Nationalised childcare to get more people working/decrease gender pay gap

Nationalise childcare so that single parents can get off Income Support/JSA and into work. In 2004 the UK came 20th in nationalised childcare out of 23 European countries studied, trailing Turkey and Greece. Right now we have a lot LESS nationalised/subsidised childcare places than we did in WW2!

Why is this idea important?

Nationalise childcare so that single parents can get off Income Support/JSA and into work. In 2004 the UK came 20th in nationalised childcare out of 23 European countries studied, trailing Turkey and Greece. Right now we have a lot LESS nationalised/subsidised childcare places than we did in WW2!

Review of non dependant deductions on Housing and Council Tax Benefit

 

 

 

 

 

In my opinion non dependant deductionson housing benefit  forces families to look for ways of beating the benefit system.

Non dependants who manage to find a job suddenly move out of the family home the same day they start working.  They say they are moving to a family or friends home who is not claiming housing benefit, more than likely they do not actually move out.

Rather than raise the non dependant deductions rates I think that they should be lowered so that they do not encourage people to go to the lengths to say they have moved address.   I believe that  this a common occurrence  and  a change needs to be made to the rules so that no one needs to lie about where they are living.

For the current rates of non dependant deductions (Click here)

Why is this idea important?

 

 

 

 

 

In my opinion non dependant deductionson housing benefit  forces families to look for ways of beating the benefit system.

Non dependants who manage to find a job suddenly move out of the family home the same day they start working.  They say they are moving to a family or friends home who is not claiming housing benefit, more than likely they do not actually move out.

Rather than raise the non dependant deductions rates I think that they should be lowered so that they do not encourage people to go to the lengths to say they have moved address.   I believe that  this a common occurrence  and  a change needs to be made to the rules so that no one needs to lie about where they are living.

For the current rates of non dependant deductions (Click here)

Making people on Job Seekers Allowance earn their money.

I believe that we should get all people who are claiming Job Seekers Allowance to perform at least 16hours community service a week within their town/city. They will still have time to look for a job, but will however be providing a much needed service to their communities which will let us all feel that they are at least doing something to earn the money they are given for free. Not so long back there was a thing called National Service. It didnt hurt anyone and was overall good for people to do as it instilled discipline and a good working ethic.

Why is this idea important?

I believe that we should get all people who are claiming Job Seekers Allowance to perform at least 16hours community service a week within their town/city. They will still have time to look for a job, but will however be providing a much needed service to their communities which will let us all feel that they are at least doing something to earn the money they are given for free. Not so long back there was a thing called National Service. It didnt hurt anyone and was overall good for people to do as it instilled discipline and a good working ethic.

the genuine

people who have worked all their lives( not just for 2 years acreditted points) married or living with partner or single should get job seakers allowance. especially if coming off incapacity benefit then and not told that is what is happening to them.

Why is this idea important?

people who have worked all their lives( not just for 2 years acreditted points) married or living with partner or single should get job seakers allowance. especially if coming off incapacity benefit then and not told that is what is happening to them.

Calculate benefits and tax credits per individual, not per couple

Calculate jobseekers allowance and working tax credits on adults' individual NI contributions and work history – not on what their partner earns.

Why is this idea important?

Calculate jobseekers allowance and working tax credits on adults' individual NI contributions and work history – not on what their partner earns.

Replace Jobseekers Allowance with guaranteed part time work

We spend billions every year on benefit for long time unemployed people, and we certainly should look after these people.

But there are two problems:

– we get no benefit from this expenditure, other than "doing the right thing"

– the recipient doesn't get the satisfaction of contributing, and the benefit of building up a CV.

After an initial opportunity to find work, we should offer all jobseekers part time work at the minimum wage up to the number of hours per week required to make their benefit.  They get a stronger work history, we get the benefit of their effort and skills, and nobody needs to be judgemental about skiving again.  It also creates IDS's "incentive to work" because any other job offered will pay at least the same, and if more hours will pay more.  There would be no step change in the effort required to take on a part time job.

Why is this idea important?

We spend billions every year on benefit for long time unemployed people, and we certainly should look after these people.

But there are two problems:

– we get no benefit from this expenditure, other than "doing the right thing"

– the recipient doesn't get the satisfaction of contributing, and the benefit of building up a CV.

After an initial opportunity to find work, we should offer all jobseekers part time work at the minimum wage up to the number of hours per week required to make their benefit.  They get a stronger work history, we get the benefit of their effort and skills, and nobody needs to be judgemental about skiving again.  It also creates IDS's "incentive to work" because any other job offered will pay at least the same, and if more hours will pay more.  There would be no step change in the effort required to take on a part time job.

Annual leave for jobseekers

Millions of people are going to be unemployed over the next few years enduring a long-term, and often demoralising job search, because of the state of the economy. Let's make it a bit less stressful for them by giving people clear guidance over where they can travel while looking for work, and that people genuinely seeking a job full-time and failing might be in need of a bit of a break.

I've known someone made redundant, wanting to take a foreign holiday they had already paid for while in employment, not able to take that holiday because they would lose housing benefit. If they'd have been going somewhere in the UK, it would have been alright because they could have apparently signed on in another jobcentre. What a joke! Of course they would not have really been looking for work during a break in the UK. A pointless kick in the teeth to have to forego the holiday you can't get a refund on for no good reason.

 

I have another friend on jobseekers who has been offered a free break abroad to visit a friend in Spain. It would really lift her spirits after a miserable year. If she goes and tells the truth, she'll lose her benefits. If the friend was in Cornwall, she'd be alright. Seems senseless to me when a flight to Europe can be cheaper than a train fare to Scotland.

Let's recognise that unemployment, and dependence on the benefits system, is something that could happen to any of us, and not exclude Jobseekers from mainstream society any more than is necessary. Let's have a set amount of 'leave' that they can use from jobseeking, like those employed have, to use for visiting family, doing work experience, or just being away from depressing bureaucracy for a short while, renewing the spirit. This would make things much less stressful, and stop a lot of pointless lying.

On a national scale, with slightly reduced numbers of meetings, you could probably even sack a few jobcentre staff.

Why is this idea important?

Millions of people are going to be unemployed over the next few years enduring a long-term, and often demoralising job search, because of the state of the economy. Let's make it a bit less stressful for them by giving people clear guidance over where they can travel while looking for work, and that people genuinely seeking a job full-time and failing might be in need of a bit of a break.

I've known someone made redundant, wanting to take a foreign holiday they had already paid for while in employment, not able to take that holiday because they would lose housing benefit. If they'd have been going somewhere in the UK, it would have been alright because they could have apparently signed on in another jobcentre. What a joke! Of course they would not have really been looking for work during a break in the UK. A pointless kick in the teeth to have to forego the holiday you can't get a refund on for no good reason.

 

I have another friend on jobseekers who has been offered a free break abroad to visit a friend in Spain. It would really lift her spirits after a miserable year. If she goes and tells the truth, she'll lose her benefits. If the friend was in Cornwall, she'd be alright. Seems senseless to me when a flight to Europe can be cheaper than a train fare to Scotland.

Let's recognise that unemployment, and dependence on the benefits system, is something that could happen to any of us, and not exclude Jobseekers from mainstream society any more than is necessary. Let's have a set amount of 'leave' that they can use from jobseeking, like those employed have, to use for visiting family, doing work experience, or just being away from depressing bureaucracy for a short while, renewing the spirit. This would make things much less stressful, and stop a lot of pointless lying.

On a national scale, with slightly reduced numbers of meetings, you could probably even sack a few jobcentre staff.

Replace Job Seekers Allowance from cash to voucher system

Instead of paying the unemployed a job seekers allowance cash payment of £50 or £60 a week, we should operate a voucher system or moving forward a card instead.  This could be made up along the following lines:-

Vouchers/credits for a local supermarket

Vouchers/credits for a mobile phone provider

Vouchers/credits to spend in local shops.

Vouchers/credits for transport purposes

A small cash amount each week.

Supermarkets could compete for the right to sell vouchers to the Government at reduced rates; the saving could be passed on to the unemployed by increasing the amount of vouchers provided.

Vouchers should prohibit or at least limit the purchase of alcohol and tobacco.

Why is this idea important?

Instead of paying the unemployed a job seekers allowance cash payment of £50 or £60 a week, we should operate a voucher system or moving forward a card instead.  This could be made up along the following lines:-

Vouchers/credits for a local supermarket

Vouchers/credits for a mobile phone provider

Vouchers/credits to spend in local shops.

Vouchers/credits for transport purposes

A small cash amount each week.

Supermarkets could compete for the right to sell vouchers to the Government at reduced rates; the saving could be passed on to the unemployed by increasing the amount of vouchers provided.

Vouchers should prohibit or at least limit the purchase of alcohol and tobacco.

THE DISTORTED BENEFIT SYSTEM

My daughter suffered a mental breakdown 6 years ago and was on Incapacity Benefit for 4 years. Through an agency, she managed to get herself back into work 2 years ago as a Teaching Assistant helping children with special needs. The job was part time, 30 hours per week and she was entitled to claim Tax Credits. This year, she has been employed in another school for 20 hours per week and as a consequence of this, she cannot claim Tax Credits. Furthermore, she is not entitled to Income Support either, because she is working more than 16 hours per week. She is single and lives alone.

Where is the sense in this? There is no support for people working between 17 and 29 hours per week. At the very time she needs more support, it is withdrawn. She has made extreme efforts to get off State Benefit, (as I am sure the Government would wish) and yet there is this gap in the support system which offers no incentive to stay in work.

Surely people working 17 to 29 hours per week should be helped more than those working more than 30 hours per week.

Why is this idea important?

My daughter suffered a mental breakdown 6 years ago and was on Incapacity Benefit for 4 years. Through an agency, she managed to get herself back into work 2 years ago as a Teaching Assistant helping children with special needs. The job was part time, 30 hours per week and she was entitled to claim Tax Credits. This year, she has been employed in another school for 20 hours per week and as a consequence of this, she cannot claim Tax Credits. Furthermore, she is not entitled to Income Support either, because she is working more than 16 hours per week. She is single and lives alone.

Where is the sense in this? There is no support for people working between 17 and 29 hours per week. At the very time she needs more support, it is withdrawn. She has made extreme efforts to get off State Benefit, (as I am sure the Government would wish) and yet there is this gap in the support system which offers no incentive to stay in work.

Surely people working 17 to 29 hours per week should be helped more than those working more than 30 hours per week.

Abolish Reducing Benefits For People Living Together

Currently people on benefits; In particular Jobseekers allowance; can have their benefits cut as a result of being in a relationship with someone they live with.

Abolish this ruling and make it simply that a person is assessed as an individual for their benefits claim.  

Maintain the same rules regarding seeking work as for any other job seeker. The same expiration of benefits; the same requirements for training and proof of looking for work would be required.

Why is this idea important?

Currently people on benefits; In particular Jobseekers allowance; can have their benefits cut as a result of being in a relationship with someone they live with.

Abolish this ruling and make it simply that a person is assessed as an individual for their benefits claim.  

Maintain the same rules regarding seeking work as for any other job seeker. The same expiration of benefits; the same requirements for training and proof of looking for work would be required.