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Weekly Edition - Published  12 December 2015


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Union says:- "Credit is a waste of talent and money."

THIS week the GMB, the union for local government workers, commented on the statement by Department of Work and Pensions Department, that as Universal Credit is introduced it does not propose to make any staff transfer arrangements for Council staff who currently work on Housing Benefit, for people of working age. This was written statement made by Mr Iain Duncan Smith, the UK's Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on 10 December 2015, in Parliament, on Universal Credit and Local Authorities.  Justin Bowden, GMB National Officer, said:- "Announcing mass redundancies before the new system is implemented risks not only the livelihoods of thousands of dedicated public sector workers, but also the essential payments that millions rely on. No changes should even be considered until the new system has been successfully implemented. Spending taxpayer's money making redundant capable and willing individuals with obviously transferable skills and experience who in most cases could administer Universal Credits with the minimum of training so a new workforce can be employed is a waste of both talent and money."  Please let us know if this change affects you and also what your views as readers are on any of the changes being made. Email us to:- and tell us what you really think of this national rolled out of the "Universal Credit" system, that starts in full from from May 2016, and due to be completed by June 2018.


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