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Universal Credit in Great Yarmouth, ” Food Bank has seen a 90pc increase in use since Universal Credit was introduced.”

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“Please, Miss I want some more.” . “Oliver Twist has asked for more!”

Word reaches us the Citizens’ Advice Bureaux (CABs) across the country are being inundated with cases to do with Universal Credit.

One CAB worker  in particular spoke of how she had to deal with clear evidence of DWP staff unable to cope and making a mess of things.

It’s not hard to see why, given the paperwork they’ve handed us about the new system in Ipswich.

Hard to make head or tail of some of it.

Not to mention Find a Job….

This is an interesting properly researched article from Norfolk that has just appeared.

Disaster’ or making work pay? Lessons from Great Yarmouth in Universal Credit Tom Bristow

Great Yarmouth Food Bank has seen a 90pc increase in use since Universal Credit was introduced in April 2016. But the DWP said it was wrong to link the rise to the benefit changes. Picture: James Bass


Soaring demand at food banks, tenants being evicted and landlords left without rent.

These were the some of the problems when benefit system Universal Credit came to Great Yarmouth in April 2016.

The town was one of the first places in the country to test the Government’s flagship welfare reform, which replaced lots of different benefits with a single payment.

Universal Credit has been rolled out across the rest of the region, including King’s Lynn, Lowestoft and Dereham and is meant to be introduced to Norwich this October.

Claimants in Yarmouth still report problems of being overpaid some months and underpaid on others.

And one of the biggest headaches it has caused is for tenants and landlords.

Rent arrears have surged as tenants have to wait for the first payment, leaving them without money.

Landlords report some tenants leaving without paying rent when they got the first payment.

While under the previous housing benefit system the rent was paid directly to the landlord, it goes to the claimant under Universal Credit.

This is seriously not funny.

The DWP said “significant improvements” had been made to Universal Credit since it was introduced.

A spokesman said: “Universal Credit lies at the heart of our commitment to help people improve their lives and under it people are moving into work faster and staying in work longer compared to the previous system.

The reality, as the New York Times writer  Peter S. Goodman said a couple of days ago,

Whatever the operative thinking, austerity’s manifestations are palpable and omnipresent. It has refashioned British society, making it less like the rest of Western Europe, with its generous social safety nets and egalitarian ethos, and more like the United States, where millions lack health care and job loss can set off a precipitous plunge in fortunes.

In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything

Written by Andrew Coates

May 30, 2018 at 11:57 am

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  1. Reblogged this on COMRADE BOYCIE.


    May 30, 2018 at 12:09 pm

  2. n Gravesend, single jobseekers are already receiving support from their work coach to find employment or increase their hours and earnings.

    Those on Universal Credit will now have 24-hour access to an online account that they can use to manage their claim,


    You have to wonder just what is that support?


    May 30, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    • Fantastic news, ken 😀


      May 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    • 24-hour access to an online account pmsl that’s like saying you have 24 hour access to intensiveactivity pmsl or 24 hour access to any other website rflmao

      Open All Hours

      May 30, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    • Normally the only support you get from Jobcentres is referral for a minimum wage zero-hour or bank contract job, with too few hours to make you a penny better doing after deductions, or a sanction for some trumped reason or another, doled out target driven staff whose only goal is to score Brownie points by forcing people off benefits by hook or by crook. Jobcentre support has nothing to do with helping Jobcentre clients to live better lives.


      May 30, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      • The new Find A Job site looks find a new job on there you would be lucky.The DWP has failed to attract quality employers to its offerings which has gone back an extended period of time.


        May 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    • Oh the UC journal Ken that people already report is failing to give timely replies to claimants questions.


      May 31, 2018 at 11:05 am

  3. The number of complaints about high-cost credit has reached its highest level on record, raising concerns about how lenders treat vulnerable consumers.

    More than half related to payday loans, with customers warning the ombudsman about irresponsible lending and unaffordable loans.



    May 30, 2018 at 12:28 pm

  4. Food bank handing out 9,000 meals a week across Lancashire

    A Lancashire food charity has seen a huge increase in the number of people it is handing out food parcels to every week. FareShare is now providing meals for 9,035 people each week .



    May 30, 2018 at 12:35 pm

    • Why isn’t news like this on the TV every night? There was a time when there would be riots in the streets if poor people were being treated so badly by the government. All we hear about is Brexit – Brexit – Brexit.


      May 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm

  5. The advocacy group End Child Poverty have highlighted the severity of the issue by noting that 46,282 children across Norfolk and Suffolk are at risk of falling into holiday hunger during 2018.



    May 30, 2018 at 12:40 pm

  6. Recruiters must get pissed off with all the spam job applications that overload their inboxes from jobseekers filling their ‘quota’. At least with the old Jobclub they could just bin the brown envelopes.


    May 30, 2018 at 2:16 pm

  7. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    May 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm

  8. ‘What is your position NOW?’ Labour MP GRILLED by BBC host over benefits freeze stance
    BBC host Martha Kearney grilled Labour MP Peter Dowd after he failed to confirm a Labour government would reverse the benefits freeze that has been blamed for driving Britons into poverty.



    May 30, 2018 at 7:25 pm

  9. The DWP’s most ‘brutal’ reform has just been slammed by parliament

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been criticised by parliament for a “disturbing front” that is opening up on the front line of the roll-out of one of its most ‘brutal‘ reforms: Universal Credit.



    May 30, 2018 at 7:28 pm

  10. Kilmarnock man who slipped into six-week coma left to survive on just £70 a month thanks to Universal Credit system



    May 30, 2018 at 7:33 pm

  11. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


    May 30, 2018 at 7:44 pm

  12. Reblogged this on BertieS.


    May 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm

  13. Factoids, folkz:
    1. Trussell Trust Foodbanks, as depicted in “I, Daniel Blake,” hand out (Ambient: Bottles, Tins, Packets) food parcels to INDIVIDUALS who have been referred thereto…
    2. FareShare Depots distribute bulk surplus Ambient, Chilled + Frozen food including fresh fruit/veg to – usually faith-based – Entirely Other Foodbanks, Hospices, Homelessness Charities/Hostels, OAP Homes, Skoolkid Breakfast Clubs, Soup Kitchens, Wimmins’ Refuges…
    3. I was t’Office Assistant, latterly Office Administrator @ FareShare Lancashire and Cumbria atween Nov 2015 – March 2017. When ae Work Roach cordially offered to Sanction me if I didn’t halt, cease + desist for real Volunteering 4 days/week in amongst t’Community Work Placement they’d only MANDATED me to do, be do, for 6 months…

    Irate WASPI

    May 31, 2018 at 3:34 am

    • 4. Trussell Trust © ® ™ is a bleedin’ FRANCHISE. It costs like £20,000 bleedin’ knickers to start-up and a further £1000 bleedin’ knicker a week ‘running costs’. Too bleedin’ expensive me old china…

      AM Sugar

      May 31, 2018 at 11:49 am

  14. Reblogged on http://www.universalcreditsuffer.com and shared on social media.


    May 31, 2018 at 8:19 am

    • Yet another so-called ‘blog’ re-blogging i,e purloining material from other blogs (including this one) that includes a great big ‘Donate by PayPal’ button on every page. Is this is what things have come to.


      May 31, 2018 at 11:31 am

      • I didn’t realize it was on the relevant articles I reblogged. Thanks for bringing to my attention.


        May 31, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      • Can you advise which reblog it was on? I’ve just checked and it doesn’t appear on them. Only the articles I wrote myself. I meant no offense sorry


        May 31, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      • Remember ‘Sue Marsh’. ‘Sue’ had the blog ‘diaryofadisabledbenefitclaimant’. ‘Sue’ made a pretty penny from ‘her’ blog. According to ‘Sue’ she was unable to get out of bed in the morning…. until that is she was offered a £70,000 a year + expenses ‘job’ with Maximus, the DWP’s successor to ATOS. ‘Sue’ told here loyal readership and financial contributors that is was “better to be on the inside”. We haven’t seen hide nor hair of ‘Sue’ since. Many of ‘Sue’s readers will have been on benefits and genuinely struggling; ‘Sue’ of course provided a ‘helpful’ list of their names to the DWP. Was ‘Sue Marsh’ a DWP agent all along? Did ‘Sue Marsh’ even exist? Was the Maximus job real? What has become of ‘Sue Marsh’ Lots and lots of people were genuinely fooled for a very long time…


        May 31, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      • ‘diaryofabenefitscrounger’ was the name of ‘Sue’s blog where she portrayed a disabled woman too ill to get out of bed in the morning. Even sites such as this one used to link to it! Even Komrade Koates was fooled!


        May 31, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    • Make sure you inform UC of your change of income now you are monetizing your blog through donations and advertisements or you will be facing some awkward questions and as a commercial enterprise the GDPR should also be of some concern to you.

  15. Universal Credit to ‘improve lives’ in Bristol, says secretary of state Esther McVey

    The secretary of state for work and pensions says it will help job seekers and businesses



    May 31, 2018 at 10:43 am

  16. A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to the UK, while many people want to come here for thier holiday thinking it’s a whderful place – better than where they just came from.

    Many dreamers around the world.


    May 31, 2018 at 10:48 am

    • I remember Iain Duncan Smith saying in 2010 that Universal Credit would be copied by other countries all over the world. So far it hasn’t happened, pray God it never does.


      May 31, 2018 at 12:27 pm

  17. I hope he does Mohammed as creating a martyr will only make things worse.


    May 31, 2018 at 11:03 am

  18. Andrew Coates

    May 31, 2018 at 11:58 am

  19. Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expressing this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.


    May 31, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    • How right you are Violet! The picture that you put up was obviously not politically correct, now had there been the faces of a white man and woman on the front of the rag it would still be up in all its glory!


      May 31, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      • The road to Hell is paved with good intentions 😉


        May 31, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    • Up to a point. Paedophiles hold the opinion that adults should be able to have sex with children. Normal people don’t. People have all sorts of beliefs and opinions some of which are vile, toxic, even dangerous. Nobody has the right to air opinions that advocate prejudice, hate and violence against anybody in a democracy, governed by law, enforced by a police force and judiciary: If you’ve got a beef, problem, or are not happy about some issue vote for a different party at the next general election and/or report it to the authorities. Paddlers of hate deserve all that they get no matter who they, what race they are, where they were born, or what religion they claim to believe in.

      Sengoku Syunsuke

      May 31, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      • Sengoku Syunsuke

        First off what democracy are you talking about. The one where democracy ends the moment you for a parties manifesto vote, a manifesto may i add, any political party largely does not honor or not in the manner you thought it meant ?
        What on earth makes you think we are democratic beyond this point, at what point and when do you get regularly asked for a personal decision on the great many things a society needs to sort daily.

        Also stop with the hate crime crap, hate like love is a social construct. Their extreme ends of desire (basically like,don’t like joined together). No society should base anything on feelings and society is starting to discover already with what they have implemented that its already becoming unwound and problematic.

        The freedom of expression,beliefs,opinions,etc,etc are away from societal laws an inalienable right and as such do and always have superseded society law,even our species. Stop allowing yourself to be brainwashed by social norms and use critical thinking.

        Prejudice is a bias, are you saying we must all agree, that that is inherently how humans should function according to the laws of nature/life. Are you aware thats how slavery and authoritarian, oligarchy, autocracy, etc governments/rule works.
        Are you aware without bias/prejudice we couldn’t even have a democracy,political opinions, ideologies.

        Lastly don’t lump hate with violence in silent relationship as one can and does easily exist in a person/s without the other. An assassin kills no more for hate than a feminist seeks to be violent.


        May 31, 2018 at 10:19 pm

  20. Look you can have all your racist comments you want on the new Roseanne Barr show.

    Go there.

    You have nothing to with the topics we debate on this Blog.

    Andrew Coates

    May 31, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    • Oh look, someone just mentioned the ‘r’ word. The debate is now CLOSED!

      Roseanne B

      May 31, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      • As is your series. Seeya!

        Sengoku Syunsuke

        June 1, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    • Oh, don’t be clouded with what you think of TR like certain bodies want you to do as what happened to him the other day marks yet further evidence of stuff we use to frown upon pre cold war.
      As benefit claimants you should be well aware of how our establishment uses one guise to ply another. Remember being called skivers,mostly fraudulent claimers, disability and illness fakers, don’t want to work, etc,etc to help predicate the birth and implementation of welfare reform.


      May 31, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    • is this the same coke-head Bill Clinton who RAPED a fellow student while he was at Oxford?

      H Weinstein

      May 31, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    • It is indeed ironic and sad even to watch brainwashed benefits claimants fall for the same ‘techniques’ that have been successfully used against them and fall into exactly the same traps. And then they will whine and moan about their universal credit and whatnot and how the government is doing them over. Laughable really. And nothing less than they deserve,.


      May 31, 2018 at 11:33 pm

  21. I suggest that the moderator of this blog do an IP lookup and blog the attention seeking neo-Nazis that are ruining it permanently. It they’re posting using a mobile phone or mobile broadband, which use variable IPs, then please just delete the racist nonsense as and when it’s posted. I think it’s just one loon posting using multiple identities, one for each of his/her multiple personalities. Lowlifes shouldn’t be allowed to pollute and ruin what is otherwise an informative and sterling blog.

    Sengoku Syunsuke

    June 1, 2018 at 6:32 am

    • I simply wipe out the filth when I see it.

      There is a filter for the obvious words.

      This is our symbol:

      Andrew Coates

      June 1, 2018 at 10:08 am

      • Bravo.

        Sengoku Syunsuke

        June 1, 2018 at 2:40 pm

  22. Twitter director Martha Lane Fox has no truck with TERFS

    Twitter ‘bans women against trans ideology’, say feminists

    TERFS are the very epitome of “hate speech”. No wonder Twiiter has banned these dangerous lunatics.
    These are the same rabid nutters who threatened Jeremy Corbyn’s life when the Labour Party allowed trans-men onto all women shortlists. What say you ‘Sengoku Syunsuke’?

    For anyone needing guidance on what a TERF (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist) is it defined by the urbandictionary as “That group of feminists that claims that trans women aren’t really women, as biological determinism is only a fallacy when it used against them, not when they use it against others.”

    For an

    Turf TERFS Out

    June 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

  23. Looking for a bit of advice, I was placed in the support group in esa for my mental health, anyway I took another turn and tried to hang myself but the police found me and cut me down then I was remanded in prison for my own safety for 23 days then released to be told I wasn’t allowed back on esa and am going on universal credit but won’t be placed back in the support group until I do another medical assessment for uc, I’ve explained that am finding it hard to even want to be here and getting made to look for work. Wtf.

    • I would think it best you see your doctor.


      June 1, 2018 at 10:54 am

    • I am so sorry to hear this.

      Our thoughts are with you Cameron.

      Whoknew is right.

      Andrew Coates

      June 1, 2018 at 11:05 am

  24. You need to contact your local mental health services about this.


    June 1, 2018 at 11:56 am

  25. Lily

    June 1, 2018 at 4:53 pm

  26. ‘The UK has arrived at this dystopian milestone because the populace has been steadily and consistently conditioned to accept it.

    They’ve been programmed to believe that expression of self without acceptance from the majority is dangerous…. reckless. This is done ever so subtly and incrementally over a large span of time by social engineers who know exactly which human emotional weaknesses to exploit in order to make the people themselves beg for laws which limit their inherent freedoms. These social engineers stand behind curtains while poking the cattle with emotional prods, urging them to cascade down the Hallway of Outrage that opportunity has offered.

    It has now come to a head in the UK. There are now legal consequences being dealt out due to subjective interpretations of anonymous people. FFS. It only got to this point because the people were prodded into asking for it; they allowed themselves to be manipulated. Shaming those that go against the mainstream flow has been normalized to the point that people are going to jail for fucking words. Words. Posting Snoop Dog lyrics was enough in one case.

    This social engineering dynamic is at work in the US as well. I watch it happen over and over. We, as a herd, are regularly being prodded to beg for censorship of others. “I don’t like what they say, they must be silenced, they shouldn’t be able to say that because [insert media-inspired rant]”.

    The media has marching orders; they are the functional hand of the social engineers. They are assigned certain targets and warned away from others. It is made clear to them who to lampoon, and who to root for or ignore altogether. If you think this is just tin-foil idiocy you should look into Operation Mockingbird.

    I am watching the mob of followers here in the USA trample down the exact same path the UK has. Our destination is the same.

    Will it be within our lifetime that we see people in the US arrested for posting Rage Against the Machine lyrics just because some anonymous prick didn’t like the anti-establishment message? If we continue allowing the social engineers to dictate our direction, the answer is “Yes”. That is their plan and their goal.’

    Operation Mockingbird

    June 1, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    • Operation Mockingbird

      No waiting, its already happening, music, videos, games, books, posts, discussions.
      Its simple, a single entity has an agenda, an agenda may i say that will far exceed in the end the interpretation that those who reacted to it in the first place wont compute through a lack of critical thinking.
      Yeap, just throw that alka-seltzer into a target chosen social pond and watch it fizz them into a frenzy.

      Shock and awe is the term but this time instead of a front facing dictator, a show of military, the unwitting public of all classes and careers are immobilized to cannibalize each other.


      June 2, 2018 at 10:32 am

  27. It is the Tavistock institute at work.


    June 1, 2018 at 6:48 pm



    June 2, 2018 at 8:44 am

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    Of course the “Options” and “Accept” buttons don’t work and you can’t access the (job)website. This bullshit has sprung up since this bullshit GDPR bollocks came into force. How come every one of these bullshit laws that these bullshitters keep churning out results in hassle and inconvenience and expense to
    Joe and Josephine Public? Just ike all the eco-crap….

    Joe and Josephine Public

    June 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

  30. It is worse than that idiotic EU “Do you want to accept cookies?” notice bollocks? As if anyone really gives a flying fuck about cookies. We want to be able to access the job(website) without having to “dismiss” bullshit cookie notices. Now you can’t even get passed the notice. What a load of GDPR shit!

    Joe and Josephine Public

    June 2, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    • Cookies are used to persist data share data between one website and another. Most cookies are innocent but tracking cookies can be distributed, shared, and read across two or more unrelated Web sites for the purpose of gathering information about where you have been and what you are getting up to online, usually in order to build up a profile of you to customise advertising that gets slung at you, hence the need to ask whether you want to accept them or not.

      Basically you’re being asked if you don’t mind possibly being tracked (cookies) or do mind (no cookies).


      Herr Dryer

      June 2, 2018 at 1:57 pm

  31. This blog is being ruined by clownish behaviour and off-topic silly posts. Somebody ought to sort the wheat from the chaff and delete a lot of the garbage.


    June 3, 2018 at 7:07 am

  32. 10 In 10 Know 0 about Binary. We are not in that number 0011100000


    June 3, 2018 at 8:44 am

  33. Andrew Coates

    June 3, 2018 at 9:38 am

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