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Pressure Grows and Grows for Changes to Universal Credit.

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Iain Duncan Smith: the Father of the Universal Credit Mess.

The labyrinth, or should that be maze?, of Universal Credit is leading to all kinds of difficulties, that is, for people who have to reply on it.

The Guardian carries this story,

Half of low-income families will lose thousands of pounds a year, warns new study
It continues,

Flagship welfare reforms will trigger a big increase in families unable to make ends meet, new analysis reveals.

The number of children living in families that have a monthly deficit will double in some areas, because of the combined impact of universal credit, a two-child limit on some welfare payments and the benefits cap.

The research, produced for the children’s commissioner, found that a quarter of children in its sample would be hit by the measures. Almost half of low-income households examined were affected, losing on average £3,441 a year.

Charities and researchers are already warning of rising child poverty. Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary, has been attempting to soften the government’s reforms, putting more money into universal credit, limiting the two-child policy and sanctioning fewer claimants.

Now this is a step forward, but the Sanctions regime is still there.

Suffering without money for a year is still there.

The ‘I’ also covers the Policy in Practice report,

There will be a huge increase in the number of families living in poverty because of reforms to the welfare system, it has been claimed.

The benefits cap, the impact of universal credit and the two-child limit on some welfare payments will see the number of children in poverty double, new analysis has found.

The research, carried out on behalf of the children’s commissioner, has found that half of low-income families will lose, on average, £3,441 a year.

Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has been making efforts to put more money into universal credit as well as ditch plans to extend benefits caps for families with more than two children.

Ms Rudd also announced in January this year that she would relax the two-child limit for families who had a third child before the policy came into effect on 6 April 2017.

But the Policy in Practice consultancy found that a quarter of children in its study were still in families who would be unable to make ends meet because of the effects of the welfare reforms.

This is relevant to everybody,

Transparency issues with Universal Credit are leaving claimants confused about how much money they should be receiving and one of the big problems with the system is the lengthy wait for the first payment for those claiming benefits.

Those finding themselves in that situation can apply for an advance payment – but they are forced to pay it back, starting from out of their first payment and they must pay it back within 12 months – a practice that, the study found, would plunge 1 in 10 low-income households into deficit.

It also found that while universal credit made 56 per cent of households better off by £172 a month, 40 per cent are worse off and lose £181 on average. But if the two-child limit was abolished, a fifth of low-pay households would be £366 a month better off on average.

This is from their report THE IMPACT OF WELFARE REFORM ON CHILD VULNERABILITY which can be read here.

Our analysis finds that:
● Universal Credit broadly benefits families with children, with 56% of households better off by £172 per month, though 40% are worse off and lose £181 per month on average
● The five week wait for the first UC payment would push 70% of families currently facing a cash surplus into cash shortfall, 73% of families with savings would see them completely exhausted at some point during those first five weeks
● The Universal Credit advance payment provides a short-term boost to cashflow but also increases the percentage of households who would face a cash shortfall from 11.6% under Universal Credit, to 18.9% once the advance payment is deducted from UC awards
● Under the two child limit (applied to all families) 32.1% of children living in a cash shortfall would find their families in surplus were the policy removed. The policy is placing 15.6% of children who are already facing a cash shortfall further at risk
● The Benefit Cap affects 2.9% of households, who lose £2,832 per annum on average

● The cumulative impact of welfare reforms are considerably greater than the impact of each reform in isolation, affecting 48% of households losing £3,441 per annum on average
● When the effects of Universal Credit, the two child limit and the Benefit Cap are combined, 25% of children in low income families would be unable to make ends meet, doubling the number from 13% if these reforms were not in place

Meanwhile Amber Rudd gives this advice:

 

Written by Andrew Coates

May 13, 2019 at 10:56 am

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  1. All:

    Any one heard of a company called FDLL? My roach was hassling me today about applying to them. They’ve started posting all over the country for Multi Drop Delivery/courier Drivers. I’ve never heard of them. And they don’t seem to have a website.

    Multi Drop Delivery/courier Driver
    https://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/FDLL/jobs/Multi-Drop-Delivery-Courier-Driver-af77100b27686660?sjdu=QwrRXKrqZ3CNX5W-O9jEvT0xrefoBnDZZDJZSwdf9IkeoN43QzBByY8yTWtPcR_PhCEg4Pw48UZE2aucKIpG1NgGnmTizcnljgbnipw3IJY&tk=1daoe7f1t1569000&adid=290626286&vjs=3

    Chatteris Lad

    May 13, 2019 at 11:13 am

    • Although it doesn’t say as much in the ad it smells very strongly of one of those nasty self-employment scams. I would try checking with companies house and if that doesn’t come up with anything report it to indeed as a fake job. Also look at https://www.safer-jobs.com/ -not perfect but does have someuseful pointers.

      Dan

      May 13, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      • UPDATE – they’re advertising all over Wales too, only in those ads they mention the phrase “last mile delivery contractor”. Best avoided IMO, they’ll want you to provide your own vehicle, find your own cover for sickness, holidays etc and only pay enough to cover your expenses at best. Notice the pay is “up to £xxx”… I’ve seen enough of these to be sure it’s a scam.

        Dan

        May 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    • Check them out on the Companies House website.

      https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house

      Jim

      May 13, 2019 at 3:04 pm

  2. […] via Pressure Grows and Grows for Changes to Universal Credit. […]

  3. Universal Credit is no credit to anyone, either the government that introduced it, or the poor devils that have to endure it. It is just deliberate social re-engineering, dressed up as a moral crusade against the idle working class.
    With a side order of so-called ‘cost savings’ that don’t even exist.

    Jeff Smith

    May 13, 2019 at 1:02 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    May 13, 2019 at 1:10 pm

  5. It’s weird why so little mention is made of people being forced by local authorities to pay 25% or more of their council tax bill out of benefits that have been cut, capped and frozen for over three years. You hardly ever hear this mentioned even though it robs needy people of hundreds of pound a year. When Thatcher brought in the poll tax benefits were increased by an “average expected amount” of poll tax to help people pay it while this time around not only weren’t benefits increased to help people pay but cut in real terms by about 8% over three years because of inflation. Why aren’t people talking about it?

    Jim

    May 13, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    • Welfare reform costing Fife £153 million

      THE impact of UK Government welfare reform and universal credit is having an “enormous impact” on nearly 50,000 households in Fife.

      Fife Council’s scrutiny committee heard that £153 million is being taken out of the local economy as a result.

      https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/17636581.welfare-reform-costing-fife-153-million/

      ken

      May 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    • Absolutely.

      If Labour paid more attention to issues like this, which affect lots of people, instead of playing with Universal Basic Income,we might make some headway.

      Council tax debts in England soar 40% in six years

      Charities say ‘huge issue’ of arrears is now as big a problem as credit card debts

      “In 2013, responsibility for supporting low-income households to pay council tax was given to local government, and funding for it was cut, though pensioners are still protected. Council tax arrears had fallen by 10% in the five years before that.

      According to recent research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, 90% of English councils have cut council tax support for those of working age. As a result, an extra 1.3 million working-age households are sent council tax bills and another 1.2 million have to pay more.

      Local authorities in England are allowed to raise their council tax by up to 2.99% without holding a referendum, plus a further 2% if they provide social care. Research by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy found 80% of local authorities were imposing the maximum increase permitted this year. Increases vary substantially between regions, ranging from an average of £71 in London to £86 in the north-east.

      Regulation 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 allows magistrates to commit someone with council tax debt to prison. Individuals can be jailed for up to three months and, as it is a civil offence, they do not get a criminal record. While the prison term does not clear the debt, once someone has been imprisoned, the council cannot use further enforcement measures.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/apr/12/council-tax-debts-soar-in-six-years-charities-warning-arrears

      Andrew Coates

      May 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm

  6. A claim for universal credit by telephone ” if the claim falls within a class of case”
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a_claim_for_universal_credit_by#incoming-1364312

    Universal Credit helpline
    Contact the Universal Credit helpline if:
     you cannot use digital services at all, this might be due to disability or your circumstances
     you have a question about your claim and can’t access your online claim

    superted

    May 13, 2019 at 8:19 pm

  7. superted

    May 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm

  8. Universal Basic Income: The single payment that could replace Universal Credit

    Under the new benefits system, everyone in the UK would receive a monthly untaxed payment to support their life choices

    A Labour MP has pledged to scrap Universal Credit and replace it with a new one-for-all payments system, if his party regains power.

    Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said Labour will introduce a ‘Universal Basic Income’ system if it wins the next election.

    It would mean an end to fit-for-work tests, an end to assessment periods, an end to means testing and more – benefit sanctions would become impossible.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/universal-basic-income-single-payment-15656490

    ken

    May 14, 2019 at 11:26 am

    • Trouble is the pittance they are talking about giving everybody is not enough to live on if it’s all you get.

      Jim

      May 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      • Housing Benefit to start with, then (below) Council Tax, then people with extra needs, like the disabled, then, prescription/dental charges, how will it adapt to inflation, there’s a hell of lot of things it does not deal with.

        I refuse to believe in it, and I cannot see it being something given away just like that without some complicated application process, establishing citizenship and the rest.

        Andrew Coates

        May 14, 2019 at 1:25 pm

  9. superted

    May 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm

  10. DWP: Number of people on Universal Credit hits 2million for the first time

    200,000 people joined the six-in-one benefit last month alone despite transition payments not being in place yet

    The number of people on Universal Credit has hit 2million for the first time, the government revealed today.

    A soaring number of struggling families have joined the new system despite a pledge to stop existing benefit claimants moving over before next summer.

    But others are existing benefit claimants, who’ve been forced to switch to UC with no transition payments after their circumstances changed.

    Those changes can be as small as a child turning five years old, or moving a few hundred yards down the street.

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-number-people-universal-credit-15782023

    ken

    May 15, 2019 at 5:14 am

  11. Caxton House cover-up: DWP hid benefit deaths papers from WCA review team

    DNS – 9th May 2019

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has admitted failing to send its own independent reviewer documents that ministers knew would have linked their fitness for work test with the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.

    Following intervention from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), DWP has finally admitted that two letters written by coroners, and a series of secret “peer reviews” into the deaths of claimants, were hidden from the team set up to review the work capability assessment (WCA).

    It is the strongest evidence yet of the need for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to the government’s social security reforms, and for any evidence of criminal misconduct in public office by ministers and senior civil servants to be passed to the police.

    The need for an inquiry and for evidence of misconduct to be handed to police are two of the key demands from the Justice for Jodey Whiting parliamentary petition.

    Read More:
    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/caxton-house-cover-up-dwp-hid-benefit-deaths-papers-from-wca-review-team/

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 15, 2019 at 8:39 am

  12. The Specials – Vote For Me [2019]

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    May 15, 2019 at 8:42 am

  13. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/work_and_health_programme_partic_2#incoming-1366063

    Work and Health Programme: Participants “must” sign action planning evidence or give reason(s) for not doing so?

    In answer to question one A participant cannot be compelled to sign an ESF1420 form the emphasis is on the provider to complete the ESF1420 form within five working days, not that the form must be signed by the participant.

    In answer to question two As above, there is no specific legislation that requires a Work and Health Programme (WHP) participant to signthe ESF 1420 form. A compliance doubt would not be raised for a participant who refuses to sign a ESF 1420form.

    In answer to question three A participant would not be referred for a compliance doubt for refusing to sign an Action Plan.As with the Work and Health programme, Action Plans are agreed between the provider and the individual to ensure that they are given appropriate support whilst participating on the programme.

    As above, itis important to note that whilst action will not be taken against a participant if they refuse to sign any documentation, a failure to adhere to any mandated actions set out in the participant’s Action Plan may still lead to a compliance doubt referral being raised

    jj joop

    May 15, 2019 at 12:20 pm

  14. Andrew Coates

    May 15, 2019 at 12:49 pm

  15. Here comes the bullshit.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/14/universal-credit-department-work-pensions-pr

    The DWP adopt confidence trickery to try to fool the public into believing that Universal Credit is great.

    The fake news mill grinds on.

    Jim

    May 15, 2019 at 1:45 pm

  16. And where is Labour and Comrade Corbyn on any of this ? What is the point of having an Opposition Party if they don’t oppose anything ?

    Terry F.

    May 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm

  17. Plain strips of toasted oatmeal, baked in a tangy chlorine sauce. 6 Chlorine Slices

    Mr.Kipling

    May 15, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    • Is that the imported Trump Klorinated Kookies that we’ll all have to eat instead of our daily Croissant or Pain au chocolat?

      Andrew Coates

      May 15, 2019 at 3:53 pm

      • Pleased to see Fox is doing his bit to promote veganism and help curb climate change as a side effect.

        Ro

        May 15, 2019 at 5:53 pm

      • Indeed they are, and can I say that I make exceedingly good cakes.

        Mr.Kipling

        May 15, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    • And if the poor would eat cake instead of demanding bread there would be no need for food banks.

      Marie Antoinette

      May 16, 2019 at 7:18 am

  18. Andrew Coates

    May 15, 2019 at 4:36 pm

  19. What ve haf with der DWP is what ve call in German, Inhärentes Trotz-Syndrom, or Inherent Spite Syndrome as you English have it. Or ITS as ve call it in ze world of psychology. Here ze ego feels a strong need for domination of ze individual concerned. Indeed of many different individuals. But along with this ve haf a paranoia zat others are plotting against them. From zis comes a drive so profound,to strike first in order to be sure of vinning.
    To make mischief and petty acts zat even up the score as ve say. All ze while looking suspiciously at the world in general.

    Dr. R. Heinkel

    May 15, 2019 at 8:39 pm

  20. It is a propaganda campaign North Korea would be proud of.

    The extream right took a grip on vulnerable people embarked on a campaign against them leading to a the political setup today.This when these cuts highlighted an underlying cause the system wasn’t working.

    Proper employment is the only answer not involving state support while in work.It takes some doing to maintain several jobs’ not to mention associated costs if someone managed it and not everyone would be capable of doing that.

    ken

    May 15, 2019 at 10:27 pm

  21. Years ago I saw such a patient in my clinic in Kaiserhoffen. The man was bald, and this perceived imperfection had affected him. Causing a disorder in the super-ego, as is so often the case with Inhärentes Trotz-Syndrom.
    I remember we once had a group meeting. He spoke about how people were behaving badly, wrongly in his view.
    That he had a dream, in which he had been chosen to correct this, and show them the true way to behave.
    Here we see the beginnings of monomania. The fixed belief that will define future action.
    The man had grand ideas for a world-wide system where governments could make people behave correctly.
    By taking complete control of their income down to the smallest degree. And forcing them to write a sort of diary on a computer system each day. To prove that they were being good citizens.
    If I remember correctly he called it Universal Compulsion. Of course they laughed at him in the group.
    For who would spend hundreds of millions of pounds setting up such a system ?
    And even more ridiculous, who would agree to this in the first place ?
    When his idea was rejected, it caused a reactive confusion in the psyche, and he became angry.
    Shouting that he was going to sanction them all.
    In the end I could do little for him, the condition was too advanced.
    He left the clinic, and I often wonder what became of him and his strange ideas.

    Professor Karl Vondermann

    May 16, 2019 at 10:21 am


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