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Local Papers, and *some* nationals , do their Job in Reporting Universal Credit Train crash.

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Talk to the Media!

It is very noticeable that the press, including local papers, has been doing its job in reporting on the Train Crash that is Universal Credit.

Obviously I exclude right-wing comics…..

I just cite a few examples this weekend:

Daisy Wyatt

The ‘I’ – a paper lots of us read.

Low-income families set to lose £200 a month in Universal Credit changeover.

Millions of families are set to lose £200 a month under the new Universal Credit system, it is understood. Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey confirmed the figures privately to colleagues as ministers are said to be increasingly concerned about the rollout of the new universal credit system, The Times reported. Ms McVey told cabinet colleagues that half of lone parents and around two thirds of working age couples with children would lose the equivalent of £2,400 a year, according to the newspaper. Labour MP Jess Phillips has since said the monthly figure lost by low-income families was closer to £300 in her constituency in Birmingham Yardley.

Banbury Guardian.

New service to help struggling Universal Credit claimants

A new service to better help people having difficulty claiming Universal Credit in north Oxfordshire and south Northamptonshire will be launched next year by Citizens Advice. Citizens Advice North Oxfordshire and South Northamptonshire has been given a Government grant to build on its benefits support service from April, 2019.

DWP: Universal Credit claimants get help from Citizens Advice as Teesside rollout continues

Teesside Live.

The Citizens Advice Bureau has been drafted in to help those applying for Universal Credit navigate their claim.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will fund Citizens Advice to provide ‘Universal Support’ from April next year, which hopes to help those on benefits through every step of the process.

The DWP says it will offer people the “comprehensive and practical support they need to get their first payment on time and be ready to manage it when it arrives”.

The Mirror:

Universal Credit’s next stage ‘could spark a huge increase’ in people being forced to rely on food banks

The Trussell Trust have warned issues with benefits are the main reason for referrals to receive emergency food supplies.

I could continue…

Why not keep up the pressure by contacting the press?

Local media obviously feel, and the genuineness of their concern is clear, that this is a top story.

Give ’em a ring, a text or an E-mail…

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Written by Andrew Coates

October 7, 2018 at 9:55 am

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    October 7, 2018 at 10:45 am

  2. John McDonnell confirms Labour would ditch universal credit as it’s “just not sustainable”

    Mr McDonnell said: “I think most people have now come to the conclusion it has got to be scrapped. I’ve been listening to people over the last few weeks about the role out in their particular areas. I’ve been looking at what the government has said, how they’re seeking to reform it – the reforms haven’t worked.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-ditch-scrap-universal-credit-john-mcdonnell-
    government-next-election-chancellor-a8572721.html

    whoknew

    October 7, 2018 at 11:16 am


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