  poverty  destitute  homelessness  Council  Tories  nasty  party  Austerity 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Esther McVey: child tax credit 'rape clause' is opportunity for victims | Politics | The Guardian
DWP policy mirroring Theresa Mays Home Office. Hostility and lots of legal hurdles most cannot pay for, or afford, mentally, psychologically.
DWP  JSA  child  tax  credit  taxcredit  UK  Austerity  nasty  party  Tories  WCA  ESA  Disabled 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
Councils struggling to cope with surge in child protection referrals | Society | The Guardian
[UK austerity will be costly later on to clean up. and as proven again and again, deadly. ] Councils are increasingly only able to address “critical” situations and help the most at-risk children instead of carrying out vital preventive work to stop domestic violence and its devastating impact on victims, said the organisation that represents 370 councils in England and Wales.
UK  Austerity  Council  child  protection  services  DWP  ESA  JSA  homelessness  homeless  Sociology  nasty  party  Conservative  JAM  Theresa  May  Brexit 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
The Tory blueprint: fund a cruel system, not the disabled people it punishes | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
enabled by Daily Mail communication - adopted by Osborne and co. scroungers and benefit cheats - double standard to tax evasion and avoidance
DWP  ESA  Disabled  disability  UK  Austerity  welfare  state  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  JSA  sanctions  double  standard  tax  evasion  avoidance  Sociology  Psychology  DailyMail 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
Food insecurity: a third of poorest households skip meals, survey finds | Global development | The Guardian
one in four low-income households struggled to eat healthily or regularly.

More than half of adults across all income groups, ages and household sizes agreed that they had seen the cost of their groceries go up over the past three months, reflecting rising food inflation.
public  health  Austerity  Brexit  shrinkflation  inflation  food  insecurity  UK  crisis  obesity  overweight  Cancer  diabetes  CVD  childhood  JSA  ESA  structural  unemployment  sanctions  child  tax  credit  taxcredit  subsidies  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  demand  NHS 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Tory MP Ben Bradley 'sorry' for blog post about jobless - BBC News
eugenics ('in it s broader aspects') was always a Conservative Toff topic to talk about. Theresa May w JAMs, Cameron w Big Society burried under brutal Austerity for those eugenics targets, and Thatcher "there is not such thing as society"
eugenics  Tories  DWP  toff  Conservative  Party  nasty  structural  unemployment  JAM  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  Margaret  Thatcher  JSA  ESA 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
‘I regularly see rickets’: diseases of Victorian-era poverty return to UK | Society | The Guardian
Doctors on NHS frontline say there must be a debate about public health responsibilities [....] For condition after condition, the poorest fifth of young people are admitted in greater numbers than the richest fifth. In cases of tonsillitis, viral infections, abdominal pain, respiratory infections, convulsions, gastroenteritis, poisoning, chest pain – even head injuries – the poorest young people were admitted for emergency treatment at rates 40% or more higher than the richest. &! https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/23/health-gap-between-uk-rich-and-poor
UK  Austerity  public  health  inequality  poverty  trap  neoliberal  welfare  state  NHS  food  bank  foodbank  neoliberalism  DWP  JSA  taxcredit  working  poor  chronic  sick  population  prevention  A&E  GP  rationing 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Children's commissioner may consider legal action over Universal Credit - BBC News
Asked if there was any prospect of legal redress in Scotland, Mr Adamson said: "While we don't have the Convention on the Rights of the Child within our domestic law yet, we do have the Humans Rights Act which brings in the European Convention on Human Rights and the courts look very closely if a state falls below that minimum standard required, where the state fails to provide those basics of life.
"So certainly if children in Scotland aren't getting those basic things then legal action may be the way to take this forward. But it's not the best way."
Universal  Credit  poverty  trap  single-mum  single-mom  child  DWP  JSA  ESA  taxcredit  Austerity  UK  inequality  social  mobility  BAME  welfare  state 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
Landlady left with £9,500 rent arrears by tenant on universal credit | Money | The Guardian
Property owner says she will not rent to recipients again – as fears rise more will follow suit
Universal  Credit  social  council  housing  JSA  ESA  DWP  Austerity  benefit 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Labour wins symbolic victory in vote on universal credit - as it happened | Politics | The Guardian
Mhairi Black: plunging people in debt, homelessness, rent arrears and hunger does not incentivise does not put people back in work! https://twitter.com/MhairiBlack/status/920686941674397697 //&!
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/14/chancellor-urged-to-lower-tax-rate-on-universal-credit 60% tax rate anything earned over 16hrs on each pound. // Motion to pause universal credit rollout passes with 299 votes in favour and 0 against after most Tory MPs abstain. Follow latest updates
- phone charges dropped, but roll out goes on, despite house 299 votes to stop roll out. so much for Theresa Mays "concern" for "burning injustice" and Heidie Allens (tory mp) about here talking about it.
DWP  Universal  Credit  Austerity  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Theresa  May  JSA  ESA  WCA 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Councils fear surge in evictions as universal credit rollout accelerates | Society | The Guardian
Landlords have signalled they are under increasing financial pressure to open eviction proceedings against tenants amid a rise in rent arrears associated with the new benefit.
Universal  Credit  DWP  JSA  ESA 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Halt universal credit or rough sleepers will double, says Burnham | Society | The Guardian
[disincentivising = also nudge policy] Speaking after a meeting aimed at tackling the region’s homelessness crisis, which was attended by a Department for Work and Pensions official, Burnham said: “This is not a political point from me. I’m speaking here for the NHS, public health colleagues, police, fire.

“The entire public sector in Greater Manchester has supported what I’m about to say, which is a plea to the prime minister and the government to suspend the rollout of universal credit. It was the unanimous view of the meeting that if the rollout goes ahead as planned it will make our problem dramatically worse.”
DWP  Universal  Credit  homelessness  homeless  JSA  ESA  welfare  state 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Mental health: 10 charts on the scale of the problem - BBC News
Over 10 years NHS prescriped 100% more anti-depressants. Medicalised Society. Parked indefinetly on management medication no healing. Left behind. // But so too is the fact prescribing patterns have changed. Doctors are much more likely to keep people on drugs for longer with evidence suggesting it is a more effective way of treating patients.
But as common as antidepressants are, the fact remains the majority of people with mental illness report they are not getting help.
Only one in three of those polled said they were receiving treatment, according to NHS Digital.
NHS  Society  Gesellschaft  mental  health  big  pharma  GP  care  demand  Austerity  CEP  STP  rationing  waiting  times  treatment  delay  self-medication  coping  mechanism  chronic  stress  working  poor  Precariat  poverty  trap  Deprivation  Depression  public  economic  damage  prevention  Social  Media  Facebook  Instagram  well  being  welfare  DWP  JSA  ESA  Selbstdarstellung  Consumer  unhappy  Consumerism  consumerist  Capitalism  Exploitation  Scotland  England  Jeremy  Hunt  CCG  Simon  Stevens  accountability  Theresa  May  unemployment  prejudice  stigma  Disabled 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit rollout - BBC News
Conservative MP Stephen McPartland said his concern with Universal Credit was that for "every pound these people earn, extra, the government's taking 63p back off them".
"To me that is an effective tax rate of 63%, which is ridiculous. So the lowest paid are effectively having to pay some of the highest taxes," he told BBC Radio 4's the World at One. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-41278248
Universal  Credit  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Austerity  Theresa  May  DWP  JSA  ESA  Damian  Green  UC  tax  working  benefit  taxcredit 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Chronic ill health among working age population poses 'unsustainable drain' on NHS | HeraldScotland
Currently 39 per cent of the working age population in Scotland has at least one long-term condition, but that is forecast to surge as the population ages and Scotland grapples with the fallout of an obesity epidemic.

Prof MacDonald said a failure to prevent and manage long-term conditions properly would be catastrophic as pension age increases to 68 or more.
UK  Scotland  NHS  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  disease  population  babyboomers  baby  boomers  ageing  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  pain  inflammation  demographic  bubble  England  Disabled  Council  adult  social  medical  advances  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  sedentary  prevention  public  intervention  GP  nanny  state  self-medication  Alcohol  junk  food  fast  mental  DWP  ESA  JSA  unemployment  stress 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Positive Psychologie - Warum Wohlbefinden wichtig für Leistung ist
Für die Definition von Leistung spielt Wohlbefinden bisher kaum eine Rolle. Die Psychologin Michaela Brohm-Badry plädiert für ein Umdenken: Nur wenn das Wohlbefinden des Menschen berücksichtigt würde, könnten Menschen ihr volles Potenzial entfalten. // wer depressed muede erschoepft und ohne alternative ist - gezwungen zu horchen - weil er am ende kein 100£ aufm konto hat - kann keine revolution anfangen oder an der revolution mitmachen. Byung-Chul Han - In Fatigue Society (original German title: Die Müdigkeitsgesellschaft)
Happiness  index  Gini  Coefficient  social  income  mobility  poverty  trap  working  poor  productivity  output  gap  sick  days  mental  health  well  being  UBI  Universal  Basic  Existenzangst  Hartz-IV  JSA  sanctions  Sanktionen  DWP  underemployed  zero  hour  contract  Leiharbeit  Zeitarbeit  leisure  time  Skidelsky  enlightenment  post-enlightenment  Facebook  Instagram  Media  burnout  FOMO  YOLO  YouTube  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  deprivation  attainment  education  policy  Selbstentfaltung  Food  Bank  FoodBank  living  standard  Consumerism  Consumer  Materialism  Materialismus  Kapitalismus  capitalism  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Philosophy  Sociology  Alain  de  Botton  exploitation  Precariat  democracy  no  Representation  book  Müdigkeitsgesellschaft  GE2017  Jeremy  Corbyn  Bernie  Sanders  Revolution 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
More NHS mental health patients treated privately - BBC News
NHS spending on private mental health inpatient beds went up 42% over five years across 40 mental health authorities that responded to freedom of information requests.
Experts say there is a chronic shortage of NHS beds.
It means some patients are placed in private units far from home. [ bed # have come down gradually since 2000, lowest number ever. trusts deceided to cut number of beds and staff, and put that money in geriatric, cancer, cvd care, and investigations also showed that extra money for mental health by tories was put elsewhere but not mental health, and when trusts had to cut, mental health was first, )
NHS  Austerity  STP  A&E  GP  mental  health  rationing  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  JAM  well  being  public  economics  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  welfare  state  DWP  JSA  ESA  Disabled 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Thousands on 50p-a-week housing benefit - BBC Panorama - BBC News
The cuts are part of the government's drive to get unemployed people back to work by capping their payments.
Austerity  DWP  UK  child  tax  credit  benefit  housing  welfare  state  JSA  Universal  ESA 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Where did all the GCSE pupils go – and why has no one noticed? | Education | The Guardian
[ underachieving taking pupils off roll to boost class/school rating! League Table. unintended consequences! macro over micro + staff shortage, pressure, not money, less money! making the short cut to let underachievers and trouble makers go. classic american school dropout. in childhood already left behind! ] Earlier this month, Sean Harford, Ofsted’s national director, said that from now on inspectors should question headteachers during inspections when large numbers of students have left. And Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector, described “off-rolling”, alongside other results-boosting methods, as a scandal.

Our investigation shows that even though the inspectorate recognised this as a national problem going back to 2010, it has not done anything about it.

The research organisation Education Datalab recently published reports on pupils leaving their secondary schools, following an investigation by Education Guardian in 2014. It raised concerns that 20,000 pupils were being lost to state education altogether, with no one knowing where they had gone. The reports do not show whether pupils were encouraged to move or left of their own volition. Those who had disappeared were mostly lower achievers.
UK  education  policy  Austerity  Ofsted  GCSE  PISA  attainment  gap  NEET  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  skills  Brexit  welfare  state  College  JSA  dropout  University  structural  unemployment  social  mobility  poverty  trap  child  Precariat  drugs  radicalisation  Islam  accounting  statistics  petty  crime  Secondary  league  table  staff  shortage  burnout  overworked  JAM  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Budget 2017: £2bn for social care and tax rise for self-employed - BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39114211 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39214295 debt going down bc of state asset sales !!! lol like reverse PFI ! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-39203784 Philip Hammon tip-toeing around the issue of self-employment disparieties and exploitation. Damaging welfare state. While at the same time going through w corp tax cut from Osborne, as well as inheritance tax cut, capital gains, banks, ... also tip-toing around the business rate increase w a temporary relieve to the discretion of each council (call that a admin & beaurocracy catastrophe and prone to abuse, why give relive fund money to one and not the other?) & nothing for NHS. And still going ahead with Triple Lock Pension and no housing benefit for young. And still going ahead w cut in real terms of edu budgets. And still going ahead w no parity in mental health RE DWP ESA limit not funding mental health conditions.
HMRC  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  budget  Brexit  NHS  National  Insurance  NI  adult  social  care  elderly  self-employment  tax  evasion  avoidance  Council  Austerity  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  chronic  sick  health  demand  Generationengerechtigkeit  Triple  Lock  Pension  Trickle-down  Housing  Benefit  Crisis  education  policy  IMF  homelessness  homeless  inequality  technological  unemployment  mobility  welfare  state  child  poverty  downward  income  trap  gini  Coefficient  Disabled  JAM  DWP  JSA  ESA  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  Precariat  zero  hour  contract  part-time  PFI 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Homelessness expected to rise further as Government scraps housing benefit for young people | The Independent
cutting benefits will push up payments and cost of homelessness, destitution, drug abuse, crime, etc. - http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/housing-benefit-under-22-young-people-cut-theresa-may-save-money-ideological-cruel-a7612321.html?cmpid=facebook-post - Getting rid of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money – it's ideological cruelty
When just 11,000 people will be affected (small fry in financial terms), it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn’t really to help people at all, but to punish them
JAM  UK  DWP  Austerity  Housing  Benefit  Council  Tories  generation  rent  nasty  party  Conservative  Disabled  ESA  destitution  JSA  sanctions  social  mobility  poverty  trap  Food  Bank  income  education  policy  Theresa  May  Philip  Hammond  Iain  Duncan  Smith  minimum  wage  living  standard  growth  child  working  poor  squeezed  middle  class  Precariat  Gini  Coefficient  CEO  pay  tax  evasion  avoidance  corporation  corporatism  bailout  crony  capitalism  neoliberalism  Damian  Green  Germany  Rentnerrepublik  babyboomers  inequality  Generationengerechtigkeit  generational  divide 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
IFS: Growth in UK living standards worst in 60 years | Business | The Guardian
The Institute for Financial Studies is predicting that households will be almost 20% worse off by 2021 - IFS calculations show that average household incomes will be 18% lower in 2021-22 than could have been reasonably expected before the financial crisis in 2007-08 - “One of the biggest drivers of the rise in child poverty is policy choices, which is why it is essential that the prime minister and chancellor use the upcoming budget to put in place measures to stop this happening. An excellent start would be to ensure families can keep more of their earnings under the universal credit.”
IMF  UK  Austerity  OECD  living  standard  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May  GFC  recovery  Tories  nasty  party  bank  bailout  Labour  Ed  Miliband  Jeremy  Corbyn  Conservative  secular  stagnation  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  household  debt  credit  card  mortgage  private  Consumer  Consumerism  wage  growth  inflation  mobility  inequality  gini  Coefficient  poverty  trap  working  poor  gig  economy  zero  hour  contract  Self-Employment  part-time  Precariat  squeezed  middle  class  technological  unemployment  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  trickle-down  neoliberalism  crony  Capitalism  corporatism  tax  evasion  avoidance  GDP  Corporate  profit  maximisation  globalisation  globalization  welfare  underinvestment  child  taxation  taxcredit  UC  DWP  JSA  social  fuel  Brexit  neoconservatism  neoconservatives  JAM 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Anger over Tory cuts to disability benefit payments (From The National)
Government changes to PIP come after two tribunal rulings widened the criteria for the benefit’s eligibility – including a decision that those suffering severe psychological problems, to the point where they need assistance to travel – should receive the same amount of help as the blind.
DWP  ESA  JSA  Disabled  Tory  Austerity  mental  health  nasty  party  Conservative  Theresa  May  NHS  public  prejudice  Stigma 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
One ‘not really disabled’ man has won against the system. I’m not celebrating | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
When I asked the DWP for a comment, it pointed out that only 4% of all ESA work capability assessment decisions are overturned. That may be as much a commentary on the opacity of the procedure, because over 60% of those decisions that are actually taken to appeal are successful. At CPAG, Williams thinks he handles 30 such appeals each year. Over the past three years, he has won all but one.
ESA  DWP  JSA  WCA  Privatisation  Austerity  Disabled  mental  health  public  Food  Bank  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  well  being  chronic 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows | Society | The Guardian
Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction
Universal  Credit  DWP  Poverty  JSA  ESA  No  Representation  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Duncan Smith's flagship Universal Credit policy is an epic fail - YouTube
DWP, Westminster posh, elite thought that ppl have rainy day fund to carry themselves over for 6-8weeks ... when you live month to month paychekc-to-paycheck. fast majority. 16m households do not even have £100 in bank account.
Iain  Duncan  Smith  DWP  UC  JSA  ESA  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report | Business | The Guardian
Pressure on the government to help struggling Britons has intensified after a leading thinktank warned that falling living standards for the poor threatened the biggest rise in inequality since Margaret Thatcher was prime minister.

The Resolution Foundation said Theresa May would need to make good on her pledge to support “just about managing” households as it released a report showing that rising inflation and an end to recent strong jobs growth would hit the least well-off hardest.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
We will reduce stigma around mental illness, says Theresa May | Politics | The Guardian
http://bbc.in/2itlZgL - Mental health experts said more funding was needed to improve services. //&! The government is to announce measures aimed at reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness, the prime minister has said, claiming social efforts were more important than providing extra money for services. - http://bbc.in/2itlZgL //&! http://bit.ly/2eoWnB9 - Jeremy Hunt accepts CAMHS failings, mental health service failings. //&! Two-thirds of parents fear child's mental illness 'a life sentence' - Many mothers and fathers also feared their child would not find a job, partner or have children as a result of condition, says study - http://bit.ly/28Z9Prq //&! http://huff.to/2j0C4ye
NHS  CAMHS  Austerity  mental  health  UK  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  BPD  CPTSD  DWP  JSA  ESA  stigma  prejudice 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
Der Hartz 4 Faschismus - YouTube
eine behoerde die fuer boni arbeitet = korrupt! 80% aller klagen sind korrekt/gueltig. nicht haftbar fuer fehler.
hartz-IV  DWP  JSA  ESA  Agenda  2010  Germany  UK  ALG2  ALG 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
No 10 rules out forcing obese people to undergo treatment to get benefits | Society | The Guardian
Downing Street has ruled out adopting David Cameron’s proposal for obese people or those with drug or alcohol problems to be forced to undergo treatment as a condition of receiving benefits.

Theresa May’s deputy official spokesman confirmed that the idea of sanctions for people who are obese or have addiction problems and refuse help is “not under consideration”, after a government-commissioned review found that there was no evidence it would work.
DWP  JSA  ESA  sanction  obesity  overweight  addiction  substance  abuse  self-medication 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
Gig economy threatens government finances, says May adviser | Business | The Guardian
“There is no question that the growth of self-employment and incorporation is having a significant impact on our revenues.” It is not known how many of the UK’s 4.7m self-employed workers are engaged in work that could also be classed as employment, but if only 10% were, that could imply an annual loss to the exchequer of close to £1bn, according to the Guardian’s estimate.

The exchequer does not receive employer national insurance contributions on behalf of self-employed workers. [...] Writing in the Guardian, Taylor says Britain’s employment system “has weaknesses and is not future-proof”
Self-Employment  Uber  Deliveroo  tax  avoidance  NHS  evasion  pension  Precarious  work  working  poor  Gig  Economy  1099  UK  budget  HMRC  technological  unemployment  JSA  DWP  Platform  Capitalism  minimum  wage 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
'Limited evidence' for benefit sanctions, NAO says - BBC News
Benefit sanctions leading to "hardship, hunger and depression" are being imposed on people despite "limited evidence" on how well they work, the National Audit Office says.
The public spending watchdog also said use of the sanctions "varies substantially" between jobcentres.
JSA  sanctions  ESA  DWP  structural  unemployment  mental  health  technological  UK  welfare  state 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
No end in sight: more austerity for the poor and disabled - YouTube
DWP is asking NHS (CRISIS, active rationing, months long wait lists), public services, community services to support chronically ill MORE! to be able, eventually, possibly, go to work in any capacity. ie part time. to reduce welfare bill. scroungers bill. feckless bill. // [ instead should get qualified ppl in HMRC to hunt down tax evasion and avoidance, duh! ] THUS shows it is ideological. // bc track record so far w private (and public) companies to get the feckless and scroungers into full-time gainful above minimum wage/working poor, has failed! failed miserably. they think there is a huge gap, where there is not (similar to output gap). // TRIPLE LOCK PENSION! SEEMS TO STAY AT LEAST TILL 2020. // & https://youtu.be/Z8fQ2G5TWBU - Ken Lochar "turning working poor and unemployed against each other." &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/oct/31/sick-pay-and-work-assessments-to-be-reviewed-jeremy-hunt-reveals
DWP  Concentrix  privatisation  WCA  Universal  Credit  Triple  Lock  Pension  Damian  Green  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Austerity  Disabled  JSA  ESA  UK  long-term  unemployment  structural  low  pay  minimum  wage  working  poor 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith tries to sell a 2018 Brexit fantasy on Sunday Politics - YouTube
nasty party and austerity party tries to pitch itself as workers party at 2016 conservative party conference. after the squeezed middle class of england voted out of EU //&! sorry theresa, there can be no true meritocracy! - https://youtu.be/XVDUoHMf1_Y?t=14m &! Philip Hammond can't stop himself to repeat again that Labour allegedly mismanaged the economy/budget - https://youtu.be/fn2pd8UBNX4?t=38m "the is no money" note. & we inherited a recession from "Labour" & and selling low borrowing cost as own achievement. & selling itself as the true party of British "working people." & grown faster [and racked up debt (private & publich) at same time.] & "living within its means" but "pragmatic" & "high wage high skill economy" & productivity & want to see tax receipts here in Britain (tax evasion and avoidance) & will lower corp tax rate further!
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october 2016 by asterisk2a
No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May, says minister | Politics | The Guardian
Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson, an 11-time Paralympic gold medallist, was among those who spoke out in the House of Lords against the controversial welfare reform bill, which proposes to cut disability benefits by £30 a week.
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september 2016 by asterisk2a
Tory tax and benefit plans ‘widen generation divide’ | Politics | The Guardian
New analysis of how money will shift from young to old over the next four years has been produced by the foundation as it announces a new intergenerational commission aimed at creating a fairer deal for voters aged under 25. The analysis, which breaks down the impact of tax and welfare changes planned for this parliament by age, shows that people in their 30s will experience the biggest losses of any age group, losing an average of £220 a year by 2020.

In contrast, people in their 60s are set to be the largest beneficiaries, gaining an average of £170 a year. The research also shows that 45 is the age at which people, on average, move from losing to gaining from forthcoming tax and benefit polices in this parliament.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick
POVERTY TRAP! // we were never as miserable as a nation as ever before.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Jeremy Corbyn David Cameron on tax figures
gov claims - closed loopholes 2010 12bn and this parliament 2015 16bn, ... and putting back 1bn into HMRC after raiding it in 2010. // PMQs: Kuenssberg, Paterson and Benn on Cameron v Corbyn - bbc.in/1Yui4OZ &! 'Panama Papers' dominate PMQs clashes - bbc.in/1YtK7OF //&!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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