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Trussell Trust Scots food bank referrals top 60,000 - BBC News
Delays in receiving benefits was the most common reason cited for financial hardship. About 28% of recipients said this was the reason they were in difficulty, the same proportion as last year. The percentage of referrals due to benefit changes dropped from 18% to 16%. The proportion of those referred due to low income increased from 18% to 21%. The trust's Scotland network manager Ewan Gurr said he was worried low income would become a bigger problem in the coming months. He said: "Difficulties related to welfare benefits are still driving the majority of people to our Scottish food banks but now one in five of those referred is on a low income. "Among that number is a growing body of people in low paid employment who are simply unable to make the pay cheque stretch far enough when crisis hits.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith calls people without a disability "normal"
The art of cruelty: why the Conservative attack on disabled people harms us all. No sick person responds to their diagnosis by thinking, “I can scam taxpayers for £73 a week!” [...] Not only is in-work poverty a larger drain on the benefits system than the unemployed, but most of the things that help disabled people get back to work have been cut. [...] They got away with this by launching an all-out propaganda assault that portrays disabled and workless people as “scroungers”, “sponging” off the state, when presumably they should be grateful not to be left on a hillside to die as would have been done in the good old days. [...] This is Tory Britain. [...] The welfare state is being dismantled and rebuilt as a machine to manage and discipline the workforce into accepting precarious labour, low pay and no social safety net. [...] this way the Tories can persuade the most vulnerable in society to accept their fate and the rest of us to believe that they deserve it. [...] moral hazard
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Homelessness figures: Nearly 100,000 children in England 'homeless' - BBC News
Nearly 100,000 children in England are living in temporary accommodation after being made homeless, new figures show. // &! More & more student start work after graduation in low pay jobs not requiring a diploma, due to current job market/job creation situation in UK! Not hitting 21k repayment threshold - bbc.in/1OU0K3H - OBR show fewer are likely to start paying than was expected when the policy was introduced, [...] freezing the loan repayment threshold - alongside other changes such as replacing maintenance grants for poorer students with loans - will significantly increase the cost of going to university. It says this risks undermining pledges by successive governments to improve social mobility, as well as raising uncertainty in students' minds over the terms of their borrowing. //&! Higher education cuts 'risk NI being left behind' - bbc.in/1gZMrgj //&! Doctors warn Tories not to cut free school meals (child poverty, food poverty) bbc.in/1LewQrn
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Jobseeking Surrounded By Fictions, Myths And Convenient Narratives | Welfare Weekly
It is worth remembering that the origin of the social welfare payments by the state was to stop these kinds of moral judgements being made about a deserving and an undeserving poor. The state officially supports the stereotype of sympathy for the ‘deserving poor’ and scorn for the near criminality on the part of ‘scroungers’. [...] unemployed people are forced to drink this [Tories] cool-aid or face destitution. [...] Underlying all this is the deeper fiction that individuals are responsible for their own state of unemployment. [...] There is a broader change in the world of work, - neo-liberalism - whereby the rules developed at the height of the industrial revolution are now fully circumvented by employers [...] transfer the risk and responsibility around labour from the organisation (and state - ie keeping national workforce competitive through various means of education) to the individual. [...] leading 2 lowest common denominator regulation. [short-term, price fight, dereg]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith sets his sights on mentally ill benefit claimants | News | The National
TOO many people with __“common” mental health problems__ are reliant on the state, [DWP] Iain Duncan Smith claimed yesterday. The Minister was speaking ahead of a major shake-up of the ESA benefit. He claimed the system was too “binary” and argued people with mental health problems would benefit from working. The SNP said his shake-up would force more people into hardship. In the speech, which was behind closed doors, IDS made no policy announcements, rather policy intentions. [...] [ putting it into the light of abuse of the 'system' >> ] Two absolutes equating to one perverse incentive[.] “This needs to change – things are rarely that simplistic. [ he already cut ESA warg ] &! youtu.be/BYAf5DuWaC0 "how much work can u do till u get treatment" - so much abt speech not being policy. never does he mention the stretched NHS&GP system especially mental health services. Will outsource assessment (profiteering) with quotas 2 meet, business as usual. &! bit.ly/1hEFIcS
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Is Channel 4's Benefits Street 'poverty porn'? - Newsnight - YouTube
misrepresentation of minority and under-represented who usually have no voice, are not heard. but exploited, in opportunistic way. // "The villain is the system that makes/forces them to live such a life." // subsidizing poverty wages. // // welfare state disproportionate debates and displayed to CEO pay and tax evasion and avoidance (size/cost of 1 year of tax evasion/avoidance = 1 parliamentary term of welfare state budget) and working poor and precarious working conditions. // Its the easiest thing to do vs the hardest thing to do - for Career Politicians. and charging hard against corporate and private tax evasion and avoidance, does NOT fill your parties funds and galas in london, and it does not make emotional headlines for tabloids to exploit.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeder Fünfte rutscht bei Jobverlust sofort in Hartz IV - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Viele der Betroffenen hätten zwar gearbeitet und ein ganzes Jahr Beiträge zur Arbeitslosenversicherung gezahlt. Sie hätten dies aber nicht innerhalb der letzten zwei Jahre - der sogenannten gesetzlichen Rahmenfrist - schaffen können, weil sie befristet oder unregelmäßig beschäftigt gewesen seien. Wegen der zu kurzen Beitragszahlungen oder einer zu lange zurückliegenden Beschäftigung führe dies "zum sofortigen Sturz in das Hartz-IV-System". Vor allem Leiharbeiter sowie kurzfristig und prekär Beschäftigte kommen laut Adamy oft gar nicht in den Schutz der Arbeitslosenversicherung. Von 183.000 Leiharbeitern, die im ersten Halbjahr arbeitslos wurden, seien 68.000 direkt auf Hartz IV angewiesen gewesen. [...] Diese Bedingungen will Bundesarbeitsministerin Andrea Nahles (SPD) nun lockern und den Nachweis-Zeitraum von zwei auf drei Jahre verlängern. [...] Kommunen 70m EUR sparen [...] BAA zusätzlichen Ausgaben in Höhe von 300m EUR ALG1
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Darwinism At Your Doorstep: Why You Only Care About Amazon Now | TechCrunch
“You either fit here or you don’t,” and that in Seattle the company has a widespread reputation for its toughness. For now, you have a choice whether to work for Amazon. For now, you have options. Amazon is the vanguard of a very scary movement in the tech sector but we’re not all there yet (though some techbros on Twitter seem happy at the thought of Amazon culture catching on). [...] Why do we care suddenly about working conditions when it turns out that white-collar employees are the ones getting shafted? The workers at Amazon fulfillment centers have much less choice and much less power than the marketers and engineers in the Times piece. [...] We’re acting shocked and horrified that Amazon applies what it calls “purposeful Darwinism” to people with MBAs and PhDs, // [ trend, conditions known in service sector job and manual labour sector swapping over into the cushy world of blue-/white-collar worker ] Capitalism regresses toward feudalism.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich: America is a nation of Amazons - Salon.com
before we celebrate the dawn of a new era, keep two basic truths in mind. First, these new policies apply only to a tiny group considered “talent” – highly educated and in high demand. They’re getting whatever perks firms can throw at them in order to recruit and keep them. “Netflix’s continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field,” writes Tawni Cranz, Netflix’s chief talent officer. [...] the vast majority of American workers – considered easily replaceable. Employers treat replaceable workers as costs to be cut, not as assets to be developed. Replaceable workers almost never get paid family leave, they get a few paid sick days, and barely any vacation time. [ three tier economy, those that are replacable, those who are somewhat not, and those who you can't easily replace - the 1% - reflective of CEO pay in parts ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Rt Hon David Blunkett MP | Where Next for Welfare? - YouTube
helping people to cope w change in the labour market, enabling to succeed in a changing labour market. // instead one is exposed to the downward spiral of long-term unemployment, instead of enabling social mobility and income (and personal) growth // throwing away human capital // we inherit what we seed - you reap what you sow // min 24 - getting corporate entities to pay their fair share of tax // min 30 - honest system // psychology of welfare, the right way // min 55 investing in people, personal advisor // tax credit for on the job training/on-boarding of long-term unemployed, dual system (education & job), apprenticeships paying living wage // corporates get subsidies, why does an employee can't get that - helping to compete in this labour market // &! Welfare: When does the State say no? | 18.06.2013 - youtu.be/aBo-1WVu2YE // // &! [Labour] Alan Milburn: Education’s role in promoting social mobility - youtu.be/-sTuE2X99G4 - https://www.gov.uk/government/people/alan-milburn
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may 2015 by asterisk2a

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