The Egg Man wrote:There's a perfectly sensible public procurement directive which allows public contracts to be reserved for supported factories and businesses where more than 50 per cent of employees are recognised as disabled.[*]
A bit more widespread use of this would go a long way to helping Remploy/ RSBi factories and workshops survive.
Doorstop wrote:"The Department for Work and Pensions has pledged to close a loophole which would have inadvertently exempted long-term housing association tenants from the bedroom tax.
Regulations for the controversial policy, which will cut housing benefit for social housing tenants of working age with spare rooms, were laid before parliament last month.
The policy will see an estimated 660,000 households lose £14 a week on average.
The regulations state the bedroom tax does not apply to housing association regulated tenancies which date from before 15 January 1989.
Since 1989, housing associations have offered assured tenancies, which offer less security than regulated tenancies.
However the Department for Work Pensions says it will re-draft the regulations and take out the pre-1989 exemption. A spokesperson said the exemption was included in ‘error’.
She said: ‘These cases will not be exempted.’"
This says everything about the true nature of this government -- it's not exactly falling over itself to close the loopholes for the tax evaders/avoiders or reducing the financial support the MPs and Lords receive for their housing costs even though they have more than 1 home.
Of course some will see this as just and fair, after all it is only tenants, and the poorest tenants at that who will be affected - so doubly qualified for any form of public humiliation and suffering.
I dare not think where it seems the inspiration behind this poilcy is coming from, suffice to say that it does not truly follow any serious moral guidance .. or scrutiny.
Josef wrote: ......................
Anyone exercising the 'right to buy' on Council Housing is as big a Tory Bastard as anyone involved in the LIBOR scandal or anything else.
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