Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Jun 11, 2011 8:09:05 GMT
A more silenced element of the welfare reform bills is just how well some welfare to providers will do out of it. With end result payments of between £4,000 and £14,000, some providers will undoubtedly look to getting worst case examples of the long term incapacitated into work; - at any cost.
In the absence of proper jobs, it'll be crazy self-employed plans for those least able to get their books in order. As soon as they're 'back to work', claimants will be left usupported and before you know it, their mental health issues will be exacerbated by the stress of not actually earning a living, they'll be facing problems over their wildly fluctuating and very sporadic income levels. You can just imagine how it will affect their HB/CTB claims.
Here's what's being said about it all...
Welfare reform: companies could make up to £14,000 for every claimant who gets back into work Private firms could make up to £14,000 each for every long-time benefit claimant they get back into work, the welfare reform minister has said.
The new Welfare Reform Bill will sweep away a range of benefits and replace them with a simple Universal Credit. Benefits claimants will get higher payments when they go to work, trying to give them a stronger incentive to take jobs.
Welfare-to-work providers will be rewarded for helping longterm unemployed back into work and able Lord Freud said they would be able to earn “very good fees” from the benefits overhaul.
He said: “Depending on the scale of the challenge the jobseeker faces, we will pay anything between £4,000 and £14,000 to the employment specialists – if they can get people into sustainable employment.”
The Government recognised that “it is very easy to throw an incredible amount of money” at new benefits programmes “without seeing results”.
There are 2.2million people on incapacity benefit, of whom 1.6million will be assessed to see if they are fit for work. Trials have suggested that one in three will be judged to fit to go back to work.
No wonder they can't afford Legal Aid! Just how some of these people will cope without any access to proper advice, well let's just wait and see!
This must be mad Saturday, I've just heard on the news how electric firms will be charging 30% more for the first so many units of electric you use, they are also taking away the social tarrif and replacing it with another scheme. So let's get this straight, the less electric you use, the more you'll be penalised.