August 2012

20
Aug
2012
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Monitoring G4S and the new asylum housing landlords

Private accommodation shortage

We already know that G4S and its subcontractors cannot simply find enough Private Rented Sector accommodation in West and South Yorkshire to place families moved from council housing and council-contracted housing. This desperate search for PRS accommodation means some appalling properties are being brought into service to fulfil the new contracts.


16
Aug
2012
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Barnardo's recruiting new PR officer to counter bad publicity

Barnardo's out

13
Aug
2012
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Using Benefits to Blackmail

Gillian Wilkes, from the West Midlands, was recently made redundant after working all her life. She describes her shock at the Jobcentre’s treatment of claimants, and explains the reasons for her refusal to participate in one of the government’s workfare programmes.

Following redundancy I had to claim Jobseeker's Allowance. I read the rules and regulations to ensure I didn't fall foul of any stipulations and dutifully carried out my job search.