Britain's Biggest Scrounger

Discussion in 'U.K.' started by Mr. Frankenstein, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. Mr. Frankenstein

    Mr. Frankenstein Sunderland

    Reposted from The Void

    Policy Exchange Clown Placed In Charge of Benefit Sanctions Review

    An upcoming review into benefit sanctions is to be overseen by Britain’s biggest scrounger Matthew Oakley the DWP have revealed today. Oakley is the Head of Economics & Social Policy at the right wing think tank the Policy Exchange, whose proposals have been behind many of Iain Duncan Smith’s brutal and bungled welfare reforms.

    The scope of the upcoming review will largely focus on the information about sanctions given to claimants who face ever more draconian and farcical conditions for claiming benefits. It is unlikely to discuss the hundreds of thousands of people forced into absolute destitution by the current regime which is expected to sanction around a million claims this year.

    Matthew Oakley has previously authored a paper on welfare reform which includes not only a demand for a greater use of sanctions for part workers, but astonishingly even pre-emptive benefit sanctions for people on fixed term contracts. Oakley believes that these workers should be stripped of any entitlement to benefits at all if Jobcentre staff decide that they weren’t doing enough to find work even before they lost their job.

    So impressed was Iain Duncan Smith with this swivel-eyed nonsense that he gave Oakley a non-job on the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) – the body whose job it is to scrutinise social security reforms.. This means he is now paid £256.80 a day of tax payer’s cash to provide so-called expert opinions on policies he helped create.

    Prior to working at the Policy Exchange, Oakley was in another tax payer funded non-job at the Treasury where he worked on a white paper outlining proposals for Universal Credit. Now Iain Duncan Smith is to shovel yet more of our money into his grubby pockets by asking him to carry out what is laughingly called an ‘independent review’ of benefit sanctions.

    Whilst over two million people are desperate for any job, Oakley now has three – and two of them at our expense. It’s jobs for the boys all round at the DWP for anyone prepared to throw away their dignity and cheer along Iain Duncan Smith’s endless crazy schemes.

    Oakley is on twitter @PXEconomics if you fancy asking for your money back.
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  3. Mr. Frankenstein

    Mr. Frankenstein Sunderland

    Tory MP Liam Fox claims THREE PENCE for 100-yard car journey he could have walked in less than A MINUTE

    Senior Tory Dr Liam Fox claimed three pence from the taxpayer to drive 100 yards in his constituency.

    The former Cabinet minister – who is being tipped for a return to frontline politics – submitted 16 expense claims for less than £1 each in travel costs in the last financial year.

    Staff who preside over MPs’ expenses even rounded the lowest claim up, from 2.8p, for the 0.06 mile journey.

    It was for driving between Stowell Concrete factory in Yatton, Somerset, to his constituency surgery in Horsecastle Chapel, Yatton, in October last year. The journey would have been walkable in minutes.

    Dr Fox – who served as Defence Secretary until being forced out of office for his close ties to lobbyist Adam Werritty in 2011 – earns £66,000 as a backbencher.

    Until he resigned from the Cabinet, his salary was £134,000 a year. He was also a property millionaire, owning two homes worth at least £1.2million, until December last year when he sold his flat in London.

    MPs are allowed to claim up to 45p a mile for car journeys.

    Dr Fox said: ‘I don’t do my expenses, my office does them.’ He did not return the Mail’s call about the expenses claims.

    Officials at the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority were believed to have been deeply amused by the incident. One source is reported saying that his original claim was for 2.8p but ‘we rounded it up to 3p’.

    In March 2010, Dr Fox also appealed against a Commons’ watchdog decision that he had over-claimed £22,476. However, he dropped the appeal and repaid the cash.

    He bought his five-bedroom, detached constituency home for £680,000 in 2006. The modern house boasts 1.3 acres of lawn with stunning views across the north Somerset countryside and has walk-in-wardrobes and terraces.

    Dr Fox also sold his two-bedroom flat in Central London for £600,000 last December after receiving rental income on it.

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