1) 4 million workers in Britain put under stress because they are unable to make ends meet
Research by the post office has revealed that over 4 million workers are unable to make their income stretch to the end of the month, causing health problems such as stress and sleepless nights.
Workers are forced to dip into overdrafts, credit cards or use pay day loans to get through each month. Due to a combination of pay freezes, rising rents, food, household bills and inflation, workers are unable to make their money stretch to the next pay day.
And these problems are set to deepen as welfare and benefit reforms see tax credits and child benefit reduced.
2) ‘Botched’ attacks on welfare will cost £1.4bn
The failing welfare reforms brought in since the coalition have taken power will cost the taxpayer £1.4bn.
Policies and programmes have failed to meet targets, including the youth contract which missed it’s target by 92% and cost £457m in job seeker’s allowance. Failures of the work programme have cost £140m, and Universal Credit has cost £300m. The “fit to work” test, which is seeing huge numbers of decisions being overturned at appeal, will cost £287m.
Labour have condemned Iain Duncan Smith’s plans and implementation, commenting that his “cruelty” is only matched by his “incompetence.”
3) Companies paying less than minimum wage will be names and shamed
The government has revealed plans to enforce the minimum wage requirement by making it easier to ‘name and shame’ companies who fail to comply.
When introduced in October, it will allow any company to be named should it break the law, whereas currently, the employer must owe £2000 to employees before being allowed to name them.
There were 730 companies found to be paying below the minimum wage in 2012/2013, and despite many complaints from employees in the years since the minimum wage was introduced in 1999, the numbers of employers prosecuted have been low.
4) The Mass Sleep Out sees thousands join in protest across country, despite showers
The Mass Sleep Out, a protest against the bedroom tax and other welfare reforms, saw huge success as over 60 locations across the country took part despite the soggy Saturday showers.
In a bid to portray the consequences of devastating reforms, protestors camped out on the streets. See some of the photos here.
by Kam Sandhu – @KamBass