Unversal Credit fiasco continues as IDS blames civil servants

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 12:34 -- nick

The chaos surrounding the government's doomed Universal Credit system continues today as it is described as overambitious, badly managed and poor value for money.

The National Audit Office (NAO), the watchdog for publc spending, made the damning criticisms in the report 'Universal Credit: early progress.

Universal Credit IT system needs redesign as millions wasted

Wed, 04/09/2013 - 13:47 -- nick

The government's failing universal credit system needs a thorough redesign of its software even though jobseekers are currently using it.

The Guardian is reporting that new head of project Howard Shiplee has ordered the work despite Ian Duncan Smith's department having already spent a massive £270 million on it.

The newspaper writes:

Getting work does not end poverty - Children's Society

Tue, 03/09/2013 - 12:27 -- nick

Moving into work does not end a family's poverty, the Children's Society has revealed.

While 150,000 fewer children are living in workless families now compared to a year ago, in-work poverty has been rising as the government's cuts to tax credits bite.

This is a long term issue, with working poverty increasing since 2004 as the value of wages for the bottom half of earners has fallen consistently even as those at the top outstrip inflation.

Dole Animators release film trailer on reality of workless life

Tue, 27/08/2013 - 10:53 -- nick

A group of unemployed people has been working on a film depicting the reality of life on the dole in austerity Britain.

Growing out of a research project that tries to bring workless people's voices to a wider audience, the Dole Animators trailer has now been released.

Working in partnership with award-winning documentary filmmaker Ellie Land,  fifteen out-of-work benefit claimants were interviewed three times as they experienced the direct consequences of various welfare reforms.

DWP website now officially a tabloid newspaper

Mon, 26/08/2013 - 13:23 -- nick

The Department for Work and Pensions press site has crossed the line between information provision and tabloid-style reporting.

It has published a press release titled 'Drag artist jailed for benefit fraud' - days after most media outlets picked it up - on the case of Mark Hawthorne, a 49 year old from Staffordshire.

CAB issues emergency guidance as thousands exist with NO money

Mon, 26/08/2013 - 12:24 -- nick

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has issued emergency guidance on how to live on no money in response to a flood of people who have had their benefits taken away.

The document, titled "Got no money, got no food, in crisis? - a survival guide" has been released in Scotland and written by the Stirling CAB.

It gives information to those without income due to "homelessness, a delay in benefit payments, benefit sanctions, budgeting or issues at home."

Government welfare failings cost £1.5b, but does Labour have the answer?

Thu, 22/08/2013 - 11:54 -- nick

Labour has accused the government of ruling over a chaotic welfare reform system as multiple failures come home to roost.

The party's work and pensions spokesman, Liam Byrne, estimated the cost of youth contract, universal credit, the bedroom tax, the work programme and work capability tests could end up costing the country nearly £1.5 billion.

The coalition introduced some of these measures as part of its austerity programme to cut costs, and an accusation of financial incompetence will not sit well with ministers.

Recruiter boasts of power to stop benefits on Twitter

Thu, 15/08/2013 - 20:55 -- nick

A senior recruiter working for Amazon has boasted on Twitter of her power to stop the benefits of those sent to her for interview.

Kelly-Jane Stone from Watford used the Twitter account @DietQueen to bash unemployed people who came to her for work, calling them "suckers" and writing of her power to get their benefits stopped.

Stone has since been suspended from the Transline Group in Hemel Hempstead, which holds an account finding staff for online retail giant Amazon.



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