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Universal Credit: Cuts, Debts, and “Secret Penalties.”

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Ipswich Unemployed Review of the Papers’ UC News.

You’d have thought that the visit of his Most High, Mighty, and Illustrious Donald John Trump would have driven Universal Credit off the newspaper pages.

Apparently not.

This is our ‘Review of the Papers’, better than the Sky News Press Preview, and even more without Sky’s stalwart, Claire Fox, since the leading cadre of the Revolutionary Communist Party, then Spiked, is now a Brexit Party MEP with Trump’s best mate, Nigel Farage.

This caught our panelists’ eyes:

Secrets of Universal Credit system revealed in ‘debt guide’

Bristol Live.

There’s a secret DWP priority list.

Sanctions imposed as a punishment for breaking conditions of a claim are clawed back first, then advances that have been paid to tide over claimants in the five-week wait for the first payment.

Here is the list in full:

1. Fraud Sanctions

2. Conditionality Sanctions

3. UC Advance of benefit (New claim or Change of Circumstances)

4. UC Advance of benefit (Benefit Transfer)

5. Budgeting Advance

6. Owner-occupier service charges arrears

7. Rent, including service charges, arrears (minimum deduction rate 10%)

8. Fuel arrears (Gas and/or Electricity)

9. Council Tax or Community Charge arrears

10. Fines or Compensation Orders (minimum deduction rate 5%)

11. Water charges arrears

12. Old Scheme Child Maintenance

13. Flat Rate Maintenance

14. Social Fund loans

15. Recoverable Hardship Payments

16. Housing Benefit and DWP Administrative Penalties

17. Housing Benefit, Tax Credit and DWP Fraud overpayments

18. Housing Benefit and DWP Civil Penalties

19. Housing Benefit, Tax Credit and DWP normal overpayments

20. Integration loan arrears

21. Eligible loan arrears

22. Rent, including service charges arrears (maximum deduction rate of up to a maximum 20 per cent, inclusive of the minimum 10% applied above)

23. Fines or Compensation Orders (maximum deduction rate of up to £108.35, inclusive of the 5 per cent applied above)

How many claimants are hit?

More than half of Universal Credit claimants have had their payments cut, figures have shown.

It was revealed earlier that 532,000  Universal Credit  claimants had some of their payments deducted in October 2018.

A total of 6,000 claimants had reductions of 40 per cent of their allowance or more, while 129,000 claimants had deductions of between 31 and 40 per cent.

Our panelists though this one was also a bleeding liberty:

 

And this.

And this, which only goes to show what diamond geezers the DWP are really, looking out for us and all.

 

The Currant Bun has not arrived to our Press Show, busy spaffing about Trump and Boris Johnson we hear,  but this other far-right daily raised a chuckle.

Written by Andrew Coates

June 1, 2019 at 3:32 pm

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  1. They have been quietly using these ‘extra deductions’ for some time.
    As extra pressure on the claimants, to get off Universal Credit and into work.
    Even if that work is low-paid, insecure poverty.
    Be nice to see Mr.Corbyn going on the attack against some of this. Or even any of this.

    Jeff Smith

    June 1, 2019 at 3:41 pm

  2. What about the list of DWP Compensation Payments ?

    1.For starving while trying to claim Universal Credit
    2.For sex-work undertaken to pay the rent
    3.For court appearances and legal fees for survival crime
    4.For being made homeless due to rent arrears
    5.For being made to undertake cruel WCA assessments
    6.For falling into the hands of vicious loan-sharks
    7.Hospital treatment ( see 6 )
    8.For being followed about by official DWP snooping squad
    9.For having to watch another Tory Work & Pensions secretary on TV
    10.For having to listen ( see 9 ) to this on the radio
    11.For having erectile problems caused by signing-on stress
    12.For significant nausea caused by DWP propaganda

    Fred Hartley

    June 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    • I know one thing, the missus says if Mr.Floppy turns up again, she won’t be letting me sign-on.

      Careful Claimant

      June 3, 2019 at 12:04 pm

  3. The whole Universal Credit system can only work using sanctions, that is the whole of the Welfare Reform using Universal Credit as a tool & hiding behind corporate companies to carry out the Universal Credit Sanctions Targets as a profit making system using the Merlin Tick Box System to get everyone on Universal Credit to go on the sanctions list. All DWP & Job Centre staff are also on Universal Credit & are threatened with sanctions if they do not reach their sanction targets.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 1, 2019 at 4:26 pm

  4. Huge food voucher increase as Universal Credit is rolled out

    Council officers say it is “in line with the national trend”

    The number of food vouchers given out by council welfare teams across Lincoln and North Kesteven has risen by 65 per cent in the last year.
    The council believe that the blame lies at the door of the Universal Credit Roll out which has had an “obvious impact”.

    https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/lincoln-news/huge-food-voucher-increase-universal-2921360

    People are just caught I a spiral of debt with no way out. Survival kicks in.I don’t know about anyone else but the times I’ve been approached for money in the street recently has been almost daily. The country is becoming a very unpleasant place at a fast pace.

    ken

    June 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm

  5. It’s rather telling that Conditionality Sanctions are second only to Fraud Sanctions, i.e., being sanctioned for being a few minutes late for and appointment is considered only slightly less bad than claiming benefits using a false identity. So much of this shite is actually the fault of welfare dilettante Lord David Freud, who seems to have been forgotten as the author of much of this misery, e.g., bedroom tax, sanctions regime and ridiculous and meaningless 35 hour work search requirement. Shouldn’t this evil old shitbag be dug up, raised from his coffin, and made answerable for the terrible things he did while Minister for Welfare Reform under David Cameron?

    Jim

    June 1, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    • but buy law you are only required to take 2 steps per week to find employment the dwp are full of shite 28 times they have tried sanction doubts over my claim and sure as hell it is not to help me back in to work more like make me homeless and penniless.

      superted

      June 1, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      • Trouble is superted the DWP try to say that ‘one step’ is making enough job applications. And that might be 10 applications a week in their view. Thats what they do down my way.

        Alan Turner

        June 1, 2019 at 8:22 pm

      • the dwp view is not the law and when they tried to enforce the 35hr job search the dwp lost at upper tribunal seems they just make up there own rules and hope to get away with it as most wont bother and give up.

        since my tribunal win i have not been on anyone’s case load so have no work coach and just sign on and go they dont wanna play with me anymore pmsl.

        superted

        June 1, 2019 at 8:33 pm

      • The ‘two steps’ rule applies to JSA only. It’s Universal Credit that has the 35 hour rule.

        sibrydionmawr

        June 2, 2019 at 2:30 am

      • nah mate step 1 walk to shop pmsl step 2 buy newspaper step 3 a really big step pmsl walk home with newspaper open it and look for jobs pmsl

        superted's rotten teef

        June 2, 2019 at 9:59 am

      • nah mate step 1 walk to shop pmsl step 2 buy newspaper step 3 a really big step pmsl walk home with newspaper step 4 open it and wank off to page 3 pmsl

        the real superted's rotten teef

        June 2, 2019 at 10:03 am

      • Have the Tories not learnt anything about sending out their Tory Chat Bots that are mal-functioning within 5 minutes promoting Tory Genocide like some terrorist Tory at Tory HQ that now need to recall all their Tory Chat Bots. Keywords are now making the Tory Chat attack the Tories. Reality seems to have won through.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 2, 2019 at 11:40 am

      • One small step for [a]* man, one giant step for a jobseeker.

        — Neil Armstrong (Apollo 11 astronaut, stepping on to the surface of the Moon, July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. )

        *he fluffed his line!!

        Neil Armsrong

        June 2, 2019 at 1:04 pm

      • “One small step for a normal human being, one giant step for superted 😀 😀 ”

        — Neil Armstrong (Apollo 11 astronaut, stepping on to the surface of the Moon, July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. )

        Nellie Armstrong

        June 2, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      • “One small step for anyone else, one giant step for superted 😀 ”

        — superted (‘Jobseeker’ stepping into a Jobcentre)

        superted's rotten teef

        June 2, 2019 at 1:13 pm

      • I haven’t had an interview either.Fellow signers I have spoken to say its driving licences car ownership are a problem.The type of need for the supposed multi-mini jobs if anyone could conjure that one up.Simply implying that “their not going to get anyone else to do it” holds no ground to todays demands.

        ken

        June 4, 2019 at 7:06 pm

      • It’s a veritable Catch 22, ken. To have any reasonable prospect to flit between ‘mini-jobs’ a car is an essential. Being stood at a barren bus-stop for hours on end for a bus that never turns is doesn’t cut the mustard. You also need a driving licence, something that hardly any signers possess. Unemployment benefits by design aren’t enough to run a car. So by being on the dole you are out the game before it has even started.

        Josephine Heller

        June 5, 2019 at 7:14 am

  6. British Austerity

    One Family’s Struggle to Escape Poverty in the UK

    Although the United Kingdom is the fifth-richest country in the world, 14 million people in the country live below the poverty line.

    Since 2008, the number of food banks has soared from 29 to 2,000. Hundreds of thousands of people use them. Because of widespread malnutrition, children have trouble focusing in school. Parents are more likely to get sick. The old are dying earlier.

    The welfare state was established to give people a helping hand when they stumble, a safety net to keep them from falling too hard and shattering their lives. This net, which was woven by European governments after World War II, is considered one of the reasons for decades of stability across Europe.

    the collapse of the British pound following the withdrawal referendum has already increased the cost of living for poor people by 400 pounds a year.

    https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/poverty-in-nottingham-the-uk-s-worsening-problem-a-1269597.html

    ken

    June 1, 2019 at 10:08 pm

  7. @Alan T.

    Yeah Alan, I’ve seen that at our Jokeshop. The roaches make out that it’s two steps you have to do. One step is getting enough jobs. So thats maybe 6 or 10 or whatever. Then they make the second step doing whats on your claimant commitment. So all the rest of the stuff like visiting agencies, making phone calls etc.And the roaches hate it if you come the lawyer with them like this.

    Gary Dennett

    June 2, 2019 at 11:31 am

  8. @sibrydionmawr – Why join the PCS ?

    David Sutton

    June 2, 2019 at 11:41 am

  9. Free Food Vouchers Not Reaching Poor Families, Coalition Of Charities Warn

    No money spent promoting Healthy Start scheme amid “fighting over Brexit”, Trussell Trust and others tell government in angry letter.

    the government has spent £1.5bn preparing for a no-deal Brexit – something which MPs have repeatedly rejected

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/exclusive-coalition-of-charities-warn-free-food-scheme-failing-low-income-families_uk_5cf1308be4b0e8085e38b490?

    ken

    June 2, 2019 at 12:34 pm

  10. The NHS is picking up the pieces as social safety nets fail.

    ken

    June 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm

  11. It’s rubbish though as superted’s rotten teef said a step is like fetching the newspaper, a step is looking for jobs, and a step is applying for a job. So it you fetch a newspaper every day of the week you have taken seven steps a week!

    Steph

    June 2, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    • “One small step for [a]* man, one giant step for a jobseeker.”

      — Neil Armstrong (Apollo 11 astronaut, stepping on to the surface of the Moon, July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. )

      *he fluffed his line!

      Neil Armstrong

      June 2, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    • “One small step for a normal human being, one giant step for superted 😀 ”

      — Neil Armstrong (Apollo 11 astronaut, stepping on to the surface of the Moon, July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. )

      Nellie Armstong

      June 2, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    • “One small step for anyone else, one giant step for superted 😀 😀 ”

      — superted (‘Jobseeker’ stepping into a Jobcentre)

      superted's rotten teef

      June 2, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      • This is very wrong. I’m sure superted is making every effort to find work. Just like most unemployed claimants in fact.

        Righteous Richard

        June 2, 2019 at 3:11 pm

      • i apply for at least 30 jobs a week and can prove it 😉
        DSC_0003

        superted

        June 2, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    • Calls for task group over children’s poverty fail

      Data published by End Child Poverty in May revealed that Suffolk had 50,000 children living in poverty.

      Coupled with the recent report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights by Professor Philip Alston, which was critical of the government’s stance on the issue,

      “Who could have imagined that in the 21st Century there are families relying on food banks, having to decide between food and warmth.

      “Suffolk County Council and the government have a responsibility to do all they can to eliminate poverty as a major priority.”

      https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-county-council-rejects-motion-over-child-poverty-1-6085028

      This could be anywhere.

      ken

      June 4, 2019 at 4:03 pm

  12. The Tories are getting nervous.

    Have the Tories not learnt anything about sending out their Tory Chat Bots that are mal-functioning within 5 minutes promoting Tory Genocide like some terrorist Tory at Tory HQ that now need to recall all their Tory Chat Bots. Keywords are now making the Tory Chat attack the Tories. Reality seems to have won through.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 2, 2019 at 1:30 pm

  13. This is a very informative Upper Tribunal decision concerning a claimant who won her UC appeal. She was sanctioned for two weeks because she was deemed not to have spent 35 hours each week looking for work:

    http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/AAC/

    Judge Wikeley writes:

    ‘As the present case may provide useful guidance for other cases, I am therefore giving full reasons for my decision.’

    The Appellant’s Claimant Commitment included this statement:

    ‘I’ll do everything I can to get paid work, and will receive Universal Credit payments to support me in this. I’ll do all the things my Work Programme provider tells me I must do, as well as the things set out in this Claimant Commitment.’

    A requirement referred to by the Judge as ‘positively Stakhanovite’.

    The First-tier Tribunal’s reason for upholding the sanction:

    ‘In this case [the Appellant’s] own evidence indicates firstly that she did not carry out work search activity in accordance with her claimant commitment and secondly that she has failed to provide evidence of what activity she did undertake other than reference to the Jobmatch account. Subsequently she has failed to give any good reason why her work search commitment for the relevant periods fells below that agreed in her claimant commitment.’

    This was found to be flawed. The Secretary of State must take into account the circumstances when a work search requirement must not be imposed on a claimant:

    ‘the appeal succeeds because of the First-tier Tribunal’s failure to apply regulation 95 and to make sufficient findings of fact about the reasons for the Appellant not engaging in her usual level of jobsearch activity.’

    On a wider issue of note, Judge Wikeley writes:

    ‘especially with the increased severity of the UC sanctions regime, as compared with the previous arrangements, tribunals need to scrutinise sanctions decisions with considerable care.’

    superted

    June 2, 2019 at 2:19 pm

  14. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/315834/response/778656/attach/html/3/512%20UCKM%20Work%20search%20and%20CC.pdf.html

    Hours of work search (work-related activity)
    It is important that claimants are clear on work search expectations and that the WC
    knows the level of activity claimants should be meeting. Claimants in the AWRR
    Intensive regime are broadly expected to spend the same amount of time looking and
    preparing for work as they are expected to be in work.
    A claimant’s ‘expected hours’ of work search is not something that is intended to drive
    the claimant to meet an artificial hours target. The aim – and the focus of engagement
    with claimants – should be on getting them to do everything reasonable to find work as
    quickly as possible.
    The WC needs to work with the claimant to establish a clear plan of action that if
    followed means the claimant will have done everything reasonable and will have met
    their work search requirement.
    Claimants in the AWRR Intensive regime are expected to spend a minimum of 35 hours
    a week engaged in work-search activities, unless significant restrictions have already
    been agreed to reduce availability for work below this figure

    superted

    June 2, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    • so if you apply for say 5 jobs per week and can prove this the time taken does not matter because you are actively seeking employment so no ase doubt can be raised and if it is and goes to a tribunal the dwp will loose again.

      superted

      June 2, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      • But Superted, if this is true why do they keep sanctioning people for not doing enough Jobsearch ?
        I know someone got sanctioned for only four applications in a week. He didn’t show that he was really trying to find work they said. Lopped his giro for a month.

        Barry Moreton

        June 2, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      • if you dont stand up for your rights they will do what they like with you problem is most ppl will just take the sanction and not take them to a tribunal.

        DSC_0693_01

        superted

        June 2, 2019 at 2:53 pm

      • Their supposed to view positively worksearch.

        There’s no reasonably priced internet package that will allow that access for the unemployed for such a time without steep excess charges being applied, most use the library and Its unreasonable.

        ken

        June 2, 2019 at 4:25 pm

      • Anything can be included as a part of your worksearch activity: going to the library to use a PC or check out the newspapers, walking down the high street or around the city seeing if any work has been casually advertised in windows, networking with friends and acquaintances if they’ve heard of any work going on the grapevine. And what is better you don’t really have to do it, just record it in you worksearch record because there’s no way that the DWP can police it or check whether it’s true or not. Warning: If you are going to include visits to places which are only open certain days of the week, e.g., libraries, make sure that you only fake visits on days when these places are open or you might be caught out! Basically you can fill your worksearch record with a complete load of piss and shit and, unless you do something daft like saying you went to the library on Sunday or something, the Jobcentre can’t really question it.

        Truthspeaker

        June 2, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    • Even the names are awful. The AWRR Intensive Regime. Jesus it sounds like some kind of prison camp, with barbed wire round it.

      Simon Jenkins

      June 2, 2019 at 3:03 pm

  15. We should have a Tory Beauty Contest to decide who is leader. Swimsuit parade, evening wear, and a personality section where they say how they are going to help humanity.

    Max Foster

    June 2, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    • We would all like to see more of this,(May the 30th 2019),

      “Esther McVey squirms when asked about misleading Parliament over Universal Credit
      Ms McVey had claimed the National Audit Office had called for the Universal Credit rollout to be accelerated when they had said the opposite.

      “Esther McVey squirmed awkwardly when she was questioned about misleading Parliament over Universal Credit .

      As Work and Pensions Secretary, Ms McVey faced calls to resign and had to apologise to the House of Commons.

      Ms McVey had claimed the National Audit Office had called for the Universal Credit rollout to be accelerated.

      She was promptly slapped down by the independent spending watchdog – which had actually recommended the rollout be paused.

      Ms McVey – who is one of 11 Tory MPs to throw their hat in the ring to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister – was quizzed on the incident by the BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty .
      “You have had to apologise to Parliament for misleading it on the rollout of Universal Credit, and you recently promoted a false article about all EU member states having to use the Euro. How do you come across as trustworthy now?”

      Ms McVey tried to downplay her error, saying: “Well I’ll tell you for why, what I did was I went to the House to say that the words I used were not exactly right but the actual substance was correct.

      “Unlike any MP in the House I put my hands up and requested to go to the House and apologise, so in that regard I would actually say I’m more trustworthy.”

      Showing frustration at the line of questioning, she shot back at the presenter, stating: “If I’ve made one mistake, it was actually coming to the house to apologise because people like you constantly go on about it.”

      https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/esther-mcvey-squirms-asked-misleading-16227386

      Andrew Coates

      June 3, 2019 at 11:22 am

    • Beauty contest? When it comes to Esther McVey I wouldn’t touch her with yours.

      Djinn and Tonic

      June 3, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    • I think some of them would struggle with the personality part. And the helping humanity too come to think of it.

      Ralph Sandley

      June 3, 2019 at 3:24 pm

  16. I remenber one time on the Work Programme, people were so bored they started seeing how many versions of DWP they could make. So , Department of Working Poverty, Dealing With Proles, Department Without Pity etc..

    Andy Mason

    June 2, 2019 at 2:59 pm

  17. @ Superted, doesn’t this Mandatory Notice pictured mean the sanction is still going ahead ?

    Barry Moreton

    June 2, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    • it was carried out but wanted to go to tribunal so done the mr over the phone i normally do it in writing and provide foi requests and goes no further. i also got a budgeting loan to cover the sanction.

      DSC_0008

      superted

      June 2, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      • Yes but Superted, if you had to get a budgeting loan to cover the sanction, then the bastards still sanctioned you illegally. And then you had to pay back the budgeting loan ? That doesn’t seem fair.

        Barry Moreton

        June 2, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      • it was the only way to get proof as others on here did not believe you can refuse to sign provider paperwork/contracts.

        i did get the money back after the tribunal tho and the work coach and its manager have not been seen since.;)

        superted

        June 2, 2019 at 3:31 pm

  18. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    June 2, 2019 at 3:28 pm

  19. Gotta say I wouldn’t want to turn up at the JC with one job application, and one visit to the library to look at the newspapers. For two weeks of jobsearch ! Might have got away with that in 1992, but not now. You might as well sanction yourself.

    Ken Carswell

    June 2, 2019 at 3:29 pm

  20. As a matter of fact the DWP could offer Self-Sanctioning. So if someone is feeling a bit guilty that they haven’t done enough jobsearch, they could sanction themselves !

    Legacy Jobseeker

    June 2, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    • Yes ! Just like those self-service tills at the supermarket. If you don’t want to queue you could go straight up to the Sanction Point and sanction yourself.

      Good Servant

      June 3, 2019 at 12:02 pm

  21. Being a employment figure with from your Work Coach means you go to the Job Centre at 9AM & the Work Coach stick you in the Job Centre TV room. Now your job as an Employment figures is to watch TV all day & your job title is a TV critic. That is the only way to get unemployed people to watch the Jeremy Kyle show. Normally the unemployed don’t get up until at least 12noon so have never been up early enough to watch the Jeremy Kyle show. The people how watch the Jeremy Kyle are all slacking off work to watch it. So the myth of the unemployed people watch the Jeremy Kyle show is a myth itself. When you ask the Work Coach to changed the channel on the TV, the work says that the TV is stuck on the ITV button. That brings down the unemployment figures with lots of jobs being TV critics to day time TV.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 2, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    • I am unemployed and certainly don’t stop in bed all day, I am up by 8am, if I am on course which usually starts at 9am, I am up at 7.15am, I hate stopping in bed.

      myfinalusername

      June 2, 2019 at 5:20 pm

  22. On the off chance that anybody’s interested you can volunteer to do unpaid work for a worthy cause for half the number of hours you are supposed to actively look for work. So if you are under the 35 hour a week thumb you can do 17.5 hours work of volunteering to help fill that requirement. This isn’t as bad as it sounds if you can volunteer for park and gardens or an ecological charity and will help keep the Jobcentre off your back.

    Martin of the Thirteenth Look

    June 2, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    • for a worthy cause

      My experience is the last place you’d expect it is the first place you’ll find it.It didn’t work.

      ken

      June 2, 2019 at 9:18 pm

  23. “If you had better sense you’d have learned by now that nothing thrives so well as wickedness”
    ― Kathleen Winsor, Forever Amber

    Amber Gambler

    June 3, 2019 at 12:45 pm

  24. Celebrity food writer inspires foodbank recipe kits

    Norwich Foodbank is using celebrity author Jack Monroe’s new recipe book ‘Tin Can Cook’ to inspire foodbank users to cook tasty and nutritional meals with their food parcels.

    https://www.networknorwich.co.uk/Articles/549349/Network_Norwich_and_Norfolk/Partners/Norwich_Foodbank/_Celebrity_food_writer_inspires_Norwich_foodbank.aspx

    ken

    June 3, 2019 at 5:27 pm

  25. I’ve seen a lot of crappy jobs
    Cleaning and burger bars
    Warehouse work and factory work
    And washing people’s cars

    You see the poor devils doing this
    Forcing themselves day by day
    And I can’t see they are better off
    In any real way

    Give me a fortnightly giro
    Some Housing Benefit as well
    And the zero-hours employers
    Can all go to Hell

    Garry White

    June 3, 2019 at 6:19 pm

  26. Greenwich Council defends finances after warning reserves are dropping

    A top Greenwich councillor has accused the BBC of being “misleading” as she defends the authority’s finances.

    It comes following a report that the council was one of 11 set to “fully exhaust” its reserves within four years.

    “We’re also stepping in when government policies have hurt people such as the disastrous effect of universal credit. About 1,000 council tenants in Greenwich have moved over to UC and almost 80 per cent of them are now in rent arrears, as they struggle to make ends meet.”

    https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/17681130.greenwich-council-defends-finances-after-warning-reserves-are-dropping/

    ken

    June 4, 2019 at 1:28 am

  27. A C*unt

    Jobcentre Plus

    Cedar House, Spa Rd, Gloucester

    GL1 1XL

    4 June 2019

    To Whom It May Concern

    Superted worked at Jobcentre Plus for more than 20 years. Superted began his employment as as an Administrative Assistant. After three months, he was promoted to Work Coach. In that position, he reported to me and managed the caseload of 200 benefit claimants.

    Superted is a bright and personable individual. He is highly self-motivated and well capable of achieving any goal he sets his mind to. Superted’s quick promotion to Work Coach is an example of that. He learned new communication and influencing techniques promptly and applied them in his daily work. Jobcentre Plus soon perceived Superted as a valuable resource and looked to him for innovative direction of our Work Coach team.

    Superted welcomes leadership opportunities and not only meets but exceeds his targets.

    Jobcentre Plus needs more employees like Superted. He is an asset to any company that hires him.

    If you would like additional information about Superted, you can telephone me at

    0345 604 3719

    Sincerely,

    A C*unt

    For MANAGER

    Jobcentre Plus

    June 4, 2019 at 6:10 am

    • How wonderful to hear that Superted is working so hard to gain employment. Keep going Superted ! and remember everyone in the DWP loves you and wants you to succeed, you naughty boy !

      Amber

      June 4, 2019 at 9:40 am

    • DWP accused of ‘systematic hostility’ to people in need as hundreds in Aberdeenshire forced to wait for payments

      The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has been accused of showing “systematic hostility to those in need” after it emerged that hundreds of vulnerable people across Aberdeenshire have wrongly been forced to wait for payments.

      https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1764055/dwp-accused-of-systematic-hostility-to-people-in-need-as-hundreds-in-aberdeenshire-forced-to-wait-for-payments/

      ken

      June 4, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    • Philip Hammond accused of being blind to scale of UK poverty

      John McDonnell says chancellor who dismissed UN report is insulated from austerity by his wealth

      The chancellor, Philip Hammond, has been accused of being blind to the scale of poverty in the UK after he dismissed a UN report that found the government’s austerity programme had caused misery for many Britons.

      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/03/philip-hammond-accused-of-being-blind-to-scale-of-uk-poverty

      ken

      June 4, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      • They are not blind to it at all. Hammond knew perfectly well what he was doing when he kept the 4 year benefit freeze. The Tories think that the poverty they have caused, is a small price to pay. For a huge reduction in the hated welfare system, and the establishment of what they see as better values in society.

        Jeff Smith

        June 4, 2019 at 4:32 pm

  28. Leave Europe by 31st October – or face an even worse haircut.

    Bojonsons Barber

    June 4, 2019 at 9:57 am

  29. Theresa May brings back the nasty Esther McVey

    Victoria Derbyshire Show – 3rd June 2019

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 4, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    • OK I Done it Wrong – Trying to find the 3rd June 2019 Clip

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 4, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    • Ro

      June 4, 2019 at 4:01 pm

  30. Find a job
    Service unavailable
    You will be able to use the service later.

    You can check https://twitter.com/findajobsupport for updates.

    Just now….more useless DWP….or whoever is running the Find a Job Service.

    https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/your-account

    Andrew Coates

    June 4, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    • Does anybody actually use Find-a-Job? I think the site is one of the very worst job boards on the internet.

      Ro

      June 4, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      • You see people ploughing through it at the local library. Usually because their Claimant Commitment says they have to check it two or three times a week, whatever. But it’s nothing special as a jobsboard. A bit better than the useless Universal Jobsmatch, but still crap.

        Alan Turner

        June 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm

      • They can’t be applying for jobs then – maybe just looking – cos as soon as I click ‘Apply’ it logs me out. The Jobcentre probably know you can’t actually apply for jobs on it anyway. Just a farce.

        Babs

        June 4, 2019 at 5:34 pm

  31. 570,000 people on Universal Credit are repaying tax credits overpayments
    New government figures show that a quarter of claimants have had deductions from monthly payments, leaving them on the knife edge

    https://www.bigissue.com/latest/570000-people-on-universal-credit-are-repaying-tax-credits-overpayments/

    ken

    June 4, 2019 at 3:34 pm

  32. I got more chance of getting a date than getting a job.

    myfinalusername

    June 4, 2019 at 3:41 pm

  33. Tory Chancellor told to visit Glasgow food bank after insisting there’s no ‘dire poverty’ in UK

    Millionaire Philip Hammond told the BBC his own experience doesn’t tally with a UN report saying the lives of Britain’s poorest are ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short’.

    Deluded Chancellor Philip Hammond was invited to a Glasgow food bank after insisting there is no problem with “dire poverty” in Britain.

    “It is an undeniable fact that the policies of this Tory government have worsened the poverty crisis in the UK.

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/tory-chancellor-told-visit-glasgow-16253335

    ken

    June 4, 2019 at 3:53 pm

  34. A DOZEN organisations have joined Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Lesley Laird in inviting Amber Rudd to visit Fife to hear the impact of Universal Credit.

    The MP’s letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions said the flagship policy was “so flawed and broken what is really needed is fundamental change.”

    “This system doesn’t work – full stop – and it’s a fool’s game to pretend otherwise

    “Universal Credit creates misery for all vulnerable people, young to old. Universal Credit is placing unsustainable strain on the third sector and it is fundamentally damaging our communities.

    https://www.centralfifetimes.com/news/17682591.work-and-pensions-secretary-asked-to-come-to-kingdom/

    ken

    June 4, 2019 at 7:13 pm

  35. How workers sleeping in tents and ‘desperate’ families are being fed in Avonmouth

    ‘Some clients say they have a sense of shame. They never imagined it would come to this’

    Supplies are running low at Bristol North West Foodbank as the number of people in need rises.

    It served 6,323 people in the 12 months up to March – 28 per cent more than the previous year

    use has “shot up” since the rollout of the Universal Credit benefit last September.

    We have struggled quite a lot this year with Universal Credit. The waiting period is difficult.

    “There is an advance payment, but that is really just a loan, so people are quite afraid of that.

    depression is more commonly an issue for the people who use the service.

    “I think if you have been out of work a long time and you keep getting knocked back, you can fall into a
    hole.”

    https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/universal-credit-food-bank-bristol-2936734

    Where will it all end under the Conservatives,locally people are rummaging in street bins asking for change and weighed up who are likely to fight back.Its awful living here.

    ken

    June 4, 2019 at 7:25 pm

  36. Universal Credit Has Made My Constituents’ Lives Worse. It Must Be Stopped Immediately.
    This is not a criticism of the hard-working frontline staff trying to run a complicated and problematic system – it is a criticism of a government which chose to ignore the flaws of this frustrating policy.

    We’ve just had another month where the seemingly endless problems with Universal Credit have again been highlighted,

    https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/universal-credit_uk_5ceec050e4b05ca10ddb6984?

    ken

    June 5, 2019 at 7:26 am

  37. I see Esther McVey is having a hard time of it trying to justify Universal Credit. Even that total Tory Ferrari has been given her a hard time .

    Peter Maserati

    June 5, 2019 at 11:15 am

    • Yeah, serves her right.

      Larry Lambourghini

      June 5, 2019 at 11:16 am


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