Thursday, 21 February 2013

Read It And Weep 6

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Forced Labour (WP/WF/WCA), Welfare, Entitlements and General


The Impact of Welfare Reform in Dumfries and Galloway
Work Programme contracts at ‘high risk’ of cancellation
Barnardo's denies claims it participates in 'mandatory work activity'
PAC report shows Work Programme is helping just 1 in 28 people back into work

Welfare reform and the vilification of the ‘undeserving poor' 

Welfare reform is sector's biggest concern in 2013

Lib Dems want distance from welfare reform
Localising the Work Programme

New ‘Back to Work’ Workfare Regulations: Jobcentre Decision Makers Guide published

New workfare regulations: The Jobseekers Allowance (Schemes for Assisting Persons to Obtain Employment) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/276)

***** The Jobseeker’s Allowance (Schemes for Assisting Persons to Obtain Employment) Regulations 2013 ***** 


Benefits for people looking for work
Appeal to overturn Back to Work (workfare) sanctions issued before 12th Feb 2013
Early signs are that the Work Programme is delivering value for money says ERSA

CBI responds to public accounts committee report on work programme

The Work Programme Is Not Working - It Needs Fixing - And Swiftly (HP)

The Work Programme isn't working
Bedroom tax protestors to target One Vision Housing
The Jobseeker's Allowance Skills Conditionality Pilot
Charities focus on failings of Work Programme Report confirms Crisis’ warning about Work Programme

Team offers masterclass in landing the right job
Why is the Work Programme failing?

Work Programme excludes specialist provision, says research
Don’t just criticise the Work Programme, encourage more employers to take it up, CIPD tells MPs

NPC to government: Don’t repeat Work Programme mistakes
MPs: Work Programme extremely poor
Teenager slams Government back to work programme (BM)

Mark Hoban: “Sometimes, work experience is just what you need”
Are employers up to speed on failing Work Programme? 

British Gas to create 1,000 skilled jobs for young trainees (Telegraph)

Work programme farce must end now

Welfare reform or unfair reform? (Guardian)
UPDATE: PCS calls for work programme to be scrapped

Work programme farce must end now (BT)

Work Programme for UK unemployed is failing, report says
Work Programme Doesn’t Work!

A difficult time for IDS

Now MPs think the work programme is not fit for work

Government’s Work Programme is 'worse than doing nothing'

Is Workfare Behind the Work Programme Disaster?

MPs blast government’s flagship Work Programme ~ only 3.6% of claimants moved off benefits into sustained employment

Welfare to work scheme failing, say MPs

Work programme failure: Finger pointed at payment-by-results 
Work Programme not fit for purpose (HS)
Mehdi's Morning Memo: Does The Work Programme, Er, Work? (HP)

CBI responds to Public Accounts Committee report on the Work Programme
Is the Work Programme working? No, say MPs (NS)

Work Programme Cost More Jobs Than It Has Created, Say MPs (HP)

Welfare-to-work scheme performance 'abysmal' (BBC)
MPs: Work Programme extremely poor (LS)

Job seekers could have fared better without Work Programme, say MPs
Work Programme providers 'parking' hardest-to-help, warn MPs
Pensions - Articles - DWP: Work Programme outcome statistics
Report examines performance of the Work Programme (PAC)

Department for Work and Pensions: Work Programme outcome statistics (PAC)
Work Programme facing new crisis as failing firms threatened with losing contracts (Telegraph)

MPs blast government's flagship Work Programme (Guardian)

Cameron's Back-to-Work scheme branded £5bn failure as only 3.6% of claimants found lasting jobs (Daily Mail)

Welfare-to-work scheme 'is failing' (BBC)
Worthless for the workless: Flagship scheme finds jobs for just 20 people out 9,500 (Mirror)
Workfare: Unexpected Intern in the bagging area (NS)

Welfare to work 'failing Birmingham' with 3.2% finding jobs

Work Programme failing hard to employ people

Welfare to Work Conference: Get Your Sponsorship in Now!

Jobcentre Plus Work Programme Exposed!
Sedgemoor 'ready-for-work' programme is getting results

The latest unemployment figures – still more questions than answers
Charities Say Millions Without Internet Access Will Face Benefits Strug

Generation debt: Unemployment leaving under-25s struggling with debt
Half Of Urban Kids In Poverty

BBC News – ‘Bedroom tax’ rules re-examined

Short Term Benefit Advances 
Letter to the Information Commissioner
Eight Costa Coffee jobs attract 1,700 applications

Wages and productivity falling despite positive unemployment figures

Ofgem blasted as they warn energy bills are set to soar yet again
Unemployment falls to 2.5 million

Unemployment down 14,000 to 2.50 million
LISTEN: Iain Duncan-Smith’s Explosive Row With James O’Brien
Jonty's "tweets are protected"

Progressives can win the debate on welfare
A mother of 11 housed in a ‘mansion’? Spare us this modern morality tale

Minister Fears Housing Benefit Plan Risks Rise In Homelessness
Atos Healthcare Announces The Organisations Who Will Deliver New Disability Benefit
#Atos is a Govt healthcare provider and you have the legal right to complain about them. Read how! #wca #esaSOS #ukmh
Work Programme ruling means sanctions can be appealed

Court of Appeal strikes down Work Programme Regulations
Appeal to overturn Back to Work (workfare) sanctions issued before 12th Feb 2013
The Sue Ryder charity and its sinister Orwellian doublethink
Sue Ryder position statement on the Department for Work and Pensions' backto- work schemes (commonly known as Workfare)
We Make Millions From Forcing Sick and Disabled to Work Unpaid Boast Sue Ryder

Workfare does not work and is not fair

Work in progress (Guardian)

The Work Programme's only success is at 'creaming and parking' (Guardian)

Work programme is failing hard to reach groups

Vulnerable jobseekers in work programme ignored

A4e and Medskills sign an MoU to co-design training for 5,000 Patient Care Assistants

Bedroom Tax – the 2.9 bed house revisited – Why it needs much more consideration than wait and see!
'Parking' of hardest Work Programme cases with charities is endemic, says study (TS)
***** Does sector matter? Understanding the experiences of providers in the Work Programme (TSRC) *****

'Creaming and parking’ are inevitable side effects of Work Programme, research suggests
Work Programme excludes specialist provision, says research

Most vulnerable jobseekers 'too costly' for Work Programme providers

Most vulnerable jobseekers 'too costly' for Work Programme providers (Guardian)

Work Programme providers plead poverty (NS)
Benefits changes put 80 Shropshire Council jobs at risk (SS)

Even A4E Tutor thinks Workfare is wrong
Instruct SFO to investigate activities of A4E

Labour: 40 days to show you believe in paid work
Bedroom Tax – If KHT can do it, why can’t my landlord?
Bedroom Tax – The Tories new strategy – more known lies that Joe Public laps up
Bedroom Tax – Oh the ‘people’ are discussing this bedroom tax – I’d better write about it!

15th February 2013: : Armed Forces Independence Payment to be introduced from 8 April 2013
Ian Duncan Smith Workfare Propaganda 
DWP the rushed out letter

Mandatory Work Activity, Workfare and Sanctions
New Workfare Regulations 14/2/13
The Case of the Disappearing Workfare Scheme

CAP - has it been abandoned? 
Million Jobs: The group with links to IDS's think tank which is defending workfare
Invitation: exposing W2W

A lesson in taxation for Smith and Shapps

Welsh low-middle income families hit hardest by welfare reforms

*****  The Work Programme: Experience of Different User Groups - UNCORRECTED TRANSCRIPT OF ORAL EVIDENCE   *****

Food Poverty ‘Puts UK’s International Human Rights Obligations In Danger’
News: Update for Work Programme customers
Majority of public want to maintain or increase welfare spending, according to new poll

The public don't support further welfare cuts
Between a rock and a hard place? Iain Duncan Smith challenged by geologists over Poundland case comments – UK Politics – UK – The Independent
''Some think they're above work schemes''

IDS - graduates not too good to work in supermarkets
Shelf-stacking and IDS

How consumer boycotts have overtaken the shop floor in the struggle against corporate tax avoidance, power and exploitation
Illegal use of B&Bs to house homeless people soars by 800%

Tories Lead Hall Of Shame For Illegal Housing Of Homeless

How To Turn A Housing Crisis Into A Homeless Catastrophe
Atos Subcontracts Tests For New Disability Benefit To NHS
Internship, Reed

Iain Duncan Smith’s Licence To Kill

Cancer Patients Face Cash Cut Under Benefits Bill, Say Charities
Poverty Map Shows How Cuts In Benefits Will Hurt Children
As above, so below: Right-wing attacks on free speech and protest
List Of Workfare Companies 
IDS Says ‘Shelf Stacking Is More Important Than Geology’

Iain Duncan Smith: Shelf-Stacking As Important As A Degree
Duncan Smith: Shelf-stacking more important than geology (BBC)

Iain Duncan Smith: shelf-stacking as important as a degree (Guardian)

MP in tribute to staff at A4e base

Exciting Work Programme and Enterprise Opportunity
Charities delivering services for the Work Programme are 'poorly supported'
Bedroom tax: Pensioners WILL lose out (Mirror)

Universal Credit


Universal Credit (UC)
Universal Credit Rates 2013/2014 (Monthly)
Universal Credit Social landlords outsource direct debits ahead of Universal Credit
LGC View - Universal credit

Universal Credit and Travel to Work Distance (FOIR)

Universal credit

Northern Ireland Universal Credit Information Booklet

Universal Credit still on track‚ says Whitehall IT chief

Universal Credit - questions and answers
Universal Credit Drives Credit Union Adoption of Contis Group’s credEcardplus
Universal Credit, how will it work?
Doughty, S - Universal Credit (Wales)
Universal Credit
Single parents and universal credit: singled out?
Universal credit
ALMO chooses allpay to manage direct debits ahead of Universal Credit
Universal Credit has the hallmarks of another IT failure
Universal Credit - Local Support Services Framework
How will Universal Credits affect your business?
Free Universal Credit training from Gingerbread
Universal Credit: Who decides what is “vulnerable”?
Universal Credit and Pitchford – good move or a potential conflict of interest?
Universal Credit Guidance on personal budgeting support (DWP)
Choosing a bank account for your Universal Credit payment
Changes to benefits: Your questions answered - Universal credit 
Commute three hours a day or lose benefits, jobseekers are told in tough new plan (Daily Mail)

Benefit reforms: blatant discrimination against young parents (Telegraph)

Will Universal Credit be a government IT disaster or prove lessons were learnt?
Govt fear Universal Credit disaster

Welfare Reform - Universal Credit
Universal Credit: housing chief slams direct payments as 'daft'

In practice: Oldham MBC
Local support for universal credit claimants
Claimant categories that could qualify for extra support

Good luck to David PItchford with Universal Credit….

Universal Credit explained

Draft Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2013: Draft Universal Credit Regulations 2013
Universal Credit: Guidance on personal budgeting support (DWP)

Not everyone is on the internet, Iain Duncan Smith (Guardian)

Universal Credit - Local Support Services Framework

Universal Credit

Welfare reforms in doubt after troubleshooter takes over (Telegraph)

Government brings in trouble-shooter to get its Universal Credit benefits programme on track before launch (Independent)

Pitchford to head-up Universal Credit programme
Universal Credit exceptions for vulnerable claimants announced

11 February 2013 – Freud/LGA: Supporting vulnerable claimants on Universal Credit - DWP

Major Projects chief put in charge of Universal Credit

UC - An Introduction Direct payments to landlords prioritised in Universal Credit exceptions

Universal credit: more tenants face eviction and rent arrears (Guardian)

Contis signs credit unions to credEcardplus
Universal Credit FAQ
Universal Credit Regulations 2013 — Motion to Approve

Peers refuse to sanction criticism of universal credit

Welfare reform SI approval motions Universal Credit and related regulations, House of Lords (CAB)
Universal credit - launches in October 2013

Councils must prepare for the unexpected as universal credit rolls out (Guardian)

DWP will rule on Universal Credit direct payment exceptions

Councils to help people claim Universal Credit online
Universal Credit
Welfare changes: tenants get explanatory video
Universal Credit News
Welfare reform SI approval motions Universal Credit and related regulations, House of Lords

Universal Credit timetable

Universal Jobmatch


Universal Job Match Briefing
Are you a Jobseeker and want to Gain Universal Jobmatch ICT Skills?

Universal Jobmatch still mandatory or not?
Universal Jobmatch
Mandating to Universal Jobmatch: Update (PCS)

Plymouth Advice Centre for Employment runs courses on using Government's Universal Jobmatch site (TID)

Claimants 'must use' job website (E&S)

Universal Jobmatch mandatory from Monday 4 March 
Universal Jobmatch Goes Mandatory
EU e-Privacy Directive and Internet Access Devices (FOIR)

Mandation and Universal Jobmatch (FOIR)
Universal Jobmatch made mandatory, from Monday 4th March 2013?
Universal Jobmatch: Jobseeker Directions being issued
Universal Jobmatch - Update

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