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Amber Alert as Curse of Universal Credit Strikes Rudd.

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Amber Rudd’s Universal Credit Team.

There was an Albatross once.

He was called Universal Credit, UC to his mates.

Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross

About my neck was hung.

His Evil Eye foretold a sorry fate,

An orphan’s curse would drag to hell
A spirit from on high;
But oh! more horrible than that
Is the curse in a live UC’s eye!
Seven days, seven nights, I saw that curse,

And yet I could not die.

And so the Rime of the Ancient Universal Credit continues……..

Amber Rudd warns of further delays to universal credit


Work and Pensions secretary will consider policy changes to restore public confidence.

“I’m enthusiastic about universal credit and I do think we can get it right. I acknowledge it is not just tinkering; there have been problems. I see that as the biggest change I have got, to fix those problems and give people the confidence to believe that universal credit is going to help them in their lives,” she said.

Responding to MPs’ concerns that up to 1 million ill and disabled claimants are at risk of destitution and isolation when they are transferred on to universal credit over the next three years, Rudd said she wanted to ensure the most vulnerable were safely moved on to the system in a safe way.

“The priority for me is making sure we get it right … We have particular concerns about … the most vulnerable in society and some of them will take a long time to get on to universal credit in terms of engaging with them and getting the transfers done effectively. We will learn and see how long we need in order to ensure it is effective.


I would much rather every individual gets the personal attention and care getting on to universal credit than sticking to a prescribed timetable.”

She also promised to look at ways to minimise the risk of benefit payments – currently paid to one member of the household – being used by domestic abusers to exert power over their partner by seizing control of the family income.

Universal credit, which rolls six working-age benefits into one monthly payment, has proved politically toxic for the government in recent years as a result of policy and design flaws such as a five-week wait for an initial payment that have left thousands of claimants in debt, suffering from depression, and reliant on food banks.

Even the bleeding BBC is struck by UC’s baleful spell.

Universal credit: Is the government’s benefit system working?

The government’s overhaul of the welfare system to create one universal benefit has not had an easy roll out.

The aim was to create a smoother benefits system that encourages people to stay in work. But it’s years behind schedule, linked to a rise in food bank use and rent arrears, and critics claim it might make millions poorer.

It’s big, it’s confusing and it’s hard to know from the noise what the actual problems are.

Michael Buchanan, who’s spoken to universal credit claimants across the country, explains.

The Currant Bun continues its doomed attempt  (‘The Sun wants to Make Universal Credit Work’) to shake off the curses of millions of the poor, the unemployed, the halt and the lame.


Single mum on Universal Credit can’t afford to buy Christmas presents for her two children after being left with just £30 for five weeks

Suzanne Coates, 29, said she wishes she’s stayed on Job Seekers Allowance.

A SINGLE mum on Universal Credit said she can’t afford to buy Christmas gifts for her two kids after being left with just £30 for five weeks.

Suzanne Coates, 29, from Hull, said she’d been left with just £34 for herself and daughters Bethany, 11, and Gracie Mae, five, while her Universal Credit claim is processed.

Amber Rudd’s fate is , however, sealed,
Since then, at an uncertain hour,
That agony returns:
And till my ghastly tale is told,
This heart within me burns.


Ye jest.

But how many Ministers of Work and Pensions have already been struck down and disappeared from office?

Written by Andrew Coates

December 20, 2018 at 5:11 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    December 20, 2018 at 5:39 pm

  2. No mention of getting rid of sanctions anywhere though. That’s the biggest worry for those on Universal Credit. Also, no sign of making the job search requirements sane either, as it’s still 35 hours a week. It wouldn’t be so bad if the benefit level was the equivalent of a living wage, (at least £10 an hour) but as it stands, if there is any requirement at all, then it should fit in with that – and be no more than 7 hours a week, tops. Even better, change the rules of Universal Credit for those of JSA, a simple job of substitution, then we van be rid of IDS, and McVile’s regime completely. Whoever though up those rules needs to be seriously dealt with!


    December 21, 2018 at 1:02 am

  3. If we crash out of the EU prepare to much worse coming down the line than universal credit. Incidentally many more people now support STAYING in the EU than leaving the EU making a no-deal Brexit doubly undemocratic. Exiting the EU based on a snapshot of opinion taken two years ago when all the polls say that Britain’s better informed electorate now support remaining in the EU is tyrannical and undemocratic.


    If the nation really does crash out of the EU without a deal prepare yourselves for gridlock.

    Hammer on the Mountain

    December 21, 2018 at 12:23 pm

  4. MPs have headed home for the holidays – but what has been buried on the last day of term?



    December 21, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    • FIFE COUNCIL co-leader David Alexander has slammed Universal Credits as an “unmitigated disaster” after it was revealed council rent arrears totalling more than £1 million have been caused by the controversial system.

      “Universal Credit it is an unmitigated disaster,” he said. “When the Tories and Liberal Democrats introduced this, they said it was going to make life easier for everyone and encourage people into work.

      A DWP spokesperson said Universal Credit was a “force for good for many”, helping people get into work faster, stay in work longer and keep more of what they earn.


      December 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm

  5. I wish I was still on job seekers allowance, I live at home so I don’t get housing benefit, council benefit etc. I get PIP. a bit of a kick in the teeth being put on uc before Christmas.

    screw the rules


    December 21, 2018 at 1:23 pm

  6. Andrew Coates

    December 21, 2018 at 4:17 pm

  7. People scavenging in bins, 200,000 meals handed out by food bank and £1m debt for the council – this is what Universal Credit has done for Huddersfield

    Universal Credit should be dropped, say 15 Labour members of Kirklees Council



    December 21, 2018 at 7:24 pm

  8. ‘I’d rather be in prison’: What Christmas looks like for these Universal Credit claimants

    ‘The number of people coming to the food bank is up, and they’re coming for longer as well’

    the benefit is paid monthly in arrears, leaving applicants waiting up to five weeks for the first payment to hit their accounts.

    The delays cause some people get into debt, and then struggle to get back on top of things when the payments eventually start.

    Whitehall said the change would make benefit payments operate more like a salary, and encourage people back into work.

    “The only way I’ll get a Christmas dinner is if I go out and rob the stuff for it,” he says.

    “I’d rather be in prison some days than living like this.”



    December 24, 2018 at 2:57 am

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