From the TUC

Web links for 5th October 2010

05 Oct 2010, by in Web links

  • The FT (paywall) report that the Government may have to make cuts of up to 80 per cent in welfare to work programmes.
  • The Guardian reports that a series of townhall meetings to discuss the Big Society have been cancelled as a result of public anger about the impacts that cuts will have on the voluntary sector.
  • Great piece by Sunder Katwala on the challenges that the Child Benefit announcement has caused for the Government
  • Prospect – the union representing doctors carrying out the tests for people applying for Employment and Support Allowance – says that they are not allowed enough time to assess complex cases. The union says that increasing the number of people with severe disabilities that are exempted from the test would free up resources for cases where testing is needed. Prospect also says that the test needs clearer rules on mental health problems and uppoer limb disorders.
  • Haringey leader Claire Kober worries abour the effect of Housing Benefit rule changes on social services in her borough. The changes to Housing Benefit to be introduced from next year will make their current homes unaffordable for many London families – and especially for the most vulnerable. Thousands will move to Boroughs like Haringey that have comparatively low rents – and increase the pressures on already hard-pressed social services.
  • Polly Toynbee gets it right – the employment problem of the moment isn't how to incentivise those out of work, its the fact that there aren't enough jobs for them to do.
  • Alex Barker notes that the introduction of Universal Credit may provide the Government with the cover they need to make even greater benefit cuts
  • Benedict Brogan provides a right wing critique of the new Tory child benefit policy: "Pity the middle class family with four children, Dad earns £50,000 and Mum doesn’t work. That’s a whacking great hit and if you translated it into a marginal rate – well, you do the maths. Then imagine their next-door neighbours, a couple with four children but both work, and both earn £42,000: they earn more, they both get their personal allowance AND…they keep their child benefit. How can this be described as family friendly or supportive of mothers who choose to stay at home and look after their children? Or have I missed a change in Tory policy on marriage?"
  • Caroline Crampton the impacts that child benefit cuts may have for women's future pensions