40% of payments to Work Programme providers have nothing to do with results

alittleecon

The DWP published this ad-hoc release last week. It very briefly details how much money has been paid to Work Programme providers from when it began up to 31st March this year. Providers are the (mainly) private sector organisations contracted by the DWP to help the long-term unemployed find work. In the DWP release it says:

“The Work Programme is predominantly a ‘Payment by Results’ model”

The Government have been keen to trumpet this feature, claiming that providers only get paid if they are successful. In fact though, since the Work Programme began, 39% of the money paid to providers has come from the ‘attachment’ fee. That’s a payment paid when an unemployed person starts the Work Programme with a provider. For the first year of the programme, the attachment fee was £400, the second year it was £300 and for the year just gone, £200. From July, the attachment fee will…

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Kevin sanctioned on Work Programme and now begging for food

Ann McGauran

Kevin Jobbins, who's living on £7 a fortnight for food, following a benefit sanction Kevin Jobbins, who’s living on £7 a fortnight for food, following a benefit sanction

How does it feel to be “living” on a budget for food of £3.50 a week? Kevin Jobbins is doing exactly that, but the more you think about it, the less appropriate the concept of  existence or survival seems in this context. To survive  conjures up images of Everest expeditions  – involving a set of risks voluntarily  endured  by explorers who’ve personally opted to challenge their own physical and emotional limitations.

Kevin, on the other hand, came into the Greenwich Foodbank   because  he’s  not  surviving. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has failed to reinstate his benefits following a sanction in April. Kevin is 39, and is  receiving employment and support allowance (ESA). He’s waiting to go into detox treatment for drug and alcohol issues and is also on the waiting list for surgery…

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Disabled Protesters Bring Chaos To Central London To Say #Balls2TheBudget

the void

dpac-arrest A police mob descends on a disabled protester outside the budget yesterday.

Disabled people, benefit claimants and supporters brought chaos to central London yesterday at a lively and angry demonstration against George Osborne’s budget.

Whilst inside the House of Commons the Chancellor was slashing sickness and disability benefits by almost a third for many new claimants, outside disabled people repeatedly outwitted a heavy police presence to bring traffic to a standstill in the capital.

The day began in Whitehall where the protest spilled across the street and the Downing Street gates were pelted with balls.  Demonstrators then moved down to Westminster Bridge as a huge banner was unfurled opposite parliament reading #Balls2TheBudget.  Eventually the banner was brought onto the bridge which remained blockaded for over an hour.  The protest received a a huge amount of support from several waiting bus drivers, as well as fire and ambulance crews who…

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The end of tax credits implemented in a typical twisted  Tory way. Shocking. 

The poor side of life

This week we had the budget and we weren’t expecting it to be a good one. It has specifically targeted the poorest in society and women with children. George Osborne announced that he was introducing a living wage of £7.20 a hour rising to £9.00 by 2020. This was the first lie. It’s not a living wage it’s just an increase in the minimum wage made to sound better than it is. This doesn’t include any pay increases for under 25s. He doesn’t think that they are important enough to be paid a decent wage. That in itself is shocking but I will start with tax credit changes..

If George osbourne had stood in parliament and had announced that they were officially ending tax credits there would have been total outrage. Instead he has implemented several things that will make it very hard to claim tax credits and if you…

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Over 90,000 Children Now In Temporary Accommodation As The Homelessness Epidemic Gets Even Worse

Once again, Jonnyvoid shines a light into the dark recesses of our contemporary political culture. A culture that routinely encourages people to blame the victims of a frankly; vicious economic / socio-political consensus for the hardships and privations that are imposed upon them.

There is an agenda – not exactly well hidden – behind all of this growth in homelessness and insecure tenancy – apart from the desire of some of our political leaders to see those friends, families and associates, many of whom have “interests” in the private rented sector; grow richer. This rather more sinister “desire” is rooted in politics and ideology; a plan to take our nation back to a pre 1939 state, complete with Workhouses and a “poor law” to ensure that not only are many of our most economically disadvantaged simply swept off the streets and into virtual open prisons – which will be called something like “work-centres” and doubtless, be run by one or more of those lovely outsourcing companies so beloved of contemporary Government (of BOTH Conservative and Labour colour).
Companies such as G4S or Capita perhaps ….. But (and here’s the rub), said “inmates” would provide yet another layer of cheap / free / slave (delete your choice) labour for those political paymasters out there in tax dodging corporate heaven to grow richer and fatter upon. By happy coincidence, this 21st century version of a Dickensian Nation would also ensure that a suitable climate of fear continues to help persuade those just about managing to hang onto their lives at the lower end of the economic pile to put up with as much BULLSHIT as their employers require, in order to avoid falling into the shite pile so carefully prepared for them ….

Oh the joy of living in shitty Britania …..

the void

homeless-march1There are now over 90,000 children living in temporary accommodation according to the latest official statistics – a rise of over 15% in just one year.

The number of these families living in B&Bs – which usually just means one room, often with shared facilities – has leapt by a shocking 35% compared to a year earlier.  990 of these families had been living in this kind of accommodation for over six weeks, over double the number from the same period last year.

Every measure of homelessness has risen according to the latest statistics, with 13,520 households accepted as homeless by Local Authorities between January and March 2015, a jump of 8% on a year earler.

The main reason for families becoming homeless was the loss of an assured tenancy with a private sector landlord.  Soaring rents, stagnant wages and shrinking benefits – combined with a barely regulated private rental…

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Being made homeless the next day the universal credit victims and why do they keep stopping my money? Amongst other happenings at the Jobcentre. 

The poor side of life

As it had been a quiet few weeks at the Jobcentre we weren’t expecting it to be busy, but it just goes to show that you can never predict an afternoon outside the Jobcentre. Yesterday was quite distressing universal credit problems for working people are beginning to take their toil on the most vulnerable.

One thing that I’ve noticed whilst standing outside the Jobcentre is the amount of people going into the building wearing a uniform. Yes when you are working and on universal credit if you work part time hours or hours that fall below the 39 hour working week total then you have to sign on and prove to them that you are looking for more work. You are classed as under employed . It doesn’t matter if you have children, it doesn’t matter if you work night shifts you have to be there. Of course if you…

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Don’t Let The Garden Bridge Turn Into The Workfare Bridge, Tell @TheGardenBridge To Pay A Living Wage

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All those struggling with ever more vicious cuts to social security will be delighted to learn that millions of pounds of public money is soon to spent building a new bridge in Central London with a garden on it.  And if that isn’t enough of an insult at a time of soaring hunger and homelessness then – if Lanbeth Council get their way – some of those building this bridge won’t even get paid.

Over £60 million has been pledged already by the publicly owned Transport for London to build a Garden Bridge across the River Thames just yards away from two other bridges.  This vital project, which developers say has the support of business leaders and a famous architect, is the latest attempt to turn the capital into an elaborate Disneyland and playground for the global super rich.  With gentrification fast turning London into cultural desert then…

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