If you want an illustration of the mess created by Iain Duncan Smith in our social security system and the incompetence of the present government, you only need to see this letter from the DWP to a 90-year-old woman ordering her to attend a job related interview which was posted online by her grandson:
Scottish Labour leadership hopeful Neil Findlay yesterday issued a direct challenge to the party establishment over ballot papers which could favour Blairite candidate Jim Murphy. Mr Findlay said it was “insulting” to thousands of Labour members and trade unionists supporting his campaign that their nominations for him had been left off the ballot papers — but MPs’ nominations for Mr Murphy had been included.
“I view all parts of our Labour Party as equal so I am surprised that only MPs’ and MSPs’ nominations have been included,” the left-wing Lothians MSP said.
“It is insulting given the effort and expense members, CLPs, trade unions and socialist societies went to organise special meetings and consultation events.”
POLICE are continuing to quiz Scottish Tory Party leader Ruth Davidson in connection with allegations pro-Union campaigners illegally counted postal votes in the weeks before independence referendum ballots closed. Full story
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has carried out 60 secret reviews into benefit-related deaths in less than three years, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal. DWP released the figures in response to a series of Freedom of Information Act (FoI) requests by DNS.
A number of senior posts within the authority are to be axed in an exercise which will take effect next April.
Members of East Ayrshire Council last week approved a major shake-up to the authority’s management structure. A number of senior posts within the authority are to be axed in an exercise which, promises council leader Douglas Reid, will save a “significant” amount of cash. The changes – most of which take effect next April – reach to almost the very top of the council hierarchy.
Comment: If Ms Morton will be in charge of housing and communities it looks like she assumes the same role Bill Shepherd had at Neighbourhood Services, so do we still have a head of housing, Housing Manger, and Area Managers??? That's four levels of management, if we include the Chief Exec 5, if so then it looks like a top heavy... [Read More]
And accuses him of lying to parliament over Universal Credit. A former confidant of Iain Duncan Smith has dramatically turned on him over Universal Credit, making claims in a radio interview that completely undermine not only press briefings on the botched project — but statements by the cabinet minister to parliament.
Stephen Brien is credited as being the ‘architect’ of Universal Credit. Having developed the policy while working at a think tank founded by IDS, the former Tory leader then brought him into DWP to help him deliver the programme.
The Scottish National Party (SNP) has won a by-election held on Thursday for North Ayrshire Council.
Grace McLean retained the North Coast and Cumbraes ward for the SNP with 2,021 votes.
Independent Drew Cochrane was second with 1,190, Conservative Toni Dawson came third with 1,125, followed by Labour's Valerie Reid on 691 and UKIP's Meilan Henderson on 192.
The by-election was held following the death of SNP councillor Alex McLean.
A single mother has won a benefits fight with her local council from beyond the grave.
Sarah Stirling began legal action against the London Borough of Haringey early last year, saying the authority's consultation on a council tax reduction scheme was flawed.
She lost fights in the High Court and the Court of Appeal, then became ill and died before the Supreme Court had given its verdict. Full story here
In East Ayrshire as at May 2014, there were 16 households subject to the cap.
North East 1,122 North West 3,199 Yorkshire and The Humber 2,345 East Midlands 1,791 West Midlands 3,401 East of England 2,905 London 21,233 South East 4,667 South West 1,905... [Read More]
Universal credit is a disaster, yet IDS is rolling it out across the UK despite claims from insiders that the system is flawed, I.T. cannot cope with anything other than the simplest of cases and training for staff is almost non existent. One of the problems with UC for local authorities is the payment of rent direct to tenants, fears of rent arrears due to sanctions and or tenants who refuse to pass on the rent to their landlord.
Yet today we learn that NI has secured changes to the way Universal Credit can be paid to protect the most vulnerable in its society by direct payments as is the current position under HB and twice monthly payments of UC to claimants, the intention is only one payment a month. Many campaigners have stated that for many a once a month payment will be difficult. The Scottish Government must move to ensure the same changes will apply to Scottish... [Read More]