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Tax credit debt collection is a double-edged attack on the poor

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There’s more than a little of the piscine about the fact that our Conservative-led has set debt collection agencies onto poor families who have been overpaid tax credit due to errors made by HM Revenue and Customs.

Firstly, the move undermines the principle behind the tax credit system – that it is there to ensure that poorly-paid families may still enjoy a reasonable living standard. Tax credits are paid on an estimate of a person’s – or family’s – income over a tax year and the last Labour government, knowing that small variances could cause problems for Britain’s poorest, set a wide buffer of £25,000 before households had to pay anything back.

By cutting this buffer back to £5,000, the Conservatives have turned this safety net into a trap. Suddenly the tiniest overpayment can push households into a debt spiral, because their low incomes mean it is impossible to pay…

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Government website publishes prostitute recruitment advert

Feel you’ve been fucked over by the DWP ?  Now they’re offering you out for money too. Gives a whole new meaning to the term Poverty Pimp

An advert for a job as a ­prostitute has appeared on a Government website.

The bungling Department of Work and Pensions allowed the “no experience necessary” offer for a single girl willing to work as a hooker to be posted on Direct Gov.

The ad, offering £10 an hour, put up by an agency called Horny Escorts on a board popular with jobseekers, offers work on a “flexitime” basis with the only qualification needed listed as “must like sex”.

The description said: “Female worker wanted to go out with guys maybe for evening or have full on sex.”

In grammatically incorrect English it continues: “This would be better if you was single and be able to work at your own pace.

“Looks and race ­unimportant. You will need a mobile phone. No experience necessary.”

The advert was posted on the Universal Jobmatch area of the Direct Gov site last Monday by the boss of the agency.

It only has one man and woman working for it but boasts of having “the most gorgeous and ­sophisticated women and men in the UK.”

The manager said: “I put the advert up there because it’s a job site and it’s a job. I was a bit shocked they allowed it.

“I also do deliveries and I had posted an ad for a same-day delivery service and then I just put the escorting one underneath it.

“The advert says ‘must like sex’ because if a man pays for it obviously he’s going to want that. I thought the Department of Works and Pensions would admin it.

“I didn’t know it would go straight online.”

He said he decided to ­advertise after business slowed down, saying: “It’s not been that good.”

A DWP spokesman admitted the blunder but refused to say if ads were read before they went live.

He said: “The post was ­inappropriate and was taken down next day.

“When advertising jobs, employers have to agree to terms and conditions. Where an inappropriate job is ­identified it is quickly removed.”

Source – Daily mirror, 29 Dec 2013