MP Jake Berry raises internet question

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DARWEN MP Jake Berry has asked Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith if there are any plans for cheap internet access for social housing tenants.

Mr Berry raised the issue during a question and answer session with the minister in the House of Commons.

He said: “With 70 per cent of social housing tenants having no access to the internet, will the Secretary of State update the House on what progress he is making for a low or no-cost social housing tariff to be overlaid on the existing BT Basic package to enable social housing tenants to access universal credit online?”

Replying, Mr Duncan Smith said: “In fact, many more people access the internet daily than a lot of people think. Some 78 per cent of all benefit recipients access the internet, and about 48 per cent do so on a daily basis.

“Obviously it is our job to try to get that figure up, because if people cannot access the internet, that affects their employment prospects given that 92 per cent of all jobs require some computer skills.

“We are looking...to make sure that those who need the money get it directly.”

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4:14pm Wed 7 Nov 12

eastlancslad says...

Why stop at social housing?
Why not give it to old folks homes, as well?
Why not give it to everyone who is unemployed, or on benefits?
Why not give them a free computer as well?
They could then Google 'Jake Berry', and see what other daft ideas he comes up with!
Go to the library, go on line, simples.
Why stop at social housing? Why not give it to old folks homes, as well? Why not give it to everyone who is unemployed, or on benefits? Why not give them a free computer as well? They could then Google 'Jake Berry', and see what other daft ideas he comes up with! Go to the library, go on line, simples. eastlancslad
  • Score: 8

4:17pm Wed 7 Nov 12

DGower says...

Libraries, community centres and neighbourhood centres all have free internet access..............
. go there.

Why should the government provide a luxury item for social tenants for free?! If it is hampering employments opporunities then go somewhere where it is provided for free and browse jobs there. BWD has loads of places where people can get employment help but it does mean having to get up off your backside and go and access it.
Libraries, community centres and neighbourhood centres all have free internet access.............. . go there. Why should the government provide a luxury item for social tenants for free?! If it is hampering employments opporunities then go somewhere where it is provided for free and browse jobs there. BWD has loads of places where people can get employment help but it does mean having to get up off your backside and go and access it. DGower
  • Score: 4

4:18pm Wed 7 Nov 12

midas says...

How many of them have mobile phones that can access the internet? Where does he get the figure that 70% have NO internet access?
How many of them have mobile phones that can access the internet? Where does he get the figure that 70% have NO internet access? midas
  • Score: 6

4:20pm Wed 7 Nov 12

gutterpress says...

Well if that's the best question that Jake the Peg can come up with, roll on the next election.
Well if that's the best question that Jake the Peg can come up with, roll on the next election. gutterpress
  • Score: 6

4:47pm Wed 7 Nov 12

grumpyoldlady says...

Has Mr Berry done a survey into how many of those living in social housing can afford Sky TV? Just take a look around any council estate in Blackburn and you will see a very high percentage of houses with satellite dishes. It is all down to priorities, I value internet access for all sorts of reasons, but do not have any satellite or cable TV.
Has Mr Berry done a survey into how many of those living in social housing can afford Sky TV? Just take a look around any council estate in Blackburn and you will see a very high percentage of houses with satellite dishes. It is all down to priorities, I value internet access for all sorts of reasons, but do not have any satellite or cable TV. grumpyoldlady
  • Score: 10

7:40pm Wed 7 Nov 12

davemcb says...

Dipstick of an MP: "Everything's FREE!" It's this kind of prize idiot that has bankrupted the country and created an underclass of lardy-arsed no hopers.
Dipstick of an MP: "Everything's FREE!" It's this kind of prize idiot that has bankrupted the country and created an underclass of lardy-arsed no hopers. davemcb
  • Score: 5

9:14pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Mothernature says...

Maybe some of you complaining should get off your backsides and see what is happening to social housing tenants. The majority of tenants do actually work but don't earn a great deal (minimum wages or part-time workers). Not everyone has the ability to earn a good wage.
As for Jake Berry, maybe he should actually do his job properly and fight for the poorest in our society. Maybe he was one of those who voted in favour of penalising the poor whilst taking taxpayers money to fund his career.
Maybe some of you complaining should get off your backsides and see what is happening to social housing tenants. The majority of tenants do actually work but don't earn a great deal (minimum wages or part-time workers). Not everyone has the ability to earn a good wage. As for Jake Berry, maybe he should actually do his job properly and fight for the poorest in our society. Maybe he was one of those who voted in favour of penalising the poor whilst taking taxpayers money to fund his career. Mothernature
  • Score: -1

9:33pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Paul The Octopus Lives! says...

Jake - why not worry about the taxpayers for once?

There is plenty of free internet access available at the library. It just means getting off your fat ar5e, walking outside, getting in your FREE brand new £20K Ford S-Max (because Lord knows you are too fat to drive a FREE Fiesta on mobility). And then driving there and parking for FREE with your blue badge!

Unfortunately you will struggle to watch internet **** at the library which is all it will get used for in people's home anyway. Not sure how this improves one's job prospects or eyesight for that matter!

Come on Jake - EARN your money and immoral expenses!
Jake - why not worry about the taxpayers for once? There is plenty of free internet access available at the library. It just means getting off your fat ar5e, walking outside, getting in your FREE brand new £20K Ford S-Max (because Lord knows you are too fat to drive a FREE Fiesta on mobility). And then driving there and parking for FREE with your blue badge! Unfortunately you will struggle to watch internet **** at the library which is all it will get used for in people's home anyway. Not sure how this improves one's job prospects or eyesight for that matter! Come on Jake - EARN your money and immoral expenses! Paul The Octopus Lives!
  • Score: -1

9:48pm Wed 7 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

Strivers First! Look after the hard working people of the country who contribute. Any one who is able to contribute and does not should be heavily penalised. Why should people work hard to support the work shy. IDS is right to overhaul the abuse taking place within the benefit system. It is an utter disgrace. I applaud the Conservatives for changes to the benefit system. My only fear is that the changes may not go far enough. I would add however that as well as the idle poor, the government needs to put more effort into taxing the rich, whether they be private individuals or companies engaged in tax evasion.If A mansion Tax would be a good start on properties worth more than a million pounds. That would indicate and emphasise fairness by the government across society. As for free computers they were given out to social housing tennants in Blackburn with Darwen when "New Labour" were in power. Thank god theat "New Labour" are in the political wilderness, god rest their souls.

Deus Vobiscum

Deus Vobiscum
Strivers First! Look after the hard working people of the country who contribute. Any one who is able to contribute and does not should be heavily penalised. Why should people work hard to support the work shy. IDS is right to overhaul the abuse taking place within the benefit system. It is an utter disgrace. I applaud the Conservatives for changes to the benefit system. My only fear is that the changes may not go far enough. I would add however that as well as the idle poor, the government needs to put more effort into taxing the rich, whether they be private individuals or companies engaged in tax evasion.If A mansion Tax would be a good start on properties worth more than a million pounds. That would indicate and emphasise fairness by the government across society. As for free computers they were given out to social housing tennants in Blackburn with Darwen when "New Labour" were in power. Thank god theat "New Labour" are in the political wilderness, god rest their souls. Deus Vobiscum Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
  • Score: 0

1:36am Thu 8 Nov 12

english rose 1 says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
Strivers First! Look after the hard working people of the country who contribute. Any one who is able to contribute and does not should be heavily penalised. Why should people work hard to support the work shy. IDS is right to overhaul the abuse taking place within the benefit system. It is an utter disgrace. I applaud the Conservatives for changes to the benefit system. My only fear is that the changes may not go far enough. I would add however that as well as the idle poor, the government needs to put more effort into taxing the rich, whether they be private individuals or companies engaged in tax evasion.If A mansion Tax would be a good start on properties worth more than a million pounds. That would indicate and emphasise fairness by the government across society. As for free computers they were given out to social housing tennants in Blackburn with Darwen when "New Labour" were in power. Thank god theat "New Labour" are in the political wilderness, god rest their souls.

Deus Vobiscum

Deus Vobiscum
The scheme you refer to was a trial scheme in the Whitebirk area of Blackburn - and not just tenants qualified - private householders did too.
*
Amazed you agree with the Tories benefit changes which hit the WORKING poor. There are MORE benefit claimants now because of the extra unemployment created by this Govt + because of the decrease in living standards, therefore more qualify for benefits. Bring back Labour ('new' or 'old' if you want less benefit claimants !
*
I agree with exposing benefit fraud & tax avoidance too. And agreed re a 'mansion tax'.
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: Strivers First! Look after the hard working people of the country who contribute. Any one who is able to contribute and does not should be heavily penalised. Why should people work hard to support the work shy. IDS is right to overhaul the abuse taking place within the benefit system. It is an utter disgrace. I applaud the Conservatives for changes to the benefit system. My only fear is that the changes may not go far enough. I would add however that as well as the idle poor, the government needs to put more effort into taxing the rich, whether they be private individuals or companies engaged in tax evasion.If A mansion Tax would be a good start on properties worth more than a million pounds. That would indicate and emphasise fairness by the government across society. As for free computers they were given out to social housing tennants in Blackburn with Darwen when "New Labour" were in power. Thank god theat "New Labour" are in the political wilderness, god rest their souls. Deus Vobiscum Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]The scheme you refer to was a trial scheme in the Whitebirk area of Blackburn - and not just tenants qualified - private householders did too. * Amazed you agree with the Tories benefit changes which hit the WORKING poor. There are MORE benefit claimants now because of the extra unemployment created by this Govt + because of the decrease in living standards, therefore more qualify for benefits. Bring back Labour ('new' or 'old' if you want less benefit claimants ! * I agree with exposing benefit fraud & tax avoidance too. And agreed re a 'mansion tax'. english rose 1
  • Score: 0

1:05pm Thu 8 Nov 12

rggraham1947 says...

eastlancslad wrote:
Why stop at social housing? Why not give it to old folks homes, as well? Why not give it to everyone who is unemployed, or on benefits? Why not give them a free computer as well? They could then Google 'Jake Berry', and see what other daft ideas he comes up with! Go to the library, go on line, simples.
I agree entirely; let's have an end to "free" this and "cheap" that! They can shop around for their internet like everyone else.
[quote][p][bold]eastlancslad[/bold] wrote: Why stop at social housing? Why not give it to old folks homes, as well? Why not give it to everyone who is unemployed, or on benefits? Why not give them a free computer as well? They could then Google 'Jake Berry', and see what other daft ideas he comes up with! Go to the library, go on line, simples.[/p][/quote]I agree entirely; let's have an end to "free" this and "cheap" that! They can shop around for their internet like everyone else. rggraham1947
  • Score: 0

10:00pm Thu 8 Nov 12

DEO VOLENTE says...

I agree with the Conservative led Government entirely and I am proud of the fact. As stated free computers were given out in Blackburn with Darwen to social housing tennants when New Labour were in power. This was not a scheme that was limited to Highercroft although it was limited toi "certain" areas of the borough. This is a fact. The Conservatives have the good sense to put a stop to the benefit gravy train that is sucking the U.K. dry. I applaud them, as stated my only fear is that the proposed benefit overhaul will not go far enough. Means testing should be employed forthwith! Bring back "New labour" god forbid. Of course this will never happen under the leader that the trade unions chose. The longer "Red" Milliband is leader the better. I do hope that his cold gets better though he sounds all bunged up and upset! One nation? more like "none nation" under the politically disorientated policies of the spend thrift, champagne socialist "New Labour" debacle.

Oh and by the way I am not sure that this "Rose" would smell as sweet by any other name.

Deus Vobiscum
I agree with the Conservative led Government entirely and I am proud of the fact. As stated free computers were given out in Blackburn with Darwen to social housing tennants when New Labour were in power. This was not a scheme that was limited to Highercroft although it was limited toi "certain" areas of the borough. This is a fact. The Conservatives have the good sense to put a stop to the benefit gravy train that is sucking the U.K. dry. I applaud them, as stated my only fear is that the proposed benefit overhaul will not go far enough. Means testing should be employed forthwith! Bring back "New labour" god forbid. Of course this will never happen under the leader that the trade unions chose. The longer "Red" Milliband is leader the better. I do hope that his cold gets better though he sounds all bunged up and upset! One nation? more like "none nation" under the politically disorientated policies of the spend thrift, champagne socialist "New Labour" debacle. Oh and by the way I am not sure that this "Rose" would smell as sweet by any other name. Deus Vobiscum DEO VOLENTE
  • Score: 0

2:56am Fri 9 Nov 12

english rose 1 says...

DEO VOLENTE wrote:
I agree with the Conservative led Government entirely and I am proud of the fact. As stated free computers were given out in Blackburn with Darwen to social housing tennants when New Labour were in power. This was not a scheme that was limited to Highercroft although it was limited toi "certain" areas of the borough. This is a fact. The Conservatives have the good sense to put a stop to the benefit gravy train that is sucking the U.K. dry. I applaud them, as stated my only fear is that the proposed benefit overhaul will not go far enough. Means testing should be employed forthwith! Bring back "New labour" god forbid. Of course this will never happen under the leader that the trade unions chose. The longer "Red" Milliband is leader the better. I do hope that his cold gets better though he sounds all bunged up and upset! One nation? more like "none nation" under the politically disorientated policies of the spend thrift, champagne socialist "New Labour" debacle.

Oh and by the way I am not sure that this "Rose" would smell as sweet by any other name.

Deus Vobiscum
The 'gravy train' is getting BIGGER under the Tories DEO ! More folk are claiming due to unemployment increasing and living standards decreasing.

You actually mean that you fully support the ''benefit gravy train'' DEO !!

The trial scheme of free internet wasn't in Highercroft - it was in Whitebirk and was fully supported by all parties at the time, - precisely because it was a TRIAL. (which was actually stopped under the Labour Govt).

If you want more people on benefits DEO carry on voting Tory !
[quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: I agree with the Conservative led Government entirely and I am proud of the fact. As stated free computers were given out in Blackburn with Darwen to social housing tennants when New Labour were in power. This was not a scheme that was limited to Highercroft although it was limited toi "certain" areas of the borough. This is a fact. The Conservatives have the good sense to put a stop to the benefit gravy train that is sucking the U.K. dry. I applaud them, as stated my only fear is that the proposed benefit overhaul will not go far enough. Means testing should be employed forthwith! Bring back "New labour" god forbid. Of course this will never happen under the leader that the trade unions chose. The longer "Red" Milliband is leader the better. I do hope that his cold gets better though he sounds all bunged up and upset! One nation? more like "none nation" under the politically disorientated policies of the spend thrift, champagne socialist "New Labour" debacle. Oh and by the way I am not sure that this "Rose" would smell as sweet by any other name. Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]The 'gravy train' is getting BIGGER under the Tories DEO ! More folk are claiming due to unemployment increasing and living standards decreasing. You actually mean that you fully support the ''benefit gravy train'' DEO !! The trial scheme of free internet wasn't in Highercroft - it was in Whitebirk and was fully supported by all parties at the time, - precisely because it was a TRIAL. (which was actually stopped under the Labour Govt). If you want more people on benefits DEO carry on voting Tory ! english rose 1
  • Score: 0

12:48pm Fri 9 Nov 12

rggraham1947 says...

english rose 1 wrote:
DEO VOLENTE wrote: I agree with the Conservative led Government entirely and I am proud of the fact. As stated free computers were given out in Blackburn with Darwen to social housing tennants when New Labour were in power. This was not a scheme that was limited to Highercroft although it was limited toi "certain" areas of the borough. This is a fact. The Conservatives have the good sense to put a stop to the benefit gravy train that is sucking the U.K. dry. I applaud them, as stated my only fear is that the proposed benefit overhaul will not go far enough. Means testing should be employed forthwith! Bring back "New labour" god forbid. Of course this will never happen under the leader that the trade unions chose. The longer "Red" Milliband is leader the better. I do hope that his cold gets better though he sounds all bunged up and upset! One nation? more like "none nation" under the politically disorientated policies of the spend thrift, champagne socialist "New Labour" debacle. Oh and by the way I am not sure that this "Rose" would smell as sweet by any other name. Deus Vobiscum
The 'gravy train' is getting BIGGER under the Tories DEO ! More folk are claiming due to unemployment increasing and living standards decreasing. You actually mean that you fully support the ''benefit gravy train'' DEO !! The trial scheme of free internet wasn't in Highercroft - it was in Whitebirk and was fully supported by all parties at the time, - precisely because it was a TRIAL. (which was actually stopped under the Labour Govt). If you want more people on benefits DEO carry on voting Tory !
Nobody wants more people on benefits; we just want benefits for the right people.
[quote][p][bold]english rose 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DEO VOLENTE[/bold] wrote: I agree with the Conservative led Government entirely and I am proud of the fact. As stated free computers were given out in Blackburn with Darwen to social housing tennants when New Labour were in power. This was not a scheme that was limited to Highercroft although it was limited toi "certain" areas of the borough. This is a fact. The Conservatives have the good sense to put a stop to the benefit gravy train that is sucking the U.K. dry. I applaud them, as stated my only fear is that the proposed benefit overhaul will not go far enough. Means testing should be employed forthwith! Bring back "New labour" god forbid. Of course this will never happen under the leader that the trade unions chose. The longer "Red" Milliband is leader the better. I do hope that his cold gets better though he sounds all bunged up and upset! One nation? more like "none nation" under the politically disorientated policies of the spend thrift, champagne socialist "New Labour" debacle. Oh and by the way I am not sure that this "Rose" would smell as sweet by any other name. Deus Vobiscum[/p][/quote]The 'gravy train' is getting BIGGER under the Tories DEO ! More folk are claiming due to unemployment increasing and living standards decreasing. You actually mean that you fully support the ''benefit gravy train'' DEO !! The trial scheme of free internet wasn't in Highercroft - it was in Whitebirk and was fully supported by all parties at the time, - precisely because it was a TRIAL. (which was actually stopped under the Labour Govt). If you want more people on benefits DEO carry on voting Tory ![/p][/quote]Nobody wants more people on benefits; we just want benefits for the right people. rggraham1947
  • Score: 0

1:56pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Twicki1 says...

is this guy taking the ****, are you trying to get people back into the work or giving them more reason not to. If I want internet access I have to work and pay for it like everyone else why should social housing be any different, next you will be asking for sky to be put in free aswell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!
is this guy taking the ****, are you trying to get people back into the work or giving them more reason not to. If I want internet access I have to work and pay for it like everyone else why should social housing be any different, next you will be asking for sky to be put in free aswell!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! Twicki1
  • Score: 0

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