A truly worrying situation and one that could be happening within the UK. The DWP situation with Benefit claims and while the appeal process is reversing many of the wrongful dismissed cases, will this always be so. Not if we implement the American system as we appear to be doing.
It is very worrying and this should be noticed by the DWP, but will it be, I fear not.
A new report released by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has blamed the UK government’s welfare reforms for a rise in clients seeking help for rent arrears on. The report comes the day after the government whipped their MPs to block the release of papers showing how Universal Credit will impact families.
The report starts by saying that in Scotland, the agency has seen a 40% rise in clients seeking assistance for rent arrears. Before you can even get into the report their findings are listed, and it doesn’t make comfortable reading for the government in Westminster.
The first and possibly most damning finding for the Tories says;
Source: Citizens Advice blame rent arrear rise on Universal Credit & welfare reform : Universal Credit Sufferer
Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty has vividly described “pulverism” – the idea that councils should use financial crises not merely to make savings but to smash up and reshape the public sector – and claims it has gone nationwide.
No it hasn’t, at least not in my experience of working in all kinds of councils around the country over the past decade.
Most councils, far from being ideological about smashing up the public sector, have been trying their best to mitigate the impact of the ideology and policies of austerity that successive governments have put in place since the coalition introduced the first round of cuts in 2010.
Source: Don’t blame councils for the harm done by government ideology | Joanne Fry | Society | The Guardian
Autumn statement 2016 Philip Hammond Theresa May Economics Economic policy EU referendum and Brexit Economic growth (GDP) Housing Office for Budget Responsibility Minimum wage Budget deficit Government borrowing
Source: How will the autumn statement change Britain? Our panel’s views | Matthew d’Ancona, Martin Kettle, Gaby Hinsliff, Aditya Chakrabortty and Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
By mentioning the National Living Wage this assumes that every employer will be able to afford to pay this to their employees.
Certainly within the care sector this may not be so, as many fees to care providers are funded through payment from local authority social services departments. With the Government austerity cuts reducing Government funding to local authorities, this as a negative impact on funds local authorities have to pay increased fees to service providers.
So what is the outcome, either reduce the hours of care to individuals requiring care so then not meeting their assessed needs or maintain existing hours and not increase fees so therefore the service providers will within time be unable to afford to retain staff and also make the business not viable.
Both will have dire consequences for those individuals requiring care as there will be insufficient resources available.
Funding to local authorities needs to be not only maintained but increased.