Research shows only a fifth of 2 million people find employment after losing jobseeker’s allowance

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Research shows only a fifth of 2 million people find employment after losing jobseeker’s allowance.

Research shows only a fifth of 2 million people find employment after losing jobseeker’s allowance

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430835_148211001996623_1337599952_n (1)Further to an article I wrote last November – Government under fire for massaging unemployment figures via benefit sanctions from Commons Select Commitee – it’s emerged that the Coalition’s claims regarding an increase in employment are again under scrutiny after research shows only a fifth of 2 million people find employment after losing jobseeker’s allowance.

Fresh research, presented at the Commons Select Committee inquiry into welfare sanctions on Wednesday, suggests that hundreds of thousands are leaving jobseeker’s allowance because of benefit sanctions without finding employment, though the report’s authors cannot provide an exact figure.

Written by academics at the University of Oxford and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the report raises questions about why so many of those losing their benefit then disappear from the welfare system – possibly to rely on food banks.

The Guardian reports that Professor David Stuckler, of Oxford University, said that benefit sanctions

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How bullying works: projection and scapegoating.

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How bullying works: projection and scapegoating..

How bullying works: projection and scapegoating.

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Very few people, when put to the test, have the integrity and moral courage to stand up against bullying, harassment, abuse, threats and corruption.  The targets of adult bullying are selected often because they DO have the moral courage to challenge; many people will pass by on the other side.

A target of bullying is most often chosen because of their strength, not their weakness. Research shows that targets of bullying tend to have high moral values, a well-developed integrity, a strong sense of fair play and reasonableness, a low propensity to violence, a reluctance to pursue grievance, disciplinary or legal action, a sensitivity of and empathy for others, a strong forgiving streak and a mature understanding of the need to resolve conflict with dialogue. Often, targets of bullying are independent, self-reliant and “different” in some way. Weak people often disingenuously confuse these hallmarks of character with…

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The Coalition has deliberately financially trashed the NHS to justify its privatisation

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The Coalition has deliberately financially trashed the NHS to justify its privatisation.

The commercialisation and undemocratising of the NHS: the commodification of patients

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The commercialisation and undemocratising of the NHS: the commodification of patients.

The commercialisation and undemocratising of the NHS: the commodification of patients

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Last September, I wrote an article entitledJobseekers are being coerced into experimental drug trials dressed up as “job opportunities” .

I reported that David Cameron had announced that it was: “simply a waste to have a health service like the NHS and not use the data it generatedLet me be clear, this does not threaten privacy”, he reassured us, “it doesn’t mean anyone can look at your health records, but it does mean using anonymous data to make new medical breakthroughs”.

Cameron often inadvertently signposts the coming of a diabolical lie with the phrase “let me be clear”, as we know. We also know that so-called anonymisation of data offers no protection at all to identities and personal details. Campaigners described the plan as an”unprecedented threat” to confidentiality, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says, rather worryingly, that it will be a boon to research.

It’s…

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