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His Lordship Appears Today Before the Work and Pension Committee.

Last night Channel Four News reported that Lord Freud will appear today before Parliament’s Work and Pension Committee for their Inquiry into Universal Credit.

8 February 2017 9:30 am

Oral Evidence Session

Witness(es)

Lord Freud, former Minister of State for Welfare Reform, Department for Work and Pensions

Location

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

Channel Four News covered many of the flaws of Universal Credit highlighted in the Guardian article below (thanks to people posting this in the comments).

 Freud, “the architect of the controversial universal credit system”, who stepped down as Minister last December,  will be asked about these ‘difficulties’.

According to well-establish rumour Freud once got out of hand in Trafalgar Square, with his pal Bertie Wooster, on Boat Race Night.

His credible claim was that it was Bertie who nicked the Copper’s helmet and spent the night in the cells, appearing before the Beak under the name of Leon Trotski.

Bertie’s defence of “stout denial” is, nevertheless, thought to be the strategy his Lordship intends to follow.

Universal credit flaws pushing claimants towards debt and eviction    and

Guardian 7th of February. 

Recipients falling into rent arrears because of payment delays, forcing them to turn to food banks, Guardian investigation reveals.

Thousands of benefit claimants are facing debt, rent arrears and eviction as a result of policy design flaws in universal credit, according to landlords and politicians, who are demanding an overhaul of the system.

They have warned that UC rules that require claimants to wait at least six weeks for a first benefit payment mean many are going without basic living essentials, forcing them to turn to food banks and loan sharks.

Ministers are being urged to slow down the national rollout and to increase support for vulnerable claimants who are struggling to cope with the demands of monthly payments and an increasingly online-only system.

The findings have emerged during an investigation by the Guardian, which has also revealed that:

  • Eight out of 10 social housing tenants moved on to UC are falling into rent arrears or increasing the level of pre-existing arrears.
  • Families unable to manage the regulation 42-day wait for a first payment are regularly referred to food banks by housing associations or local MPs.
  • Some claimants are waiting as long as 60 days for an initial payment because of processing delays on top of the formal wait.
  • Uncertainty about the system has contributed to a dramatic decline in the number of private landlords willing to take on benefit recipients, even if they are in work.

Organisations representing more than 1m council households said that UC claim processing problems had notably worsened over the past few months. The National Federation of Almos, which represents arm’s length organisations running council housing, and the Association of Retained Council Housing called for payment waits to be reduced.

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Written by Andrew Coates

February 8, 2017 at 10:58 am

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  1. I was just about to post a link about this matter of Lord Freud’s interrogation by Parliament’s Work and Pensions Committee today (Wednesday) – but you’ve pipped me at the post!

    If chaos is the real aim of UC – bearing in mind that the Tories want to ultimately destroy the Welfare State altogether – I have came across another scheme which also had chaos as its strategy.

    The scheme was called the Cloward-Piven Strategy, and it arose in America in 1966. Of course, it was a left-wing attempt to overload the American welfare system, so as to “precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of a guaranteed annual income and thus end poverty”.

    The chaotic overlap is interesting.

    Chaotic

    February 8, 2017 at 11:58 am

    • The Channel Four report made a deep impression on me last night, so I was raring to go when I go to the library this morning!

      After me jobsearch…

      Andrew Coates

      February 8, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      • Mr Coates, we have grave concerns regarding how you are managing your allotted time online and if you are making best deployment of the internet resources afforded to you for effective job-search. We will have a chat about this this at your next intervention.

        Ipswich Jobcentre Plus

        February 8, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      • we can apply for 20 jobs a day in 5 mins its called using a computer and the 35hr job search is an expectation not legislation or law and you cant dictate how a claimant provides job search evidence or how much time it takes them to apply for work.

        all we have to do is meet the requirements of the claimant commitment under law not what some twat at the jcp says you dont even know ur own rules and regulations and want to make it up as you go along.

        you might want to read this tho i doubt you will under stand it.
        http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1995/18/contents

        superted

        February 8, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    • Ordo Ad Chao – Order out of Chaos

      Masonic Lodge

      February 8, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      • Illuminati

        February 8, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      • Cacas ad stercore

        Irrumabo Asinum

        February 8, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      • That is very true Superted the claimant commitment commitment for JSA has a legal appointee option to its reasonable content but the Universal Credit version does not its simply thrown across the floor to the next coach for review.Its clearly an attempt to bypass any legal scrutiny and if disputed it appears that the Universal Credit claim is closed at that point instead of being challenged as unreasonable.

        ken

        February 9, 2017 at 1:09 am

    • Problem > Reaction > Solution

      Infinite Love is the Only Truth: Everything Else is Illusion

      David

      David Icke

      February 8, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    • Chaotic

      Seeing how you brought this up i thought you might like to read this article if you haven’t already done so that is. Just HTTP:// each line first as wordpress just used moderation to withhold

      freedomoutpost.com/cloward-piven-strategy-barack-obama-playing-america/

      freedomoutpost.com/played-communists-islamists/

      Everyone has their view, their politics but i find this article quite ironic considering how things have turned out of late state side when placed in conjunction with when it was written.

      doug

      February 8, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    • A replacement only after so many…………..

      news seeker

      February 8, 2017 at 8:24 pm

  2. In 2012, he outlined some of his thoughts on welfare reform in an interview by saying: “People who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks, they’ve got least to lose. We have, through our welfare system, created a system which has made them reluctant to take risks, so we need to turn that on its head and make the system predictable so that people will take those risks”.

    Little wonder then that Freud helped design a social system where the very poorest and most vulnerable citizens – the most desperate of all and most in need – are the ones the new system puts at risk. This IS precisely what the unconscionable creep most believes in!

    Sammy

    February 8, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    • N.B., The quote in my post above is from Freud himself.

      Sammy

      February 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

  3. Explaining complex economic terms in words so simple even ‘doug’ could understand: “leverage: borrowing money”, and explaining complex economic issues in language so simple even ‘doug’ could understand: “Who owns all the land? The Queen and Prince Charles”. It also mentions the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) whereby rich landowners get paid for NOT planting crops, etc. Really quite subversive for the BBC, and funny as well 😀

    “How do you make economics funny? How do you put the comedy in commodity? Simon Evans has the answer in this new series which asks us to get involved in investment.

    Rather than being cowed by an apparently complicated and overwhelming system, Simon jumps right in. He takes as his focus four commodities which are so intrinsic to our lives they have an almost elemental significance – land, gold, oil and grain. Yet, despite the fact we encounter them everywhere we look, very few people have been able to build a fortune on them.

    All that’s about to change as, Simon enlists help from the experts. Each week he will be joined by Tim Harford, Merryn Somerset Webb and a guest specialist as they examine the chequered social and economic histories of these commodities. By looking at four such fundamental products, Simon brings us to a closer understanding of how global economic forces have a far-reaching and often surprising impact on our lives.

    In this first episode, Simon looks at Land. How did it come to be traded, why we think bricks and mortar are a safe investment andwho really owns the land we buy.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0435p0k

    BBC Radio 4

    February 8, 2017 at 12:09 pm

  4. FREUD CATCHES FOOT N MOUTH

    http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/freud-says-universal-credit-figures-incomprehensible/

    “It is a very efficient system to those who really need the money but before it was too complicated for them”.

    Its constantly said how the old system was complex and confusing, how the new system is clearer and simpler. THEN HOW COMES NOT ONLY THE CLAIMANTS BUT ALSO NOW LOCAL COUNCILS, SOCIAL AND PRIVATE HOUSING, CHARITIES,ETC ARE ALL HAVING ISSUES WITH IT ?

    “He said: “I am not excusing this but a little slip is seen by the media as chaos. We set a tight timetable. If you take away the timetable, the attacks on Universal Credit haven’t been there”.

    REALLY, then how about a work programme that was less effective than leaving claimants to their own devices to find work, Wrong and still wrong work capability assessments, fake news that claimants agree and like the sanction regime, Misleading claimants into believing that volunteering is mandatory , need i go on ?

    OK THEN, THE JEWELS IN THE CROWN I SUSPECT.

    “People in the social housing sector find it quite hard to know what their rents are. Getting this data is key. It needs to be three way to get this data between department, landlord and tenant. The department are working on a portal to improve this”.

    REALLY. We all know except this government and agree overwhelmingly that the landlord is the one rent should go to DIRECTLY. Claimants,majority of Councillors, social and private landlords ALL AGREE. Now government claim its to teach claimants to better manage their money and responsibilities but we ALL KNOW its so the DEPARTMENT does not have to face angry landlords and Councillors when the rent does not arrive. This give it to the claimant gives this government and department the opportunity to stack the blame on the claimant hoping the aforementioned and claimant don’t dig further into what we are all discovering now which is a hopeless new system in dire crisis and draconian practices as their only method of supporting people into work.

    “The figures are not what is appears as you already have 79% in arrears. Probably around a quarter of the arrears are affected by UC”.

    NICE PLAY ON WORDS THERE.

    Hes tried to center it around UC BUT, omitted to discussing welfare reform overall like the already introduction of the bedroom tax, lack of correctly bed-roomed properties available, claimants now paying council tax, the cap, frozen benefit rates, harsher taper rates, cost of living, i think you GET THE PICTURE.

    Only recently i mentioned about taking a closer microscopic look at these people in arrears yet still currently DWP or government, even shadow party or UKIP have failed to make any such move.

    I suspect and it could be easily proved, the substantial rise of arrears and cases is squarely on the shoulders NOT OF UC BUT INFACT THE WELFARE REFORM ITSELF with struggling to keep up with ever rising costs.

    Numbers of arrears DIDN’T just appear over night, like the rising tide of people going to foodbanks that this now government heavily relies on yet use to call a myth of sorts, its grown largely dew to conservative made changes to the welfare system.

    doug

    February 8, 2017 at 1:37 pm

  5. Lord Freud questioned. ?

    plausible deniability

    February 8, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    • We wish….

      Andrew Coates

      February 8, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    • Are you now, or have you ever been, a humane human being Lord Freud?

      Ask a silly question…

      Sammy

      February 8, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      • Of course not, he’s a steaming pile of bovine shit.

        Marie

        February 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm

  6. Granada investigates the benefits system

    In a series of special reports, Granada Reports looks at the current benefits system.

    People are dying because of failings in benefit system.

    http://www.itv.com/news/granada/story/2017-02-06/granada-investigates-the-benefits-system/

    Andrew Coates

    February 8, 2017 at 5:16 pm

  7. What’s the difference between Universal Credit and the American Cloward-Piven Strategy from 1966 – both overlapping with CHAOS?

    “It is not ALL Socialist (AKA Cultural Marxist / New Left) driven. The other equation is the Globalists and crony capitalists like the Conservatives. They want the same result: loss of freedoms, an even more untouchable elite – because they want to monopolise wealth and business to the mega-companies and oligarchs, shutting out true entrepreneurship and making us more reliant with less choices. This is also a form of COLLECTIVISM, just as much as the Cultural Marxists like Merkel and Juncker. They fear the individual, individualist thought, true open capitalism, Libertarianism – this is their enemy and this is what they are trying to eradicate”.

    What's the Difference?

    February 8, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    • To be honest I don’t think that Iain Duncan Smith and David Freud, the architects of Universal Credit, are that clever. Putting two dishonest and delusional incompetents in charge of implementing an impossible and undeliverable project didn’t help matters, but most of the disaster is down to the concept of Universal Credit itself, which, like perpetual motion, is a thing not realisable in the real world given the current state of technology and society.

      Bawlbag

      February 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

    • Shit! Although I hate Lord Freud to the gills I think that Chris Spivey, a bullet-headed foetid turd convicted of harassing the late soldier Lee Rigby’s family after his death, is an even bigger pile of malicious worthless of shit than Freud himself. If you want to roll out the racist Alt-right crap, foxglove, for goodness sake post links to semi-sane racist and white supremacist web sites. No wonder you believe the twaddle you do wasting your days reading fake news from ultra low calibre sites like that. Do us all a favour and put a sock in it.

      Aryan Brother

      February 9, 2017 at 8:47 am

      • I don’t read spiveys stuff,never heard of him before,only put link up because it was having a go at fraud.I learned about his harassment afterwards,soz!

        foxglove

        February 9, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    • Foxglove, did you know about Pivey’s conviction for harassing Lee Rigby’s family before you posted the link to Pivey’s dubious website?

      Warn

      February 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

  8. I am not the slightest bit surprised that this J comes from a family of weirdos and paedos…..and he’s put in charge of welfare reform! The mind boggles.

    Marie

    February 8, 2017 at 9:28 pm

  9. Young men today earn an average of £12,500 less during their 20s than the generation before them, according to a new study published on Thursday.

    Research conducted by the Resolution Foundation think tank, which aims to improve the living standards of Briton’s on low to middle incomes, shows that so-called millennials are earnings less than their Generation X peers during every year between the ages of 22 to 30, resulting in a cumulative pay deficit of £12,500.

    “The long-held belief that each generation should do better than the last is under threat. Millennials today are the first to earn less than their predecessors,”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/millennial-earnings-wages-inequality-generation-gap-pay-salary-a7569216.html

    news seeker

    February 9, 2017 at 11:19 am

  10. Property repossessions, on the rise, it would be wouldn’t it.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38918337

    Revenge eviction law ‘not working’

    A new law designed to help protect people renting homes from rogue landlords isn’t working, say MPs and housing lawyers.

    Faulty electrics, damp and broken boilers that don’t get fixed are all officially classed as category one hazards which pose a risk to health.

    But many private tenants are worried that if they complain too much, they will be evicted.

    The law in England changed in 2015 to make “revenge evictions” illegal.

    But it only applies to rental agreements signed since 1st October 2015.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/38795177/revenge-eviction-law-not-working

    news seeker

    February 9, 2017 at 11:33 am

  11. A two tier NHS, wait a while and it’ll be just one, for those who can pay.

    news seeker

    February 9, 2017 at 12:39 pm

  12. Hope something good comes out of this.

    Marie

    February 9, 2017 at 2:35 pm

  13. A cautionary tale: Does anyone really need reminding that that ‘law enforcement’ and the DWP are all over Facebook. Setting your settings to ‘private’ won’t help you either. And neither will deleting your content/account – Facebook don’t throw anything away!

    “A £32,000 benefit fraudster who posted a Facebook holiday photo with her husband while claiming to be a single mother has been jailed for eight months.

    Elizabeth Hughes told the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) she had broken up with her husband in 2009.

    She fraudulently claimed the benefits before telling the DWP they had reconciled in 2013.

    Investigators found posts on Facebook describing her “bestest” husband.

    Dundee Sheriff Court was told that none of the money had been repaid.

    Depute fiscal Vicki Bell told Dundee Sheriff Court: “An investigation revealed there had never been a separation.

    “Joint bank accounts operated with his salary being paid in and joint expenses going out.

    “Holiday payments, TV licence and other household expenses were paid jointly.

    “Her Facebook page had a photo of them on holiday together during the period of the claim.

    “There was also a post on Facebook saying he was ‘the bestest husband’ posted during the period of the claim that she was single.”

    Hughes, 36, of Dundee, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Tax Credits Act.

    Defence solicitor Larry Flynn said: “She is realistic enough to know that the starting point here will be custody.”

    Sheriff Alastair Carmichael told Hughes: “I regret that I don’t think there’s any other way of dealing with this.

    “This was a fraud of £32,000 of public money.””

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-38906034

    Mark Zuckerberg

    February 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    • A very important point.

      Andrew Coates

      February 9, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    • ‘doug’ will no doubt be along soon to tell us how ridiculous it is to jail benefit fraudsters, that Scotch lawmen are ‘barbarians’ and how £32,000 of taxpayers cash is a ‘drop in the ocean’ of the UK’s overall GDP (Gross Domestic Product).

      The Hard-Working Taxpayer Alliance

      February 9, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      • The Hard-Working Taxpayer Alliance

        You would think by now troll taxpayers would learn not to try to take me on but oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound and here we go.

        One of the fundamental reasons for the welfare reform is to reduce cost yes ?
        Now overall when we consider savings to the taxpayer, we must also think of all public expenditure as after all, it does little good to push the cost elsewhere and amplify it.

        http://www.fpe.org.uk/the-cost-of-prisons/

        https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/367551/cost-per-place-and-prisoner-2013-14-summary.pdf

        So you tell the audience Hard-Working Taxpayer Alliance, how is that cost fair to the tax payer when we as a country succeed in paying more to punish the person in this instance than the cost of the fraud gain itself.
        Perhaps maybe your saying as an alliance that your somewhat S&M so like to pay for punishment as a form of self gratification yet deplore the senselessness of welfare,charity as lets face it, you have no problems bemoaning that do you.

        The point is the taxpayer is not getting that all important reduction in this case that as your frustration however mis-aimed shows, concerns you deeply. No one can deny there are or should i say have been loopholes in welfare that create these opportunities as there are in taxes and they do need addressing but we must be careful not to allow our disdain and anger to cloud our judgement and look at this in a logical manner. When we look at this case we have to say how could it have been prevented in the first instance prior to welfare reform. Well we know the investigation revealed they had a joint bank account since 2004 and we know when making a claim you have to declare all monies,accounts holding monies,assets etc. Now even back in 2009 the DPA gave the government or its departments the legal right without prior consent to access such data under DPA exemptions so we know they could have made these checks but didn’t until years after with the advent of cross databasing which could have been just as achieved via phones.

        Sadly in this instance the DWP failed the Hard Working Taxpayer by not as so to speak following the money or should i say doing their job properly.

        So its not the fault of the unemployed, Ipswich unemployed or even me so your time would indeed be better directed towards those that actually failed to act in your best interests.

        doug

        February 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      • What’s it? £60,000 a week to keep someone is prison? 8 months = 32 weeks x £60,000 = £1,920,000. Saving, or rather COST to the ‘hardworking taxpayers’ alliance’ = £1,888,000, assuming it is all ‘recovered’ and not taking into account the cost of prosecution.

        Calculator

        February 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      • You can pick up a length of rope for a few quid…

        Rapid Right Winger

        February 10, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      • Hear! Hear!

        The Swivel-Eyed Lunatics

        February 10, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    • … and ‘divided over the time the fraud took place is a pittance’, and ‘you never see bankers in the dock’.

      The Hard-Working Taxpayer Alliance

      February 9, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    • They paid for a ‘TV Licence’!? Seriously!?

      We DO NOT require a ‘TV Licence’

      'TV Licence' Free

      February 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm

      • Oh Yes You Do. The Agents In Ipswich Drive Around In A Van From ”PENNY LANE COMPUTERS”

        TV VIEWER

        February 10, 2017 at 9:37 am

    • This stupid woman deserves all she gets. It’s people like her that allow politicians and the media to tar all benefit claimants with the same brush and helps them to justify cuts, freezes and casual cruelty directed towards innocent claimants. I have no sympathy for such people.

      Lucas

      February 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

  14. Andrew Coates

    February 9, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    • Bawlbag

      February 9, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      • What will the future hold for universal credit (UC) in 2017? Its rollout to date has largely been restricted to single applicants, many of whom have no housing costs because they are still living at home. Next year, UC will be increasingly extended to couples and families with children whose needs and circumstances will be considerably more complex, thus presenting the policy – and the households receiving it – with many more challenges to negotiate.

        http://blogs.bath.ac.uk/iprblog/2017/01/12/making-it-work-the-future-of-universal-credit/

        news seeker

        February 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    • In other words it’s an experiment until it’s so called perfect, on the rising numbers of human beings who have to live with it.

      news seeker

      February 9, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      • Universal Credit will never be perfect. That ship has sailed. In a world increasingly dominated by insecure and temporary work the idea of a flexible benefit which enables people to move in and out of work quickly and easily, always ending up better in work than out of it is a good idea, but one ruined now by the preposterously long waiting period for assistance, steep taper rate (where for every three hours you work you only get to keep one hour of earnings and lose UC very quickly as earnings rise), ridiculous amounts of conditionality (everybody supposedly having to be online, manage their claims online, with many supposedly doing a 35-hour work search every week), and infeasibly harsh sanctions regime (where people who misstep can end up with no income for weeks, months or years even if the mend their ways subsequently).

        Freud has talked about altering the “parameters” of UC before and “tweaking” them to see what happens to people, No doubt the “parameters” Freud talks about relate to “conditionality”. i.e., how hard it is to get UC and what you have to do to retain Universal Credit while on it; obviously he cannot be talking about giving people more money since the whole idea of UC is to make savings in social security. So when Freud talks about “parameters” he’s taling about experimenting with what UC is supposed to make people do in order to make them conform, e.g., how much work search they do, how many times they visit their Jobcentre and how long they spend their there, whether reducing their benefits over time for the long-term unemployed gets people into work, whether short and/or long periods of workfare gets people off the dole etc. Basically seeing how best to try to lever people into work based on “conditionality” associated with Universal Credit, which can only really mean making people jump through more and more hoops like performing animals.

        Adjusting the “parameters” will be all about stick and not carrot: the days when people moving from benefits into work would qualify for carrots like small lump sums to help them or have help buying essential clothes, shoes or tools are long gone.

        Freud has only recently started talking like this which leads me to concluded that, in fact, he had no real concrete idea what Universal Credit was supposed to be or how to implement it. Freud’s one big idea, if you can call it that, was “conditionality” imposed on claimants to make their time more difficult and unpleasant in an effort to “encourage” them into work to escape the inherent growing nastiness he busily introduced into Britain’s social security system. Freud seems to believe that you can get blood out of a stone and that by increasing “conditionality” on as many as possible – and let’s not forget that even the terminally ill are now supposed to “actively seek work” just like the healthy until six months away from death – the maximum possible number of benefit claimants would be driven inexorably into paid employment of some kind. The spin off of Freud’s clumsy amateurish efforts was to drive many, many individuals into premature graves.

        Freud has turned out to be a worse serial killer than Doctor Harold Shipman.

        Lucas

        February 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

  15. During his interview Freud claimed that rent arrears due to Universal Credit weren’t as bad as they first seem since figures show that such arrears fell from 48% to 33% in three months.

    I think the fact that Freud talks in percentages is very revealing.

    Reading Freud’s words reveals him to be a very limited individual completely oblivious of the fact that what he is talking about numerically are enormous numbers of men, women and children, not inanimate things like nuts and bolts, and that even a very small percentage of such an enormous number represents a very large number of human lives desolated and ruined by his own cancerous meddling.

    Even if rent arrears caused by Universal Credit do fall by 15% in three months that still means that thousands – THOUSANDS! – of people HAVE been plunged into arrears and debt by Universal Credit unnecessarily. If Universal Credit had been implemented as is in full HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IF NOT MILLIONS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE would, right now, have been cast into rent arrears and debt because of the pernicious nature of Universal Credit itself.

    I have nothing but contempt for Freud but the way he talks in numbers and percentages rather than about lives (and he has called benefit claimants “stock” in the past, as if they were cattle) does indicate why he has made such a complete and utter catastrophe out of Universal Credit and why it must be changed out of all recognition or abandoned altogether.

    An individual quite as hobbled and limited as Freud should never have been tasked and given free reign to mess with social security in the first place. No more than somebody with a first aid certificate should be allowed to perform open heart surgery on a living man or woman. There could only ever have been one result.

    Paul

    February 10, 2017 at 10:05 am

    • LOOK AT MY RIGHT HAND, KEEP LOOKING AT MY RIGHT HAND.

      While UC has indeed contributed to the problem, its the overall effect of the welfare reform that has brought about a lot of these arrears so must not be lost sight of. As i said in a recent post on the topic, bedroom tax, the lack of rented accommodation open to benefit recipients and required size and type of property, the cap and so forth have all stoked that arrears fire.

      It would be extremely helpful if landlords looked closer at these arrears to time log them with certain introductions that formed a part of the welfare reform like say bedroom tax for but one instance.

      What i find very telling here in all of this particular subject is no one wants to hold the baby (cost). from the governments point of view if the onus fell mostly on them, not only would it further muddy their reform but would add also a very large financial amount to this years welfare expenditure, not to just cover those arrears connected but also to reimburse those that had made sacrifices just to remain in the black on rent payments and so didn’t fall into arrears.

      doug

      February 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

  16. I see Bertie Wooster’s crew are still at it:

    Andrew Coates

    February 10, 2017 at 11:19 am

  17. Plumber wins workers’ rights battle against Pimlico Plumbers

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38931211

    doug

    February 10, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    • doug

      saw earlier – been thinking about it since, what do you think the impact is on ZH contracts et al?

      From the comments a couple of years back the Tribunal Service was very unhappy at ZH contracts, and with this Court ruling this looks like its starting to get to the stage this Gov will have to pass laws which means they will be square and center in perpetuating this rubbish – I suspect they do not want to do that which puts them in a bit of a bind – they’ll be directly responsible for it from thereon.

      Gazza

      February 10, 2017 at 2:07 pm

  18. DWP closures forcing most vulnerable into destitution (missing a DWP interview gives them the excuse to sanction)

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/tory-fighting-mps-blast-government-9784918

    Marie

    February 10, 2017 at 2:47 pm


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