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Old 11-11-2010, 02:57 AM
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Benefit cuts for unemployed who refuse jobs

This is exactly what we should do here in the US!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20101111...societywelfare

Benefit cuts for unemployed who refuse jobs



AFP/File – A man enters a Job Centre in north London. The government unveiled a radical shake-up of the welfare …



by Danny Kemp Danny Kemp 21 mins ago
LONDON (AFP) – The coalition unveiled plans to withhold handouts for up to three years for those who refuse a job Thursday in the biggest shake-up of the post-war welfare state, a day after violent protests rocked London.
The government also plans a "universal credit" instead of the current system of separate benefit payments for housing and childcare as part of reforms aimed at cutting Britain's massive deficit.
The first signs of anger against the erupted on Wednesday when thousands of demonstrators stormed the headquarters of the ruling Conservative party in London over plans to increase university tuition fees.
"This government is unashamedly pro-work," Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said in a speech to a before he unveiled the plans before parliament.
The government wants to introduce a sliding scale of penalties for those who either decline a job offer, fail to apply for a job they are advised to, or do not turn up for mandatory four-week manual labour placements.


The weekly 65-pound (75-euro, 104-dollar) will be stopped for three months for those who violate any of the conditions. That would rise to six months for a second violation and three years for a third.
The describes the plans as the most radical since Britain's wide-ranging welfare state was put in place just after World War II.


Welfare now accounts for roughly a third of government spending.
Speaking in South Korea where he is attending the G20 summit, Prime Minister said: "It simply has to pay to work. You can't have a situation where if someone gets out of bed and goes and does a hard day's work they end up worse off.


"That's not fair. And it sends entirely the wrong message, both to those on benefits and to the hard-working majority who are being asked to support them," he added.


Officials say the universal credit payment will make two and a half million people better off, but critics say plans to cap in particular amounts to "social cleansing" that will drive the poor out of Britain's cities.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said on Sunday he had a "lot of worries" about proposals to make long-term claimants of unemployment benefit carry out month-long placements of 30 hours a week doing unpaid tasks like clearing litter.
"People who are struggling to find work and struggling to find a secure future are I think driven further into a sort of downward spiral of uncertainty, even despair when the pressure's on in that way," he told the BBC.
Ministers hope the reforms will be approved by parliament and made law next year.


Under the existing system, claimants who do not cooperate with officials can lose their unemployment benefit for 26 weeks maximum but aides insisted this rarely happens.


Around 1.5 million people in Britain currently claim jobseekers' allowance.
Welfare was one of the areas hit hard by the deepest public spending cuts in decades announced last month.
The government is battling to reduce a record deficit of 154.7 billion pounds inherited from the previous Labour administration.



Cameron condemned as "completely unacceptable" the actions of the students in Wednesday's riots, which left 14 people injured including several police officers.



The protests say plans to increase the maximum tuition fees charged by universities to 9,000 pounds a year are unfair.
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Old 11-11-2010, 04:16 AM
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Re: Benefit cuts for unemployed who refuse jobs

Before the election, Tories (& Libdems) said they wouldnt cut x, y, or z if they won the election.

Once in power, they claimed the deficit was worse than expected (its better actually) and so we have to cut deeper and faster.

Actually, the deficit is the most wonderful and fabulous gift for the tories - it allows them to slash and burn ideologically while pretending its all Labours fault.

Hell mend people who voted for Libdems or Tories ... you'll regret it for years. We all will.



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Old 11-12-2010, 11:25 AM
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Re: Benefit cuts for unemployed who refuse jobs

Hey Thistle, whatchu got against Torie Spelling??
She ain't in politics.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:29 AM
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Re: Benefit cuts for unemployed who refuse jobs

I watched a segment on one of the cable news channels where the owner of a company that makes cardboard tubes in Michigan (Rigid Paper Tube ??) that said he gets responses to his help wanted ads by lazy Detroit union scum that only apply so he can sign their un-employment form saying they looked for work.
They decline the job cuz they'd rather the handout. Here's a guy that needs help, paying a living wage and willing to invest in capital equipment but can't because of the lazy ass union/lib entitlement sentiment.

I say cut their bene's and send em to live on the street.
Union scum.
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:31 AM
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Re: Benefit cuts for unemployed who refuse jobs

Yes...cut em!


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