Post by Patrick Torsney on Aug 1, 2014 8:15:57 GMT
A few London-based ASTF project leads are meeting up on the afternoon of Weds 20th August (details below) and you're invited. It's not critical your project is London-based - if you happen to be around in London that day then you're welcome too
It's not a 'big event' and it's not going to be one of those meetings where we spend 3 hours going round explaining what each of our projects does. It's just an afternoon meet and catch up - an opportunity for those present to touch base and share info/resources as we come towards the end of the first ASTF year, what's working (what isn't), useful tools we've made/found, ways of maximising project impact and so on. In other words, as practical as possible and with a focus on things we can take away to implement in our own projects
If you'd like to come along please email in advance. I may have to limit places if loads of people want to come but we're good for now - let's stick at one person/project just to be on the safe side
I'll put a short agenda together in advance and circulate it to attendees - if you want to come and there's something particular you want to discuss then let me know when you email. We can feed back whatever we come up with to ASA afterwards
Salary:£21,067 - £23,945 pro rata plus 5% pension contribution
Hours:25 per week
Swindon CAB is looking for an Advice Session Supervisor to join our team at a very exciting time in our development.
We have won a new 5 year core contract which has seen us move into a Co-located charity hub in the heart of Swindon.
We now manage all front of house services for the new Swindon Advice and Support Centre and are establishing the bureau as the first port of call for advice and information for Swindon residents.
As well as our traditional Advice service we are offering a new Information Point helping people access local services.
You will need proven experience of advice session supervision and working with a team of volunteers. As one of our supervisors you will manage the practicalities of our day to day advice and information sessions at one of our premises. You will also be responsible for monitoring, evaluating and improving the quality of the advice provided within the bureau.
You may be required to work some Saturday mornings.
For an informal chat about the position please contact Paul Wigley or Tracey Ahilan on 01793 618781
In accordance with Citizens Advice national policy we will ask the successful candidate to be screened by the Disclosure and Barring Service. However, a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to your being able to take up the job.
Post by Colin Henderson on Jul 29, 2014 14:39:28 GMT
Legal aid lawyers breathed a huge sigh of relief with the comprehensive destruction of the disgusting and fascistic residence test for legal aid at the hand of the courts earlier this month. We had been preparing for all the forms to change to incorporate ridiculous and racist declarations of Britishness or whatever from 4 August.
Well to get us back somewhat the Agency are demanding that the forms change from 4 August anyway, so there. Ya boo sucks to us!
"The following forms have been updated for August and previews are available below the current form on the relevant pages: •CIVAPP1, 3, 5, 6, 8 & 8A •ADMIN1 •MEANS1, 2 (+ guides), MEANS3 •CIVCLAIM1, 1A, 5 & 5A •CW1&2, 3, 4, & CWC(MH) •ECLAIM1(CIV), (MH) & (IMM) These forms are mandatory from 4 August and old versions signed on or before 3 August should be submitted before 31 August to avoid rejection. Any forms signed on or after 4 August must be the new version."
The changes are of course utterly pointless and irrelevant, eg: - the APP1 gets a bit where clients who presumably don't trust their solicitors can nominate someone else to deal with the Agency (I kid you not) - the App8 - gets a change to solicitors certification - can't see anything else - Means1,2 et al just seem much shoutier with bigger warnings about being prosecuted for giving wrong info.
It looks like the usual CW1 doesn't change in fact but I wouldn't bet on it. The announcement suggests it does but the new version is not there - keep checking the forms page because typically there has be NO news announcement yet. After all it's a whole 5 days away.
Post by Colin Henderson on Jul 29, 2014 13:22:02 GMT
The National Audit Office is reviewing the legal aid "reform" programme and has just extended its survey of providers (which was due to close last week) until the end of this week. Here's the blurb:
"The NAO is totally independent of government; we are not civil servants and do not report to any Minister. It publishes around 60 value for money studies each year. These studies look at how government projects, programmes and initiatives have been implemented and make recommendations about how services can be improved. We are currently undertaking a value for money study of the government's reforms to civil legal aid. Our final report will be presented to the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament later this year.
This online consultation with providers of civil law services is an important part of our study. The questionnaire has four sections and will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. You will be asked to provide your opinions about the impact of reforms to civil legal aid on your clients, your organisation, and the broader civil legal aid market. The questionnaire will close on Friday 1 August 2014.
Your answers will be treated in strict confidence. We will only report findings from the survey at an aggregated level and will not attribute comments to you or your organisation. In the event of a Freedom of Information request for individual-level data, we would contact you prior to releasing any information and would consider your views in relation to applying any appropriate exemptions. All personal data will be protected in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998."
Like me you might be pretty cynical that anyone will give two hoots after years of providers being ignored, vilified and then driven out of business, but it only takes a few minutes and I for one felt better after venting a bit.
Myths and stereotypes abound about welfare benefits, yet Labour shows no passion in refuting them as the lies they are.
Myth 1: there is a big problem with families where generations have never worked. The truth is that the Labour Force Survey shows only 0.3% where two or more generations of working age have never worked.
Myth 2: most benefits spending goes to unemployed people of working age. The is completely wrong. The biggest element of social security expenditure |(42%) goes to pensioners. Then housing benefit is next, accounting for 20%, of whom one-fifth are in work. Then 15% goes on children, through child benefit and child tax credit. Some 8% goes on disability living allowance, 4% on income support mainly for single parents and carers, 4% on employment and support allowance to those who can’t work due to sickness or disability, and 2% on carer’s allowance and maternity pay. Just 3% is spent on jobseeker’s allowance.
Myth 3: benefit fraud is high and increasing. The latest official DWP estimates show that last year just 0.7% of benefit expenditure was overpaid due to fraud, including a mere 0.3% for incapacity benefits. It is equally false that benefit fraud is increasing. The figures for combined fraud and customer error for JSA and income support show it halved from 9.4% in 1997-8 to only 4.8% in 2004-5.
Myth 4: it is often said that couples on benefits are better off if they split up. In fact, research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that the benefits system provides very similar living standards to families irrespective whether the live together or apart.
Myth 5: the welfare bill has ballooned out of control and grew unsustainably under Labour. In fact, welfare expenditure totaled 11.6% under the Tories in 1996-7, but only 10.7% under Labour up to the crash in 2008-9.
Myth 6: it is said that most benefit claims are long-term so that claimants ‘languish in dependency’. The truth is that over the 2003-8 period leading up to the crash, only 37% received incapacity benefit long term, while 38% were on benefit for less tha one year.
Myth 7: social security benefits are too generous. In fact unemployment benefit levels fall well below what research shows most people believe should form a minimum household budget. A single adult of working age receives just 40% of the weekly minimum income standard, and a couple with two children receive only 62% of the weekly minimum.
Myth 8: most people who claim disability benefits could be working. The truth is that many of the people claiming incapacity benefits are those with low employability in areas of few jobs. Unemployment remains at 2.6 million, there are an average of 8 persons chasing every available job, and most employers (given the choice, which in a very slack labour market they have) would prefer not to take on the risk and hassle of emplying a disabled person. Many people then end up in a situation where they are not fit enough to do the jobs they can get, but can’t get the jobs they can do.
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Jul 28, 2014 20:26:18 GMT
Fresh embarrassment for Nick Clegg after £1billion flagship work scheme is dropped
NICK Clegg faced embarrassment today after his flagship initiatives for tackling youth unemployment was wound up early.
By Macer Hall July 25th 2014
The £1billion Youth Contract Wage Incentive Scheme championed by the Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister was cut short amid accusations it has been a complete flop.
It was launched at the height of the recession in an attempt to help jobless youngsters into work.
Employers were offered £2,275 to provide a six-month "job start" for someone aged under 25 under the scheme.
But after just 4,690 recruits completed their placements, the Department for Work and Pensions is winding up the scheme.
It had been due to last three years from April 2012 but companies have been told that no further placements will start after August 6 this year.
Andrew Thomas, head of the Work Programme at the department, acknowledged in a letter to firms involved in the scheme that he was giving "short notice of withdrawal."
Rachel Reeves said that the project had been a failure from start to finish [GETTY]
The Youth Contract has been an abject failure from start to finish
Rachel Reeves, Labour shadow work and pensions secretary Labour shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves said: "Just two years after the launch of David Cameron's flagship Youth Contract, the £1 billion programme is being abandoned by ministers.
"The Youth Contract has been an abject failure from start to finish.
"Ministers promised it would get every unemployed young person working or learning, but only a tiny fraction of Youth Contract employer wage incentives were ever used to get young people into work, and over 800,000 young people are still unemployed.
"The Government should introduce Labour's Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get young jobseekers off benefits and into work."
Stripped of his income, the 59-year-old could not afford food or electricity and died starving, penniless and alone at his home.
His death was from diabetic ketoacidosis – caused by not taking his insulin.
Tonight his distraught sister Gill Thompson told how she believes he may have stopped injecting himself with the life-saving drug after becoming so desperate over his lack of cash and work.
Choking back tears, she said: “I think he just gave up. I want the lessons to be learned. I don’t want anybody else to die. He shouldn’t have died like that. You wouldn’t let an animal die like that, would you?
“I just, I look at food now and think, ‘My brother didn’t have any.’
"My brother was not a scrounger. He was getting £71.70 a week. He was not living on champagne and caviar. They should have taken into account his past work and his condition.”
Stevenage council leader Sharon Taylor slammed Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith over David’s treatment.
She stormed: “He should hang his head in shame. David served his country. Treating him like this is disgusting.
When David died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. His electricity card was out of credit meaning the fridge where he should have kept his insulin chilled was not working.
A coroner also found he had no food in his stomach.
A pile of CVs for job applications were found near David’s body.
Gill, 57, demanded a change to the welfare system she believes caused her brother’s death. She said officials knew he was diabetic as he nearly died when his benefits were stopped once before.
David, of Stevenage, Herts, had his benefits axed last summer for missing the appointment. There have been more than a million stoppages since the Coalition came to power in 2012.
Fester McVile makes my flesh crawl every time I hear her voice.
It is often said that to succeed in a man's word women must tougher and harder than the men with whom they are competing.
In this case, this 'creature' (I'm trying my best to be polite - the first word to describe her also began with a C but I thought better of using it here) must out evil IBS, surely one of the nastiest, vilest men ever to infest the Tory party.
I'd say she's more than up to the job.
She's a disgusting little pleb trying to get 'in' with her Bullingdon Club masters.