What We Learned Last Week (29/07 – 04/08)

kamsandhu —  August 5, 2013 — Leave a comment

1) Staff working on Universal Credit scheme describe system as “soul destroying”

A survey of staff working on the Universal Credit scheme has revealed feelings of stress and “too much dishonesty,” with no leadership.

The internal document showed that a majority of respondents were unhappy, the Guardian reported.

One employee wrote: “There is a divisive culture of secrecy around current programme developments and very little in the way of meaningful messages for staff or stakeholders explaining what will happen and when.”

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2) 90% of Sports Direct staff on zero contract hours

Zero hour contracts, which allow staff no holiday or sick pay and often leave staff not knowing what hours they will be workin week to week, are used for 90% of Sports Direct’s 23,000 staff.

Andy Sawford, Labour MP for Crosby has submitted a private member’s bill in an attempt to ban the use of zero contract hours. He said:

“The zero-hours contracts are highly exploitative and suit the company because it keeps people in a fragile state where they are at the beck and call of their employers.”

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3) Plans to reduce Lewisham hospital services found unlawful

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt’s plans to reduce services at Lewisham hospital, in a bid to save money because a neighbouring hospital was going into administration, have been found unlawful.

The judge said that the services provided at Lewisham hospital were “greatly valued by local people and by the council” and changes would mean the locals would have to go a long way for ‘vital’ services.

The decision came as a great relief for the thousands of people involved in the campaign to stop closures at the south London hospital.

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Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt

4) Lawyers will appeal against bedroom tax judgement 

Lawyers acting on behalf of disabled residents in social housing lost a battle at High Court, in deeming the bedroom tax unjustified.

The High Court ruled that the Department for Work and Pensions must make amendments for the requirements of disabled children who may need their own room. The DWP have known about this since 2012, but are yet to put out an amendment.

However, the High Court did not make the same ruling for disabled adults despite them sometimes having the same requirements as disabled children.

Lawyers have vowed to appeal against the decision.

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