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So, in welfare, we will go further, faster. Some people say we should be slowing down because of the economic downturn. I passionately believe we should be doing the opposite.
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2008/6040.html

The Government should extend conditionality so that virtually no one can claim benefits without taking active steps to address barriers to work, according to an independent review published today.
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2008/6040.html

[i:3onjc6sb]The Government should extend conditionality so that virtually no one can claim benefits without taking active steps to address barriers to work, according to an independent review published today.[/i]
The report recommends that a long-time vision for personalised conditionality and support is required for three broad groups of benefit claimants:
• A Work-Ready group – these will be customers who are claiming Jobseekers Allowance and are assessed as being immediately ‘job ready’ and should therefore be able to make a prompt return to work
• A Progression to Work group – for people where an immediate return to work is not appropriate – but would be possible in time
• A No Conditionality group – where no conditionality whatsoever will be applied – because it is not appropriate as they either have a particular severe health condition or disability, or they are a carer or a lone parent with their youngest child under the age of one.
The 3 groups you mentioned Rob are only the tip of the iceberg.As you know their long term vision is a single working age benefit which will ultimately mean CA will no longer exist.I am not against change,I do believe welfare reform is necessary but not at carers expense with these proposals the government are pushing forward.

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http://www.dwp.gov.uk/welfarereform/rea ... ential.asp

On 2 December 2008 Professor Paul Gregg delivered his independent report on conditionality and support ‘Realising potential: A vision for personalised conditionality and support’ to the Department for Work and Pensions.


Full report here....

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/welfarereform/rea ... ential.pdf
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/7761245.stm

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On Tuesday, ministers hinted that "fair rules" would be at the heart of the Queen's Speech and the prime minister said there could not be "one rule for some and another rule for others".
"Fair Rules" at the heart of radical UK reforms
Ministers signalled today that "fair rules" would be at the heart of the Queen's Speech, with measures to crack down on benefit fraud and get more people into work. Gordon Brown promised that recent work to support the ailing economy would be matched by far-reaching reforms to stop people shirking their responsibilities to society.
http://www.theherald.co.uk/

But if the "no conditionality" principle is applied then bona-fide Carers will not be put under any pressure at all to go and get a job.... however, hopefully we can use this as leverage to allow working age carers to pursue further education and training in preparation for their post-caring career whilst claiming benefit...why not?
Sounds good to me iam 57 have trade as overhead linesman supervisory position both high & low voltage no hight limit, traction (trains/trams) and supply systems but no way could i return to my old job therefore i would love to take up a training programme my main interest is cooking i would love to be a chef not sure how long that would take but if i was on training programme who would look after the old doll ? will it be free ? or as it is now means tested £15 per hour . we cant even access respite care apart from the 4 weeks via M.O.D. Veterans agency ( free) .
dont think any government will pay this kind of cash just to train someone like me who after training may be in my 60`s also what if my caring days just go on and on ( lets hope they do )
the government should identify carers who will not benefit from this kind of traing for work programme and pay us the rate of pay for what we are doing now .
That looks fair to me.


hang on news flash the old doll has said she could come with me on my training programme and peal the spuds.
But if the "no conditionality" principle is applied then bona-fide Carers will not be put under any pressure at all to go and get a job.... however, hopefully we can use this as leverage to allow working age carers to pursue further education and training in preparation for their post-caring career whilst claiming benefit...why not?
Carers still shouldn't be on JSA, and they don't need to be on JSA to have the support they need. If they don't have decent pay for the work they do, and they don't have reliable respite cover it won't work because they won't be able to contemplate training education etc with out the correct support.
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