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Anxiety over Atos fit-for-work test brings on father’s heart attack | Atos Victims Group News

March 31, 2013 Leave a comment
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BBC News – Welfare cuts unjust, say four churches

March 31, 2013 Leave a comment
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Bedroom tax will be costly disaster, says housing chief

March 30, 2013 Leave a comment
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Welfare reforms won’t cut Britain’s benefit bill – Channel 4 News

March 30, 2013 Leave a comment
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AAV: The March 2013 youth & long term unemployment statistics

March 30, 2013 Leave a comment
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Bedroom tax is worthy of Stalin, says government’s poverty tsar

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment
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March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

Mike Sivier's blog

Earlier this week, a Job Centre somewhere in Mid Wales was graced by the presence of Yr Obdt Srvt, the author of this column. It’s true; I’m a real human being and I receive certain state benefits.

Having said that, it transpired during the conversation with my advisor that I was on one less benefit than expected; the DWP had, in its wisdom, cut me off from Income Support, with “No contact”. That was the on-screen comment. They stopped it but couldn’t be bothered to tell me.

Classy.

But that’s by-the-way. The discussion ranged through the paid work that I do, my plans to expand my earnings, and my aim to get off-benefit as soon as possible -certainly “before Universal Credit comes into effect, in October”.

I said it, looked my advisor – who is, I should point out, a very nice person indeed, and therefore breaks all the rules…

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Benefit cuts: Monday will be the day that defines this government | Polly Toynbee

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment
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Disability cuts come with a dehumanising rhetoric | Frances Ryan

March 28, 2013 Leave a comment
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March 28, 2013 Leave a comment

Mike Sivier's blog

“We’re going to end the ‘something-for-nothing’ culture.”

Sometimes a phrase stands out from everything else that’s said around it, launches itself at your face and forces you to confront the enormity of the lie it encapsulates. You knew this was going to end badly, the moment Iain Duncan Smith (Vox Political’s Monster of the Year, 2012, let’s not forget) opened his face and uttered the words.

He was trying to say that people on Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) should not expect to get the benefit without putting something back into society – totally bypassing the fact that they have either already paid towards it, via taxes paid while they were in a previous job, or they will in the future, when they manage to get a job (if such a thing is still achievable in a Tory-led UK).

This was to justify the many ‘Mandatory Work Activity’ schemes onto which jobseekers…

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