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Universal Credit, 50% of Claimants Face Deductions from their Benefits.

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Amber Rudd Faces 50% of UC Claimants Misery.

On the things that ‘Think Tanks’ like Bright Blue seem unable, er, to think about, is the way Universal Credit has led to many people having deductions taken from their benefits.

Plain as the wart on their noses – causes being, amongst others, the long wait for money, and the problems with paying rent, and utility bills, the scale of this practice, as well as the immediate causes, astonishes even this Site.

The story is all over the media today so even the Rotters Club and the ERG might deign to notice it.

Over half of Universal Credit claimants have money deducted from payments, new figures show


Deductions made when claimants have outstanding debts with their utility companies or landlord

More than half of Universal Credit claimants have money deducted from benefit payments

Chronicle Live.

Deductions are automatically taken from benefits when a claimant has a debt to pay, but an MP argues they’re cruel and force a reliance on foodbanks.

More than 50% of Universal Credit claimants have their benefits deducted – which an MP says is the ‘main supply route to food banks’.

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) figures released yesterday reveal 53% of Universal Credit claimants had some cash taken out of their payments in October 2018.

Deductions – which differ from sanctions – are made when claimants owe money to utility companies or landlords. The automatic deductions are used to pay the outstanding debts.

But MP Frank Field, the chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee who requested the figures, says the deductions leave families unable to afford essentials and are “a main supply route to foodbanks “. He has called on energy companies to write-off debts for customers who genuinely cannot afford to pay.

The figures show that 532,000 Universal Credit claimants had some of their payments deducted in October 2018.

Six thousand claimants had reductions of 40% of their allowance or more, while 129,000 claimants had deductions of between 31 and 40%.

October’s statistics show a sharp rise in deductions compared to figures obtained by FOI in August 2018 by The Guardian newspaper, which showed one-third of claimants at that time saw money deducted from their payments.

In May 2017, just one in 10 claimants had their payments deducted, the figures said.

Here is the actual reply: Department for Work and Pensions.

Asked by Frank Field (Birkenhead)
Asked on: 07 February 2019
Department for Work and Pensions
Universal Credit
Answered by: Alok Sharma
Answered on: 20 March 2019
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of universal credit claims had a deduction applied in the most recent month for which data is available.

The Government recognises the importance of safeguarding the welfare of claimants who have incurred debt. Under Universal Credit there is a co-ordinated approach to deductions from benefit, which simplifies the current complex arrangements.

The aim of the deductions policy in Universal Credit is to protect vulnerable claimants from eviction and/or having their gas, electricity and water cut off, by providing a last resort repayment method for arrears of these essential services.

Work has been done to increase awareness of advances and access to them for claimants, and to support this, new guidance has been issued to staff.

This guidance makes it clear that claimants should be made aware of advances, made aware of their maximum entitlement and informed that their entitlement will be adjusted over the relevant recovery period to take this into account. This increased awareness has resulted in around 60% of eligible new claims to Universal Credit receiving an advance in October 2018, providing further financial support until their first payment.

Of all eligible claims* to Universal Credit Full Service due a payment in October 2018, 53% (532,000 claims) had a deduction to their standard allowance.

Of these 532,000 claims with a deduction:

a) 53% (284,000 claims) had deductions up to 20% of the Standard Allowance (28% of all eligible claims).

b) 21% (113,000 claims) had deductions between 21% and 30% of the Standard Allowance (11% of all eligible claims).

c) 24% (129,000 claims) had deductions between 31% and 40% of their Standard Allowance (13% of all eligible claims).

d) 1% (6,000 claims) had deductions above 40% of their Standard Allowance (0.6% of all eligible claims).


*Eligible claimants are claimants that have satisfied all the requirements of claiming Universal Credit; they have provided the necessary evidence, signed their claimant commitment and are eligible and have recieved their first payment.

These figures do not include sanctions or fraud penalties which are reductions of benefit rather than deductions.

Claim numbers may not match official statistics caseloads due to small methodological differences.

Claim numbers are rounded to the nearest 1,000.

Amber has other things on her mind:

Written by Andrew Coates

March 21, 2019 at 11:32 am

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


    March 21, 2019 at 11:40 am

  2. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    March 21, 2019 at 11:49 am

  3. These Universal Credit deductions are just another deliberate DWP tactic aimed at the unemployed. Extra pressure on the claimant to get off benefits, and out of this dreadful situation. And get a job.

    Jeff Smith

    March 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    • Yes, a job that doesn’t pay them enough so that they are still in poverty, debt and facing malnutrition and homelessness – and that’s if they’re lucky enough to get a full-time job that pays the National Living Wage that can’t be lived on.


      March 21, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    • @Jeff

      It’s far more sneaky than the DWP specifically targeting the unemployed as most claimants currently on UC are actually in work ranging from f/t to p/t work. UC doesn’t just cover JSA it also covers old style housing benefit and tax credits too. So if you’re in full-time employment on NMW that doesn’t cover your rent properly then that means claiming UC nowadays for most people.
      And woe betide you if you work 30 hours a week or less under UC as you’ll also be under the sanctions regeime too unless your boss increases your wages or hours or you get a second job. Considering that it’s difficult enough to get a first job – whatever those doctored employment figures say – just where are all these second jobs going to come from?

      My hope is that as more and more people in jobs are migrated over to UC they’ll be seriously pissed off and create one merry stink about. But most workers in England are usually so passive about being treated like shit there probably won’t be so much as a peep about it; especially with the right-wing controlled MSM we have in this country.


      March 23, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      • @Sandy

        Very true, it also includes the zero-hours and part-time workers on Universal Credit. But the whole basis of these deductions, and the way they are taken back at 40% of a very small income. is a quite deliberate design feature. The Tories, since Iain Duncan Smith and the whole ‘welfare revolution’ of 2012, started from the basis of making the claim for unemployment benefits less attractive. And pushing claimants into what is effectively working poverty instead. Using the DWP version of the parliamentary three-line whip. Cash payment reduction, stricter conditions placed on claimants, and enforcement of these two by a truly draconian sanction system.
        In the end it is all about souring the milk for the claimant. When benefits are this bad, even the worst of work can seem preferable.

        Jeff Smith

        March 23, 2019 at 3:26 pm

      • The racist right-winger(s) are out in force again and talking to themselves again because nobody else wants to listen. If these disturbed and deluded persons all took a generous dose of laxatives they would probably post more sensibly and appropriately because they would be less full of sh*t.


        March 23, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      • These Tory Chat Bots getting off topic.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 23, 2019 at 7:16 pm

      • @ Islington latte lovers – There was a MILLION people marching on Downing Street today demanding a second referendum. The most a universal credit protest can muster up is a couple of bodies stood at a stall on Canal Street handing out leaflets. What does that tell you? The truth is that unless you personally or your family are affected by universal credit nobody gives a shit!

        Ipswich Latte Lover

        March 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm

      • I didn’t know Tory Chat Bots had emotions just policies.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 23, 2019 at 8:40 pm

      • State Sponsored Murders on Tory Chat Bots. Backfired to Tory HQ.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 23, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      • @ Steve-O What is your point caller? What is your counter-argument to the points made by the other callers? Or are you just here to shout slogans? Are you still there, Steve-O? Oops, it appears Steve-O has hung up. Never mind, swiftly moving on… Andrew from Ipswich, you’re on…

        Shock Jock

        March 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      • Immigration is in the hands of the UK not Europe. Having no bog rolls in schools is not to do with Europe, these are to do with the MP’s & politics that are UK issues. Europe with ATOS the French company runs the Civil Services IT systems & the DWP. Stop blaming others when you should be blaming the Tories. But of course Tory Chat Bots will not blame the Tories. Don’t forget New Labour was Tory. So Europe runs Britain in private companies contracted by the UK government like G4S, Serco, ATOS, Capita & the USA with Maximus & Concentrix.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 24, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      • Ipswich Latte Love

        And hence the very slow ‘migration; to universal credit as claimants are picked off one by one, each fighting their private battle with the DWP but never any force of numbers for anyone to really notice or care. The DWP sure ain’t daft!

        Safety in Numbers

        March 24, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      • I see all the Tory Chat Bots have been recalled just like Brexit. Can anyone in the Tory Party provide bog rolls in schools !! Seems not. How about the Tory Party getting rid of all their White Papers & give them to the schools as bog rolls.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        March 25, 2019 at 10:33 am

      • And even having a second job, you could run into problems, if both companies want to you work extra hours at the same time, you could lose one job.


        March 25, 2019 at 9:43 pm

  4. Bye bye Sarah Newton the Disabled Minister. Bye bye Amber Useless Rudd the DWP Minister. Bye bye Theresa May. The UK Bill Of Rights is not going to happen. So we are still in the UN Human Rights Act which is what Brexit is about covering up the UK’s State Sponsored Murders aka Genocide on its people for profit & targets. Political suicide of welfare reform Political suicide over Brexit yet Corporate Manslaughter can’t help you. Theresa May you have to kill off every MP to get Brexit like killing off every disabled person to get your wish of a real dictatorship. High risk gambles with suicide at its foundation. Once the Tories are out they are in front of the UN for Human Rights Breeches against the UK people from UC sanctions to no bog rolls in schools. No Brexit no Welfare Reforms aka Suicide. Bully For You. Theresa May stop being a TERRORIST to HUMAN RIGHTS.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm

  5. The DWP want to make tits out of us all.


    March 22, 2019 at 4:41 pm

  6. Social status quiz for civil service job applicants

    It never fails to spark a debate in the pub – but now people applying for civil service jobs are being asked it too.

    Government bosses want to know how working class their staff think they are – when compared with most people.

    The answers will not be used to decide who gets a job – but to help recruit a more diverse workforce.

    The question will be: “Compared to people in general, would you describe yourself as coming from a lower socio-economic background?”

    The options are: Yes, No, Don’t Know and Prefer Not To Say.

    Applicants will also be asked whether they were entitled to free school meals, the type of school they went to and their parents’ occupations and qualifications.

    The government has drawn up the questionnaire with leading employers, including telecom giant Telefonica O2 and accountants Ernst and Young.

    Some employers said they did not want to ask staff and job applicants to rate their own socio-economic background because it would be too subjective, according to the consultation document.

    But the civil service said that particular question had proved popular with its staff and managers – so they would continue to ask it.

    James Turner, chief executive of social mobility charity The Sutton Trust, said asking about socio-economic background “in isolation” would have limited value.

    “Anecdotally, when you ask working class people about their social status, they inflate it. There is a tendency to try and sound posher than they are.

    “The opposite is true for people from affluent homes.”

    But he argued that taken together with the other questions on family background and schooling, it could help make the civil service more diverse.

    A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: “We are determined to become the UK’s most inclusive employer.

    “To monitor progress against that aim, we need to build a picture of our workforce, and one part of that is socio-economic background.

    “We want the brightest and best working in the Civil Service and our whole approach is to level the playing field and make sure opportunities are open to everyone, regardless of their background.”

    The initiative was also backed by the civil service union The First Division Association.

    Social status quiz for civil service job applicants

    BBC News

    March 22, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    • Telefonica O2 have been doing this for ages – asking about free school meal, what your folks did, where you went to school and all sorts of none-of-their-fucking-business shite.


      March 22, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    • ..

      Enemy of the State

      March 22, 2019 at 8:41 pm

  7. superted

    March 23, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    • This is very widespread Superted.It is very damaging behaviour especially when it occurs locally and can have severe consequences for the person at the receiving end.It can also snowball out of control involving a number of people.

      They simply see the person as an object the effects’ of what the person deals with in their lives is ignored,they are not there when they are dismissed from employment the problems they have in work and not least the problems finding work.It can also affect how they are perceived by others also.


      March 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm

  8. Why all the racist UKIP shite about Brexit and “foreigners” and such like on a thread about universal credit?


    March 23, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    • Tory Chat Bots out in force !!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 23, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      • Just gunning ’em down!

        Andrew Coates

        March 25, 2019 at 11:06 am

  9. DWP’s latest confession on safety: ‘We keep no record of complaints linked to deaths’

    Disability News Service – 21st March 2019

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is facing fresh allegations of negligence – potentially criminal – after admitting that it keeps no records of how many of the complaints it receives involve the death of a claimant of disability benefits.

    The admission came in response to a freedom of information request from Disability News Service (DNS), which arrived just 24 hours before the launch of a new parliamentary petition* calling for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings.

    It adds to mounting evidence that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose and will fuel calls for urgent changes to its policies and administration of benefits to ensure it makes the safety of all claimants a priority, as demanded by the petition.

    DNS had asked in the freedom of information request how many of the complaints submitted to the Independent Case Examiner (ICE) about DWP involved a claimant of a disability-related benefit who had died before that complaint was submitted.

    The request followed an ICE report into the death of Jodey Whiting, who had a long history of mental distress and took her own life 15 days after her disability benefits were stopped for missing a work capability assessment when she was seriously ill.

    Read More:

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 23, 2019 at 7:09 pm

  10. Still no replacement for Newton, seven days after resignation

    DNS – 21st March 2019

    The government has given no indication of when – or even if – it intends to appoint a replacement for the minister for disabled people, Sarah Newton, who resigned last week over Brexit.

    Nearly a week after Newton’s resignation, no replacement has been announced.

    A spokesperson for Number 10 said yesterday (Wednesday): “As soon as there is one, we would announce it in the usual way.

    “I haven’t got any guidance on when that appointment will be.”

    As the appointment of a new minister will be a political decision, he suggested that Disability News Service (DNS) contact the prime minister’s press secretary, Paul Harrison, but he had not responded by noon today (Thursday).

    Newton (pictured) was the seventh Conservative minister for disabled people since the 2010 general election, following Maria Miller, Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper, Justin Tomlinson and Penny Mordaunt.

    Read More:

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 23, 2019 at 7:13 pm

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