Saturday, 26 February 2011

Distortion For Dummies (And a Reference for The Rest of Us)

In Case file #4 I asked you to remember something about Labour introducing the Pension Credit just as the first baby-boomers were beginning their retirement, which almost certainly would have pushed Income Support claims up as the over 60s made up more than half the claimants. Instead of Income Support, they would receive Pension Credit with the added benefit that the means-test would not punish them for having a bit of savings and look mostly at their income instead.

Friday, 25 February 2011

A Very Familiar Shapeshifter

It's about to happen, the signs are there that the Coalition is considering a PR attack on Income Support claimants or gearing itself up for one if that decision has already been made, just as what has happened with Incapacity Benefit, ESA, DLA and Jobseekers Allowance claimants. Income Support comes just behind Jobseekers Allowance in the IFS estimate of welfare spending for 2010.

It is as I mentioned earlier in the case, the only other benefit an unemployed claimant can live on. The claimant will either be a person on income-based JSA or ESA and with a low income, or they will be ineligible for them but otherwise not able to work either because they are pregnant, a carer or only able to work part-time. It's not the hardest benefit to claim(the honour held by Disability Living Allowance), but it is possibly the most complicated. It's ripe for plundering and there are few who understand it well enough to challenge what might happen to it. It's one thing to confess ignorance, but another entirely to confess defeat and I am loath to. It's simply not possible to become informed just by reading.

Monday, 21 February 2011

The Footprints of Chicken Little

You're probably not a Yorkshireman. You might be, but statistics say that despite our virility non-Yorkshiremen outnumber Yorkshiremen by 1:1,140. The world is playing it safe.

You should play it safe too as you've already had quite a bit to read if you're following this investigation and could be in danger of having your non-Autistic non-Yorkshire brains give up on you. So from here this investigation will be broken up into smaller posts. First, let's look at the DWP figures(similar to the ONS figures) for Jobseekers Allowance in a time series. Go on, look at it.

Channel 4 Missed The Texas Sharpshooter

Let the manliness of the Texan never be called into question. Let him be elevated to his rightful place far above his peers, less he threaten you more politely than any man has ever threatened anyone. You should be scared for it is said that the Texas sharpshooter rarely misses and gun ownership in Texas is rather high.

But let is also be said that a Yorkshireman makes any Texan look like a gay vegan.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Long-term Joblessness, Never Knowingly Undersold

Case #1 is the investigation into the largest and most important mystery in these files: Why?

This question may be insoluble to Man or Machine, but not to species Homo Asperger. There has to be a reason why policy-makers for at least a decade now have followed a strategy that doesn't work, that enriches the contractors that feed off of it and does nothing for those it is supposed to benefit.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Who is Mason Dixon?(Autistic)

Mason Dixon, Autistic is a character played by the famous actor Arec Balrin, known for great Hollywood celluloid like The Hunt for Red October, Mercury Rising and Team America.

After finishing filming on Team America, Arec was replaced by an imposter and has not been able to find work since the doppelgänger brain-washed the world into believing he was the one-true actor. Now Arec has been on Jobseeker's Allowance and Disability Living Allowance since 2007 and in desperation has sought answers to questions that have vexed him as he struggled to find work.