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Universal Credit Misery Comes to Suffolk.

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Universal Credit Full Service is expected to be introduced at Ipswich Jobcentre on the 25th of April 2018.

Already people are talking about what this will mean for them.

One group seriously affected are the self-employed and others reliant on tax credits.

Friends who work for a number of jobs over the year are particularly worried as they reckon they will lose up to a couple of thousand pounds annually.

They have been good girls and boys, getting into the “gig economy” (that is, the only employment on offer for many),  doing jobs like taxi driving,  a host of other things which are now down by the ‘self-employed’ , short-term posts for particularly events.

Now they face losing cash in a big way.

Not to mention the way it will bear down on them in other ways as pictured above.

There are plenty of reports on how this will attack them in the pocket.

The TUC goes into some detail.

The complexity and hardship with which Universal Credit (UC) threatens to engulf self-employed workers is one of the underreported stories of the design of UC.

In UC, they will face in-work benefit cuts if they do not meet the ‘Minimum Income Floor’ (MIF), which requires them to earn the equivalent of 35 hours a week at the National Minimum Wage. There is no such requirement for employees.  In addition, the monthly income assessments in UC are expected to be problematic for the self-employed, as they are more likely to have unpredictable and fluctuating earnings.

The new self-employed

Self-employment has grown significantly since the recession. There are now almost an extra million self-employed workers, increasing the self–employed workforce to just under five million and 15 per cent of the total workforce.  Part time self-employment has seen the biggest expansion, rising by 55 per cent to reach around 1.5 million people.

Earnings data for the self-employed indicate that they are more likely to be on lower earnings compared to employees. The Family Resources Survey shows that median earnings for the self-employed are around 60 per cent of those of employees. The Social Market Foundation (SMF) estimates that in 2016 there were 1.7 million self-employed workers paid below the National Living Wage. This group accounts for 45 per cent of the self-employed in the UK.

The SMF also estimates that around a fifth (19 per cent) of families with an individual whose main job is self-employment are claiming in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefit that will be replaced by Universal Credit.

This makes the results clear.

UNIVERSAL CREDIT WILL BE A DISASTER FOR THE SELF-EMPLOYED. WHO IS LISTENING?

As the table below shows, two people can earn the same amount over the course of the year yet end up with very different UC payments because one has lumpier income patterns than the other. The MIF may also be triggered when claimants have a large expense in one month, such as an investment in tools or a hefty energy bill.

And there is this:

40,000 Universal Credit claimants will see 40% of their benefits clawed back. Mirror. 8th of April.

As the Department of Work and Pensions says it has a ‘duty’ to recover outstanding overpayments, Labour claims the move will force some into debt

Thousands of Universal Credit claimants are having 40% of their benefits deducted to claw back outstanding cash owed.

Labour MP Ruth George said the move “will see more people with no option but to go into debt”.

The Department for Work and Pensions can directly collect debts from Universal Credit including for previous benefit and tax credits overpayments.

Remember!

Help is at hand from Ipswich Citizens Advice as Universal Credit roll out continues

Ipswich Citizens Advice is encouraging people to turn to them for help if they have questions about Universal Credit and how it affects them, as new government figures reveal 50 people across Ipswich are now on the benefit and with all single, non-home owning people claiming an out of work benefit being moved on to this benefit, the numbers will grow exponentially.

Since its introduction in Ipswich in November 2015, Ipswich Citizens Advice has helped people with 17 issues relating to Universal Credit. This represents almost a third of claimants.

Most enquiries to Ipswich Citizens Advice are about who is eligible for the benefit and requests for help with the application process. ‘We are keen to help people through this new benefits roadmap and particularly to help them understand the major changes that claiming this benefit will mean for them in terms of payment periods and the necessary budgeting and money management that will be needed to avoid debts building up or threatening tenancies,’ says Nelleke van Helfteren, Deputy Manager at Ipswich Citizens Advice.

Data released by the Department for Work and Pensions on 17 February shows that nearly 200,000 people are now on Universal Credit.

Universal Credit rolls six working-age benefits into one single monthly payment, supporting people who are on a low income or out of work. It is being introduced in stages across the country, in the first instance to single people who are making new  claims. It will eventually be rolled out to couples, families and people who are sick or disabled.

As new Universal Credit figures are released, Ipswich Citizens Advice is sharing its five key things you need to know about Universal Credit:

  1. Universal Credit is a new benefit for people in and out of work, which will eventually merge six benefits into one: Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), Income Support, Working Tax Credits, Child Tax Credit and Housing Benefit. Currently you can still apply for ESA separately from Universal Credit.
  2. Universal Credit does not include Council Tax Support – you will still need to apply for this locally.
  3. You apply for Universal Credit via a single application; you’re usually expected to do this online, but you can apply over the phone or in person if you need to.
  4. Universal Credit payments are made on a monthly basis, rather than weekly or fortnightly like previous benefit.
  5. You can ask for an advance payment of Universal Credit to help you get by while you’re waiting for your first payment. This is called a ‘short term advance’.

Just to help the thieving Tories who run Suffolk County Council have cut CAB funding.

Citizens Advice charities are facing a £20,000 funding cut from Suffolk County Council for 2018-19 – an average of just over £2,000 for each of the nine charities in Suffolk.

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Written by Andrew Coates

April 11, 2018 at 10:20 am

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  1. The best of luck to anyone who is able to go on holiday while on UC, it will be no different to xmas.

    whoknew

    April 11, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    • Same with funerals. When I had to travel from England to Wales for a funeral there was a big fuss at the Jobcentre about whether I could do so or not. I did go and wasn’t penalised although I had to promise to keep my mobile phone with me and permanently turned on, so if a suitable job came up I could be contacted and reeled back home to take it up. How could any welfare reform have possibly gone so wrong, so quickly? I mean how could this mess possibly have progressed this far without something being done about it?

      John

      April 11, 2018 at 2:32 pm

  2. Funds made available to help Fifers affected by Universal Credit roll-out

    Councillor David Alexander, council co-leader, said: “Despite our bitter opposition to Universal Credit it’s here and causing a lot of misery for many people. “As a council we’ve already allocated around £3 million to help minimise the impact of the UK government’s changes to welfare reform. And in our recent budget for 2018/19 we’ve committed over £600,000.”

    https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/politics/funds-made-available-to-help-fifers-affected-by-universal-credit-roll-out-1-4721684

    ken

    April 11, 2018 at 2:10 pm

  3. You don’t get Bank Holidays off on Universal Credit either, despite the fact that the Jobcentres and most employers and businesses are closed. So if you take Christmas and Boxing Day off during the week you’re expected to make up the time at the weekend or whatever. So much for UC “mirroring the world of work”. Besides no right to Bank Holidays like normal regular workers has anybody lost a month’s wages for missing an appointment? Or had to wait for more than four weeks to get paid after taking a job that is supposed to pay your wages every 28 days? The night mare called Universal Credit is absolutely NOTHING like the world of work!!!!

    John

    April 11, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    • [i]”So much for UC “mirroring the world of work”.”[/i]

      Don’t forget the single claim per household, Since when in the magical mystical “world of work” has your pay been paid to someone else.

      Yet Another Fine Mess

      April 13, 2018 at 12:30 am

  4. Universal Credit will end any possibility of self-employment for many.

    Ro

    April 11, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    • That’s the impression I get, which means employment full stop for many of them.

      Andrew Coates

      April 11, 2018 at 4:42 pm

  5. When the Universal Credit Surplus Earnings Rule comes into being that will kill off any Temporary Work positions being filled that pay more than anything like the minimum wage. Why would anyone take a temp position knowing that they will be penalised by Universal Credit once the position finishes ? I now hope that what with “normal working people” now being bullied by Job Centre staff and knowingly having their bank accounts scrutinised for any discrepancies by the DWP, suddenly the seemingly deliberate harsh conditionality of Universal Credit will be under the national spotlight and everyone will see it for what it truly is. I’m not holding my breath though sadly as it seems that the average UK citizen has been conditioned to support benefit cuts and only care about themselves
    .

    Wingrove1

    April 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm

  6. Universal Credit was supposed to be much simpler than the system which preceded it so that people could claim everything they are entitled to in one go and know exactly how much better (or worse) off they were going to be in (and out) of work without any difficulty. I don’t know about others but I reckon Universal Credit is hugely more difficult to claim and entitlements far more difficult to understand than anything that came before it. Hardly anybody can fathom how much they will end up with based on the deductions that happen centrally (via HMRC) and locally (via Council Tax calculated differently by different councils); plus with all this retrospective shite concerning past earnings and similar, well, how many ordinary people on the street will be able to have any idea as per what the heck is going on or what will happen in the future? The absurd “conditionality” heaped on both the non-working and low-earning employed, added to the reduction in benefit levels as people move from the old Tax Credit system onto Universal Credit make Universal Credit one of the very worst social policies launched by any government since the war.

    Universal Credit represents the worst of all possible worlds: Much harder to get, ridiculously slow in coming, difficult to retain, easy to lose, a draconian sanctions regime coupled with utterly preposterous levels of “conditionality” which cannot be satisfied – I mean who, honestly, can actively seek work for 35 hours a week, all on their own, unaided? – and with a shitload of other sundry manure being bolted onto like there is no tomorrow, these days, impossible for a layperson to track or properly understand.

    Disastrous.

    Ro

    April 13, 2018 at 9:10 am

    • If you manage to make a claim for UC you’ll soon find that they the DWP will try and get you off UC/close your claim, as soon as they can. weather you find work or not.

      Universal Credit – built to fail

      In conclusion, I feel that the implementation of Universal Credit reflects the priorities and attitude of the Conservative government. Reducing spending is prioritised above compassion and decency towards the poorest people in the country. It is a self-destructive system, by which I mean that its purpose is to minimise the number of people who access it, either by getting them into any job as quickly as possible (regardless of individual circumstances), sanctioning them, or by simply failing to pay them what they are entitled to. I feel that Job Centre staff are often ill-equipped to help people into work, lacking knowledge about, for example, the existence of the entire paid charity sector or the nature of self-employment.

      https://www.welfareweekly.com/universal-credit-built-to-fail/

      whoknew

      April 13, 2018 at 10:40 am

      • Time claimants learnt about book keeping/accountancy.

        I strongly suggest ALL CLAIMANTS do this as this government WANTS and is FORCING the PUBLIC to run their INCOMES LIKE A BUSINESS.
        Also get some context here because the Tories DON’T care one bit for any inconvenience they WILL cause you despite knowing full well businesses are fast becoming variable AD HOC types of employment and Labour being in government wont change this.

        At the end of the day its up to the individual but i WARN you not to take this likely, especially if your self employed. Start logging everything, nail your knowledge of tax and national insurance operation and be very careful about the work related choices you make.

        doug

        April 13, 2018 at 11:23 am

      • ESA claimants could potentially find themsleves on Universal Credit much sooner then on Jobseekers Allowance in these newly full areas’.particularly those awaiting an assessment and run into problems with their claim at that point.

        ken

        April 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    • What sanctioned jobseekers look like 😀

      Mohammed

      April 13, 2018 at 11:28 am

    • Maybe you need to get out more as ive witnessed and helped hundreds of diverse claimants with sanctions throughout the UK. Your stereotyping a personal experience you may have observed or was told/read that’s simply not true for the majority of claimants no matter where they came from.

      Sanctions are a problem for everyone.

      doug

      April 13, 2018 at 11:43 am

    • Maybe you need to spend some time in a Jobcentre, doug. Like sat in the office doing a 35-hour a week ‘job-search’ or summat… 😉 It would certainly open your eyes.

      Yorkie

      April 13, 2018 at 8:38 pm

  7. Health and work programme/UC = apprenticeships

    Remember the phrase ANY JOB on the CC, well get ready as it is suspected that whether your on the programme or not, your liable to be pushed towards looking for and applying to apprenticeships now the age bar has been removed.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43739963

    Now in principle apprenticeships are a good thing but sadly certain businesses and our own government have sort to pervert that for their own ill gotten agendas.
    What claimants will find i suspect is that either the programme advisor or work coach will regularly FORCE a claimant to apply for ANY apprenticeship they hand to them. This means it could well be working in costa coffee for as little over £3 per hour, mostly 35/37.5 hours a week with only the odd visit to college for a qualification which is mostly notional (this is not the same as vocational) for a ridiculous period of time not warranted in order to do the job.

    Just remember like a job, these apprenticeships are subject to contract meaning BEFORE you sign, do outline the terms you find unfavorable and would require to be changed in order for you to reach a mutually beneficial lawful agreement between to parties. Also remember by law, YOU ARE not required to LAWFULLY CONSENT/ACCEPT a contract inorder to work even under the guise of apprenticeship/traineeship. You will find if you read the contract that any legal requirement placed is PLACED LEGALLY AND SQUARELY ON THE EMPLOYER and that any PLACED ON YOU, can only be made way of LAWFUL CONSENT GIVEN OF FREE WILL (cannot be obtained by force, threat or deception even by way of third parties like DWP/JCB or work programme provider).

    WITH THIS SAID APPRENTICESHIPS CAN BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY SO DO NOT ALLOW CERTAIN PEOPLES BEHAVIOR TO CLOUD YOUR JUDGEMENT AS GOOD APPRENTICESHIPS STILL DO EXIST.

    doug

    April 13, 2018 at 10:38 am

    • A very nice future we have to look forward havn’t we. we the majority that is.

      To hell with the greedy.

      whoknew

      April 13, 2018 at 11:16 am

    • i bet they will still try it on tho 😉
      DSC_0693_01

      superted

      April 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    • If you’re young apprenticeships can be good. I know somebody who did one via the Construction Industry Training Board and now earns a good living as a skilled builder. This is similar to the deal that aprentices used to have with employers years ago: work for a low wage in return for training and experience which would qualify you as a skilled worker or tradesman. However, I doubt very much that an apprenticeship with an outfit like Burger King, MacDonald’s, B & Q, Costa Coffee, or Poundland would be worth anything much at all as the skill level of their shop floor positions doesn’t require much knowledge or expertise and can what little is necessary can be picked up quickly on the job. I doubt very much whether older people would want to work for bugger in entry level positions as apprentices anyway. I definitely wouldn’t want to and wouldn’t want anybody else to have to do so either.

      Ro

      April 13, 2018 at 1:26 pm

  8. Falkirk Foodbank reassure local community following Universal Credit changes

    Over 6000 people received a food parcel from Falkirk Foodbank last year and now, as Universal Credit looms, even more could be knocking at their door.

    Jim Couper, Falkirk Foodbank manager, said: “We’ve been made aware that other places who already have Universal Credit in place have seen a nearly 30 per cent 
increase in the number of people using foodbanks.

    https://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/lifestyle/falkirk-foodbank-reassure-local-community-following-universal-credit-changes-1-4722905

    ken

    April 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm

  9. Town enforcers out to catch you out with yet more fines.

    following smokers, looking to see if people drop those buts on the ground.

    on the spot fine = £85

    or £395 in court.

    one case – a couple were followed, of of them put one out on the ground, picked it up and put it in a bin.
    this wasn’t good enough they said.

    Not sure it’s hapening everywhere but it is in the south.

    whoknew

    April 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    • like pcn charges there invoices if you give no name and address then they cant send you one in the first place lol.

      no contract no payment simple as that 😉

      superted

      April 13, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      • Date 9/32018

        Without prejudice, except as to costs

        Parking Charge Notice – Notice to Keeper [vcs15177983]

        This letter is a formal challenge to the issue of your Parking Charge Notice – Notice to Keeper as set out in the current BPA Ltd AOS Code of Practice B.22

        On (date) I was the registered keeper of a (make and model of vehicle) registration number (reg number).

        Before I decide how to deal with your Parking Charge Notice – Notice to Keeper, I should be grateful if you would first answer all the questions and deal with all the issues I have set out below. Once you have done so, I will be able to make an informed decision on how I deal with the matter.

        I should be grateful for specific answers to all questions raised. In this respect I remind you of the obligations set out in the current Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct.

        I dispute your claim for the reasons set out below. Please note that although I dispute the whole basis of the parking charge, my main concern is its disproportionate and punitive level.

        1. Your parking charge amount claim.

        Please explain on which of the following grounds your claim is based:

        (i) Damages for trespass

        (ii) Damages for breach of contract

        (iii) A contractual sum

        2. Your loss.

        If it is your case that that a trespass was committed or that a contract was breached such that your claim is one for damages; please give me a full breakdown of the actual losses which evidences that this parking charge is a true reflection of the damages caused solely by the alleged parking contravention.

        3. Your status – the creditor.

        Your Parking Charge Notice – Notice to Keeper simply mentions [Insert name of parking company if that is who is named on the PCN/NTK]. Please tell me who is the actual creditor making this £[insert amount] parking charge demand. I need to know exactly who is making the claim and in what capacity.

        4. Ownership of premises.

        Please tell me who owns the car park as I wish to send them a copy of this letter.

        5. Contractual Authority (as required by BPA Ltd AOS CoP B.7)

        Please provide me with a copy of the contract between your company and the landowner/landholder that provides the necessary contractual written authority for the issue and enforcement of your Parking Charge Notice – Notice to Keeper.

        6. Signage.

        If it is your case that a contract has been breached or that a contractual sum is now due, please send me photographs of the signs that you display and upon which you seek to evidence that a lawful and legally enforceable contract was been entered into. Please ensure that the photographs show the terms and conditions in a clear and legible manner. Please provide me with a diagram showing the locations and layout of those signs at the car park. Also provide evidence that the wording is in plain and intelligible language and in sufficiently large print as to be legible to a driver at the car park’s entry point.

        7. Summary

        I look forward to receiving your acknowledgement within 14 days and as there are no ‘exceptional circumstances’ your comprehensive reply within 35 days (in accordance with the BPA AOS Code of Practice B.22.8). I will then be able to make an informed decision as to how I deal with your Parking Charge Notice – Notice to Keeper.

        If you reject this challenge or fail to address the issues that have been raised then, in accordance with the BPA AOS Code of Practice 22.12, please ensure that you enclose all the required information (including the necessary ‘POPLA code’) so that I may immediately refer the matter for their decision.

        If you fail to follow any of the procedures outlined in the BPA AOS Code of Practice or your legal requirements under the Protection of Freedoms Act, or the requirements of the Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct then I will make a formal complaint to the DVLA Data Sharing Policy Group, D16.

        Please Note: Unless you have specifically requested it and received my express permission, you do not have my authority to disclose or refer this letter or any other communication from me to any other person or organisation.

        Yours

        superted

        April 13, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      • They take photo’s of all smokers.

        whoknew

        April 15, 2018 at 10:12 am

  10. Family of 14 living under one roof after mum-of-six’s housing benefit reduced to 50p per week
    https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/news/gloucester-news/family-14-living-under-one-1450649

    superted

    April 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm

  11. Here’s a thought: Housing Benefit, as we know it is, supposed to eventually be rolled into Universal Credit in which case will old age pensioners currently in receipt of Housing Benefit eventually receive it on a monthly basis be means of a Universal Credit payment if/when UC finally gets rolled out? Assuming that most of these elderly people are fully retired and no longer receive any income from work, why should they on get paid Housing Benefit, through Universal Credit, every 28 days, rather than weekly? And why pay it into their bank accounts forcing them to pay their rent personally rather than simply pay the money directly to landlords in order to save pensioners the trouble of having to do so themselves?

    Ro

    April 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm

  12. Brutal tory regime not happy with murdering thousands in the UK now want to do the same to Syria.

    Violet

    April 13, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    • Perhaps the owner and/or moderator of this blog ought to consider banning/blocking the person/people who is/are repeatedly posting racialist material on this blog’s threads. I don’t think this site is designed to allow racialists scope to disseminate fake news, black propaganda and hate material on threads supposedly devoted to government social policy and associated grave and important issues.

      I would urge the moderator to review and delete comments that are obviously racialist and designed to provoke hatred of minorities and similar. This blog is, or used to be, better than this. Thank you.

      Jim

      April 14, 2018 at 6:54 am

      • I am doing this now.

        There is a filter on the more obvious racist words.

        Notice to racists: you have plenty of forums elsewhere, not to mention daily papers like the Mail.

        Fuck off back to them

        Andrew Coates

        April 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    • Jim, your complaint has been passed to the moderation team for review and consideration. In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to stick around and enjoy this fine blog.

      The Moderators

      April 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

  13. Universal Credit must adapt to support working families
    Self-employed people can be hundreds of pounds worse off compared to employees under the new system

    https://wearecitizensadvice.org.uk/universal-credit-must-adapt-to-support-working-families-9de645173b45

    ken

    April 13, 2018 at 7:23 pm

  14. 70% OF COUNCILS IN ENGLAND STRUGGLE TO FIND HOUSING FOR HOMELESS PEOPLE, NEW REPORT SHOWS

    We have a shared responsibility to ensure everyone can access a decent and safe home, especially at times of crisis in people’s lives. High housing costs, low pay and insecure work are locking people in poverty restricting their choices

    https://www.crisis.org.uk/about-us/latest-news/70-of-councils-in-england-struggle-to-find-housing-for-homeless-people-new-report-shows/

    ken

    April 13, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    • There is lots of social housing being built. But look at who is occupying them when they are allocated; what kind of faces are looking out of the windows delighted at their ‘new homes’. You will see individuals/families who are ‘priorities’, and you ain’t a ‘priority’, ken, so get back to your soggy cardboard box in that cold, damp shop-doorway. There is an insatiable demand for social housing but people like ken will NEVER be a ‘priority’. In truth by building social housing we are cutting our (demographic) throats. Building social housing under the current allocations policy is a waste of time. The people/families who can’t get access to social housing living in appalling squalor, many of whom work and pay taxes, taxes which are being used to build homes which will give the children of ‘priority’ families the best start in life in a secure home, taxes which are being used to bring about them, their children, and their children’s children’s…… demise. Open your eyes, have a look around you and see for yourself what is going on.

      Lara

      April 13, 2018 at 8:23 pm

  15. Fears people could have to travel 30 miles for benefit assessment as Hull centre closes

    The Department for Work and Pensions is unable to say when its PIP assessment centre will reopen

    Concerns have been raised that some of society’s most vulnerable people will have to travel miles for their benefits assessments as a Hull centre closes.

    https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/personal-independence-payment-hull-centre-1448127

    ken

    April 13, 2018 at 7:35 pm

  16. Isle of Man set to scrap its ‘fitness for work’ test

    Ministers on the Isle of Man are to scrap their version of the UK government’s much-criticised “fitness for work” test, prompting calls by disabled activists for the UK government to follow their lead.

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/isle-of-man-set-to-scrap-its-fitness-for-work-test/

    ken

    April 13, 2018 at 7:44 pm

  17. the 35hr job search is a expectation it is not enforceable with a ase sanction doubt if you can prove you are looking and applying for work.

    the dwp has tried and lost at the upper tribunal.
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/thirty_five_35_hours_work_search

    Work search expectations will differ for each claimant depending on their individual
    circumstances and job goals and advisers will tailor requirements for each claimant, which
    means that not all claimants will automatically be subject to the 35 hour work search
    requirement. Our regulations allow that where a claimant has done all that could reasonably be
    expected of them – for example they have applied for all suitable jobs and undertaken all the
    activities set out in their work search and work preparation plan – this may be considered
    sufficient even where the time taken was less than the hours expected.

    I can confirm that there is no set format for claimants to provide evidence of
    their job search. The following paragraph is an extract from the Work Search
    Reviews chapter of the Universal Credit Knowledge Management:

    All available Work Search evidence should be considered, including:
     the claimant’s Universal Jobmatch account
     any Claimant Commitment Pack ‘My work plan’ stencils, diary or
    record the claimant has kept of their activities
     print-outs of jobs they have applied for
     letters from employers
     updated CVs

    superted

    April 13, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    • The Universal Credit Regulations 2013
      http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/376/pdfs/uksi_20130376_290216_en.pdf

      regulations 88 and 95(1). 😉

      superted

      April 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm

    • Letters from employers? Are they having a laugh? Anybody here getting many letters from employers in response to job applications and inquiries? If I get an automatic system generated email acknowledgement of a job application from a website it’s a red letter day as far as I am concerned.

      Jim

      April 14, 2018 at 6:58 am

    • Cockroaches say you need extra ‘help and support’ and put you on the 35 hour week job searching sat in the jobcentre all day, loads of us have to do it 😦

      Bored Jobseeker

      April 14, 2018 at 7:38 am

      • Not likely. Jobcentres and private providers don’t have the room or equipment to do this to many people, at a time, for very long.

        Ro

        April 14, 2018 at 8:29 am

      • They don’t have to. Less than 5 minutes spent on universal jobmatch is enough to drive a person insane 😉
        I’ll have that jobseeker’s liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti 😀

        Hannibal Lecter

        April 14, 2018 at 8:35 am

      • they put the 35hr job search on my cc 12 years ago it was not enforceable then same as it is now what you must do is actively seek employment.

        that means apply for jobs and prove it nothing else matters to them you can go wright a 35hr job search over 10 pages long you dont apply for any jobs you will get sanctioned.

        i print off copy’s of my email account to show the reply’s i have got from the jobs i have applied for each week the time taken to do it means nothing esp if you do get a ase sanction and want to fight it at tribunal it is the only way you can win, so dont play there game and read there rules and regs and stick to what you have to do to win.

        example they have applied for all suitable jobs and undertaken all the
        activities set out in their work search and work preparation plan – this may be considered
        sufficient even where the time taken was less than the hours expected.

        DSC_0003

        😉

        superted

        April 14, 2018 at 11:32 pm

      • Yep! APPLY FOR JOBS! Don’t be like a naive, rookie jobseeker and think you will earn brownie points with the jobcentre by putting down stuff like “travelled from Ipswich to London for jobsfair – 8 hours”. “Ah, but you didn’t log onto your universal jobmatch account”. “And even worse you didn’t apply for any jobs”. Do not fall into the jobcentre’s trap. APPLY, APPLY, APPLY for as many jobs as you can. And have PROOF that you did so. PROOF that you can show to a Tribunal in the event of an ASE.

        Snare

        April 15, 2018 at 8:24 am

      • The Jobcentre can only make you job-seek online using a computer IN the Jobcentre. Due to European data protection rules relating to cookies, which Universal Jobmatch and every other job site plants on any user’s computer and which you can legally refuse, nobody can be made to go onto Universal Jobmatch if they don’t want to unless actually using Jobcentre equipment: the DWP cannot force anyone to use any computer outside the Jobcentre to look for jobs. That honestly and truly is the legal position.

        Jim

        April 15, 2018 at 8:50 am

  18. Andrew Coates

    April 14, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    • Frank Field is no friend of the poor.

      Dan

      April 15, 2018 at 6:01 pm


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