Ipswich Unemployed Action.

Campaigning for Unemployed Rights.

Universal Credit Web Site Can’t Spell and Barely Works.

with 15 comments

The Guardian reports,

The first step of the claim form for the government’s flagship welfare reform initiative, billed as the biggest change to the benefits system for 60 years, invites people to input a security code, “seperating” each word with a space.

Council staff and CAB advisers initially had some difficulty navigating beyond the welcome page as they tried to familiarise themselves with the system and found the password entry stage was temporarily stuck.

“I’m not saying it’s not working,” a council staff member said, flustered as she tried to demonstrate the system. “But we have a display error.” The issue resolved itself half an hour later, and staff concluded that it was probably a local problem rather than an issue with the DWP computer system.

Advisers were worried about the absence of a save function on the process (which takes up to 45 minutes to complete), meaning that if a claimant paused to get extra information and was logged off, they would need to start again. Staff said they hoped this would be resolved before the programme was rolled out nationwide for new claimants from October.

This is not the end of the problems Universal Credit will cause.

The Morning Star notes,

 Critics have warned the scheme threatens heavy sanctions for people who are already working.

Those in minimum-waged, part-time jobs of less than 35 hours a week risk losing their benefit unless they attend job interviews with as little as 48 hours’ notice.

The regulations can even compel a worker to quit the job they have for one with slightly more hours, on pain of freezing their benefit.

And the Minister in charge says he,

 would also freeze people’s benefits if they tried to secure higher wages through industrial action.

“Striking is a choice and in future benefit claimants will have to pay the price for that choice – as under universal credit, we no longer will,” he said.

There are plenty of critics,

TUC regional secretary Lynn Collins said the raft of sanctions and hoops would “only worsen the gap between the haves and have-nots.

“This is a crackpot scheme which is designed to cut payments to the most vulnerable people and the working poor,” she said.

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

15 Responses

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  1. “This is why the UK Government will never truly impose proper anti-money laundering controls, because to do so would be to undermine the system which keeps foreigners’ dirty and criminal money from travelling through the City of London, and enables Cameron and Osborne’s school and University chums to wax fat on the proceeds, whether from legal fees, accounting services, banking advice, or just plain old-fashioned relocation services!”

    http://rowans-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/russian-money-laundering-in-london.html

    Annos

    May 1, 2013 at 12:33 am

  2. “Jeffrey Sachs’ Speech on Wall Street Corruption”

    http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2013/04/jeffrey-sachs-speech-on-wall-street-corruption/

    Annos

    May 1, 2013 at 12:34 am

  3. “If you speak to my officials like that again I’ll bite your balls off and send them to you in a box”

    . How IDS bared his teeth in welfare row at Treasury

    . Work and Pensions Secretary loses his temper after criticism of his staff

    . Universal Credit will combine a string of benefits into a single payment.

    Treasury has raised doubts about the cost, scale and pace of the changes

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2317084/Iain-Duncan-Smiths-threat-Treasury-Ill-bite-balls-send-box.html

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

  4. Iain Duncan-Smith – putting the “Thick” into “The Thick of It”…

    scarecrow78

    May 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  5. How about this for a quote:

    Opening an exhibition about human trafficking recently, David Cameron said: “Modern day slavery comes in many forms and we have to have a really concerted approach to crush it, to stamp it out and to make sure that we look at the rights of those who are affected.”

    Yes, Mr Cameron, you are quite correct; modern day slavery comes in many forms right enough.

    Has Cameron forgotten about the Mandatory Work Activity Scheme etc?

    Full report here:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development-professionals-network/2013/may/01/human-trafficking-modern-day-slavery

    Tobanem

    May 2, 2013 at 7:56 am

    • ”AH BUT”— EXPECT THE REPLY TO BE SOMETHING ON THESE LINES ”The people on the MWAS, are getting the experience of getting experience, This is getting the experience of getting up in the morning and the experience of being in the work place.

      webmaster

      May 2, 2013 at 11:33 am

      • TO WHICH I SHOULD HAVE ADDED ….THIS IS THE EXPERIENCE OF GETTING UP IN THE MORNING AND THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN THE WORK PLACE. ……..WHICH WOULD BE AN EXPERIENCE IN IT’S SELF [WITH APOLOGY TO SIR HUMPHREY APPLEBY AND THE WRITERS OF YES MINISTER FOR PINCHING THEIR SCRIPT]

        WEBMASTER

        May 3, 2013 at 11:58 am

  6. Why Downing Street psychologists lied to jobseekers.

    Nudge Unit may have been trying to use the power of stereotypes and framing to help people get jobs – but that doesn’t mean it was a good idea.

    http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/05/why-downing-street-psychologists-lied-jobseekers

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    May 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

  7. FAO “WEBMASTER and Obi Wan Kenobi”

    Yes, you will have to be careful about “pinching the Yes Minister script”, because the DWP is now in deep trouble over copyright infringement for pinching and faking-up the Seligman “psyche” test which originated in America.

    The Americans are furious at this!

    Here is the latest account about this fake psyche test:

    http://skwalker1964.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/breaking-dwp-unit-used-seligmans-test-without-permission/

    I wonder if the DWP and their hapless Nudge Unit face 99 years in an American jail for this crime?

    It all comes on top of the litany of other crimes committed every day in Jobcentres – such as harassment, intimidation, chicanery and downright lying!

    Tobanem

    May 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  8. What the hell is all this about? I can barely understand the forms already!

    Totally Confused.

    May 3, 2013 at 3:30 pm

  9. “Local election 2013: ‘Put disabled down’ councillor re-elected in Cornwall”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-22403852

    I am lost for words!!!.

    Annos

    May 3, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    • “Annos”, have a look a this photograph:

      Translation of the German: What this person is suffering from is hereditary defects which costs the People’s community 60,000 Reich marks during his lifetime. Comrade, that is your money too.

      Update that one to the antics of ATOS today towards the sick and disabled, and also to those scathing headlines in the Tory tabloids blaming it all on the workshy and undeserving poor who bleed the taxpayer dry!

      Tobanem

      May 4, 2013 at 9:17 am

    • There was an Ipswich Councillor (Labour) who said that some years back.

      He was severely sanctioned and then joined the Liberal Democrats.

      They welcomed him.

      Andrew Coates

      May 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

  10. “GPs ‘flooded’ with letter requests due to UK benefit reforms”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-22406739

    Annos

    May 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

  11. Definition of IDS= What this thing is suffering from is hereditary defects which costs the People’s community 60,000 pounds a year during its existence. Comrade, that is your money too.

    something survived...

    July 6, 2013 at 6:07 am


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