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Universal Credit Boss Off Sick For 5 Months

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Only IDS could make this stuff up ....

The man in charge of bungling the introduction of Universal Credit is currently only working a day a week after being on the sick since last Christmas.

Of course Shiplee, like everyone else, has the right to take time off if he is unwell. But 20,000 people with respiratory conditions have been found fit for work since the Atos assessments began.

http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/universal-credit-boss-has-been-on-the-sick-for-nearly-five-months-wheres-atos-when-you-need-them/

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Have you noticed how they are trying to keep any talk of UC out of the news.They want to get the election before it all blows up.

Its never coming in for families with children.The Tories had a mandate to reform welfare.Instead of that IDS stuck to his great vision.

UC is a disaster.The amazing thing is that even if it had worked it would of sent the welfare bill up.It will be scrapped straight after the next election.

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UC is indeed a disaster.

In hindsight I think the Tories have approached welfare reform backwards.

Rather than asking the difficult questions (like "why do so many folk now need their incomes supplementing with Tax Credits etc"), they've focused on kicking the easiest targets.

Presumably because addressing the lack of proper full-time work and tackling the extorniate living costs that make so many" workers" reliant on state handouts is too tricky. And it would topple the house of cards.

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Have you noticed how they are trying to keep any talk of UC out of the news.They want to get the election before it all blows up.

Its never coming in for families with children.The Tories had a mandate to reform welfare.Instead of that IDS stuck to his great vision.

UC is a disaster.The amazing thing is that even if it had worked it would of sent the welfare bill up.It will be scrapped straight after the next election.

Is UC the coalition's poison pill to Labour?

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No as its a gift to Labour.Reeves knows its doomed and will launch a so called review then scrap it.The tories wanted to get rid of Tax Credits but couldnt just scrap them.IDS convinced them UC was the way.Its ironic that even if it had worked it wouldnt of saved 1p in welfare spending.It suffers the same problems as we have now.There was a bigger stick though for sanctions but i doubt it would of been enforced much.

The Tories big idea now seems to simply freeze payments and let inflation do the rest.That hits people on JSA though who get peanuts already.The problem is around children.Thats where reform is needed most but nobody wants to do it.Easier to make people who are 65 work 5 more years.

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No as its a gift to Labour.Reeves knows its doomed and will launch a so called review then scrap it.The tories wanted to get rid of Tax Credits but couldnt just scrap them.IDS convinced them UC was the way.Its ironic that even if it had worked it wouldnt of saved 1p in welfare spending.It suffers the same problems as we have now.There was a bigger stick though for sanctions but i doubt it would of been enforced much.

The Tories big idea now seems to simply freeze payments and let inflation do the rest.That hits people on JSA though who get peanuts already.The problem is around children.Thats where reform is needed most but nobody wants to do it.Easier to make people who are 65 work 5 more years.

All they had to do was change JSA/ESA/IS etc. MDR to 50% from 100%. And increase the income disregard to take into account higher work related costs such as travel and food. All they needed to do was change one number in a calculation that is carried out in the current system.

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All they had to do was change JSA/ESA/IS etc. MDR to 50% from 100%. And increase the income disregard to take into account higher work related costs such as travel and food. All they needed to do was change one number in a calculation that is carried out in the current system.

But then certain companies wouldn't have been paid millions if not billions to produce a system that doesn't work and then get paid millions more to try and make it work.

Just makes you wonder how big the brown envelopes are.

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UC was designed for one reason.To get rid of tax credits and the part time hours rules.Locked in with falling wages tax credits have no future and are causing massive problems for tax and productivity.The answer as Self Employed youth said was simply increase the disregard to say £50 a week for JSA/IS/ESA.

UC would of locked in all the problems with tax credits.Each child increases disposable income and lowers reasons to work more than the minimum.

IDS has now said UC will be in for families soon.I cant see any way it can be in any numbers.Even the government talk about "working age benefits" when talking about the next 5 years rather than UC.

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MDR?

Marginal Deduction Rate I believe - how much benefit you lose for every extra £1 you earn from your employment - currently you lose the whole £1 if you are on JSA or Income Support.

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Marginal Deduction Rate I believe - how much benefit you lose for every extra £1 you earn from your employment - currently you lose the whole £1 if you are on JSA or Income Support.

Interesting to contrast this reality with the ideology of tax cuts, where the claim is made that only a low MDR will generate the motivation to work.

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Well aye, but a low MDR for the poor would be say 60%.

top rate of tax isn't even 50%.

If you include income tax, NI and child benefit withdrawal, it can easily exceed 50%. E.g. Earn £50,001 with two kids and your effective marginal rate is around 65%.

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