Will Universal Credit last the test

1380032_400298453429150_336961947_nAlready the Conservatives has suggested that benefits paid to people under the age of 25 could be cut in a effort to reduce long-term worklessness  which was announced on the last days of their conference to drum up support to their former donors that cross over to UKIP.

It’s further been alleged that millions of benefit claimants may struggle to manage their money under universal credit to a think tank.

plebs1When universal credit is introduced most people will receive their benefit once a month rather fortnightly.

2.7 million currently claimants with their finances. Whilst there may be some truths in it I feel that people who are benefits can learn a valuable lessons like budgeting and only spend what is needed and pay their bills on time.

Youth Unemployment is one of the biggest challenges we face, almost 7% of 16-25 year olds in Bridgend are unemployed, despite trying their hardest, too many are finding it difficult to get and hold onto jobs in what is still a weak economic climate. Knowing this full well, what do Cameron and the Tories propose to do to help these aspiring youngsters find their feet on the jobs market?

Answer: Cut them almost entirely out of the welfare system, no housing benefit, no job-seekers allowance.

Remarkably at a time when the young need supporting more than ever the Tories are proposing the exact opposite, making life even harder for the young.

8109998273_5da790f945_zIf there is anything worse than multimillionaire ministers constantly looking for new ways to clobber the jobless, it’s their nauseating claim to have unemployed people’s best interests at heart.

George Osborne described his Help to Work scheme, based on US workfare which links benefits to doing unpaid work, as “a very compassionate approach to people who previous governments just ignored.”

In fact, the long-term unemployed have not been ignored by previous governments.

photo(2)They have been berated and vilified by a succession of work and pensions secretaries for supposedly choosing a life on benefits rather than finding work even though there are not enough jobs to go round.

That is a failure of the system not of individuals, most of whom would leap at the chance to earn their own living.

They are not assisted by a neoliberal government committed to attacking public-sector jobs and services as part of an ideological programme to reduce the role of the state and lower taxes for big business and the rich.

New research from the GMB union indicates that the Tories and Liberal Democrats have presided over a massacre of 631,000 public-sector jobs in the past three years, with another 400,000 to go in the next two.

All these workers have paid income tax and national insurance, which is what finances the benefits paid to the unemployed.

toryoOsborne’s sneers about “something for nothing” do not apply to workers forced onto the dole by a government that could not give a toss for the “hard-working people” it claims to prioritise.

The Tories’ main concern has always been reserved for landowners, big business and the tax-dodging rich.

Something for nothing applies more to Osborne’s forebears who benefited from the blood-soaked plunder generated by slavery and from state compensation when this crime against humanity was made illegal.

toryForcing people to work without pay appears to come easily to this beneficiary of inherited wealth born with a silver slave-driver’s whip in his mouth.

Something for nothing is Iain Duncan Smith living rent-free in a £2 million Tudor mansion in its own grounds, courtesy of his well-heeled in-laws – the same Duncan Smith who dreamed up Help to Work.

His vicious scheme will not create a single job for the unemployed. It was not designed to do so.

ids-i-dont-care-whos-diedIts twofold purpose is to cut the amount spent on benefits by stepping up sanctions for failing to meet harsh conditions attached to them and to encourage the public perception that claimants are unemployed through choice.

Most journeys to jobcentre offices involve travel, so making claimants attend five days a week will entail financial hardship, to be further exacerbated by loss of benefit for a month for one failure to attend and for three months for a second.

The “community” work already pencilled in for claimants – clearing litter, cooking meals for the elderly or cleaning graffiti – is already done by local authority workers.

Will they be replaced by coerced claimants, thereby pushing up unemployment still higher?

Apart from unpaid work and compulsory daily reporting to a jobcentre, claimants will have to take action to tackle problems such as alcohol or drugs that prevent them finding employment.

The main problem standing in the way of full employment is a moribund capitalist system based on exploitation and class discrimination.

The sooner this problem is eradicated the better.

margaret-hodge-460_999777cIntriguingly Margaret Hodge from the Public Accounts Committee has said:

The Department for Work and Pensions has made such a mess of setting up Universal Credit that the Major Projects Authority had to step in to rescue the programme.

DWP seems to have embarked on this crucial project, expected to cost the taxpayer some £2.4 billion, with little idea as to how it was actually going to work. Confusion and poor management at the highest levels have already resulted in delays and at least £34 million wasted on developing IT. If the Department doesn’t get its act together, we could be on course for yet another catastrophic government IT failure.

This damning indictment from the NAO gives me no confidence that we will see the £38 billion of predicted benefits between 2010-11 and 2022-23. Vulnerable benefit claimants need a secure system they can rely on.

Before people starts to attack, text, email, or fax me the answer to the question is yes I have been on benefits before I remember the days I had to spend on what I could afford from benefits I received. Grant I understand its hard but I managed.

I’m aware that some people will need assistance owing to multidisciplinary disabilities and the list goes on. But for those that can I would say try to manage as I can see more attacks from the Conservatives if they return to government they will take no prisoners like it or lump it approach.


One response to “Will Universal Credit last the test

  1. Labour 2015 !! f@@K you Cameroon

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