The remit of this public inquiry must also look into the way disabled benefit claimants have been treated by the state & by any contractor including Atos Healthcare.
The remit of such an inquiry must also look into the benefit rates for claimants - described as 'manifestly inadequate' by the Council of Europe. UnemployedNet and Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants have responded to the 'Independent Review of Sanctions' - #OakleyReview
Further reading - news item in the Daily Mirror - Stitching-up the unemployed & claimants part of the job Jobcentre insider :http://t.co/ctjC262jcr
The disinformation peddled by Daily Mail columnists, Con-Dem cabinet ministers and other politicians, most jobless people do not choose not to work because they fancy "a life on benefits," a phraseChancellor George Osborne preachers at Tory conferences that was tellingly echoed by Ed Balls.
Ed Balls was correct about the .... "shocking number of young people stuck on the dole for more than a year has doubled under David Cameron."
Long-term joblessness is rising under the coalition because it is an anti-jobs government. Hundreds of thousands of secure, skilled jobs have been axed - are still being axed - across the public sector. A survey by trade union GMB found 631,000 public-sector roles had been given the chop by autumn last year, a figure the government's own projections suggest will exceed a million by the next election.
From workfare - which effectively provides forced below-minimum-wage labour to private firms at taxpayers' cost - to ever increasing sanctions on jobseekers who can't jump through a constantly changing set of hoops, people who are out of work have been exploited, punished and demonised by the Department for Work and Pensions and its sanctimonious henchmen Iain Duncan Smith.
Indeed, last year the Chancellor decided to introduce a waiting period between losing your job and being eligible for jobseeker's allowance, presumably as an extra kick in the teeth for the 631,000 people his government has chucked on the scrapheap.
Labour should be highlighting the rank hypocrisy of a regime that sacks people en masse and then blames them for it. Instead it seems content to follow in its footsteps.
The ConDems must be replaced by a Labour government committed to scrapping the jobseeker's allowance & replacing it with Social Security - Unemployment Benefit. A future Labour government must introduce the kind of policies that will benefit the vast majority of the people of Britain, which means taking on the powerful, vested interests of big business and the ruling elite. It must, therefore, be aLabour government of a new type - kept on course by a militant mass movement around an alternative economic and political strategy.
Every day, certain sections of the press and television voice concerns over the apparent lawlessness of young people. This has led to calls for even more repressive measures against young offenders and for army-type discipline. Yet the link between increased property crime and depressed economic activity is well established.
People see a government persuing policies which stop them getting jobs and the same government withdrawing their entitlement to benefit. We should blame the cause, not the effects.
Once again, political parties across the board put the blame at the door of the individual, saying: "It's your fault you are unemployed. You don't want jobs." But when there are very few real jobs out there, it is meaningless. The government and the capitalist class which it serves have created unemployment, but blame the unemployed who have no control over their lives when they are thrown out of a job and thrown onto the scrap-heap, lives ruined.
Not content with cutting benefit, the government wants to make a strict benefit regime even stricter.
The British benefits system is 'unfit for purpose' - a future Labour government must hold a Public Inquiry
We hereby call on the speaker in the House of Commons to expel Iain Duncan Smith from the House of Commons:
After being outed as a liar, and after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for him to be held to account, Iain Duncan Smith has been called before - Parliament's 'Work and Pensions Committee' to be held to account for 'statistical deception'.
Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants refers to the following & makes this 'public statement': "Under British Parliamentary Convention: There is an offence, here in the UK, known as Contempt of Parliament. An MP is guilty of this if he or she deliberately misleads Parliament, and any MP accused of the offence may be suspended or expelled.
He must either admit or explain in full detail his despicable treatment of the most vulnerable people in this country…… or he must be expelled from Parliament like the disgrace that he is.
If any MP is found to have lied & deceived the 'House of Commons' an MP can then be expelled from parliament.: http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/l_to_o/misconduct_in_public_office/#a010
We hereby DEMAND the so-called honourable member Iain Duncan Smith be expelled from the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster