‘Sanctioning’ is a particularly harsh and brutal way of treating unemployed people. They have all their benefit removed even for the most trivial infringements, e.g. being 5 minutes late for a job interview or for a work programme session. Their benefit (£71 a week JSA) is removed for 4 weeks for the first … Continue reading Government fiddles unemployment figures by classifying all people sanctioned as having left claimant count
Hitherto, discussion of the impact of austerity has focused largely on public services being cut, benefits being slashed, jobs being lost, insecurity becoming rampant, and wages falling—they are now, in real terms, 9% below the 2007 level. However, another process has been going on during this time which is equally relentless and callous but which … Continue reading Government forced on defensive over employment rights
The recent focus on capping welfare benefits to satisfy the Tory tabloid blood lust against all social security recipients is not only unfair and unreasonable, but according to recent evidence bad for the economy. Job seeker’s allowance at £71 a week is already almost the lowest level in the EU, and reducing it further would … Continue reading Cutting unemployment benefit to force people back into work is actually counter-productive
If anything good can come out of Osborne purloining the wickedness of Philpott to make political capital of the most contemptible kind, it is that Labour seems now to be recognising, rightly, that the welfare furore cannot be resolved simply by changing benefit provision, but only by fundamental reform of economic policy. As long as employment … Continue reading If Labour is now reinstating full employment as their economic objective, that’s big
It now emerges that Labour did a secret deal with the DWP that the latter would set up an independent inquiry into the use of sanctions against job-seekers in return for Labour supporting emergency legislation – the Jobseekers (Back-to-Work Schemes) Bill which passed all its stages in the Commons last Tuesday – which established the … Continue reading Employment rights remain under continuous attack
The awful rise in joblessness, so long expected, is now under way – not from a base of a million as in the 1980s, but upwards now from a very high platform of 2.5 million already. Yet the Commons exchanges debating this yesterday were disappointing. Osborne, summoning himself up to his full stature of smug … Continue reading Unemployment: a price not worth paying
The central problem in Britain today is the relentless rise in unemployment and where it is heading – and what should be done about it. The pace of the downturn has been faster than in the worst recent recession in 1979-82 when unemployment eventually 4 years later peaked at well over 3 million. It is … Continue reading What end to the rise in unemployment?
Within the last week the nature of State power has once again been clearly exposed. We now know that at least two persons were assaulted by police at the G20 protests, Ian Tomlinson who died and a woman (so far not named), even though neither was acting violently or illegally. Then a few days later … Continue reading The State attacks G20 protestors, but is silent on the employment blacklist
With 4 contestants in the running, to achieve 60% of the leadership vote in the first round is an outright landslide. Jeremy Corbyn has secured a higher percentage than Blair got in 1994. Even more significant, Corbyn’s electorate at 554,272 was more than double Blair’s, and no less than 76% of them actually … Continue reading 251,417 votes. Wow!