Sep 292014
 

School children will face Jobcentre harassment from the age of 15 whilst claimants thought to have drug and alcohol problems will be paid benefits on smart cards if the Tories win the next election said Iain Duncan Smith in his speech to the party’s conference today.

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18-21 year old who cannot find a job are to be placed on permanent workfare, whilst further caps on Housing Benefits will see yet more cities become unaffordable for anyone currently unable to work – whether this is through sickness, disability, high unemployment or having young children to care for.  And if this wasn’t enough then benefits are to be frozen for two years, meaning a real term cut in the incomes of the UK’s poorest people, whether they are in or out of work.
The smart cards will be for people Iain Duncan Smith thinks have fallen into a “damaging spiral” and are spending all their money on drugs, alcohol and gambling.  Whilst details so far are scant, it seems likely to be similar to the Australian Basics Card which aims to control how benefit recipients spend their money.  The scheme has already proved hugely expensive and has led to people unable to shop at cheaper stores such as Aldi, who government officials say do not meet the “set criteria”.  Predictably Basics Cards have not prevented claimants buying drugs, alcohol or tobacco.  In the UK it is likely to stop people who have genuine problems with drugs or alcohol from seeking treatment in case the Jobcentre find out.  It is a stupid idea, as unworkable as it is callous.  You can see why it would appeal to a nasty fucking idiot like Iain Duncan Smith.
Permanent workfare for 18-21 year old is equally draconian, and equally unworkable – so unworkable that it was actually first announced in George Osborne’s Autumn Statement last year and then never implemented.  Already there isn’t enough workfare to go round, and with resistance to workfare showing no signs of dying down, there will be few community organisatins willing to take part in such an explitative programme.  Meanwhile sending Jobcentre busybodies to harass schoolchildren when they should be studying for their GCSE’s and aren’t likely to be looking for a job or eligible for benefits for two or three years seems little more than a waste of everybody’s time.
With Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms unravelling in all directions and poverty not seen in generations returning to haunt the UK, there was nothing in his conference speech to suggest he has learnt anything from his failure.  The scary thing is, he thinks he is doing a wonderful job – even still pretending that Universal Credit will eventually be rolled out across the country.  Yet across the UK millions of people are facing a Winter where they will face the bleak choice between heating or eating and many will not be able to afford either.
It is horrifying that the Tories seem to think they can win an election by making poor people poorer.  Perhaps more fightening is that the Labour Party have eagerly embraced this vile competion to attack and scapegoat those with nothing.  Whoever wins the next election it will be down to us – unemployed claimants, disabled people, parents and low waged precarious workers – to fight these bastards.  It will be the struggle that defines the neo-liberal age as capitalism rub rampant drives people into the the ground in the name of making more profit for the rich.  We must continue to fight, and we must win.

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re-posted on September 29, 2014 by DPAC written by johnny void with thanks

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  4 Responses to “Permanent Workfare, Housing Benefit Cuts, Food Stamp Style Smart Cards And School Children To Face Jobcentre Harassment – The Latest Rantings From Iain Duncan Smith”

  1. This is the worst thing that could ever happen in this country. Free labour for any business or organisation who requires it.
    What is the matter with people? why aren’t we up in arms over this?
    This is the slippery slope to slave labour. amen

    • It’s full on slave labour. People are too busy moaning and groaning online. One day the government will switch off the internet and the sheep will be totally clueless and lost.
      People have to get out there and scream and shout.
      The employed are the ones in favour of getting the jobless into workfare. They are too dumb to realise that the jobless are putting the employed out of work.
      People think i’m crazy when I tell them what is happening.
      Global Traders of Smethwick are slave drivers they take on workfare

  2. This man has no idea how most of us live, i an on benefits, and have just had my disability taken off me, But what the paper and media don’t point out is that before i became so ill, i worked my socks off to bring up a child, i did not take hand outs, i worked so hard and enjoyed doing it, but the it was all at the cost of my health, i have a life threatening illness that i was born with, i moved from the North of England to the South , so i could carry on working, and now when i need help and support the likes of this man has the cheek to treat people like scum, you high and mighty prick.

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