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Government to Cut Universal Credit Wait to…..5 Weeks!

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I Week off the Wait, to meet Universal Credit Crisis.

Our best mate and Mentor, Tutor and Guide,  Google informs us of this,

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents.

The government is preparing to confirm that it will cut the six-week waiting time for universal credit, caving in to Conservative backbench rebels.

After being promised concessions by ministers, a group of Tory MPs concerned about the impact of the delay on their constituents were persuaded not to vote against the government in a Labour-led debate on universal credit last month.

The six-week wait was the central concern of the group, which includes Heidi Allen and Johnny Mercer, and the government is expected to reduce it, most likely by eliminating the seven-day mandatory waiting time at the start of any new claim.

The move comes as MPs prepare to vote on a cross-party motion to cut the wait for a first payment from 42 days to a month. The backbench business debate in the House of Commons on Thursday will focus on the recommendations of the recent work and pensions committee inquiry report on universal credit.

The committee chair, Frank Field, warned that a government defeat would send a clear message to ministers that the long wait had to go: “Universal credit’s design and implementation have been beset with difficulties that knock claimants into hunger, debt and homelessness, but the most glaring of these in the first instance is the six-week wait for payment.

“I doubt many households in this country could get by for six weeks, and for many, much longer, with no income, never mind those striving close to the breadline. The baked-in wait for payment is cruel and unrealistic and government has not been able to offer any proper justification for it.”

But wait, hark, what is this we hear?

The massive concession turns out to be a lonely 5 week wait.

Government backs down on Universal Credit wait.

Sky News understands the concession will be made in the coming days as Theresa May tries to see off a Tory rebellion.

The Government is to cut the controversial six-week wait for Universal Credit payments in the comings days in a bid to see off a Conservative rebellion.

A Government source familiar with the plans told Sky News there would be “some movement [on the wait time] in the early part of next week” after intensive behind-the-scenes discussions with a group of up to two dozen rebel MPs.

The source said ministers were working on plans to cut the wait to five weeks or less in a significant concession to backbench MPs.

And Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke is also said to be looking to do more on advance payments for claimants as the roll-out of Universal Credit is expanded from five to 50 job centres a month.

Universal Credit combines six benefits into one single benefit and is designed to simplify the welfare system and to “make work pay”.

It was the flagship welfare reform of David Cameron’s coalition government, but has been plagued with delays since its inception and by criticism over its design.

One flaw is the six-week wait time which has been criticised across the political divide amid concerns it is pushing claimants into arrears on rent and council tax, and forcing some to use food banks.

The 5 week wait and “more” to get people into debt with advance payments is miserable, miserable, penny-pinching, Scrooge’s idea of a Christmas present.

As Julia Rampen says in the New Statesman says,

The government is set to cut the six week initial waiting time for Universal Credit, Sky News reports. If this retreat on welfare is true, it’s welcome. The expectation that people forced to rely on this country’s meagre safety net would somehow have the cash to tide themselves over for six weeks was always fantasy.

As increasingly panicked reports from the areas where the new “streamlined” benefit is being rolled out attest, six weeks is a long time when you have no money in your pocket, and rent and bills to pay. Claimants can get an advance payment, but this can easily turn into yet another debt to pay. Evictions are mounting, and stories from frontline workers are harrowing – such as the one from a foodbank manager, who met a young boy picking through the bins while his mother waited for her first Universal Credit payment.

All the same, there is not much to celebrate. Commuting the waiting time from six weeks to five, as the report suggests will happen, still means a very long wait for access to food or heating, or the resources to pay your rent and other bills. It suggests that Universal Credit will still be structured around a monthly payment, and allocated based on monthly income – even though Resolution Foundation research found the majority of claimants had previously been paid weekly or fortnightly, and many in-work recipients have different hours from month to month. Nor does there seem to be any movement on the fact that Universal Credit is paid to only one member of the household – a structure ripe for abuse. And then there’s the whole question of whether the benefit designed to “make work pay” is actually penalising workers, since any increases in payment under the new system are minimal.

Most worryingly, though, a climbdown on the waiting period does nothing to address the cause of much Universal Credit misery – the glitches. As an anonymous Universal Credit manager wrote for the New Statesman, benefits case managers are overwhelmed, with 300 cases on the go at once. A rigid, automised priority list means that many claims with fall through the cracks. With Jobcentres closing, claimants are set to be even more reliant on communicating with these overworked staff through online messaging or crowded phonelines.

CAN YOU CREDIT IT?

 

Brits spend £6.5million ringing Universal Credit helpline between April and September

 

Shocking figures reveal there were 4.2million calls to the helpline over the five months with an average landline fee of up to 12p

Pile it on against the bastards!

More from Sky just now,

The Prime Minister has been warned thousands of families are being put through the “trauma” of fearing eviction over Christmas due to flagship benefit changes.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tackled Theresa May over the roll-out of Universal Credit, as he revealed a letting agency’s warning to tenants that they could be asked to leave their properties.

In a letter from Lincolnshire-based GAP Property, tenants are told the company cannot sustain arrears “at the potential levels Universal Credit could create” when the new benefits system is introduced in the area next month.

Highlighting a six-week wait claimants will face for their first benefit payments under Universal Credit, the agency adds: “IF YOU DO NOT PAY YOUR RENT WE WILL HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO LEAVE AND RECOVER LOSSES FROM YOUR GUARANTOR”.

GAP Property insists to tenants the letter is “not intended to cause you alarm, rather to inform you of the problems that could very well occur during the roll-out of Universal Credit”.

Challenging Mrs May over the letter at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Mr Corbyn asked: “Will the Prime Minister pause Universal Credit so it can be fixed or does she think it is right to put thousands of families through Christmas in the trauma of knowing they’re about to be evicted because they’re in rent arrears because of Universal Credit?”

In response, Mrs May acknowledged concerns about people managing their budgets to pay rent during the Universal Credit roll-out, but added: “What we see is after four months the number of people on Universal Credit in arrears has fallen by a third.”

The Labour leader told the Prime Minister he suspects “it’s not the only letting agency that’s sending out that kind of letter” and highlighted increased food bank usage and child poverty fears as he demanded the Government pause the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Mrs May countered the new benefits system “is ensuring that we are seeing more people in work and able to keep what they earn”.

And,

Shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams repeated Labour’s demand for a pause to Universal Credit while “these issues are fixed”.

She said: “The Government is reportedly planning to reduce the six week wait for Universal Credit payments.

“I hope they have now listened to Labour’s repeated calls to significantly reduce the waiting time, which has driven many into debt, arrears and evictions.

“Much more needs to be done.

“The Government must confirm that alternative payment arrangements will be offered to all recipients, including fortnightly payments, and bring forward plans to restore the principle that work always pays under the programme.”

Before I forget (and after seeing the rise in Food Prices today): End the Benefits Freeze!

Written by Andrew Coates

November 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

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  1. […] Government to Cut Universal Credit Wait to…..5 Weeks! […]

  2. Only 5 weeks: super-mega-wow! I am sure this news will come as a big relief to everyone. And in case you’re wondering, yeah, I’m being sarcastic.

    jj joop

    November 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    • I’m having steak tonight.

      jj joop

      November 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      • I’m being staked tonight.

        Count Dracula

        November 15, 2017 at 7:51 pm

  3. Lettings agency issues every tenant with eviction notice blaming Universal Credit

    A lettings agency in Grimsby has taken the “extraordinary” step of issuing hundreds of tenants with a preemptive eviction notice ahead of the roll out of Universal Credit. In a menacing letter, Gap Property, has written to its tenants warning them that if they are in receipt of any benefits under the new system they will need to prepare their rent payments now or face being ordered to leave their homes by Christmas.

    https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/politics/agency-issues-every-tenant-eviction-notice-blaming-universal-credit/

    ken

    November 15, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    • Yup,

      Andrew Coates

      November 15, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      • Yesterday in the local food bank, someone from a letting agency? said “the problem is tenants don’t talk to us” meanwhile they know about UC so don’t talk to us is nonsense, their properties will lay empty, then they will complain about that.

        The worry and despair continues.

        whoknew

        November 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    • This has been happening for a while: here’s another example of mass eviction which made the news. Smaller landlords have been evicting tenants on Universal Credit and refusing to let properties to them for a while on the quiet.

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534331/Landlord-1-000-homes-evicts-tenants-benefits-He-claims-Eastern-Europeans-better-paying-rent.html

      It can only get worse unless the government faces up to the issue and change direction.

      Sadly, because Tory bugetary plans are based largely around savings made in the welfare budget by means of severe cuts, freezes, caps and restrictions they won’t be able to do this and carry on cutting the deficit in the manner promised. The choice for May and company is hence to do the right thing or the right-wing thing and my bet is on the latter, or, at least as much as they can get away with.

      Does anybody think that any concessions or changes to make Universal Credit less toxic and poisonous if the Conservatives had a thumping majority? Not a chance. They would happily throw millions under the wheels of the bus without a qualm.

      Tim

      November 16, 2017 at 9:07 am

    • whoknew

      November 16, 2017 at 12:12 pm

  4. UC was designed to wait 4 weeks for the first payment. Now it is a 8 week wait & getting longer because the IT & Admin can’t cope. The waiting time on the UC phone hot line is more like 30 minutes.

    ATOS is running the Admin & IT for Universal Credit & are being handed a £500M bonus for doing a good job.

    Universal Credit is not credit it is debt.

    Universal Credit is called work, so UC means they hire workers to work for UC by being sick & disabled. Yet the sick & disabled do not have a job because they do not want sick & disabled people working because they are on UC. Which means they are not sick & disabled but cured of all sickness & there is no more disabled people on paper & in society. So to class sick & disabled not worthy of the right to live means Human Rights Breaches by the Tories own submission.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm

  5. Now sir, you will only need to starve for 5 weeks instead of 6.

    BIG DEAL!

    Don’t forget the hypothermia cases and the evictions due to rent arrears.

    And the odd suicide.

    Merry Christmas.

    BIG DEAL

    November 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm

  6. “In response, Mrs May acknowledged concerns about people managing their budgets to pay rent during the Universal Credit roll-out, but added: “What we see is after four months the number of people on Universal Credit in arrears has fallen by a third.”

    Is the government collectively innumerate? Spinning the figures that Theresa May boasted about in the quote above more honestly: FOUR MONTHS AFTER BEING AWARDED UNIVERSAL CREDIT TWO OUT OF THREE CLAIMANTS ARE STILL IN ARREARS AS FAR AS RENT IS CONCERNED!

    This isn’t success but abject and abiding failure!!! The fact that the woman can only dredge up a statistic so disgracefully awful to try to defend Universal Credit demonstrates what a disaster Universal Credit actually is in reality. The lunatics really have taken over the asylum.

    Tim

    November 15, 2017 at 6:16 pm

  7. What good is 5 weeks, why can’t the c*nts make it 2 and save all this bloody suffering…

    Violet

    November 15, 2017 at 6:26 pm

  8. Unfortunately, from the Tory viewpoint Universal Credit is working. It is forcing people off benefits into work , which is what it was designed to do. It might be mostly part-time and zero hours work, but beggars can’t be choosers, as they would say. And as for reducing the waiting time to 5 weeks, it just shows you can vote Tory and still have a sense of humour.

    Paul Rodell

    November 15, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    • According to data up to 2015 only 2% to 7% more Universal Credit claimants (across different age ranges) get into work than those on Jobseeker’s Allowance, which is pretty miserable considering the vast amount of suffering it causes to the 80% of social tenants that fall into rent arrears. Is such a tiny improvement, which undoubtedly has nothing to do with the six or more week waiting period, really worth the staggering and unprecedented misery now convulsing the lives of a massively greater number of people now being driven into rent arrears, debt, reliance on food banks and risking eviction from their homes as never before?

      Tim

      November 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      • Hold the phone.

        Under the old system you were either totally unemployed claiming benefits, working and claiming income tax credits and housing benefit or working and claiming no benefit.
        EXCLUDING THE LATTER, THE OTHER TWO HAVE BEEN ADDED TOGETHER UNDER UC.

        SO OF COURSE it would look like more people are in work, So of course government could claim more people are in work than ever before SOLELY because of what i mentioned along with the fact they don’t track people who sign off of either old or new benefit system.

        Can anyone tell me what is the hours worked a week or month in a universal credit payment month that determines whether your listed as employed or unemployed while still receiving benefits ?

        doug

        November 16, 2017 at 12:58 am

      • This is true of course. When I was on Universal Credit I registered for postal work with a company called Angard, believing that I would be offered seven hour shifts. In the event I only ever worked about 14 hours a month doing no more than one four-hour shift once a week: I was only a few pounds a week better off after travel expenses, UC deductions and Council Tax increases but would have been counted as one of the Universal Credit claimants who had “moved into work” and “stayed in work longer” because I remained on Angard’s books for months and months, hoping against hope to be offered more work, especially at Christmas, only doing occasional shifts sorting mail at a Mail Centre, ten miles away, from where I lived.

        Basically I did a little bit of casual work spread out over a long period without any financial benefit but was certainly counted as one of those on UC who had “moved into work faster and stayed in work longer”.

        As you indicate, doug, government statistics are false and distorted – lies in other words.

        Tim

        November 16, 2017 at 8:25 am

      • When the work and health programme starts the unemployed will be working for their benefits, – workfare.

        Then Gov will say the amount of people in work are soaring, – there is no longer any unemployed in the UK.

        whoknew

        November 16, 2017 at 9:38 am

      • A clear shot across the bow

        I warn all public here and now working or not, if you allow either or both government and business to organize and control this new and is happening change of life, you will be sorry when you discover life is more a dystopia than a uptopia.

        Don’t ever think it cant happen to you.

        doug

        November 16, 2017 at 11:18 am

      • DWP – released by the Office for National Statistics, show that employment remains at a near record high, with 32 million people in work.

        Increases in full-time and permanent work are behind the figures. In the last year the number of people on zero hours contracts has fallen by 20,000.

        Where’s the full time jobs DWP? I want one.

        whoknew

        November 16, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      • whoknew

        You could have 30 people in work working 32 hours a week and you could have 60 people in work working 16 hours a week.

        There is no productivity gain for the business having more people so less revenue for government to expect to collect from profit made. None of the 60 staff are paying any INCOME TAX or NIC, so again no revenue for HMRC. Twice as many people are benefit reliant (dipping in the public expenditure pool) on benefits despite productivity remaining the same.

        So how PRODUCTIVE would you say having more people in work benefited the taxpayer whose footing the lion share of the bill, in this instance ?

        A drop in ZHCs is misleading as anyone self employed or an agency worker isn’t guaranteed work every week. A varied hour contract could mean anything. Some i have seen guarantee just 7.5 hours a week, some craftily state 4 hours a shift but don’t state how many shifts a week, you get the picture.

        Full time work is 16 hours onwards (most flexi work is around 20 hours or less).

        Whats permanent work when its at home, are government suggesting a person cant be fired, a company go broke, that there is jobs where an employer has to hire you forever ?

        Now i speculate in line with UC, that government means any job that cancels out benefits totally and lasts at least 6 MONTHS. Permanent WORK DOES NOT HAVE TO EQUAL ONE EMPLOYER THROUGHOUT.

        HOLD THE PHONE

        As you know not every unemployed person claims or can welfare so it totally possible for claimant count to remain the same while the permanent figure increases. A foreign worker entering our system would also produce the same effect. Also remember a student, a volunteer,etc is classed as employed, both of which often aren’t claiming or cant benefits so again would skew the figure.

        doug

        November 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      • Do Not Forget. If you are on a ”Work For Your Dole Scheme”. IE in a charity shop sorting clothes or cleaning up graffite ~ You are classed as employed as the DWP return your P45 to you. This means that you are NOT on the ”Unemployed element of the register”. As for cleaning up graffitie etc. When doing this you are normally in a gang that includes people doing it as part of a court related sentence. You get tarred with the same brush as them.

        Ben Neviss

        November 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

  9. DWP News Flash

    The DWP will be handing free hot water bottles to everyone on the DWP’s books.

    What’s the catch?

    The special DWP free hot water bottles will have holes in them.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm

  10. What is it like for children growing up in poverty in the UK?

    whoknew

    November 15, 2017 at 9:10 pm

  11. Sarah Newton Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions

    Sarah Newton consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability

    On 9 Mar 2011:
    Sarah Newton voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms.

    On 9 Mar 2011:
    Sarah Newton voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms.

    On 15 Jun 2011:
    Sarah Newton voted to introduce Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments and to restrict housing benefit for those in social housing deemed to have excess bedrooms.

    On 1 Feb 2012:
    Sarah Newton voted against those who have been ill or disabled since their youth recieving Employment and Support Allowance on the same basis as if they had made sufficient National Insurance contributions to qualify for a contribution based allowance.

    On 1 Feb 2012:
    Sarah Newton voted not to increase the time people can receive contribution based ESA from one year to at least 730 days.

    On 1 Feb 2012:
    Sarah Newton voted not to make an exception for those with a cancer diagnosis or undergoing cancer treatment from the 365 day limit on receiving contribution based Employment and Support Allowance.

    On 1 Feb 2012:
    Sarah Newton voted not to set the lower rate of the Universal Credit payment in relation to disabled children and young people at a minimum of two-thirds of the higher rate.

    On 20 Jul 2015:
    Sarah Newton voted to reduce the household benefit cap, to freeze the rate of many working-age benefits, to reduce social rents in England and for other changes to the benefits system.

    On 27 Oct 2015:
    Sarah Newton acted as teller for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 13 — Employment and Support Allowance: Work-Related Activity Component

    On 27 Oct 2015:
    Sarah Newton acted as teller for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Clause 14 — Universal Credit: Limited Capability for Work Element

    On 27 Oct 2015:
    Sarah Newton acted as teller for a vote on Welfare Reform and Work Bill — Third Reading

    On 2 Mar 2016:
    Sarah Newton voted against making the removal of the work-related activity component from employment and support allowance conditional on an impact assessment and against requiring Parliament to approve details of implementing the change.

    On 2 Mar 2016:
    Sarah Newton voted against making the removal of the limited capability for work element of universal credit conditional on an impact assessment and against requiring Parliament to approve details of implementing the change.

    On 8 Jun 2016:
    Sarah Newton voted for reductions in benefits for disabled and ill claimants who are deemed capable of work.

    On 20 Jul 2016:
    Sarah Newton voted for cuts in housing benefit for recipients in supported housing.

    TheyWorkForYou
    https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/24948/sarah_newton/truro_and_falmouth/divisions?policy=6673

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 15, 2017 at 9:21 pm

  12. Sarah Newton your record speaks for itself.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 15, 2017 at 9:24 pm

  13. Sanctioned woman left with no money to live on for a year by DWP

    A WOMAN has been left with no money for almost a year after being sanctioned by the DWP.

    Margo Laird, from Tollcross, was sanctioned for not attending at Jobcentre interviews, despite sending in sick lines from her doctor.

    She is currently still under a 132 day sanction despite now turning up to the appointments.

    Ms Laird though she didn’t need to attend because her GP said she was not fit for work and posted the sick lines to the Jobcentre.

    She has received no payments of her Universal Credit benefit since January and has been totally dependent of support from her family.

    She also has a court case on going for rent arrears due to being switched to Universal Credit and enduring a 12 week delay for payments, meaning her rent was not paid.

    She owes Tollcross housing Association £900 as a result because while her housing benefit has been re-instated the DWP will not clear the arrears.

    Ms Lair said: “I had been sending in sick lines for more than a year.

    I’ve now been going for the last six months but I still don’t have any money coming in.

    “My son and sister are helping me with money for the meter and bringing me messages.

    “I didn’t even know I had rent arrears because I thought it was being paid.”

    She said despite knowing she has been sanctioned and left with no money no-one at the DWP has asked her how she is able to survive.

    Ms Laird’s case was raised at the House of Commons by her MP David Linden.

    He asked Damian Hinds the work and Pensions minister if he would look into her case and find a solution.

    Mr Linden said: “What has happened is Margo Laird has been pushed as close to destitution as she can by the UK government.

    “Universal Credit is causing untold misery to people.

    “Margo is vulnerable and has been helped by her family but they no longer able to continue providing that support in the way they have been. She is at crisis point.

    “There are hundreds of thousands of Margos out there. I have raised her case with the government and will do so with others “

    Mr Hinds said he was unable to comment on the specific case but said he would look into it if Mr Linden supplied more details.

    The DWP said there can be delays between processing the housing element of universal credit and it being received.

    It said a payment relating to rent arrears has been made and it is discussing the case with the landlord

    A spokeswoman for the DWP said: “Only a small minority of Universal Credit claimants are sanctioned, and that only happens if someone doesn’t have a good reason for falling short of their claimant commitment.

    “Work coaches support claimants to meet their requirements, and people are given every opportunity to explain why they have failed to do so before a decision is made.”

    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15664718.Sanctioned_woman_left_with_no_money_to_live_on_for_almost_a_year

    Evening Times

    November 16, 2017 at 7:22 am

    • When on UC you, – everyone will be sanctioned.

      whoknew

      November 16, 2017 at 9:52 am

  14. Universal Credit: Architect of welfare shake-up urges changes


    Dr O’Brien wrote the report which formed the basis of one the government’s flagship policies

    The man who invented Universal Credit has added his voice to growing calls for the benefit to be paid quicker.

    Stephen Brien, whose report in 2009 became the blueprint for the benefit, told the BBC claimants should receive their first payment after four weeks.

    Currently people typically have to wait six weeks and one in five wait longer.

    Theresa May defended the system in the Commons on Wednesday though there is a widespread expectation that changes will be made in next week’s Budget.

    MPs are due to hold a debate on Universal Credit, which merges six benefits for working-age people into one new payment, later on Thursday.

    Last month the Commons voted overwhelmingly to pause its roll-out but the government did not take part in the ballot and effectively ignored the decision.

    Universal Credit started life in the Centre for Social Justice think tank, under the leadership of Dr Brien.
    In 2009, he wrote a 370 page report called Dynamic Benefits, which became the basis for the new benefit. He then went on to work in the Department for Work and Pension between 2011 and 2013, creating the benefit.

    ‘Challenging’

    While he told the BBC the principle of the idea remains, he believed there were now significant operational problems.

    “I would get rid of the seven days (waiting period),” he said, referring to the initial week after someone makes a claim where they aren’t paid any benefit even if they’re eligible for Universal Credit.
    And he also thinks the department doesn’t need a week to actually process payments.

    “We should be looking at something much closer to a four-week process.
    “When we are looking at a group of people who have lost their job, to expect them to take six weeks on their own back without getting any cash is a challenging one.
    “I think we have to recognise that the benefits system needs to focus on the needs of the most vulnerable as much as it focuses on getting people back to work.”
    Universal credit is the largest change to the welfare system in decades. It combines six working-age benefits, such as tax credits and housing benefit, into one monthly payment.

    Incentives

    The roll-out of the benefit is currently being accelerated to 50 job centres a month. A number of groups, including Citizens Advice, the Labour Party and the Children’s Commissioner for England, have called for the extension to be paused arguing that it is creating debts and rent arrears.

    The government has so far resisted such demands, arguing the benefit is working and getting single people into a job quicker than previous benefits.

    Stephen Brien, who currently works for the Legatum Institute, also argues changes made by the government in the 2015 Budget have moved Universal Credit away from its over-riding aim – to make work pay for everyone.

    “Certain groups have a greater incentive than they had in the past; others do not, and that’s the area we need to fix. It was designed to make work pay. It still makes work pay but not as well as it could and should do.”

    The 2015 changes to the current system of tax credits means it is currently more attractive for some people to move into work than it will be under Universal Credit.

    Forthcoming Budgets should address the problem, Dr Brien says.

    “There is more value in increasing the work allowances payments for benefit claimants than in increasing the tax threshold for earners. The most vulnerable groups will benefit most from increases in work allowances than raising the threshold of tax.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42001257

    BBC News

    November 16, 2017 at 7:42 am

    • 5 weeks is still 5 weeks too long. Ok pay everything to you the claimant including the rent etc. But Please Keep It At Two Weeks For A Payment With A 5 Days Waiting Day.

      Philip

      November 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

      • Should have said for the 1st initial payment

        Philip

        November 16, 2017 at 9:09 am

    • Thanks for that, I saw but not the full report.

      Now back to the UC mess as it is..

      Andrew Coates

      November 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      • For those who don’t know.

        Most prescription forms will not yet have a box for Universal Credit; patients should tick the box for income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance.

        https://www.dispensingdoctor.org/news/changes-to-universal-credit-prescription-charge-exemption/

        whoknew

        November 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      • If you have your medication sent direct from the dr to the pharmacy electronically as I do, you don’t have to fill the back of the form in as it is done automatically. If you are OVER 60, you don’t pay anyway. That is another point. Why then do we have to wait till 66 to get our bus pass and pension.

        Philip

        November 16, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      • Because the government wants more of us to die before getting bus passes and pensions to save money, which us why the government keeps upping the retirement age every so often.

        Tim

        November 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    • Bet the evil bastard pulled the wings off butterflies when it was a brat!

      Foxglove

      November 16, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      • Is he the same brat that thinks a slug is a homeless snail

        chief wigum

        November 17, 2017 at 9:19 am

  15. Government refuses to investigate whether people claiming Universal Credit are forced to use food banks

    Now the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has insisted it will not “collect or publish statistics” to corroborate, or disprove, that evidence.

    Ministers believe it is not possible to keep count of the number of people using food banks without imposing “unnecessary burdens” on the volunteers running them.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-credit-government-food-banks-benefits-work-pensions-dwp-charities-mps-dan-jarvis-a8048496.html

    whoknew

    November 16, 2017 at 9:55 am

    • I forgot, I will count every person who comes into the local food bank, it’s easy, not a burden.

      Meanwhile it is possible to keep count of the number of people using food banks, the Trussel trust and others have all the numbers, those ministers don’t want to know. simple as that.

      whoknew

      November 16, 2017 at 11:07 am

    • Since people can’t just turn up at food banks but have to be referred, how hard would it be for their referral include the reason for their attendance?

      Tim

      November 16, 2017 at 11:33 am

      • People do just turn up Tim, someone in the food bank talks to everyone who comes in, so finds out why they are in the food bank.

        whoknew

        November 16, 2017 at 11:43 am

      • Bur if they don’t get referred how do you know they are genuine and not Tory MPs on the scam for some free food – after all some of them, although on £65,000 per year, were still grasping enough to submit claims for individual Kit Kat biscuits eaten!

        Tim

        November 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm

  16. Theresa May promises to personally solve UK housing crisis, because she wants more Tories voters.

    Brexit debate: Some ministers are ‘not fond’ of workers’ rights, warns senior Tory MP Ken Clarke

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-debate-latest-ken-clarke-workers-rights-tories-not-fond-comments-labour-a8057451.html

    whoknew

    November 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

  17. Zimbabwe, sounds just like UK.

    whoknew

    November 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

    • Did You Not Once Own It When It Was Rhodesia Before UDI

      Idi Amin

      November 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

  18. 81,000 people died in just three years because of benefit cuts and sanctions

    A staggering 81,140 people died as a result of benefit cuts and sanctions according to official government documents.

    Some 50,580 on ESA had died and the rest is made up of various other benefits people were claiming before they died.

    You can read the entire document in PDF file HERE

    Click to access mortality-statistics-esa-ib-sda.pdf

    The shocking statistic was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the amount of people who had died, as the government have hidden away official statistics for 2016/17, it is expected the amount of people who have died due to the Universal Credit roll out will take this figure way over the 100,000 mark.

    The calculating effect benefit reforms are having on people is chilling to the bone, even to the hard-nosed Tory out their and manipulated by their own party, can not be blaming Labour for this one! and the fact they have kept this information to themselves is another true indication of what this dreadful government are doing to the most vulnerable in society.

    No excuses can ever be given for the death of just one person, not hundreds of thousands, and yet the stoney faced Tories continue to kill of the poor and in some cases even those that are working!

    Theresa May and her out of touch with reality party, has much work to do, to convince those at the bottom of the ladder,and even those climbing it, that her party really cares about the most vulnerable in society.

    https://news4trafford.co.uk/2017/10/15/81000-people-died-in-just-three-years-because-of-benefit-cuts-and-sanctions/

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 16, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    • So the DWP & Tories have been covering up the fact & calling people mental over the fact of over 120,000 DWP related deaths since 2010.

      That is more people killed off than all the war zones around the world combined since 2010.

      Genocide is the correct wording. Social cleansing using genocide for votes & scape goats.

      That is why the United Nations have a report that proves it. Human Rights used in genocide.

      Is that not called a Disabled War with disability Hate Crimes by the Tory Denial Factory !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 16, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    • How British High Society Fell in Love With the Nazis

      Controversy followed the publication of footage of a young queen giving a Nazi salute. But in those days, British high society’s worship of Hitler was in full bloom.

      that there was widespread sympathy for Nazis and Nazism in the early and mid-1930s in the very heart of the British establishment.

      https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-british-high-society-fell-in-love-with-the-nazis

      ken

      November 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      • National Socialists Ken, they never called themselves nazi’s! There wasn’t a nazi party!

        Foxglove

        November 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm

  19. Universal Credit Deaths also involve children. the Tories are now giving pre meditated murder to children in poverty by killing off their parents. Can the system cope with 4 million children in care !!! No they can’t so sod the lot of them because we are the Government that run a dictatorship that will crush any traitors that go against the Tories.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 16, 2017 at 2:42 pm

  20. British Workers Wanted, they say.

    Channel 4 Thu 16 Nov, 10pm

    This documentary follows two glamorous Leave-voting women who are trying to attract Brits to join their recruitment agency as many of their Eastern European workers choose to leave Brexit Britain

    whoknew

    November 16, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    • I didn’t watch that programme but have just been told about it, they the two women were saying they were asking people in the high street if they wanted jobs, they said the Briitish told them they wouldn’t work for £7.50 per hour,

      We all know agencies, and we all know ch 4,

      On the way home I will go into that agency and ask them if they have any jobs. meanwhile for the past few years they have not taken on any British.

      whoknew

      November 17, 2017 at 11:10 am

  21. It’s true: Conservative governments really do kill people

    The claim is not hysterical: from health to disability benefits to prisons, it’s clear that Tory policies cost lives

    Guardian – Monday 13 November 2017

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/13/conservative-governments-kill-people-health-disability-benefits-prisons?CMP=share_btn_fb

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 16, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    • “””””A much more striking example of that came in 2015, when there were 30,000 “excess deaths” in England and Wales, the greatest rise in mortality for 50 years, according to a study published this year. The researchers – from Oxford University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and two borough councils – examined possible explanations and, having rejected environmental collapse, natural disaster and war, concluded that “the evidence points to a major failure of the health system, possibly exacerbated by failings in social care”, adding for clarity: “The impact of cuts resulting from the imposition of austerity on the NHS has been profound.” “””””

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 16, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    • The same thing is happening all over the world, with the unemployed, poor and disabled being killed in wars.

      whoknew

      November 16, 2017 at 5:26 pm

  22. New universal credit claimants ‘will get no money before Christmas’

    Peabody Trust says 42-day wait means 60,000 households, with over 40,000 children, will receive no income until after festive season

    Guardian – Thursday 16 November 2017 13.31 GMT

    Claimants signing on to universal credit from this week will not receive any income before Christmas because of the existing 42-day wait for payment, putting the finances of tens of thousands of households at risk, according to a housing association.

    The Peabody Trust estimates that nationally more than 60,000 households, containing more than 40,000 children, will make new universal credit claims in the six weeks before Christmas, and so will not receive any income in the run-up to the festive season.

    Read More:
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/16/new-universal-credit-claimants-will-get-no-money-before-christmas

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 16, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    • So lucky to get beans on toast for Christmas dinner.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

  23. And so it continues (I am wondering when somebody is going to collect this together into a pamphlet/PDF).

    Andrew Coates

    November 16, 2017 at 4:04 pm

  24. Six-week wait for Universal Credit is too long, says its creator Stephen Brien

    “When we are looking at a group of people who have lost their job, to expect them to take six weeks on their own back without getting any cash is a challenging one,” he told the BBC.

    https://inews.co.uk/essentials/news/politics/universal-credit-creator-stephen-brien-says-six-week-wait-first-payment-long/

    Monthly wages seem a distant dream for many.At least the talk of it takes people back.

    ken

    November 16, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    • Weekly or even daily wages are a distant dream for some.

      Tim

      November 16, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  25. Poorest hit hardest by years of Tory austerity, says human rights watchdog

    The poorest in society are set to lose around 10% of their income due to years of cruel Tory austerity, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has revealed in a damning new report.

    David Isaac, Chair of the Commission, said: “The Government can’t claim to be working for everyone if its policies actually make the most disadvantaged people in society financially worse off.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/poorest-hit-hardest-by-years-of-tory-austerity-says-human-rights-watchdog/

    whoknew

    November 17, 2017 at 4:37 am

  26. Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit, says Iain Duncan Smith’s thinktank

    Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and invest in benefits instead

    Iain Duncan Smith’s thinktank is calling on the chancellor to renege on promised Tory tax cuts and instead plough billions of pounds into universal credit if he wants to help families that are just about managing.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/16/ditch-tax-cuts-to-fund-universal-credit-says-iain-duncan-smiths-thinktank?ncid=newsletter-ukThe%20Waugh%20Zone%20171117

    whoknew

    November 17, 2017 at 9:13 am

  27. A letting agent has been branded “coldblooded” after sending pre-emptive eviction notices to tenants ahead of the roll-out of Universal Credit.

    Tenants from Grimsby letting agent Gap Property received letters telling them that they had been served a two month eviction notice which will be enforced in the event that they fall behind on their rent during that time.

    The letters have been sent prior to the introduction of Universal Credit in Grimsby on Monday, December 13, with the company saying that it wanted to warn tenants of the changes to the benefit system so that they do not end up falling into arrears and have the ability to plan ahead.

    James Blake, of Grimsby who has been served an eviction notice by Gap Properties, ahead of the start of the new Universal Credit.

    http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/this-going-scare-quite-lot-782419

    More threats a Tory hallmark.

    ken

    November 17, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    • The Tories claimed that this wouldn’t happen.

      Tim

      November 17, 2017 at 2:44 pm

  28. Macclesfield residents facing ANOTHER big rise in council tax

    Council tax could rise by nearly five per cent as Cheshire East aims to balance its books.

    http://www.macclesfield-express.co.uk/news/macclesfield-residents-facing-another-big-13909389

    ken

    November 17, 2017 at 12:42 pm

  29. Disabled woman takes DWP minister to court over PIP mental health changes

    A disabled woman is taking work and pensions secretary David Gauke to court over “unfair and discriminatory” changes that were made to a disability benefit.

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/disabled-woman-takes-dwp-minister-to-court-over-pip-mental-health-changes/

    ken

    November 17, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  30. CONFIRMATION THAT THERE IS NO LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO USE UC JOURNAL!

    Claimants can, however, be compelled to provide evidence of work search under Section 23 of the Welfare Reforms Act 2012, which I / we already knew about.

    But the Act does not compel the evidence to be supplied in a particular way, only that it must be supplied if and when requested.

    I caan’t wait to show this to the manager of my Jobcentre: boy, is he gonna be pissed off!

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/using_the_journal#incoming-1071484

    jj.joop@hushmail.com

    November 17, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    • This is what many of us have said; if access to UJM accounts cannot be forced how could it be different for the journal? Spread the word! Shout it from the rooftops!

      Tim

      November 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    • Thanks for posting these nuggets JJ.

      ken

      November 17, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      • Yes, you still get people who think you have to give them access to your UJM account as well.

        You have to use Universal Job Match – you can prove it with a print out of a page of your account if they try it on and can’t be bothered to argue too much.

        But you do not give Nosey Parker access to your account.

        Andrew Coates

        November 17, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      • Work coaches can SEE whether you are using UJM or not because when you log on it gets recorded in a thing called an audit trail; they can’t see what you do when you are logged on but they can see via the terminals on their desks whether you have logged on and how long you were logged on for. So if you have agreed to log on 5 times a week, log on once a day and log off after 30 minutes, say, even if you don’t look for any jobs.

        Tim

        November 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    • I have offered to give my work coach print-offs and screen grabs of my UJ account but he’s not interested. He wants direct access, which I have declined.

      jj joop

      November 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm

      • they dont want to look at it they want in because they can then add 40 jobs a week to apply for or jobs you dont even want then dont apply and then get sanctioned for it with a ase doubt.

        i bet they keep screen shots of it 😉

        superted

        November 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      • Their looking for trouble and still trying to get people to sign off sick for no reason.

        ken

        November 17, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    • Same rules then as UJM for which the means used to record work search efforts “could not be specified”.

      The Ghost of Christmas Future

      November 18, 2017 at 9:52 am

  31. Council wants to fine homeless people £1,000 for putting up a TENT, how Britains rogue masonic run council solve the housing crisis.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/homeless-people-could-fined-1000-11535616

    Violet

    November 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

  32. “Man, 23, dies after getting trapped in recycling plant machine in Cornwall

    The employee is understood to have become trapped in a baling machine, which compacts waste, at a plant in Cornwall.”

    Recycling plants have to be one of the most dangerous work environments especially for those with limited or no work experience. You have to ask why the ‘provider’s were sending MWA/CWP ‘participants’ to ‘work’ in these death-trap places where they were forced to work baling machines, shredding machines and undertake all sorts of hazardous activity.

    https://news.sky.com/story/man-23-dies-after-getting-trapped-in-recycling-plant-machine-in-cornwall-11129821

    Fen Tiger

    November 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm

  33. This article spares the gruesome details of how he has died. But I know exactly what has happened. When the machine got stuck the gaffer would tell one of the smaller guys to crawl into the machine to clear out the stuck cardboard, plastic bottles. Someone has turned the machine ON whilst he was inside. The poor guy has been crushed to death literally. That is why the “machine stopped working”. Imagine getting crushed to death in one of these machines, it doesn’t bear thinking about.

    CWP Victim

    November 17, 2017 at 1:40 pm

  34. Council says government should cut waiting time for Universal Credit payments

    Ahead of the Budget on 22 November, Oxford City Council is calling on the Chancellor to cut the waiting time for Universal Credit payments.

    As a response to financial hardship caused by the wait for Universal Credit payments, the council has set up a £50,000 emergency fund for new claimants who cannot afford to pay for food, household necessities or utilities while they wait for their first payment.

    The emergency fund is available to people who live within Oxford City Council boundaries and council tenants who:

    have made a claim for Universal Credit and applied for an advance payment
    are working with the council’s Springboard Money service, which supports people who need help to manage a single monthly payment, or with an advice serviceneed help because they cannot afford to pay for food, household necessities or utilities before they get their first Universal Credit payment.

    https://www.oxford.gov.uk/news/article/593/council_says_government_should_cut_waiting_time_for_universal_credit_payments

    ken

    November 17, 2017 at 3:48 pm

  35. Mistakes in benefits claims could cost up to £500m
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42012116

    superted

    November 17, 2017 at 6:32 pm

  36. Universal credit: Free school meals proposal keeps the cliff edge
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-41983610

    .
    .
    .
    In the short-term, there are protections for those losing their eligibility as part of the move to universal credit. No family that is going to lose its entitlement to free school meals will lose it before the benefit has been rolled out to the whole country.

    Once that has happened, they will not lose it until each child has finished their current stage of school (primary or secondary).

    It is not clear after the roll-out has been completed how soon after earnings rise above £7,400 the free school meals will be lost and the Department for Education has been unable to clarify this.

    gazza

    November 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm

  37. If you didn’t know better you might think that the government doesn’t know what it’s doing.

    Omar

    November 18, 2017 at 9:01 am

  38. What is funny is how little fuss is being made about councils stinging benefit claimants for as much as 25% to 30% of their full Council Tax for the year. This can run into the hundreds and seriously reduce income from people with frozen, cut and capped entitlements, living on the margins, and facing rising rents and inflation. Why is this unfairness never mentioned? Paying Council Tax is, for many, just as bad as rising inflation because as central government cuts grant and squeezes local authorities they jack Council Tax up on a yearly basis. Effectively the hated Poll Tax (Community Charge) that once sparked riots has been reintroduced on the quiet and nobody seems to have noticed.

    The Ghost of Christmas Future

    November 18, 2017 at 9:48 am

  39. 100,000 people on universal credit will not receive a payment at Christmas

    The claimants will be hit because they are paid weekly and their income “will likely go over the universal credit limit”, officials say.

    They will be able to reapply in January – but, it is feared, will be left without money over the Christmas and New Year period.

    The same problem will re-occur in other months which, like December, have five paydays, because universal credit is calculated on a monthly basis.

    Meanwhile, some Conservatives are calling for tax cuts for the better off to be shelved to ease the plight of claimants set to lose thousands of pounds.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-credit-payments-christmas-new-year-estimated-100000-no-payment-a8062271.html

    whoknew

    November 18, 2017 at 10:40 am

  40. Boney’s take on this:

    Andrew Coates

    November 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  41. I am over 60 so I don’t pay for prescriptions. But as has been said here, there is no place on the back of them for UC and fines can be expected. Does anybody know if there are plans to redesign them with a place for these on the back

    philip

    November 24, 2017 at 4:31 pm

  42. Is the REAL REASON behind wanting out of the EU and the ECJ/ECHR. Is the fact they want the work capability assessments stopped along with the uc. Govt ministers in the dock at the echr/ecj cant have that can we ?????

    Philip

    November 25, 2017 at 8:59 am


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