If a manual was ever written on how not to roll out a new benefit it would tell the sorry tale of Universal Credit.
Complaints to the government are so high that they don’t count them ‘owing to the volume!’
If you take out the politics of callous cuts, ludicrous sanctions targeted at those least able to take the burden the principle was sound enough. So rather than a complex range of benefits administered by various departments and agencies of government there would be a single straight forward benefit. Continue reading “Universal Dis-credit”
It was a pleasure to meet volunteers taking part in the National Citizenship Service programme in Oldham.
Members of the group were highlighting campaigns they felt passionately about including homelessness and rough sleeping, mental health and wellbeing as well as tuition fees.
It’s great to see such active campaigners in Oldham – well done to all involved!
Residents around the Freehold Metrolink site have long complained of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage being carried out by young people using the platform to gain height advantage over passing cars and homes. Continue reading “Freehold station safety”
It was an real honour to visit young people on placements with employers across Oldham as part of the Summer Skilled Trades School project. Continue reading “Summer School visits”
Budding entrepreneurs came to Oldham to take part in the Pitch at the Palace event at the newly opened Wayra and Hackspace project on Yorkshire Street.
It was fitting that the event was held in the new enterprise and tech hub, not least of all because of its historic name as York Chambers; an appropriate venue to welcome Prince Andrew, Duke of York to Oldham for his second visit. Continue reading “Oldham – By Royal Appointment”