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DWP MInisters Discuss Universal Credit.

The Conservative Party is having a nervous breakdown.

But, when they’re not having lunch at the Drones’ Club to get away from it all, they are sticking to Bertie Wooster’s policy of stout denial.

On the 21st of November this was said,

Amber Rudd insisted Universal Credit was a ‘force for good’ today and insisted tweaks would ensure it gets ‘cash into people’s hands’ more quickly.

Today the Mirror reports,

Universal Credit leaves applicants “scavenging in bins at night for food”

A tortuous process to sign up, an interminable wait without money after it and vulnerable applicants sidelined – new report highlights the human fallout of the new payment system being inflicted on the country.

Now a report from debt charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has revealed the shocking human cost of the key failures of the system, as people fall through the gaps.

“Some of the UK’s most vulnerable families are sinking in bureaucracy and we owe it to them to give them a voice and press for change,” CAP chief executive Matt Barlow said.

The charity, which helps people struggling to get by, found three key areas that urgently need addressing – as well as revealing some of the heartbreaking stories of the people who’ve been hurt by the mass-adoption of the new benefit.

CAP’s three biggest areas of concern are the online application, the wait for the first payment and the lack of understanding of how many people are truly vulnerable.

This is important, raising an issue many here have mentioned,

There is no paper form to apply to claim Universal Credit, you do it online. Worse, you can’t save the form half way through the process.

And that’s causing big problems for some people.

Those without internet access can be forced to travel to a library to use computers there. But this is typically only free for an hour a day.

You need details of past addresses and identification when filling it out, meaning if you’ve travelled to get to a computer, and have forgotten something, you need to go back only to return later and start the whole process again.

“This can lead to a real feeling of hopelessness and for someone very vulnerable be the difference between being helped by the welfare system and not,” CAP said.

This, now called ‘digital exclusion’ is a growing problem.

More on this report:

With one million people already claiming Universal Credit and another seven million still to transition, now is a key time to check in with these early claimants.

This series of papers explores the problems and hardship experienced by claimants and highlights areas where policymakers’ attention is needed.

The roll-out is a huge task and there have been changes made to improve the transition for many people (see CAP’s policy note here, but there is more to do. Download the papers below to read about the impact that claiming Universal Credit has had on people

Applying and waiting for Universal Credit

(December 2018)
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  • Digital exclusion is a significant challenge, with access as well as capability a key issue.
  • Waiting for payments to start causes financial hardship and emotional distress.
  • There is considerable vulnerability amongst early Universal Credit claimants

Is the government listening?

Like hell – pardon padre – they are.

The Tory Government’s responses to us over Universal Credit are scarcely believable

Liverpool Echo.

When we asked about the fears and concerns of residents in the deprived areas of West Derby and Everton – where UC is rolling out this month – Work and Pensions Minister Alok Sharma painted a very rosy picture, stating: “Universal Credit is central to our commitment to help families improve their lives by moving into work.

“We know it’s working – with Universal Credit people are moving into work faster and staying in work longer than under the old system.

“And now we are rolling it out to a wider range of people in a safe and controlled way.

“In Everton and West Derby single jobseekers are already receiving support from their dedicated work coach to find employment or increase their hours and earnings.

“Now, all types of claimants will be able to benefit from the improved, personalised, one-to-one support that Universal Credit offers.”

The Echo, to their credit had done some serious digging into the dirt.

The problems with UC have been well documented and include delays in handing over vital cash, sanctions for simple mistakes and there simply not being enough money in the system.

We have told you about the man forced to eat out of supermarket bins because the jobcentre messed up his appointment.

Then there was the Bootle mum who suffers with agoraphobia – and doesn’t want to wake up most mornings because she can’t afford to feed her kids.

The problems with UC have been well documented and include delays in handing over vital cash, sanctions for simple mistakes and there simply not being enough money in the system.

We have told you about the man forced to eat out of supermarket bins because the jobcentre messed up his appointment.

Then there was the Bootle mum who suffers with agoraphobia – and doesn’t want to wake up most mornings because she can’t afford to feed her kids.

Their comment, in these conditions, is pretty mild,

Written by Andrew Coates

December 13, 2018 at 4:23 pm

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  1. The library computers time you out after an hour like innit… your session will end in 30 seconds… There is no way on God/Allah/Deity of your Choice Earth that you can complete a bleeding universal credit application in an hour. Here is a suggestion for the DWP/Amber Rudd not that they even read this bleeding site, do what the Council do for Housing Benefit. At the start set up a log like with your email address and a password, so that you can ‘Save and Finish’ later. This is how civilservicejobs works for crying out loud and that is on the same network as universal credit. A few spare coppers would come in ‘andy for the helpful suggestion 😉


    December 13, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    • See latest post on precisely this point magnified by 1000 for many…

      Andrew Coates

      December 13, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      • Many apologies ‘guvnor. Only just landed on this site by searching for ‘universal credit is a load of bleeding bollocks’. And started commenting before I had read the bleeding article. ‘cuse the language ‘guvnor 😉


        December 13, 2018 at 5:05 pm

  2. And while am on make it easy to go back. And also split the form into sections so you can easily see the completed sections. Have a Happy Christmas Amber and don’t choke on your turkey, pheasant or woteva your ‘aving 🙂


    December 13, 2018 at 4:54 pm

  3. Shops actively have people on up to 4 hour shifts, so they don’t have to provide any break-time. Universal Cobblers then threatens to sanction the worker for not doing enough hours.

    I am a stupid Tory (is there any other type?)

    December 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm

  4. When UC was rolled out in Amber Rudd’s constituency food bank referrals shot up by 80%. The woman MUST know what’s going on. In which case: How on earth can she possibly claim that universal credit is a force for good?


    December 13, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    • DWP ‘not ready’ for new Universal Credit powers, say MPs

      The Department for Work and Pensions is being urged to drop draft regulations before parliament that would permit the next stage of the rollout of Universal Credit – or face the measures being voted down.

      Work and Pensions Select Committee chair Frank Field has written to Amber Rudd proposing the withdrawal of the Draft Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018 in the light of “deep, ongoing concerns” over the impact of the whole package on the vulnerable.



      December 14, 2018 at 7:27 pm

  5. Right now the town of Derby is seeing Rolls Royce, the Jewel in its Crown, having production moved to Germany. This is real people losing real work. We don’t need any patronising cobblers about how we can feed a family of five for £5 a week on smart price beans from a German discounter.

    If Jeremy Corbyn and Labour really gave a monkeys about the people who are losing their jobs and will be losing their jobs because of this Brexit fiasco he and Labour would be putting all their weight behind revoking this Article 50 nonsense and giving the UK back control of her own borders which is why we are in this pickle in the first place.

    We are sick to the back teeth of listening to well-heeled politicians milking Brexit for political gain and jockeying for power. Another politician who needs singled out and condemned is Nicola Sturgeon. This jumped up tin-pot dictator from up North is hell-bent on a hard Brexit. She knows a hard Brexit will cause untold misery and strife and wants to capitalise on it.

    Sturgeon is an irrelevance though and it is Corbyn and Labour who really need to get their fingers out.
    The solution is right in front of our faces. We will be watching Corbyn and Labour and voting accordingly in any forthcoming General Election.

    Derby City

    December 13, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    • You mean transfer design approval work which if true does not mean every department/job at Rolls Royce derby. The biggest concern for Derby is Toyota who haven’t half measured what they will do if brexit goes south.

      As for having a go at Labour, there a shadow government so without the backing of a portion of government to make majority can they seek to change a damn thing. So its not what is a party not in power going to do but the current one in office and im sad to say just to many Tories back the welfare reform, warts and all.


      December 13, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      • If you live in Derby and work in a well-paid job for Rolls Royce (like the commenter no doubt) your biggest concern is losing your job with Rolls Royce 😉 Not Toyota.


        December 14, 2018 at 9:53 am

      • Sunseed

        The article i sourced (Derby LIve) has rolls royce saying there will be no transfer of jobs. The actual departments workers are highly skilled meaning very well paid as opposed to min wage. Such a class of person would have little if any difficulty securing new employment, especially when you add how well respected Royces engineers are by employers.
        Of course Royces could be lying but currently its to early to say. As for Toyota, derbys biggest commodity is engineering and it wasn’t to far gone since bombardier shed 1400 jobs. The fallout is never bad while an engineer can move onto another engineering operation. Yeah it might be a massive climb down for some Royces engineers but for most if they dont fancy working away from home which is actually the life of most engineers, then at least they could find other somewhat relative work locally and that includes Birmingham that has large areas of engineering and Sheffield/Rotherham areas.
        Another thing to remember about royces is there no stranger to putting off workers when no contracts to follow onto as does Bombardier. Losing the major 3 will be a massive blow for Derby and that’s why Toyota is every bit as important as the other two despite them having history for derby.
        Lastly it may have escaped your notice these past almost 3 decades but the UK has very little business on this rock that isn’t UK owned and or invested by so telling royce you cant do this is like telling a Russian who bought a house in the UK, you cant sell it.
        The rug as so to speak was pulled out from under british public feet decades ago so perhaps the british will learn a valuable lesson about paying attention in future as governments dont control business money, never have as they are bed fellows and not for the likes of us.


        December 14, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      • @doug, you would think you were talking about your local corner shop shutting up shop. These plants are massive operations. Have you seen the size of the Rolls Royce complex? It is absolutely huge.


        December 14, 2018 at 12:17 pm

      • Aisha
        Nobody likes losing their job but it does not change the fact this individual if highly skilled will have little to no problems securing other well paid work as engineering has a skills shortage in this country not to mention there is a bucket load of it all over the world if a person wishes to relocate.
        So the only loss is really not having your place of work on your doorstep as it were which dependent on location can be anything from a little to a big problem.
        Was this person losing sleep when the steel industry left our shores, how about bombardier just up the road when that shed 1400 jobs. The writing has always been there but as usual we have another suspect that does not start crying till its their turn again.
        For an area that once was the largest in textiles,railway, they sure didn’t learn the lessons of the past.


        December 14, 2018 at 1:08 pm

  6. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    December 13, 2018 at 6:22 pm

  7. 3 times in 2 years I tried to get uc the 3 time I was successful. But I went 2 years without money i ended up homeless got a drug habit to deal with life.i got loan after loan till i was no longer able to. I buried my head in the sand done drugs because i didn’t whant to live anymore. Now I have illnesses extreme depression where i wake up every day and don’t whant to live anymore i try to sleep 22 hours then when i can’t sleep no more I am absolutely gutted i have to get up. When I finally managed to get uc 4 appointments later I got sanctioned walk 3 miles to job centre on empty stomach shaking to get absolutely nothing this was at Christmas so this made me suicidal and I’m still feeling that way now a year later no money because they make you feel and treat you like a criminal and I just can’t cope can’t go to doctors for help because I got no clothing and smell and to anxious to leave the woods I live in in my tent away from people it’s a hard life but what do you do


    December 13, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    • Take your case to your local MP and then local newspaper. Also hit the anti welfare reform forums and sound off in the hope a mainstream journalist will see it.


      December 13, 2018 at 11:17 pm

  8. So-called ‘social landlords’ i.e. housing associations worried that the delay in universal credit payments may interrupt their cash flow and consequently reduce their staff bonuses and CEO’s bonus are now threatening their tenants with eviction if they do not make advance payments to make up the shortfall when they are ‘migrated’ to universal credit. This is disgusting. Total shitbags threatening the most vulnerable members of society with homelessness. Why aren’t these bastards instead lobbying Parliament? Why aren’t they seeking an urgent meeting with Amber Rubb? Why aren’t they marching on Downing Street?

    Breathing Space

    December 14, 2018 at 9:44 am

    • Ironically funny (not to use) on the DWP list of how to manage finances it says at number one, pay your rent. Hows waiting 5 weeks for welfare keeping up with finances. How is being in debt a responsible trait.
      You cant be responsible period with no money.
      What is obvious is staggeringly open for anyone to see so it should be staggeringly obvious this government just does not care whether you march or not. Infact unless members of their own party break rank, they continue to lie,misrepresent and shout down any who challenge them as false prophets.


      December 14, 2018 at 12:20 pm

  9. They say that murderers often revisit the scenes of their crimes don’t they?


    Ribbed Featherlite

    December 14, 2018 at 3:28 pm

  10. I’m sold out with this credit, up to 5 weeks with first payment, screw the rules


    December 14, 2018 at 4:10 pm

  11. Amber Rudd insisted Universal Credit was a ‘force for good’ today

    Shame she couldn’t say that about her party.

    The Metro have shamful stories today “rough sleepers rocket by 120% 24000 people will have nowhere to go this Christmas.Also an ex soldier living on £8 Universal Credit with a disability.

    The no confidence was felt by many a long time ago!


    December 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    • “A force for good”

      Does she still think shes in the home office fighting terrorism, what hell does she think she is saying in that ludicrously out of place soundbite.
      Ironically A force for good happens to be a Scottish grassroots organization setup to promote unionism so for a federalist who in past stereotyped and defamed people on benefits to be saying it, you have to laugh harder.


      December 15, 2018 at 12:02 pm

  12. Cloudflare is facing accusations that it’s providing cybersecurity protection for at least seven terrorist organizations. “On Friday, HuffPost reported that it has reviewed numerous websites run by terrorist organizations and confirmed with four national security and counter-extremism experts that the sites are under the protection of Cloudflare’s cybersecurity services,” reports Gizmodo. “Among Cloudflare’s millions of customers are several groups that are on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Shabab, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, al-Quds Brigades, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Hamas — as well as the Taliban, which, like the other groups, is sanctioned by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC),” reports HuffPost. “In the United States, it’s a crime to knowingly provide tangible or intangible ‘material support — including communications equipment — to a designated foreign terrorist organization or to provide service to an OFAC-sanctioned entity without special permission,” the report continues. “Cloudflare, which is not authorized by the OFAC to do business with such organizations, has been informed on multiple occasions, dating back to at least 2012, that it is shielding terrorist groups behind its network, and it continues to do so.” Gizmodo reports: The issue that HuffPost raises is whether Cloudflare is providing “material support” to sanctioned organizations. Some attorneys told HuffPost that it may be in violation of the law. Others, like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, argue that “material support” can and has been abused to silence speech. Cloudflare’s general counsel, Doug Kramer, told Gizmodo over the phone that the company works closely with the U.S. government to ensure that it meets all of its legal obligations. He said that it is “proactive to screen for sanctioned groups and reactive to respond when its made aware of a sanctioned group” to which it may be providing services. HuffPost spoke with representatives from the Counter Extremism Project, who expressed frustration that they’ve sent four letters to Cloudflare over the last two years identifying seven terrorist-operated sites without receiving a reply. Kramer would not address any specific customers or situations when speaking with Gizmodo. He said that’s simply company policy for reasons of protecting privacy.


    December 15, 2018 at 3:17 am

  13. Abused, harassed, rejected: Glasgow’s homeless women

    Women who sleep rough have no escape from sexual violence and struggle to deal with basic menstrual hygiene.

    Glasgow, Scotland – Sitting under the railway bridge at Glasgow Central Station, Alison* watches the world go by as an ice-cold December night grips Scotland’s largest city.

    Her eyes are sunken, her blonde hair matted, and her hands are calloused and caked with grime. As emphysema slowly takes its toll, her body is failing.

    At just 36, Alison has been a rough sleeper – on and off – for more than 20 years. Homeless, roofless and almost forgotten, she exists only on the fringes of society.

    “When I wake up in the morning, I need 20 fags [cigarettes] and a bottle of vodka just to get myself up and running,” she said as distant shouts and the noise of traffic filled the air. “Then I sit for the rest of the day, and then I try and get my head down – and then I do it all over again. It’s like groundhog day.”

    Earlier this month, some 10,000 people staged the “world’s biggest sleep-out” in the Scottish cities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee to aid and raise awareness of homelessness, which includes rough sleeping. In 2017-18, 2,682 individuals reported as having slept rough in Scotland at least once in the three months before registering as homeless. The true figure, say campaigners, is likely to be higher.

    Across the world, women rough sleepers face unique challenges living on the streets, and Scotland is no different. But many Scots are unaware of this dark underbelly of female existence where stories of sexual exploitation abound.

    Natalie Lee, a support worker for homeless charity Simon Community Scotland, said at 43, women have a lower life expectancy than men on the streets.

    “Women on the streets face more complex challenges – women are typically financially and sexually exploited by their male counterparts,” she told Al Jazeera.

    “They usually are able to fund their lifestyles by begging or prostitution, and this leaves them vulnerable to further violence and at risk of harm. They also face huge challenges in relation to their sanitary needs.”

    Alison, who is qualified as a hairdresser, told Al Jazeera that her hectic lifestyle, which has seen her sleep rough in towns and cities across Scotland and England, left her exposed to a sexual assault one night while she was staying at a Glasgow hostel for the homeless.

    “I was in a hostel two years ago. Me and my man were lying in bed sleeping, and I got raped in my own bed next to my man,” she said.

    Around the corner from Alison sits Barbara, who, propped up against a rubbish bin, is trying to keep warm as she tightly grips a hot coffee.

    She has been living on the streets for nine months after domestic violence saw her lose her accommodation.

    She whiles away the hours reading abandoned newspapers until tiredness forces her to find a safe place to bed down for the night.

    The 40-year-old mother-of-two said she is regularly approached and harassed by random men.

    “I used to sleep in a doorway and I was chased round and round by a man once, and I got in and used some plywood, which I pulled across,” explained the former drug addict. “I could hear him raking about the bins. I never shook so much in my life. If he found me, I don’t think I’d be here today.”

    Charity worker Lee said women made up roughly 30 percent of rough sleepers in Glasgow.

    “Historically, women [at risk of rough sleeping] will use creative ways as a means of avoiding sleeping on the street,” she said.

    “Women often choose to live in a chaotic environment, namely an unsavoury character’s flat, as a means of self-preservation,” she continued. “Women are very street-wise using their mental strength to show little weakness to their male counterparts.”

    Sally*, a drug addict, said she was raped after accepting an invitation from a man to go back to his flat.

    “He offered me to have a bath at his place,” said the 30-year-old, sat at a shopping precinct as her eyes glazed over from a recent heroin hit. “But he wanted more than that – he forced me to do all sorts.”

    In November, the Scottish government published its Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan. The plan, seen by many charities as “a world leader” in the drive to end homelessness in Scotland, has prioritised preventing homelessness.

    The nation’s determination to ambitiously tackle health and social inequalities has proven form: earlier this year, government policy saw Scotland become the first country in the world to both implement minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol and announce the provision of free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities from the start of the 2018/19 academic term.

    Indeed, sanitary issues have proven to be another area of concern for many women rough sleepers.

    Sally, who has slept rough for five years, said she is often troubled by her period, despite being able to access free sanitary towels from charities.

    “It’s not nice when you have your period as some places don’t let you in to use the toilet,” she said. “So, you need to go up the lane for a pee – and it’s not nice when you have to wipe yourself, and when you have cramps, you can’t get comfortable.”

    Leanne* sits under the railway bridge at Glasgow Central Station. She has been bedding down on Glasgow concrete for seven weeks, in between “sofa-surfing” at friends.

    She told Al Jazeera that she turned to the streets after escaping a violent 13-year relationship.

    She is often offered money for sex, which she rejects, and is regularly “pestered” by male passers-by.

    “I’ve got 94 missed calls,” said the 32-year-old, holding up her mobile phone. “I gave my number to a guy because I thought he was a nice guy, but I’m going to have to change my number now; he’ll appear down here anyway so that’s probably not going to do it.”

    Alison, the 36-year-old with more than 20 years’ experience of street sleeping, said sexual abuse had been the mainstay of her life since she was a girl. The abuse saw her enter social care as a child.

    “It started as a child – and nothing’s really changed, to be honest,” she said. “I’ve always been seen as an object.”

    Abused, harassed, rejected: Glasgow’s homeless women


    December 15, 2018 at 7:11 pm

  14. Universal Credit claimants have no right to national or bank holidays and therefore are commanded to continue doing 35 hours of work search per week, including work search on Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year’s Day. Failure to do so could result in a severe sanction.

    I wish you all a lovely Xmas and a happy New Year!

    God bless us everyone!

    Amber "Windrush" Rudd MP

    December 16, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    • the dwp has lost at upper tribunal over the 35hr job search as it is a expectation so different for everybody.

      they can only raise a ase doubt if you dont apply for jobs and be able to prove this, the time taken does not matter as if you apply for every job you could do or get to then the time taken does not matter.

      in fact you only have to take 2-3 steps per week to find paid employment and prove this is the case.

      all the 35hr job search is for is to stress ppl out and right down pointless things what they have done to look for work the dwp are not interested in any of this nor do they have the time to read it all either.

      apply for jobs and keep proof of this and you wont have a problem 😉


      December 16, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      • the dwp has lost at upper tribunal over the 35hr job search as it is a expectation so different for everybody.

        Again not surprising and open to an appeal,Universal Credit for ex.

        the Secretary of State is satisfied that the claimant has taken all reasonable action for the purpose of obtaining paid work despite the number of hours that the claimant spends taking such action being lower than the expected number of hours per week; and

        (b)that action gives the claimant the best prospects of obtaining work.


        Anyone with learning and other problems will have a strengthened hand.

        The problem is compounded by employees’ lack of knowledge about the universal credit regulations



        December 16, 2018 at 5:52 pm

      • DSC_0689

        note the 30hrs a week job search bottom left, that was from 2009 so it is nothing new and could not enforce it even then let alone now lol.


        December 16, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      • The Law is quite simple, ted. You can’t be forced into a contract with a ‘provider’. It must be a ‘free agreement’. You must have the choice, capacity and freedom to consent.

        Legal Eagle

        December 16, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      • i know that you know that but the dwp staff think that they can do what they like with ppl and sanction them for it like they tried with me as i was required buy law to sign a contract pmsl.

        now is that poor training or done totally on purpose in the hope that im stupid and cant challenge a dwp decision maker at tribunal.

        the problem is i can all day long but most wont even bother or just sign it do the time and let the providers use them as profit units.

        at the end of the day all you are to them is a cash cow ready for milking and they sure as hell wont give a crap if you get a sanction buy them and still have to turn up at a work placement sooner or later during ur stint with them.


        December 16, 2018 at 9:49 pm

      • To superted

        Re: ase doubt. What does ase stand for? Thanks.

        ase doubt

        December 17, 2018 at 7:39 am

      • ase doubt

        Actively seeking employment (ase)


        December 17, 2018 at 7:58 am

      • WRONG, doug 😀 you smart arse 😀

        It’s a typo… should read a(r)se….. it is when an arse raises a doubt 😀…. an ARSE doubt 😀

        R Sole

        December 17, 2018 at 8:15 am

      • WRONG, doug 😀 you smart arse 😀

        It’s a typo… should read a(r)se….. it is when an arse raises a doubt 😀…… an ARSE doubt 😀

        R Sole

        December 17, 2018 at 8:15 am

      • i was required buy law to sign a contract

        Very nasty,what they usually did was act very humble at A4e.These courses don’t work giving people power over you leads to abuse.That Work Programme was so bad with that company it lead to nothing but trouble.

        Its about taking control of people in Jobcentres’.

        undue influence essentially means that a person or party has been forced into a contract. The contract cannot be considered to be a valid agreement under these circumstances.


        Never again!


        December 17, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      • DSC_0693_01


        December 17, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    • We have to see about that. yes the 35 hour rule does apply, however it might take 35 hours to fill out one job application, look how to prepare for job interviews etc, location company if you have job interview, do a dry run etc.


      December 22, 2018 at 10:45 am

      • https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/173632/response/425338/attach/html/2/FoI.3929.RESPONSE.pdf.html

        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.

        so if you apply for jobs and are able to prove this time taken does not matter dwp can not enforce a 35hr job search as it is not law its a dwp brain fart!


        December 22, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      • That’s the thing. The 35-hour requirement cannot be policed and is therefore unenforceable. Most people simply make most of it up because nothing they record can be contradicted if they are sensible and organised. For example: Don’t do something daft like claiming to have spent the 25th of December at the library looking for work! Unless you are under daily surveillance nothing sensible you put down can be questioned. The 35-hour requirement is completely and utterly ridiculous and meaningless.

        Hammer on the Mountain

        December 22, 2018 at 3:41 pm

  15. Yellow vest truth – french not standing for what the Brits bent over for as they fell for government lie after government lie and still do.

    How governments demonize the poor to justify austerity,welfare reform and the privatization of education,healthcare,etc.


    December 16, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    • We will storm the barricades together brothers and sisters! Crédit Universel? Il ne doit pas passer!

      Jean Valjean

      December 17, 2018 at 10:34 am

  16. Universal Credit protest: ‘Benefit will be devastating’ says Redcar MP Anna Turley

    “”Universal Credit is going to be devastating for people in our area and low income families are going to see the support they receive slashed. Rather than making work pay, as the government claim it will do, the new system will leave vulnerable people reliant on food banks and forced in to personal debt.”


    Its the Christmas of discontent!


    December 16, 2018 at 9:06 pm

  17. WRONG, doug 😀 you smart arse 😀

    It’s a typo… should read a(r)se… it is when an arse raises a doubt 😀

    R Sole

    December 17, 2018 at 8:12 am

  18. Can anyone help? I have just received this from my landlord!

    *Your rent matters – it keeps a roof over your head and pays for repairs and quality services. Being paid universal credit in arrears can cause you to get into difficulties with your rent very quickly.

    Get yourself prepared and pay something extra to your rent account, this can be done weekly, fortnightly, four weekly or monthly.

    To safeguard your tenancy you should discuss rent payments with your housing officer as soon as possible after moving to universal credit, We have a number of ways to help pay your rent.*

    Am worried sick. Will this mean am homeless. One of me mates got thrown out cos of universal credit. Jobcentre said am to go on universal credit. Av no money to pay. Can’t buy the kids anything for xmas.
    Am a single mum with 2 kids. A can’t sleep cos of the worry.

    Stacey L

    December 17, 2018 at 9:21 am

    • “Safeguard your tenancy” Scumlord speak for cough up or we will throw you out.

      Disgusted of East Anglia

      December 17, 2018 at 9:28 am

    • :evil:My baby, my baby! 👿

      Iain Duncan Smith (deceased)

      December 17, 2018 at 9:36 am

    • 👿 My baby, my baby! 👿

      Iain Duncan Smith (deceased)

      December 17, 2018 at 9:37 am

    • This is ridiculous! How are you supposed to may extra money to your rent account when you are already struggling on benefits? How dare these evil bastards threaten the most vulnerable members of society!
      If they are so worried about their bonuses why aren’t they demanding form the DWP that 1) Existing benefits won’t cease until universal credit is up and running. 2) There is no ‘baked-in’ delay to universal credit. 3) Housing payments continue from where they left off – there is no shortfall. Instead of blaming and punishing the tenants for a problem not of their making demand that the DWP change the ‘Universal Credit Regulations’. And what is going to happen when tenants are unable to make advance payments or clear the ‘arrears’? Are we going to see yet more homeless people sat on our streets? As if there aren’t enough already!

      Welfare Rights Advisor

      December 17, 2018 at 9:53 am

      • The thing is like the jobcentre give you notice that your existing benefits are being stopped in a month or whatever and you have until then to claim uc. But as soon as you claim uc your existing benefits stop and you are left with no money for food or rent as the universal credit gives you the run around. Why can’t the jobcentre just transfer claims over to universal credit. It would make more senses unless the whole point of universal credit is to put claimants in debt until they are evicted and die on the streets. Are we going to be picked off one by one to die on the streets? Managed migration as the jobcentre call it to an early grave. It
        certainly looks that way.


        December 17, 2018 at 10:03 am

      • The landlords are going to have to whistle for their money. Tenants are just going to move into ‘arrears’ and stay in ‘arrears’. What are the landlords going to do? Evict everyone in universal credit arrears? Where do the evicted go? Hidden out of sight on the streets of the town centre? They may try and single out tenants one by one until they are all gone. Mass evictions would be too obvious and might stir up resistance. Back in the day of the Poll Tax Flying Squads formed that would see off the bailiffs if they attempted to evict anyone over non-payment of the Poll Tax. Also, the landlords need tenants more than tenants need landlords. Empty properties mean empty coffers and are a liability for a landlord. What becomes of the evictees properties? Do they rent them to other tenants on benefits? What would be the point?


        December 17, 2018 at 11:30 am

      • In the good old days most private landlords letting properties used to specify “No DHSS” as far as potential tenants of their properties were concerned. (DHSS being an acronym for “Department of Health and Social Security” which was later split into the Department of Health and Department or Work and Pensions.) Private landlords wouldn’t let their properties to anybody who was receiving social security benefits. This is exactly where we are going back to with universal credit because landlords cannot be sure that they won’t end up with tenants in arrears if they are on, have been on, or look likely to end up on universal credit at some point.

        Universal credit causes suffering in the now and suffering in the future.

        Hammer on the Mountain

        December 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    • SCUMlord is trying to make out that the rent is YOUR responsibility and if you don’t pay it’s YOUR problem.
      But surely is is the responsibility of a Government department to pay out the monies it is required to by LAW. Universal Credit includes a ‘housing component’. Nobody should be being made homeless due to the fault, failure and incompetence of a Government department.


      December 17, 2018 at 10:38 am

  19. Universal Credit ‘transformed my life’


    December 17, 2018 at 10:09 am

  20. watch out u might be evicted before xmas to make way for more….. to have a roof over their head what a joke this country is falling apart more foodbamks more homeless but hey who gives a toss about the english people just make sure the sewer rats get a house and job and car and mobile and plenty money get all these…………… out go Brexit and a hard 1 at that . happy xmas barbara x


    December 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

  21. The thunder of the Brexit storm is squelching out the noise being generated by massive political failures going on here in Blighty, but when the chaos of Brexit dies down a bit and eyes move away from the EU and turn homeward Universal Credit will explode into a huge national scandal you mark my words. The media have already turned against the policy. If you Google “universal credit news” (without the quotes) every single story listed, even in the Tory press, is hugely hostile to and negative towards UC.


    December 17, 2018 at 10:42 am

  22. Stay in work longer, increased hours and earnings, no way my work coach will help me find a job I can do earning me £1000 per hour


    December 17, 2018 at 10:59 pm

  23. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating!.


    December 18, 2018 at 5:41 pm

  24. And how will the national insurances contributions work out, when we wait to be moved across to uc. I want to make sure I get enough years to get my hands of my pension when I reached the age (even though it will probably not be a pension by the time I reach the age)


    December 18, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    • you still get them on uc but its a lower class to jsa ect so you wont get a full pension depending how long you have claimed the old benefits.

      Unemployment and NI credits
      Those people who currently receive Universal Credit will automatically qualify for Class 3 National Insurance credits.

      If you are seeking work, you may be eligible for Class 1 credits. You’ll automatically have these added to your record these if you’re already receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance.

      If you’re not receiving JobSeeker’s Allowance, but are unemployed and looking for work, you’ll need to claim the Class 1 credits via your local Jobcentre.

      Class 1 credits may also be available if you attend a government-approved training course that’s less than one year long.

      If you’re sent by a JobCentre Plus, the credits will be added automatically, but otherwise you’ll need to apply in writing to HMRC.


      December 18, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      • Thanks, I always ask for a statement each year to see how many credits if any I am missing per year


        December 20, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      • As far as the new pension goes 35 years worth of Class 1 or Class 3 credits do entitle you to the full state pension. You won’t get a lower pension as longs as you have enough Class 1 or Class 3 contributions. As far as the old age pension is concerned Class 1 and Class 3 credits count as the same, the only difference being that Class 3 only entitle you to the state pension and bereavement benefit, whereas Class 1 count for both of those benefits plus extra entitlements like Jobseeker’s Allowance for instance. As all of the main six working-age benefits are included in universal credit and everybody claiming any of those benefits will receive only universal credit eventually, which give you weekly Class 3 contributions automatically, Class 1 contributions are due to bite the dust in due course.

        Hammer on the Mountain

        December 22, 2018 at 3:30 pm

  25. Thanks for cleaning up the class 1 and class 3 credits. I do get a lot of help from my parents for any missing credits.

    I was put on uc and been told I wont get any money to mid Janaury 2019,

    The uc system is going to very hard for people who are not tech knoweldge using a computer,


    December 22, 2018 at 6:49 pm

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