Govt now deducting benefits from those in work if they don’t find extra work

It has almost escaped notice that next year the government will be cutting benefits from those already in work – unless they can get extra work which may of course not be available.   This will affect 1,400,000 people who are working part-time because they can’t get full-time work.   The latest employment figures have shown a surprising increase since the UK economy is in the middle of a double-dip recession, but it is explained by a very large increase in part-time work because there has been little or no increase in full-time work.   Now this section of the workforce is about to be penalised as a result of the introduction of IDS’ universal credit. 

There are estimated to be some 700,000 single people plus a further 500,000 who are part of a couple who will lose out if they earn less than the minimum wage which is currently £212 a week for a single person (assuming a 35 hour week).   This is because the new universal credit system, to be inaugurated in April 2013, introduces a new conditionality, namely that any claimant for working benefits is required to meet an earnings threshold equal to national minimum pay rates for a 35-hour week, to be earned if necessary through such combined measures as working longer hours, getting their employer to increase their hourly wage or getting an additional job on top of what they were already working.

The obvious question arises: is it fair to dock their in-work benefits (e.g. council tax benefit because they’re earning such a low wage) if, however hard they try, they can’t meet any of the new conditions being laid down?   This is yet another of the impossible conditions being set by the coalition as an excuse to chop benefits.   Already job seekers on JSA (£71 a week) are having this very low sum cut further if they don’t find work which is simply not available, which must mathematically apply in 86% of cases since there are officially 7 unemployed persons chasing every vacancy.   And already there are, it is known, tens of thousands of persons on Incapacity Benefit who have been judged by Atos Healthcare to be capable of work and have their benefit sharply cut, yet have a chronic severe disability which even in conditions of near-full employment, let alone with 2.6m unemployed, would find it next to impossible (and not for lack of trying) to get a job.

 

 

14 thoughts on “Govt now deducting benefits from those in work if they don’t find extra work

  1. Add that to the 2.8 million unemployed and the half million disabled about to get shafted and the total becomes over 4.7 million who will never vote Tory or LibDem again

  2. Milliband’s not going to change anything though, is he? FGS he is on record as openly supporting Workfare, which is giving unscrupulous employers the opportunity (which they are grabbing with both hands) to sack salaried workers in favour of taking on State-sponsored slaves!

    Fewer salaried workers mean fewer income and other tax revenues. Where is your fat pay packet going to come from, Mr Meacher, when the rot has run its full course?

    I will absolutely NOT vote for Labour unless and until it returns to its roots and starts standing up for the working and under classes. And I’m not the only one who thinks this way, I can assure you.

  3. It is fact that jobs have taken a sharp fall and local jobs pages tell the whole story because where pre 2007 there used to be 15+ pages of jobs in my local paper THE NEWS there is now only 2 maybe 3 pages and nearly all of them are not skilled.

    This Govt fails to listen and mark my word that will be there downfall and that cannot come soon enough.

  4. of course this policy will force alot of self employed onto jobseekers, where they can work for tesco’s etc – for nothing.

    I get it now…

  5. Well, this hasn’t escaped my notice! I’m self employed which gives me the flexibility I need to look after my disabled son. Yes, it’s true I earn less than the minimum wage but I’d rather work, even if it’s for a small amount. Except that under Universal Credit I’ll be sanctioned because I don’t earn enough and will run the risk of being left with nothing if I keep working but don’t achieve the magic £212 per week. So guess what, I’m going to have to stop working and become a full time carer because at least by doing that I can be sure we won’t be left destitute. What a joke, when someone who wants to work is being forced out of a job they love. Thanks so much, Iain Duncan Smith.

  6. I wholeheartedly agree with Darren Lynch; I have not voted for Labour since 1997 and will not until the Blairites are ousted and we have some socialists to vote for and a socialist agenda that does not include suckling at the teat of capitalist pigs.

  7. Mr Meacher, and one or two other REAL Labour MPs, need to grab “Progress” by the back of the neck and give them a swift, hard kick up the **** out the door. They’ve hijacked labour and turned it …..well, where? Watered down tories? That’s a starting point.
    Gordon Brown at least did something to help the vulnetable HAVE a life. The only thing Ed Milliban

  8. Mr Meacher, and one or two other REAL Labour MPs, need to grab “Progress” by the back of the neck and give them a swift, hard kick up the **** out the door. They’ve hijacked labour and turned it …..well, where? Watered down tories? That’s a starting point.
    Gordon Brown at least did something to help the vulnetable HAVE a life. The only thing Ed Milliband and all Tories and lib dems will do is…..shove us all into a hole in the ground.

  9. WTF are yous all chatting on about laying down rules about when you will vote Labour.
    Ok you’re not going to vote Labour what happens?? Are you going to vote conservative ???
    Are you going to vote lib-dems ???
    Are you telling us that you would put up with this unelected piece of trash government who are taking every penny they can get their stinking grubby hands on these in the money jar,tax evading,brown envelope toting scumbags to prove a point.
    While you decide to throw your little tantrums these bastards will happily cripple any lifelines the poor and disabled have of trying to get finance to live a decent life, the poor will only exist to earn money and work for the rich.

  10. Why should we be surprised ? Labour is no longer a “working class” Party. Just another bunch of Neo Liberals whose only ideology is greed. Politicians of any “colour” don’t appear to give a toss about anybody in less fortunate circumstances than themselves, they’re only interested in the trappings of power and making a fast buck. We hear so much about how “we’re all in this together” yeah right. Lying hypocritical scumbags the lot of them.

  11. This will hit people like my husband who was amde redundant so took up self employment: some weeks we make a fair amount and other weeks less (it’s seasonal)- we’ve been told that we can’t average it out as we obviously do, any week he can’t make the amount (eg when doing a stock buying session) he will be sanctioned.

    And that makes sense how?…….

  12. I agree that Labour are not the party they once were but the alternative is to allow the Tories to remain in power which in my view is not an option. Please God follow the sensible option and DO NOT allow these muppets to remain in power!!

  13. We need a revolution not a half hearted one full scale one oust the government and in people that are for the people get us out of the euro union and bring our troops home fuck the other countries they don’t do f::k all for us screw the politician s like they doing to us poor.

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