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Part-time workers who are judged to be doing too little to find full-time work could have their Housing Benefit sanctioned by the government when Universal Credit comes into full force, according to Inside Housing.

The revelation is the latest in a long line of benefit betrayals to be inflicted on the poor by the Coalition government. The new development also means landlords stand to lose out.

The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed to Inside Housing that under Universal Credit, where a tenant is working less than 35 hours per week at minimum wage and is not eligible for JSA or ESA, then the housing element can be sanctioned instead.

It seems clear that the government is determined that it should be able to take income away from everyone who is not being properly paid by their employer. Does this seem fair to you?

Under the present system…

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Pensions, age and wealth…

SMILING CARCASS'S TWO-PENNETH

Retirement was being discussed at work last night.

Apart from the obvious retirement age constantly rising, work ‘til you drop etc. etc. I said that in the 1970s I genuinely believed by the time I approached retirement, the age would be around 50 with final salary pensions, opening up jobs for the young and giving those that had given most of their time during adulthood to their employer some relaxation in their later years and the money to enjoy it.

It would be paid for via the redistribution of wealth.

Instead the retirement age increases while holidays, wages and pensions decrease.

The only thing I got right was the redistribution of wealth- THE WRONG WAY!

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Good idea – especially if you are like me and don’t watch TV! It’d be great to see other people’s reactions as it comes through – not just the articles later on.

Vox Political

I’m thinking of doing a ‘live blog’ on the WoW Petition/incapacity-disability benefits debate in the House of Commons tomorrow (Thursday).

Previously I had intended to go along myself, but donations to the site have been almost non-existent this month, meaning I don’t have the financial wherewithal. It occurs to me that this might be a better use of my time.

The idea would be that I would post developments into the article as they happen, along with appropriate tweets from other people who are watching the debate, and comments from readers who want to contribute to the discussion.

I would not be able to make the article self-refreshing, like they do on the newspapers’ websites, so readers would have to refresh the page themselves in order to keep up with what everyone is saying.

It would start with the debate – around 11.15am, with an introductory paragraph posted up earlier in the…

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I believe that every person on ESA should be sent a letter telling them that All Repeat WCA medicals have been stopped.

Beastrabban\'s Weblog

Out with the old...: You can rest assured that the only change at Atos has been the company brand name.

Mike over at Vox Political has posted up a piece on Atos’ rebranding itself OH Assist. While Atos certainly are not bankrupt by any means, it does remind me of the way the managers of failing companies have tried to escape their creditors by going into liquidation, and then starting another company. Every so often, one of these companies, sometimes using a name little different from their predecessors, turns up on Watchdog or one of the other consumer interest programmes. This is, of course, perfectly legal, and so old that it was satirised by Gilbert and Sullivan in the libretto of a Company Promoter, written in 1893:

If you come to grief, and creditors are craving …
Do you suppose that signifies perdition?
If so you’re but a monetary dunce –
You merely file a Winding-Up Petition,
And start another company at once!
… the Liquidators say,
Never mind –…

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I feel sick to my stomach…

Ann McGauran

Is the government rushing to close down the few remaining sources of help for people like Peter and Sue (not their real names), a couple who came into the London food bank last week? Both of them have serious health issues and their sickness benefits have been delayed.

Yesterday, the story broke that the £347m hardship fund, a potential safety net for the couple, is being scrapped. The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling for ministers to review the decision. The LGA says its abolition could leave councils unable to support families who face a crisis. The loss of the Local Welfare Assistance Fund would leave councils having to find money for this from their overall budgets. The government is reported as saying that councils will continue to give support to those in financial difficulties, but the LGA has highlighted that overall funding for local government has been cut…

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Karma maybe?

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s Peter Bone!)

 Right-wing Tory MP Peter Bone once said this of benefits claimants:

It cannot be right that people who are funded entirely by the taxpayer are making life unbearable for decent hardworking families.

Quite right Peter.

So I expect you’ll be resigning now it’s turned out you’re being investigated for benefit fraud:

Peter Bone MP denies benefit fraud allegations

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Please feel free to comment.

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So it they arrest the homeless, where are the true criminals going to go? If the homeless get put into prison or a jail cell for a few weeks/months, then they are getting fed and being kept warm.
This government sicken me to the core, but the people of this country sicken me more for allowing all of this to have happened/happen – just what are WE doing about it!

the void

boris-homes-not-jails With Iain Duncan Smith’s bungled welfare reforms driving many of the lowest income Londoners from their homes, the clown Mayor of London is ensuring that even the streets are not safe for those being socially cleansed from the capital.

A new policing operation in six London boroughs will treat homeless people like criminals with arrests, harassment and even destruction of personal property to be inflicted on those who cannot afford a home.

A protest against this obscene measure has been called outside the Mayor’s Question Time tomorrow Wednesday 26th February at 10am, details below.

“The Met have announced plans to make ‘rough sleeping’ a crime in 6 London boroughs.  Operation Encompass will be in effect in Camden, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Westminster and  Croydon.

We are opposed to this latest attack on Homeless people and will protest at City Hall to tell Boris Johnson and the GLA to call off this…

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