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Universal Credit criticism continues

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Guardian newspaper 22/10/17

" The government is edging closer to a major U-turn on the Universal Credit system despite Theresa May's insistence that " it is a system that is

working". More change should be expected as Conservative M.P.'s discuss worries about the roll-out of the system......."

No surprises there then ! 

 

opioid addiction and automation

Posted on July 29, 2017 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)


According to a report on the Linkedin web-site regarding the widespread problem of opioid and other employee drug addiction in the US ; "At stake is not only safety and productivity within companies - but the need for humans altogether, with some manufacturers claiming opioids force them to automate work faster".

Citizens Credit entitlement conditions of individual health responsibility would help eliminate drug addiction problems and address the problem of increased automation and increased unemployment generally.

Basic Income Program success in Finland

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

RT News 23/6/2017

Participants in Finland's universal basic income program say they are less stressed and more inspired to find a job than when they were receiving welfare. Some 2000 unemployed participants were given 560 euros every month for two years and were able to undertake part-time positions which would have jeopardized their welfare payments under the normal system.

Yorkshire Post 23/11/16 Need for "self care"

Posted on November 28, 2016 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 
                  Rother Valley MP,Sir Kevin Barron, has called on Health Ministers to do more to promote a culture of "self care" among the British public,
      
       claiming it would help ease the "escalating demand" on the NHS.

       The "Citizen's Charter",an integral part of the Citizen's Credit  scheme,would require each participant to agree to take " a degree of responsibility

        for the health and safety of themselves and their family,their community and their environment", in order to qualify for receipt of the benefits of

        the scheme.
 

             
        


Council's 3 million outlay on agency staff criticised

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)


       A report in the Yorkshire Post(21/11/16) again illustrates the appropriateness (and indeed need) for a Citizens Credit type scheme where a council spokeswoman said agencystaff were "essential" for the authority to be able to continue providing key services to the people of Hull.

       She added:"The majority of this spend relates to front-line services that look after the elderly,children and young people, and services such as refuse collection".

         A properly organized Citizens Credit scheme would provide a locally available pool of, (often qualified), staff to help resolve staffing shortages and at a considerable saving on (often exhorbitant) agency fees.

Lollipop person crisis.

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)



     The appropriateness and practicality of the Citizens Credit scheme at the micro-level of government, is well illustrated by the following extract from the Huddersfield Examiner (4/11/2016) :

     "Kirklees Council has revealed it has 32 crossings across the borough where it cannot get anyone to help.The position is paid but lollipop patrols are only needed for an hour in the morning and an hour at tea-time".

 A Citizens  Credit scheme could solve this problem quick smart and probably at a saving to the council. 

Guardian newspaper 20/7/2016

Posted on August 2, 2016 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

"The Government's Universal Credit scheme has once again slipped behind schedule and will now not be complete until 2022,five years behind the original projected finish date,officials have admitted".

This is as predicted in "Citizens Credit" below - and we can expect further delays.......

youth unemployment 2015

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

BBC News 16/02/15

Director General of the CBI, John Cridland has commented : 

" Long-term youth unemployment is a national disgrace that can leave a life-time scar."

ONS statistics show that 188,000 18 to 24 year olds have been unemployed for more than 12 months.

Citizen's Credit available to unemployed people over 18 would help finance internships/apprenticeships and further and higher education generally.


ANU Report Jan. 2015

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

               
                A  report from the Australian National University shows that welfare to work programmes promoted by successive governments had            
                        
                no  impact on unemployment, as they fail to take into account the changing labour market and the fact that " full-time blue collar jobs are
           
                becoming very, very scarce." 

                This report simply confirms the urgent need for a radical change in attitude to work and employment in all types of economies ,even those

                 like Australia based substantially on Primary industries.

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