|Battery Britain: We live in hen hutches
According to the Guardian, which claims to have seen papers from the DWP, people earning between £330 and about £1,050 a month – just under the rate of the national minimum wage for a 35-hour week – could be mandated to attend jobcentre meetings where their working habits will be examined as part of the universal credit programme.
Some of those deemed to be "not working enough" could be instructed to take on extra training – and if they fail to complete tasks they could be stripped of their benefits. We know how that works of course. Targets are set and people are stripped of their benefits because the manager's bonus/reputation/promotion prospects are at risk if insufficient money is saved.
|What a lot of jobs we created; and people like part time work! Well, not any more they won't
The DWP said that their overall plans for those in low-paid work were not yet definite and recognised that supporting working families to increase their income was a complex area into which the state hadn't previously intervened. But the department estimates there are one million people in this lower-paid bracket. So much for the small state.
You can smell Iain Duncan Smith all over this, can't you? Just like a rotten fish dump next to a sewage farm.
|Oh look, would you believe it. Little Norway is doing better than us...again!
The Tories and Liberals brag that they have created many new jobs in their time in office, but figures show that 80% of them are in the lowest paying industries, paying less than £8 an hour, and many are part time, or zero hour contracts. The coalition partners will not be happy until they have made every single low paid person in the UK, utterly and completely miserable.
And what will Labour do to reverse this if and when they come to power?