Iain Duncan-Smith promotes new care apprentice scheme in Rossendale

The Work and Pensions Secretary defended his crackdown on benefits claimants

The Work and Pensions Secretary defended his crackdown on benefits claimants

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CABINET welfare boss Iain Duncan-Smith came to Rossendale to promote a new scheme for care apprentices and rejected claims the government was ignoring East Lancashire.

The Work and Pensions Secretary defended his crackdown on benefits claimants and said his policies were helping get people into jobs and off the dole.

Mr Duncan-Smith was at the office of Complete Care Services in Bank Street, Rawtenstall, which provides home care to vulnerable and older adults across Rossendale, Hyndburn, Burnley and Pendle and is a preferred contractor for Lancashire County Council.

He was looking at their new scheme to provide 12 new apprenticeship places across its three offices in Nelson, Rawtenstall and Preston.

Accompanied by Rossendale and Darwen Tory MP Jake Berry, he met area manager Hayley Gregson.

Mr Duncan-Smith said: “I am here to promote this scheme and the concept of apprenticeships in the care industry.

“This is good way for people to find a job and possibly a career for life. It is also the gateway to other professions such at nursing.

“We are creating jobs and getting people into work which is better for them than sitting at home on benefits.

“The figures show we are creating jobs right across the country as we come out of the recession the Labour party created.

“We are committed to East Lancashire and helping people here into work.

“I am going to take this company’s concerns about promoting the care industry at job centres and through the government’s work programme back to Whitehall and see what I can do about this.”

Miss Gregson said: “We were delighted to see a Cabinet Minister come to our business. We want to promote the care industry as a proper career which is why we are taking on apprentices.

“It is vitally important to our clients and can provide a really satisfying and rewardind job for a lifetime.”

Jake Berry said: “Iain was keen to come to Rossendale and Darwen to see first hand how we have managed to achieve such outstanding progress with reducing unemployment in our area.

“It was great for him to meet one of our local businesses and hear about their plans to take on another 12 apprentices.”

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9:25am Sat 12 Apr 14

happycyclist says...

Iain Duncan Smith promoting a care scheme? Is this a joke? He's one of the nastiest men in the country and couldn't give a toss about vulnerable people. His policies are killing vulnerable people.
Iain Duncan Smith promoting a care scheme? Is this a joke? He's one of the nastiest men in the country and couldn't give a toss about vulnerable people. His policies are killing vulnerable people. happycyclist
  • Score: 53

10:40am Sat 12 Apr 14

DaveBurnley says...

IDS is promoting it because it's just another way of shifting the care of disabled people into the hands of private enterprise. The care industry is profiting very nicely under the coalition.
IDS is promoting it because it's just another way of shifting the care of disabled people into the hands of private enterprise. The care industry is profiting very nicely under the coalition. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 46

6:32pm Sat 12 Apr 14

AtosMiracles says...

I use professionals carers every day. Care used to be provided by social services but now the job is tendered out to companies. I do not know this particular company but since privatisation the service has not been so good for clients and the workers themselves get a lot less money and worse conditions. The whole apprentice scheme is ridiculous. The company gets PUBLIC money taking people off the employment figures...no need for apprenticeships in this job - advertise the **** posts and train them and PAY the people. Notice IDS and the company do not say how much this 'scheme' has cost society just in this one case. The company laughing all the way to the bank and I bet the 'apprentices' would rather have a waged job......ludicrous.
I use professionals carers every day. Care used to be provided by social services but now the job is tendered out to companies. I do not know this particular company but since privatisation the service has not been so good for clients and the workers themselves get a lot less money and worse conditions. The whole apprentice scheme is ridiculous. The company gets PUBLIC money taking people off the employment figures...no need for apprenticeships in this job - advertise the **** posts and train them and PAY the people. Notice IDS and the company do not say how much this 'scheme' has cost society just in this one case. The company laughing all the way to the bank and I bet the 'apprentices' would rather have a waged job......ludicrous. AtosMiracles
  • Score: 17

8:11pm Sat 12 Apr 14

time will tell says...

This is a disaster waiting to happen, do you really want unpaid people caring for your sick and elderly relatives?
This is a disaster waiting to happen, do you really want unpaid people caring for your sick and elderly relatives? time will tell
  • Score: 15

12:23am Sun 13 Apr 14

Leonard Venkhater says...

Blimey...Someone at Complete Care Services must have a good sense of irony!!
Blimey...Someone at Complete Care Services must have a good sense of irony!! Leonard Venkhater
  • Score: 8

5:42pm Sun 13 Apr 14

claretandbluetoo says...

Completely
Useless
Narcassistic
Twit
who the hell let that tw@t into Rossendale?????
Completely Useless Narcassistic Twit who the hell let that tw@t into Rossendale????? claretandbluetoo
  • Score: 10

4:09pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

happycyclist wrote:
Iain Duncan Smith promoting a care scheme? Is this a joke? He's one of the nastiest men in the country and couldn't give a toss about vulnerable people. His policies are killing vulnerable people.
No just glory seeking for which he is well qualified !!!
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Iain Duncan Smith promoting a care scheme? Is this a joke? He's one of the nastiest men in the country and couldn't give a toss about vulnerable people. His policies are killing vulnerable people.[/p][/quote]No just glory seeking for which he is well qualified !!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 3

4:11pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

claretandbluetoo wrote:
Completely
Useless
Narcassistic
Twit
who the hell let that tw@t into Rossendale?????
Exactly !!!!
[quote][p][bold]claretandbluetoo[/bold] wrote: Completely Useless Narcassistic Twit who the hell let that tw@t into Rossendale?????[/p][/quote]Exactly !!!! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 7

9:23pm Mon 14 Apr 14

fireonthemountain says...

happycyclist wrote:
Iain Duncan Smith promoting a care scheme? Is this a joke? He's one of the nastiest men in the country and couldn't give a toss about vulnerable people. His policies are killing vulnerable people.
happycyclist - if I ever meet up with you I will buy you a pint !!

I regard IDS as genuinely evil - a spiteful man , still wanting revenge
for the fact that he was the most useless Tory leader ever .

Blair walked all over him at PMQs

He knows it .

He is still "the schoolyard bully" , picking on the weak and defenceless .

How Jake Berry (who is a decent man) can be seen with him is beyond my comprehension .

IDS is a face well worth a slap .
How he sleeps at night is a mystery to me .
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: Iain Duncan Smith promoting a care scheme? Is this a joke? He's one of the nastiest men in the country and couldn't give a toss about vulnerable people. His policies are killing vulnerable people.[/p][/quote]happycyclist - if I ever meet up with you I will buy you a pint !! I regard IDS as genuinely evil - a spiteful man , still wanting revenge for the fact that he was the most useless Tory leader ever . Blair walked all over him at PMQs He knows it . He is still "the schoolyard bully" , picking on the weak and defenceless . How Jake Berry (who is a decent man) can be seen with him is beyond my comprehension . IDS is a face well worth a slap . How he sleeps at night is a mystery to me . fireonthemountain
  • Score: 5

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