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Universal credit changes will bar 2.6 million children from free school meals.

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No More Free Grub for the Nippers of 2,6 million UC Claimants.

Debbie Abrahams resigned from/temporarily stepped aside from her position as Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary in March.

Since then we have heard little from Labour on the important issues surrounding Universal Credit, not least the hint of a serious worked out alternative to the shambles we can now see.

All you can find is a campaign to “fix Universal Credit’

Our campaign to fix Universal Credit

The Tories’ failing Universal Credit programme is plunging millions of people into poverty, leaving them unable to pay rent or put dinner on the table, and facing debt and eviction as a result.

So far, our campaigning has made major steps towards fixing the programme. The Tories were forced to scrap the up to 55p per minute helpline charge and the waiting time to receive the first Universal Credit payment was cut from six weeks to five weeks.

This is a great achievement, but there’s work still to do. Families are still going hungry, relying on food banks and unable to make ends meet.

Frankly, this is not much.

We need a full alternative worked-out policy.

However today this speech will flag up a very worrying area and state that, “Labour’s plan involves providing free school meals for all primary school children.”

Universal credit changes will bar 2.6 million children from free school meals, warns Labour.

Independent.

Eligibility changes mean 1.1 million children receive free school meals but 2.6 million would be entitled by 2022 if they had been kept the same.

Up to 2.6 million children whose parents are on benefits could be missing out on free school meals by 2022, the shadow education minister will warn.

Angela Rayner will tell a GMB union conference on Sunday that the Government’s claims on school meals are “falling apart” after changes to eligibility under Universal Credit (UC).

When the system was first introduced in 2013, all children of recipients – who were all unemployed – were eligible for free school meals (FSM), as they would have been under the old system.

But in April the criteria was tightened based on income. In England, the net earnings threshold will be £7,400 whereas in Northern Ireland it will be £14,000.

A government technical note published in May said that if the change had not been made, “around half of all (state school) children would become eligible for FSM and the meals would no longer be targeted at those who need them the most”.

Nursery World backs this claim up.

DfE admits millions of children at risk of losing free school meals

Up to 2.6 million children could lose out on free school meals by 2022, reveal newly published DfE figures.

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Written by Andrew Coates

June 3, 2018 at 10:33 am

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  1. Reblogged this on BertieS.

    AnnoyedIrishMan

    June 3, 2018 at 10:40 am

  2. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    June 3, 2018 at 10:54 am

  3. Do the free school meal kids still have to suffer the humiliation, ridicule and indignity of being made to sit at a separate table?

    Flashman

    June 3, 2018 at 11:21 am

    • It’s never happened at the school I work in. The fsm children’s allowance is loaded on their card the same as everyone else’s and they have the same card as every one else

      katrehman

      June 4, 2018 at 5:07 am

  4. Thousands of pupils shamed out of free school meals (2012).

    300,000 prefer to take a packed lunch rather than face ‘stigma’ of sitting apart from friends, research shows.

    “More than a quarter of children entitled to free school meals take a packed lunch instead because they fear being stigmatised, according to a study by the Institute for Social and Economic Research.

    The study highlighted two key factors why around 300,000 of more than 1.1 million children entitled to the benefit do not take it up. In many schools lack of space or the way seating is organised mean pupils taking school dinners eat separately from those who bring sandwiches from home. Children on free school meals often end up sitting apart from their friends.

    The second reason, according to the report, is that in some schools which operate cash-payment systems, the free school meal pupils are singled out because they hand over vouchers instead. The financial cost to parents of not claiming the benefit is about £400 a year per child. The report points out that free school meals “represent a social safety net, providing a minimum nutritional intake to children for whom malnutrition would otherwise hinder their physical and cognitive development, and increase the likelihood of disruptive classroom behaviours”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2012/sep/23/free-school-meals-stigma

    Andrew Coates

    June 3, 2018 at 11:25 am

  5. DWP STAFF NOW ACTING AS ESTATE AGENTS a keith 31 May 2018 Delivered Dear Department for Work and Pensions, The job centre staff telling me I have to move area (county), as the area I live has irregular public transport. I live with my family who are on the never ending waiting list, and are not priority. Can the job centre make me move area and home, when Im not homeless? Yours faithfully, A Keith https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/told_to_move_as_no_bus_service_w#incoming-1166580 HUNGER GAMES/ THE BEGINNING…………………

    …………..A HASTILY ERECTED GALLOWS IS TOO GOOD FOR THESE DWP BASTARDS

    PREPARE FOR AN EARLY GRAVE

    Sarah7

    June 3, 2018 at 11:28 am

    • IP3 AREA CRAP SUNDAY SERVICES. CAN’T GET INTO TOWN SUNDAYS AND BACK AGAIN WITH IN GOOD TIMINGS NO SERVICES PUBLIC HOLIDAYS AND CRAP LIBRARY TIMES. IF THEY WANT ME TO MOVE THEY CAN PAY FOR IT. BTW I AIN’T GONNA MOVE AND THEY CAN’T F”””G MAKE ME

      WORRIED

      June 4, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      • And the buses cost.

        Andrew Coates

        June 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm

  6. Britain’s switch to a “universal credit” is not going well

    Despite big glitches, the government seems unwilling to change its policy

    Evidence so far suggests that it may be less impressive than the government hopes. Our analysis finds that the employment rate in areas where universal credit has been introduced has grown no faster than in areas where it has not

    https://www.economist.com/britain/2018/06/02/britains-switch-to-a-universal-credit-is-not-going-well

    ken

    June 3, 2018 at 12:47 pm

  7. Grandmother and four-year-old could be on the streets after losing Universal Credit – because she’s American

    Gwendolyn Banks has lived in Birmingham since the age of five

    “I was told I needed to change from ESA to Universal Credit and then they close my claim because they cannot class me as a British Citizen.

    “While I appeal this, I have limited money coming in and I can’t afford to live.

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/grandmother-four-year-old-could-14701137

    ken

    June 3, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    • Thanks for that Ken, it’s a very important point that needs chasing up in the wake of the Windrush scandal

      Andrew Coates

      June 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm

  8. Please read the last comment from me in the universal credit food bank thread.
    Its about whats happend to me this past month at the jc.

    Catwoman

    June 3, 2018 at 12:53 pm

  9. This implying that the unemployed are mentally ill: “Are you OK, Catwoman?”, “How are you coping in the unit, Catwoman?”, “Are you on medication, Catwoman?” is nowt but a bullying technique. Those with Autism
    aren’t on £73.10 shekels a week, they are on the higher disability rate of over £320 a week. Throw in a Motability car and what have you.

    Birdwoman

    June 3, 2018 at 3:25 pm

  10. Or see what ATOS has got to say – nil points. Fit to Work.

    Birdwoman

    June 3, 2018 at 3:28 pm

  11. If this crap; control, bullying, coercion, undermining a person, threatening to withhold finances was taken place in a ‘relationship’ it would be termed ‘psychological abuse’ and the jobcentre staff would soon find themselves handcuffed and dragged off to prison. Why don’t these laws apply to the jobcentre. You know the fucking jobcentre who are fucking with people’s heads hoping that they will go and top themselves.

    Birdwoman

    June 3, 2018 at 3:34 pm

  12. superted

    June 3, 2018 at 7:06 pm

  13. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating and commented:
    Reblogged for the comments

    A6er

    June 4, 2018 at 11:57 am

  14. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.

    seachranaidhe1

    June 4, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    • SAID B4 PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY. KNOWN UNKNOWNS UNKNOWN KNOWN PASSING THE BUCK. GET HIGH COURT SHERIFFS TO RECOVER THE DOCUMENTS

      WORRIED

      June 4, 2018 at 1:41 pm

  15. DWP PHONE LINE PROBLEMS TODAY 4TH JUNE. PROBLEMS UNTIL 12PM. EVENTUALLY GOT THRU. BUT FOR ESA PRESS 1. JSA 2 ETC. PRESSED 1 GOT A HUMAN BEING AT FIRST ATTEMPT.

    WORRIED

    June 4, 2018 at 1:37 pm

  16. FOR AN INSTANT RESPONSE PRESS ‘SALES’.

    TOPTIPS

    June 4, 2018 at 3:18 pm

  17. FOR AN INSTANT RESPONSE PRESS ‘SALES’…

    TOPTIPS

    June 4, 2018 at 3:18 pm

  18. Food bank finds new home in King’s Lynn town centre

    With the roll-out of Universal Credit coming in November, the food bank has been bracing itself for a further upturn in demand.

    The service fed 4,406 people in 2017 to 2018, including 1,554 children, which is an increase of 16 per cent from the previous year.

    https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/food-bank-finds-new-home-in-kings-lynn-town-centre-9001417/

    ken

    June 5, 2018 at 2:40 pm

  19. Anyone remember Chris Grayling ?

    Today he Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said regarding the proposed agreement of a new runway “”historic moment”

    Funny i thought the record breaking cluster fk of the railways was. Yes our poor failure of an excuse for being a human being Chris Grayling has the Midas touch of turd when it comes to organizing anything. Only yesterday another failure of person known as David Gauke who also what a surprise for DWP as secretary is set to take a uturn on a decision Chris Grayling made when he to was Secretary of State for Justice.

    How does such a man clearly useless at his chosen profession assuming messing things up deliberately isn’t his actual job, still in employment when anyone else in the public would be sacked and rejected like it was going out of fashion.

    doug

    June 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    • Oh, anyone know if this is going to help cut carbon omissions or is government going to introduce a law banning residents from having heating,electricity and cars.

      doug

      June 5, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    • Grayling is a dick. I remember he caused a lot of fuss by saying that businesses could refuse services to gay people because of their gayness and got into hot water for it. He misuses statistics (lies) and buggers up everything he touches. After a long personal history of failure, incompetence and disaster I can’t understand why this flop has remained a cabinet minister for so long. Surely even the Conservative party can do better then him. I’d be happier to see Damian Green take over Grayling’s job at Transport, even though that would probably mean the country would have a 100% proven wanker as a Secretary of State.

      Jim

      June 5, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      • Let’s not forget in this Roll of Honour Esther, whose most recent tweet is a retweet of this:

        Andrew Coates

        June 5, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      • On the bright side, when eventually there is a reckoning in respect to Universal Credit, Esther will be held responsible for and have to take the blame for the mess. What goes around, comes around. But before that millions of innocent citizens may have to suffer.

        Jim

        June 5, 2018 at 7:24 pm

  20. Will a technology ever be devised that will mean the unemployed HAVE to spend 35 hours a week chained to a computer?

    Alexa

    June 5, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    • Or make sure that you are only looking at job sites etc?

      I doubt it.

      Andrew Coates

      June 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    • Like the existence of a perpetual motion machine looking for work, for 35 hours a week, has been proven by science to be impossible as it would violate the first or second law of thermodynamics..

      Joule

      June 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      • they have tried a sanction for not doing 35hr job search and they lost at upper tribunal because if you are taking at least 2 steps a week to look and apply for work time taken does not matter.

        the dwp own rules and regs state the 35hr a week job search is a expectation!.

        superted

        June 5, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    • When reckoning comes JIM it should be the inventor and AND the incumbent. IDS does what his advisors and party manger says.

      worried

      June 6, 2018 at 9:39 am

  21. Up to 220,000 disabled people will have to wait ALL summer for benefit payments they deserve – according to Esther McVey.

    https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/up-220000-disabled-people-wait-14744662

    superted

    June 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm

  22. Universal Credit hits single parents

    Single parents are being hit harder by the transfer to Universal Credit, a charity has claimed.

    One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) has said that twice as many single parents lose out as those that gain under the new system

    http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-news/universal-credit-hits-single-parents

    ken

    June 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm

  23. A Broughty Ferry councillor was challenged to visit Lochee and speak to residents living in poverty after he defended the UK Government’s benefit reforms.

    Dundee City Council has seen a massive rise in the number of emergency handouts given to some of the poorest residents since benefit reforms were introduced.

    The number of payments made per year has gone from 339 in 2012/13 to 4,965 in 2017/18.

    Reforms such as the bedroom tax and the switch to Universal Credit have been blamed for the rise in the number of people seeking help

    https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/665324/broughty-ferry-tory-councillor-challenged-to-speak-to-lochee-residents-after-defending-universal-credit/

    ken

    June 5, 2018 at 8:31 pm

  24. ‘Crime scene’-style body outlines appear at string of Birmingham Jobcentres

    The Department for Work and Pensions say that this vandalism is unacceptable

    The Department for Work and Pensions, which manages job centres, hinted that the graffiti might have been done for the purpose of protest.

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/crime-scene-style-body-outlines-14745616

    ken

    June 5, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    • “The Department for Work and Pensions, which manages job centres, hinted that the graffiti might have been done for the purpose of protest.”

      No shit! That Esther McVey has got a mind like a steel trap ain’t she?

      Jim

      June 6, 2018 at 9:33 am

      • “The Department for Work and Pensions say that this vandalism is unacceptable.”

        I expect that Inspector Clouseau is on the case as we speak.

        Andrew Coates

        June 6, 2018 at 3:38 pm

  25. If you have concerns about a family member or a friend you can ring the Safer Prisons Hotline: 01482 228273. For immediate concerns around the safety of a prisoner, please contact the main prison number. Address: Hedon Road Hull HU9 5LS Tel: 01482 282200 Fax: 01482 282400 Governor: Rick Stuart Accommodation: Cells Operational capacity: 1044 as of 23 March 2018

    Friends of Tommy Robinson

    June 5, 2018 at 11:04 pm

  26. superted

    June 6, 2018 at 12:51 am

  27. Pageup job application tool appears hacked

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-44382237

    doug

    June 6, 2018 at 8:13 pm

  28. Difficult times ahead for Universal Credit roll-out, says Cable

    Advance payments also now exist, although awareness of this is currently low.

    And it should be stressed the advance payment is a loan – and people will still have to pay it back, although not with any interest. The repayments will be automatically deducted from future Universal Credit payments until the advance is fully paid back.

    http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/16272567.Be_informed_over_Universal_Credit_so_you_don__39_t_lose_out__says_Sir_Vince_Cable/

    ken

    June 6, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    • So Universal Credit put the poorest and most vulnerable, and only the poorest and most vulnerable, into debt by design. Whether to a third party, like a loan shark or bank, or to the DWP itself. The people who will need the most help from the system are the very people that Universal Credit fails, which, to me at least, sounds perverse if not cruel.

      Jim

      June 7, 2018 at 6:54 am


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