Universal Credit; on the crest of a wave or floundering on the rocks?

Now that the full  details of the Universal Credit are in the public domain, will it sink or swim? Iain Duncan Smith seems very confident that UC is the way forward      “The publication of the Welfare Reform Bill will put work, rather than hand-outs, at the heart of the welfare system.”  and  “The universal credit will make sure that the poorest in society will be better off.” He goes on to say:  “Nobody will be worse off [under the changes]. They will be cash-protected.” All very admirable and hopefully true, but IDS is a politician and sometimes the truth is not always the whole truth. Opponents of the changes to our welfare reform system disagree.

Brendan Barber, the TUC general secretary has stated; ‘Long-term unemployment has doubled not because of a sudden increase in work-shy scroungers, but as an inevitable result of economic policies based on cuts that destroy growth.’ he is not alone amongst union leaders in their distrust of the new proposals. Unions and conservatives have never been happy bed fellows so again everyone has their own agenda. Hopefully the truth will out and  Britian will benefit as a whole.

3 Comments

  1. Karen Alexander says:

    Perhaps Iain Duncan Smith can be reminded of his promises when 2013 arrives!!!

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  2. Michael says:

    There is a major problem with universal credit as there is with employment in this country, it presumes everybody should fit a mould, be like everyone else, when clearly such policies have driven people to poverty. It is all very well saying 465,000 jobs have been created and many millions of jobs have gone to foreigners, but this ignores very clear pieces of information. Firstly many migrants do not have mental and physical disabilities, how have those foreigners accessed jobs as it seems they have to do less to get those jobs, what do those jobs entail? many jobs today unlike the past of multitasking, you are required to do more for your money for not much more pay. For many disabled people (many actually do want some form of employment), mentally and physically, many jobs created require people to have certain skills set, the access for even basic employment is tough meaning even for people who have a variety of skills competing for those jobs will require more effort, it puts the disabled many have to compete with able bodied people to do even basic jobs. When looking at many job descriptions there are elements of jobs the disabled can do and other elements they cannot. Employers today require people to have more skills, whereas in the past when my mother worked the entry into basic employment wasn’t hard at all. Employers in the 50’s would work with schools etc and getting basic work was easy. There were no CVs, hardly an application form or an interview and work was more handed out. Does a CV really prove who can and cannot do a job? CVs are another barrier along with lots of things, basically so employers can be more picky and choosey who they employ and infact firms have been downsizing for decades. The idea we need more eastern europeans to pick asparagus is nonsense, I don’t even eat it and I don’t know anyone who does, yet they seem to overproduce apparagus purely for profit and not for the needs of consumers.

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  3. Michael says:

    Where is the creation of jobs the disabled can do IDS? Voluntary work is fine, but if people do voluntary work – as far as I am concerned they have earned that money in voluntary work so should be left alone. However they are forced to get paid work, despite the fact there is not paid work they are suited too. So the voluntary work is not considered important work. i would argue all work if it needs doing is important. People have to claim JSA as well as other things while doing voluntary work so they can live, why not give a fund out to people so they can do voluntary work and get some money in return as well as N.I. Paid which doesn’t then force them to do paid work as well? Disabled people are often forced to do voluntary work due to the system, as they have no other way of getting work and want to contribute. Employers, especially when it comes to the mentall ill, don’t want to employ them, many who have internal conditions don’t qualify for DLA and others feel pressured on JSA to do work they cannot do for any number of reasons. This doesn’t mean they don’t want to do some form of work but pressuring people and ignoring individual circumstances isn’t going to help anyone. Maybe we should look at employment, employers, attitudes etc. Simply blaming the unemployed or disabled isn’t going to help anyone. Employers working with people instead of simply judging people might help?

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