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TOPIC: Universal Credit Roll-Out To Miss Deadline

Universal Credit Roll-Out To Miss Deadline 06 Dec 2013 21:25 #1

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The roll-out of the Universal Credit benefit scheme will miss its deadline, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has admitted.

The announcement came just two hours ahead of the Chancellor's delivery of the Autumn Statement, leaving the Department for Work and Pensions open to criticisms of trying to bury bad news.

Delivery of the flagship welfare reform due to replace a bundle of means-tested benefits had already been pushed back to 2017, but Mr Duncan Smith has admitted now even that may not be possible.

Publishing details of the timing for the introduction of the new system the Department for Work and Pensions, it now seems that movement toward transferring people to the new system is to move forward more slowly than had been expected.

The man is an incompetent fool. Why is he still in a job?
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Universal Credit Roll-Out To Miss Deadline 07 Dec 2013 00:29 #2

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Remember George W. M. Reynolds, the writer and publisher?
6th of March 1848, Trafalgar Square. The Chartists held a mass meeting attended by 200,000 people that was met by 150,000 police and specials (including 100 members of the London Stock Exchange). Speeches were made about democratic reform, the plight of the poor, the London and Manchester slums, and general living conditions of workers in the country. Police raised their truncheons and urged the crowds to disperse, which they did, moving towards the Mall and Buckingham Palace. At the palace gates, Reynolds made a speech and the crowds dispersed.
Fast-forward to 14 April 1848, Kennington Commons. The Duke of Wellington is the Prime Minister, and Reynolds has become one of the Chartist leaders. A mass gathering of 500,000 Chartists are met by 70,000 specials hastily sworn in. After much marching and speeches, a petition with 5,700,000 signatures attached is handed in. The petition called for major democratic reform, and should their petition be rejected, the government to step down where upon the Chartists would take over the vacated positions. Of course they failed -- the government claimed that only 1,975,496 signatures were on the petition and most of them fictitious; apparently Wellington had no respect for the opinions of nearly 2 million citizens. Reynolds wrote that The Iron Duke hated the masses and would never allow reform of the status quo, so Reynolds took to the printing presses to gather support from the populace.
Reynolds and his publishing associate, John Dicks, continued to speak and write about democratic reform, the end of the death penalty, the abolition of the aristocracy and House of Lords, and the dissolution of the link between the government and the Church of England. Reynolds wrote about the plight of the poorest of society, the gigantic slums of major industrial cities, appalling working conditions, the sheer numbers of children living in squalor. He put a lot of his efforts into the elections of 1851, but by the time of the elections, he had had a falling out with the Chartists and lost much support.
We have not come very far in 165 years. And history repeats; those in power stay in power because they write the rules that allow them to evade accountability and responsibility.
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Universal Credit Roll-Out To Miss Deadline 07 Dec 2013 00:47 #3

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On the 16th of August 1819 the huge open area around what's now St Peters Square, Manchester, played host to an outrage against over 60,000 peaceful pro-democracy and anti-poverty protesters; an event which became known as The Peterloo Massacre.

An estimated 18 people, including a woman and a child, died from saber cuts and trampling. Over 700 men, women and children received extremely serious injuries. All in the name of liberty and freedom from poverty.

The Massacre occurred during a period of immense political tension and mass protests. Fewer than 2% of the population had the vote, and hunger was rife with the disastrous corn laws making bread unaffordable.


On the morning of 16th August the crowd began to gather, conducting themselves, according to contemporary accounts, with dignity and discipline, the majority dressed in their sunday best.

The key speaker was to be famed orator Henry Hunt, the platform consisted of a simple cart, located in the front of what's now the Gmex centre, and the space was filled with banners - REFORM, UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE, EQUAL REPRESENTATION and, touchingly, LOVE. Many of the banner poles where topped with the red cap of liberty - a powerful symbol at the time.
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