News digest 12 November 2014

News digest 12 November 2014

12 November 2014

Today’s digest opens with coverage in a number of papers of the EU ruling which will allow countries to refuse to pay benefits to unemployed EU migrants who have come to a country to work, but without actually having a job. The judgment by the ECJ has been welcomed by all the main political parties and could deliver a saving of some £150 million to the UK government as some 38,580 EU migrants are currently claiming benefits in the UK [although after the Mail’s expose of the food industry there’s probably scope for them to come to the UK and make sandwiches].

And speaking of employment, this morning’s figures showed yet another fall in the unemployment level of 115,000 to 1.96 million for the July to September period, and there was a glimmer of hope in the figures for the government as earnings outstripped inflation on one measure [but not in the real world]. The reality is laid bare in the Morning Star which reports on TUC research showing that just one in 40 of the new jobs created under the Con-Dem coalition is full-time, more than half are part time and the number of self-employed has rocketed. The reality is that there are a staggering 1.3 million low paid part-time workers and that will only get worse, with the Mirror noting that the poorest fifth of Britons are stuck in a savings wasteland where they are struggling to get by. The gap between pay and what is needed to survive for that group is £1,900 a year, that’s why Britain needs a pay rise and companies should pay the living wage, although the Times claims the living wage hits small firms [ignoring its benefit to spending power and staff morale].

The Times also questions all the new jobs announcements showing how firms talk up the level of job creation while failing to deliver on the pledges, for example Tesco claimed it would create 20,000 jobs, but just over 11,000 have been added [and who knows if those figures can be trusted], Morrisons said it would create 7,000 jobs but has actually cuts its headcount while Rolls-Royce promised 800 and also cut 300 jobs. Then again the jobs market gives all the power to the employer, the Guardian reports that unpaid interns are actually having to shell out almost £1,000 a month, so no wonder people are struggling to get by. At least if they are forced to take a payday loan there is likely to be a cap after new measures were announced yesterday, sadly the  measures do not go far enough and the travesty of legal loan sharking will continue…

But then banks seem to be able to get away with what they like, even as banks face record fines for rigging rates, Chris Blackhurst in the Indie says the “rewards are too high for bankers to change their ways”, if only we could cap excess pay, sadly it is the poorest that are hit hardest with Real Britain Ros highlighting the danger of the ‘new Atos’ and its ‘review’ of disabled benefit claimants, but the reality of Con-Dem Britain is summed up by the fact that increasingly people are struggling to heat or eat, both the Mirror and Mail report that a pensioner dies every seven minutes due to the cold, let’s hope that’s yet another nail in the considerably studded Con-Dem coalition’s coffin…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • UK hails EU benefit block (p2)
  • Cap for payday sharks (p18)
  • 6 banks face fines (p44)
  • Gatwick lead on runway (p44)
  • Cheap labour as Sports Direct’s Ashley launches gym chain (p44)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Terrorists exploit privacy law (p1)
  • Lib Dems demand more for NHS (p4)
  • Ban on benefit tourism (p9)
  • Ukip lead by 12% in Rochester poll (p17)
  • Livingstone backs Rahman (p20)
  • Air fares to rise as runways run over budget (p27)
  • Ed will survive – Daniel Finkelstein (p31)
  • Banks face record rigging fines (p43)
  • The reality of job announcements (p45)
  • New cost of payday loan: Double what you borrowed (p45)
  • Living wage ‘hits small firms’ (p51)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Cost of shutting old nuclear plants to top $100bn (p1)
  • Waning public appetite for austerity (p1/2)
  • Heathrow option to offer greatest benefit (p3)
  • London and Berlin hail EU migrant ruling (p6)
  • Fear risks depriving Europe of the benefits of trade – Katinka Barysch [backing TTIP] (p13)
  • High street urged to fill gap left by payday lenders (p24)

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