Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Government 'turning their back on the unemployed'

Another link on "24Dash", that is too true. The plans to axe the Future Jobs Fund struck a chord, because that scheme is so like that which I am on, and no doubt gave many people a much needed chance, it similarly funded waged jobs in the public sector and "social enterprises" like where I am. The ministers constantly make tough talk towards claimants yet as highlighted by the now shadow minister, £1.2 billion was actually being cut from support for the unemployed, and the new planned Work Programme would not be in place for at least another 12 months. With other cuts in the public sector they are going to have to pay out even more jobseekers allowance anyway.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Acknowledgment of "best efforts to find work" in housing reform article

Found this link on "24Dash", a social housing and public sector news website, where there is an article about the government's recent budget plans to cut Housing Benefit by 10% for people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for 12 months.

So many reporters are biased to the "lazy scroungers" attitude to people in this position, it made a decent change to see at the end of the article, the National Housing Federation's chief executive saying: "Cutting Housing Benefit could have a catastrophic impact on the lives of thousands of people who – despite their best efforts – have failed to find work after 12 months." I've been there myself and fear being there again when this scheme I'm on finishes, it's that "being an employer's first choice of person".