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Universal Credit Five-Week Wait Pushed Women into Sex Work, Government admits.

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Government Admits Truth of Story.

Contributors to this Blog have talked about the Work and Health programme .

The Work and Health Programme helps you find and keep a job if you’re out of work.

It’s voluntary – unless you’ve been out of work and claiming unemployment benefits for 24 months.

So says the DWP, but people have lots of criticisms…

It would be important to continue this in more detail, any information and opinions welcome.

In the meantime, the Universal Credit Sage continues.

First, the attention grabbing.

Back in April there was this from the Work and Pensions Committee.

Universal Credit and Survival Sex: sex in exchange for meeting survival needs inquiry

Then in May Committee hears first evidence on Universal Credit and “survival sex”

 This week there was this: DWP Minister questioned on Universal Credit and survival sex

The Committee stated.

Two key points immediately stand out:

“Dismissive” attitude of DWP

The first, which was strongly echoed in the public evidence that followed but was first articulated by Witness M in private, was the “dismissive” attitude of the Department for Work and Pensions toward the inquiry. As M put it, describing the DWP’s first written evidence submission (“memorandum”):

“M: I really felt that the memorandum was an attempt to kind of cover the DWP’s back and be like, “Oh well, you can’t prove that it is us or you can’t prove that it is Universal Credit that is the issue”, like it tried to blame sex workers for being here and it kind of like proved the point that it is poverty and it is this horrible system that is making us be in the sex industry…

It is the five-week waits. The other thing is [the single household payment of Universal Credit] in domestic violence relationships, apparently I have heard the man will get the money and then can control like that. I think that is one…”

The Committee had a similar impression of DWP’s first response and wrote back  “inviting” it to reconsider its stance : the Department’s s revised submission, received last Thursday, will be considered at the evidence hearing with the Minister tomorrow.

Too daunting to apply

A second clear point reinforced the impression of the first: despite the four women’s very different stories, most had found it too daunting or prohibitive to even attempt to apply for Universal Credit, even though some had experience of successfully claiming “legacy” benefits such as Job Seekers Allowance.

The story reached the media again yesterday

Woman Tells MPs Selling Sex Is ‘Easiest Way To Survive’ After Struggling With Universal Credit

Nicola Slawson Huffington Post.

A  woman has told MPs how selling her body for sex became the “easiest thing to do” to make ends meet, after Universal Credit left her with just £52 a month to live on.

The 21-year-old, who was not identified, told a parliamentary hearing how she would have to see “five or six” clients just to get the money for a day’s rent.

The hearing is part of an inquiry into the possible link between the controversial new benefit and claimants resorting to exchanging sex for money, food or shelter, known as “survival sex”.

The testimony was part of evidence by four women dubbed T, K, B and M to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee.

T told the committee she had previously worked 12-hour shifts as a care worker while struggling under the old benefit system resulting in her losing her housing benefit.

She applied for Universal Credit and had to visit foodbanks three times while waiting for her first payment – and ended up homeless as she tried to scrape together enough money for food and tampons.

This was the result:

 

Universal credit delays a factor in sex work, government accepts

Patrick Butler. Guardian.

The government has dropped its hardline refusal to accept that destitution caused by five-week waits for universal credit payments has been a major factor in forcing some women to turn to sex work.

Giving evidence to the work and pensions select committee, the minister for family support, Will Quince, apologised for a memo his department sent to the committee last month and said it “did not very well reflect my views on this issue”.

The memo dismissed evidence that universal credit was a cause of increased numbers of women turning to sex work as anecdotal. It said the phenomenon was influenced by a range of factors, from drug addiction and the rise of AirBnB to EU immigration

Quince told the committee he had changed his views after hearing accounts from four women who gave evidence of how impoverishment related to universal credit issues had led them to take up escort and brothel work.

“Those very brave testimonies of the young women who have gone through the most horrific of experiences gave me a better understanding through their lived experiences. What it showed me more than anything is we need to better understand this area,” he said.

A transcript of the private committee hearing in May included a testimony from M, a brothel worker. She said the fact that drug and alcohol drove people into survival sex work did not mean that universal credit had not caused “a really big influx”

This is another committee at work whose findings and recommendations, out today, something tells, me won’t get the same publicity:

Scottish parliamentary committee calls for universal credit overhaul

Kerry Lorimer

The introduction of universal credit, and in particular the five-week delay before receipt of the first payment, has led to an “unacceptable” rise in rent arrears north of the border.

In a new report, members of the Scottish Parliament’s social security committee called for an overhaul of the benefit, which would see a review of the initial delay as well as the direct payment of the housing element to landlords in order to reduce arrears.

The MSPs also called for abolition of the “frankly discriminatory” shared accommodation rate, which limited the amount of housing benefit or universal credit that can be claimed by tenants under the age of 35, who rent a room in a shared house from a private landlord.

According to evidence heard by the committee, the shared accommodation rate created “significant financial difficulty, debt and hardship” among younger people, with separated parents particularly badly affected.

The report also draws attention to the widening gap between local housing allowances and the cost of renting in the private sector, especially in Edinburgh and other urban areas.

Originally uprated in line with market rent, local housing allowances have been frozen since 2016, meaning that in many parts of Scotland they do not serve their intended purpose and should be reviewed, the MSPs said.

The committee was also “extremely concerned” by the high cost of temporary accommodation and “troubled” by the poor quality of the accommodation some tenants had been offered. Although temporary accommodation is intended to be a short-term measure, people find themselves trapped there due to the shortage of affordable alternatives, they heard.

Bob Doris, convener of the social security committee, said the rapid increase in rent arrears since the introduction of universal credit was “unacceptable”, and that steps must be taken to address this issue, which was increasing the budgetary strain on both local authorities and social landlords.

“We want to see the housing element of universal credit paid directly to landlords and the Department for Work and Pensions must review the minimum five-week wait for new…claimants, both of which contribute to rising arrears,” he said.

“Our inquiry highlighted a number of issues, including the frankly discriminatory shared accommodation rate which should be abolished immediately.

“It is also clear that local housing allowance rates are not fit for purpose and are failing to help claimants meet the rising cost of the private rented sector.”

A UK government spokeswoman said that while rent arrears could not be linked to any one cause, many people joined universal credit with pre-existing arrears, and research showed that number fell by a third after four months.

“In Scotland we already pay rent directly to landlords where requested and can pay universal credit more frequently to help with budgeting,” she said.

“Meanwhile, Scotland has significant welfare powers, including flexibilities within universal credit and the power to top-up existing benefits, pay discretionary payments and create entirely new benefits altogether.”

Written by Andrew Coates

June 13, 2019 at 3:13 pm

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  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.

    A6er

    June 13, 2019 at 3:24 pm

  3. In the Tory leadership race Esther McVey came last with a mere nine votes. No doubt she will claim that it’s because she’s a woman and as common as muck rather than down to the fact that she misled (lied to) the House of Commons, repeatedly distorted the truth (lied) about universal credit and most other things while at the DWP, and possessed no charisma, charm, compassion or empathy with others as she showed when bigging up the rape clause incorporated into child tax credits, claiming that it gave raped women the chance to talk to someone about their experiences as if the rape clause was therapeutic, and that universal credit’s conditionality was good because UC Work Coaches would help and support women driven by poverty to prostitute themselves into more conventional employment even though the poverty had been caused in the first place by universal credit itself!

    A hateful, cruel and unusually vile woman even amongst the worst of the Tory right.

    Esther McVey exhibits every quality that normally defines a psychopath.

    Hopefully this is her last hurrah and little will be heard about or from this awful creature in future.

    Jim

    June 13, 2019 at 3:48 pm

  4. Public opinion is gradually turning against the Tories and their welfare reform agenda.
    We see this now most clearly in the case of Universal Credit. Under siege from all sides of the political spectrum. You cannot pick up a newspaper, go online, or listen to the TV or radio, without daily horror stories of destitution and misery. Many people were convinced of the need for change in the welfare system. But even they have been shocked by the sheer cruelty of Universal Credit, the dreadful treatment of the sick and disabled, the brutal Work Capability Assessment, and the arrogant, dismissive attitude of the Department of Work & Pensions.
    A department now surely beyond even shame itself.

    Jeff Smith

    June 13, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    • You’ve got it there Jeff. They really don’t give a toss.

      Andy Markham

      June 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm

  5. my sis had her pip review today and get a load of this.

    turns up at 9am and told to take a seat then 45 mins later the phone rang and it was atos/capita ringing to cancel the interview as the person was sick and there replacement has still not arrived.

    said ok just sign this to say she did attend and it was them that cancelled the interview and point blank refused to do it so went to the jcp staff and asked again and said ok thats fine then all of a sudden they came back over and said they could now do it today but will have to wait a hour or so.

    1 hour later she went in for the review and 45mins later was finished so a 9am appointment took 3hrs.

    now i bet there plan was to cancel the appointment then blame her for not attending as there tune changed when the jcp staff was going to give her a stamped jcp headed slip with the jcp stamp saying she did turn up and on time and it was atos capita at fault.

    superted

    June 13, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    • Government to seek volunteers for first switch to Universal Credit

      The government will seek volunteers to become the first people to switch directly from the old benefits system to Universal Credit, Inside Housing can reveal.

      It is understood that only a small number of people are expected to be the first volunteers for the pilot starting in July and December

      https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/news/government-to-seek-volunteers-for-first-switch-to-universal-credit-61859

      ken

      June 14, 2019 at 9:54 pm

      • so there going to ask ppl to end there claim, apply for uc online and then wait 5 weeks for there fist payment and loose all migration support to boot,at best like nothing else can go wrong is it pmsl.

        superted

        June 14, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      • They have been having these little conversations down at my local JC. Its got a kind of religious quality to it.
        You know the way those religious people ask you if you know Jesus, when they give out their leaflets ? Like that.
        A sort of false smile. plenty of teeth, and a far away look in the eyes. With Universal Credit as the Promised Land. They must be using some sort of mind control on the Work Coaches, to get them to do it.

        Alan Turner

        June 14, 2019 at 11:19 pm

      • DWP: Record number of people win appeals against cruel disability benefit tests

        A record 16,337 people have won appeals against the DWP for PIP benefit in just three months

        74% of the 21,995 PIP cases that went through a tribunal ruled against the DWP – also a record high.

        The shocking figures come days after we revealed the huge cost of running the appeal system.

        https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-record-number-people-win-16519321

        ken

        June 16, 2019 at 1:19 am

      • Here’s the article in full:

        Government to seek volunteers for first switch to Universal Credit

        The government will seek volunteers to become the first people to switch directly from the old benefits system to Universal Credit, Inside Housing can reveal.

        Sources close to the pilot said that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) plans to ask benefit claimants in Harrogate, which is piloting the first phase of the managed migration to Universal Credit, to opt in to using the new programme at work-focused interviews at job centres.

        Through managed migration, people currently claiming up to six benefits through the old welfare system will move onto single, monthly payments with Universal Credit.

        It is understood that only a small number of people are expected to be the first volunteers for the pilot starting in July and December – although a DWP source said it has no target for the number of people it plans to move over by a given date.

        The DWP declined to comment or confirm whether people will be asked to transfer voluntarily.
        Work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd announced in March that Harrogate would be the first pilot area for the Universal Credit managed migration.

        The government revealed plans to run a managed migration pilot of up to 10,000 people in October last year amid cross-party concern about Universal Credit’s impact on vulnerable people.

        Ministers plan to move three million legacy benefit claimants onto Universal Credit through managed migration by 2023.

        The Harrogate pilot is due to start next month and Inside Housing understands that officials are working towards a target start date of 17 July.

        However, MPs are still yet to vote on the Universal Credit regulations that would allow the government to start shifting people over from the legacy welfare system.

        The Universal Credit (Managed Migration) Regulations 2018 bill was withdrawn from parliament on 14 January.

        jj joop

        June 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

  6. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

    — Matthew 6:25

    The Holy Bible

    June 14, 2019 at 7:39 am

  7. Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouse or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds!

    — Luke 12:22-24

    The Holy Bible

    June 14, 2019 at 7:42 am

    • “I don’t see any god up here” – Yuri Gagarin – first man in space, while in space.

      Realist

      June 14, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    • If God existed and gave a sh1t the Conservatives would not keep winning elections.

      Thomas the Doubter

      June 14, 2019 at 1:50 pm

  8. What’s it with Firefox suddenly deciding to refuse to connect to WordPress?

    “Secure Connection Failed

    The connection to wordpress.com was interrupted while the page was loading.

    The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified.
    Please contact the web site owners to inform them of this problem.

    Learn more…

    Report errors like this to help Mozilla identify and block malicious sites”

    What is it with Firefox? Has it been infitrated by the evil Gugle? Firefox used to be a good browser before it was turned to shit. No wonder we have the evil Gugle Chrome taking over the browser market. Opera was an excellent browser too – until it sold out! Everything in IT eventually turns to shit.

    Foxfix

    June 14, 2019 at 8:03 am

    • Try Vivaldi. It belongs to an independent group led by an ex-bigwig from Opera. This browser is very good.

      https://vivaldi.com/

      Blown Fuse

      June 14, 2019 at 8:13 am

    • Gugle are evil fuckers from Hell. In bed with the gov, militray and the Chinese gov…. What happened to ‘do no evil’? As for their browser when they stole the open-source Chromium they promised the lightest, fastest browser ever. No they have admitted that was a crock. As they churn out an ever more bloated piece of crapware – all designed to get you to fork out for more hardware. Forcing consumers to throw away perfectly good equipment and send it to landfill, This was also the express purpose behind Micro$oft’s ‘Vista’ operating system. And the the while Gugle fly their green credentials.

      One of the ways that Gugle have made their browser more resource hungry is to split each ‘tab’ into a separate process. Gugle as well as a spy agency is also an ad agency. In keeping with that Gugle intend to cripple the extensions that allow their browser to block ads. Gugle are also promoting something called DNS over HTTPS i.e. your browser makes the DNS requests directly (Gugle Chrome already doesn’t respect DNS settings). This achieve two things for Gugle. They receive every single web page that you request. It allows prevents users from using DNS to block ads and other crap. Of course Gugle will say it is all to do with ‘privacy and security’. When you see ‘Gugle’ on anything – avoid!

      Cisco

      June 14, 2019 at 8:37 am

    • You will have to update FIrefox me old china. Firefox is back up and running with lots of extensions to block all the crap – uBlock, JavaScript Toggle On/Off, Policy Control etc. Gugle Chrome is for retards and losers!

      Firefox

      June 14, 2019 at 11:41 am

      • Oh yeah, and NoScript…

        Firefox

        June 14, 2019 at 11:43 am

    • This EVIL Gugle multiple process crap is now turned on in Firefox by default. Gugle says it is to “increase security and stabilty” 😀 😀 The real reason is to cripple your computer, drive you nuts and force to to buy a new one. But aren’t Gugle a ‘green’ company? Aren’t Gugle on a mission to ‘save the planet’? Didn’t Gugle pay for that austic Swedish girl’s airfare to attend ‘extension rebellion’? We really are being fed shit.

      Anyway, to save the cost of a new computer in Firefox at least for now (but not Gugle Chrome) you can disable this crap. Go to Options > Performance > Choose your own Options for Performance (not what Firefox recommends 😀 ) and set this multiple process options to 1 (the default is 8!). While you are there it may pay to disable ‘hardware acceleration’ as this can cause problems especailly on older hardware.

      To finally kill this multiple process crap type about config (Ignore the warning about dragons!) Type browser.tabs.remote.autostart in the search box at the top – set is to false. While you are there you can also set browser.tabs.remote.autostart2 to false (Firefox ignores it but it won’t do any harm). Restart Firefox Type about:support in the address bar. Scroll to Application basics. You should see: “Launcher Process Disabled forcibly”. Firefox should now be showing as one process, With CPU usage and memory back to normal.

      How many people think I must need a new computer and go out and buy a new one because of this crap?
      And we are being told constantly to be more green. But it is those who are flying the green credentials who are forcing us to be un-green. You couldn’t make it up!
      Multiprocess Windows 0/1 Disabled

      Fixit Fox

      June 22, 2019 at 8:32 am

      • *
        You should see

        Launcher Process Disabled forcibly
        Multiprocess Windows 0/1 Disabled

        Fixit Fox

        June 22, 2019 at 8:38 am

      • Double click ‘browser.tabs.remote.autostart’ and ‘browser.tabs.remote.autostart’ to change their values to ‘false’.

        Fixit Fox

        June 22, 2019 at 8:47 am

      • The modern web experience sucks
        Why is it that the modern web has to be a clusterfuck of bloat and bad design?
        The first issue: Mobile design on desktop.
        What is up with desktop sites using mobile design?

        So much wasted white space, and those god damn sidebars. If I’m using a desktop with a mouse and keyboard, I don’t care for such a mobile-inspired design. On a mobile device, you have very limited horizontal space, so it makes sense to hide the menus away and open them with the three-line-button thing. But on a desktop, it seriously just makes no sense to hide them away by default.
        The second issue: Modern browsers suck
        Modern browsers just seem to be a case of “Pick your poison.”
        Chrome and Firefox are glorious resource hogs. IE and Edge lack in extensibility. Other browsers are obscure, and because so, lack in extensibility and updates as well since their userbase and support is so small.
        In my experience, Firefox is especially bad.
        I’ve been using Firefox for 12 years since 2007, and as my primary browser for 10 years since 2009, but for the past few years it has just sucked hard.
        Firefox leaks memory really badly. Open 20 tabs, use it for a while, close all of them except one, and Firefox is still using the same memory as it did with 20 tabs.
        The Firefox zealots seem to love blaming all the problems on addons, but I’ve had the same experiences with a fresh install of Firefox on a fresh install of Windows. Chrome in terms of resources isn’t really much better than Firefox in my experience. It’s just a matter of Pepsi vs. Coke for your resource hogging.

        The fact Firefox takes 800MB of RAM for a single tab containing reddit, which is mostly text, never fails to amaze. The only addons I use are Adblock Plus and VideoDownloadHelper. And according to about:memory, the addons only take 33MB of RAM, and the rest are occupied by Javascript related stuff and browser composition and whatnot.
        The same page on IE8 takes only 64MB. http://imgur.com/a/Hifhk
        I am well aware that the modern browser is doing a lot more behind the scenes than older one, but it just doesn’t scale at all. From 2009, there hasn’t been a 12x increase in RAM on typical PCs, yet the modern web, and the browsers used, have become such massive, bloated, resource hogs.
        To me, it’s just plain sad that in a lot of cases, I had a smoother browsing experience in 2006 with a P4-2.66GHz/512MB than now with my i5-4690/8GB system.
        .
        Man, I’d gladly take the early-mid 2000s internet over what we have now, any day.
        Just graphics, links, text, buttons, tables, etc. The basic necessary stuff to create a functioning service.
        I don’t give a diddly darn if the menu slowly scrolls down while it fades in after I click the already unnecessary menu button (see above), nor for parallax scrolling and any and all other eye candy if it means the browser runs like shit.

        Amira

        June 22, 2019 at 7:40 pm

      • Dodgy websites use something called.cryptominers. These use your computer resources to mine cryptocurrencies such as $hitcoin whilst you are on their site. These can easily max out your CPU usage

        IT Security Expert

        June 24, 2019 at 7:08 am

      • Practically all the menaces on the web are delivered through javascript and in particular javascript running in ads which the google guys just love. Either that or doing something bonehead- like like opening an email attachment such as annkournikovalovesyou.exe. ‘Security updates, My Arse. More like junk intended to cripple your system. With each ‘update’ things always seem to get slower.

        IT Systems Administrator

        June 24, 2019 at 10:59 am

    • * about:config – there is a colon between the about and config

      Fixit Fox

      June 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

    • * about:config – there is a colon between the about and config.

      Fixit Fox

      June 22, 2019 at 8:35 am

      • K-Meleon even has a built in RSS reader so you can read the articles and comments on wordpress sites that way if you prefer (NOT recommended by Google – because the want you to watch the ads and send all your data back to their HQ). It says a lot about human nature – and where social security is headed – when supposedly the most popuar web browser is a bloated, spyware-infested turd. Why do people use junk like Google Chrome, Fakebook and Twatter…? Now Fakebook wants to take over the financial world, and take us down the China-road with ‘social credit’.

        The Meleon Farmers

        June 23, 2019 at 10:25 am

    • So-called “modern” web browsers are complete pants. For something lite try QtWeb (runs on one 6MB executable, discontinued since WebKit has been deprecated), or for a few more features K-Meleon, or for something ultra-lite NetSurf. These browsers will fail to load/work properly on a lot of sites. None of them work on wordpress sites like this one. Even SeaMonkey which is up-to-date won’t load wordpress properly. That is what you get when you have corporate scum calling the shots and idiots using their products.

      IT Expert

      June 22, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    • “Your web browser is not supported.” 😀

      “This Web site is Best viewed in Chrome” 😀

      “Please download Chrome” 😀

      A Meesage from Sergey & Larry (The Google Guys)

      June 23, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    • Tank Goodness for that! Now Bernie can read the Poly Toynbee column without his computer sounding like a great big jet airplane is taking off.

      The Silver Surfers

      June 23, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    • Thank Goodness for that! Now Bernie can read the Poly Toynbee column without his computer sounding like a great big jet airplane is taking off.

      The Silver Surfers

      June 23, 2019 at 8:24 pm

  9. Andrew Coates

    June 14, 2019 at 9:11 am

    • The DWP are starting to get worried about this endless bad publicity. It’s non-stop. They cut the money on Universal Credit too much. And with all the takeoffs for loans etc. there is almost nothing left. No wonder people end up doing sex work to survive. This sort of cruelty can’t be justified by any government.
      Or the Department Without Pity.

      Garry Harliss

      June 14, 2019 at 12:53 pm

  10. What they need to do is pay people on Universal Credit more money. Then they won’t be forced into sex work. It’s that simple.

    Alan Turner

    June 14, 2019 at 12:47 pm

  11. Testing Post

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 14, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    • Any story & link to Disability News Service is blocked by the Tories about DWP Deaths.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 14, 2019 at 2:04 pm

      • Civil servants fail to answer key DWP deaths questions after meeting grieving parents

        Senior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants have failed to answer key questions about links between the government’s policies and the deaths of disabled benefit claimants, during a face-to-face meeting with grieving parents.

        Emma Haddad, DWP’s director general for service excellence, and Colin Stewart, its work and health director for the north of England, spent more than an hour in Monday’s meeting with Joy Dove and Eric Whiting, the parents of Jodey Whiting.

        The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) concluded earlier this year that DWP was guilty of “multiple” and “significant” failings in handling the case of the mother-of-nine, who had her out-of-work disability benefits stopped for missing a work capability assessment (WCA), and took her own life just 15 days later.

        During the meeting, Dove asked 13 key questions that had been drafted for her by Disability News Service (DNS), based on her daughter’s case and the wider scandal of deaths linked to the actions of DWP ministers and senior civil servants.

        But Haddad refused to answer many of the questions for legal reasons.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 14, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      • For legal reasons the link won’t appear.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 14, 2019 at 2:06 pm

  12. Really Tories blocking facts & DWP guilt of criminal acts on Tory Policy knowing the police can’t touch you because it is not a criminal police matter but a political issue that Tories can hide behind committing crimes against Humanity.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 14, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    • Blocking the main page link to Disability News Service as well. Scared of John Pring.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm

  13. DWP civil servant praises UN poverty report ministers dismissed as ‘barely believable’

    A senior Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) official has told MPs that a highly-critical UN report on poverty in the UK was “factually correct” and “made a lot of good points”, despite ministers repeatedly attacking its accuracy.

    Donna Ward, DWP’s policy director for children, families and disadvantage, told the work and pensions select committee yesterday (Wednesday) that the report by Professor Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, made “really good points” on issues such as austerity and cuts to local government spending.

    Ministers have consistently dismissed Alston’s report, with minister for disabled people Sarah Newton, who has since resigned, claiming last November – following the publication of his preliminary report – that he had made “factual errors”.

    And in May, after Alston published his final report, DWP described it as “a barely believable documentation of Britain, based on a tiny period of time spent here” that “paints a completely inaccurate picture of our approach to tackling poverty”.

    Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary, reportedly claimed that Alston had not carried out enough research and apparently threatened to lodge a formal complaint with the UN.

    But Ward (pictured) has now told MPs on the committee – during an evidence session on the impact of universal credit – that DWP has carried out a “fact check” on the report and has concluded that Alston “made a lot of good points” and that his report was “factually correct”.

    She said: “I think where the secretary of state took issue with it and where I as a civil servant can’t be involved was the political interpretation of a lot of what’s happened.

    “But in terms of the facts, in terms of austerity, and cuts to local government funding, in terms of the reliance that we have on the labour market and the risk that we have if there was a recession, all of those things were really good points that we have taken on board, we should take on board.”

    SNP’s Chris Stephens said Ward’s comments were “quite revealing” because the rapporteur’s report was “very often pooh-poohed” by ministers and some Tory backbenchers.

    Will Quince, the junior minister for family support, housing and child maintenance, said he took such reports “incredibly seriously”.

    He said: “I’m not going to say I don’t regret the quite inflammatory language and in some cases quite overtly political tone of the report but there are areas in there that of course I recognise and I know that we need to do a considerable amount of work on and any report of that nature is always going to highlight areas.”

    Alston said in his preliminary and final reports that government policies such as cuts to public spending and “highly regressive” changes to taxes and benefits suggested that the UK government had breached the “principle of non-discrimination enshrined in international law”.

    He also said that figures from the Social Metrics Commission showed that 14 million people, a fifth of the population, were living in poverty and nearly half of them were from families in which someone was disabled.

    And he said that many disabled people’s families had been “driven to breaking point” by cuts to social care.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    • It is on Disability News Service – 13th June 2019 but the Tories are blocking links to prove the DWP suicide.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 14, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      • Block block DWP & Tories sucide policy.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm

  14. The quince , Cydonia oblonga) is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae (which also contains apples and pears, among other fruits). It is a deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature.
    So a plummy type of Tory then ?

    Cydonia

    June 14, 2019 at 2:40 pm

  15. The Work & Health Programme is useless. Nothing happens and still the providers make money.
    It would be much better titled the Wank & Wealth Programme.

    Dave Cartley

    June 14, 2019 at 2:43 pm

  16. When George in pudding time came o’er, and moderate men looked big, sir
    My principles I changed once more, and I became a Whig, sir.
    And thus preferment I procured From our new Faith’s Defender,
    And almost every day abjured the Pope and the Pretender.
     
    (Chorus):
    And this be law, that I’ll maintain until my dying day, sir
    That whatsoever king may reign, Still I’ll be the Vicar of Bray, sir.  

    The Vicar Of Bray – English Traditional Song

    Chuckme Charlie

    June 14, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    • A brilliant song it is too,

      Andrew Coates

      June 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm

  17. DWP Press Release 13th June 2019 Update

    Request your personal information from the Department for Work and Pensions

    You have the right to get a copy of the information that is held about you. This is called the ‘right of access’.

    If you want access to CCTV footage

    The company that is responsible for the security of a DWP office normally controls access to CCTV footage. If you want to access CCTV footage containing images of you in a DWP office, you should request it directly from the security company. Signs in the area covered by the cameras will display the name of the company and how to contact them. As CCTV footage is often only stored for a short time, you should make your request as soon as you can.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 14, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    • Shame the DWP are blocking the link to the DWP Press Release

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      June 14, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      • Tories even your own press releases are bad publicity. What a load of silly billies.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      • Shame you don’t mention the company that holds the CCTV footage in the DWP office. Whoops another mistake. Time to pull the story it is Jackonory for the Tories.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      • The whole DWP Press Releases link don’t work. Are we making it up or are the DWP making it up to prove it.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        June 14, 2019 at 3:05 pm

  18. Oh dear seems we can’t put any links up here spreading bad news !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    June 14, 2019 at 3:17 pm

  19. We are the hollow men.

    Jobcentre Jack

    June 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm

  20. Boris Johnson for honest and principled government: Tax cuts for the wealthy and benefit cuts for the poor.

    Pericles

    June 14, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    • More like a Tory Trojan Horse.

      Athenian

      June 14, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    • 2,000% spike in people using Islington Food Bank since 2011 linked to ‘welfare reforms, austerity & Universal Credit’

      The number of people using Islington Food Bank has soared by more than 2,000 per cent over the past seven years due to “welfare reforms, austerity and Universal Credit”, councillors claim.

      Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn told the Gazette: “The huge increase in the numbers of people relying on food banks to feed themselves and their families shames our country. Brutal cuts to our social security system introduced by the Conservatives since 2010 have created disgraceful levels of poverty in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

      “Austerity was a political choice, creating the shocking levels of poverty, homelessness and destitution that we see both in Islington and across the country.

      “This government has rightly been condemned by the United Nations’ special rapporteur for its neglect of its own citizens and failing the most vulnerable in our society.”

      https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/politics/926-increase-in-people-using-islington-food-bank-since-2011-austerity-universal-credit-1-6105627

      ken

      June 15, 2019 at 12:23 am

    • A government for chaos and crisis.If he pulls out of the EU without a deal if chosen it could well affect everything from the lorry to the letter and beyond any interruption to free movement will be felt in increased costs.Shortages’ will quickly mean price rises its entirely possible that we could wake up to a country in crisis for his drawbridge and moat vision to Mainland Europe.He doesn’t come across as somone who can manage that pubically.

      How is it the rest of Europe can manage any differences hold the union and the UK has a problem with that? They could well emerge stronger and us weaker.Is it because we feel better then anyone else? Is because we feel lesser?It will certainly be watched by other nations’ from the British experience.Better together was the message with the Scottish Union but the EU is different.Its not worth the risk of price increases turmoil chaos uncertanty and inflation.

      The real problem was the industrial decline of the 1980s failing to investment losing rather then improving the quality the sickness/incapacity benefits system allowed to take hold as excepted for someone the simple excuse somone couldn’t find work people/skills were just thrown away.

      it might sound far fetched and perhaps its just me but my impression under the Conservatives the worst has to be feared.

      ken

      June 15, 2019 at 5:39 pm

  21. The party of law and order.Today walked up the road noticed a roll of £20 notes on a motorcycle near the fuel tank somone pretending to play with the back wheel,ten minutes later someone else walks up stops to talk.Much the same as above the streets society are being turned into sewers.If people are disappearing from the system is anyone asking whas happening to them?

    We have to worry is the NHS first going to be the next victim to the Tory Trump card.

    An extreamly unpleasant place to live.

    ken

    June 14, 2019 at 9:25 pm

  22. DWP denies Universal Credit foodbank crisis and claims payment delays ‘now corrected’

    Amber Rudd backtracks and says there are ‘many reasons’ people turn to foodbanks

    Universal Credit bosses have changed their tune over the impact the new welfare scheme is having on the use of foodbanks.

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/dwp-denies-universal-credit-foodbank-16427153

    ken

    June 14, 2019 at 9:32 pm

  23. The risk here of course is the DWP using partial admission as a tactic to allow most of their ideas to still go forward. So they admit now the connection between Universal Credit and foodbanks. They admit that some women may have been driven to sex work. But they carefully avoid any discussion of the suicides and deaths caused by the refusal of benefits. In particular disability benefits.

    Alan Turner

    June 14, 2019 at 11:45 pm

  24. Alarm bells are ringing at the DWP. The public mood is changing, and people are sick of the endless cruelty of Universal Credit and the Work Capability Assessment. So now it will be a case of damage limitation for the DWP.
    Make a few apologies, make a few small changes. But try and keep the whole Universal Credit project on track as far as possible. Same with the WCA and the disability benefits.

    Jeff Smith

    June 14, 2019 at 11:53 pm

    • Yep. Google or Bing “universal credit news” without the quotes and you won’t find one single favourable story even in right-wing rags like the Daily Mail and/or Telegraph these days. With literally millions of people still on legacy benefits waiting to be migrated onto universal credit some time in the future the bad publicity and stinging criticism of the government and DWP can on get worse… and worse… and worse.

      Ro

      June 15, 2019 at 8:37 am

      • Good point Ro. Its bad now but there are millions of people still waiting to go on it !

        Fred Garvey

        June 15, 2019 at 10:26 am

  25. Universal Credit – “Children are going hungry. It’s not a myth, it’s a fact.”

    “They called it ‘Universal Credit Uncovered’”, Linda tells me. “It made me very cross because they said they were setting the record straight and dispelling the myths. But the fact is the 5 week wait is longer than 5 weeks.

    “A woman visited us yesterday who has been waiting 8 weeks and still doesn’t have a date for the first payment. She’s in debt and can’t make a payment plan with creditors because she doesn’t know when she will have money coming in.”

    This individual story illuminates some troubling statistics.

    https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2019/06/14/universal-credit-children-are-going-hungry-its-not-a-myth-its-a-fact/

    ken

    June 15, 2019 at 12:26 am

    • It is a fact. Children are going hungry. And at the school I work in it didn’t start with UC. it’s been happening for years

      katrehman

      June 15, 2019 at 9:57 am

      • @katreman – It is just disgraceful that this is happening in modern day Britain. This is the kind of thing that we used to be proud didn’t happen in this country. Like foodbanks.

        Jenny H.

        June 15, 2019 at 10:21 am

    • @ken This has to be deliberate hardship inflicted as a deterrent to claiming benefits. The government demonstrating its reluctance to hurry to the aid of people who are in poverty.

      George Markham

      June 15, 2019 at 10:33 am

  26. I been on the work and health programme and was told by my advisor I was there voluntary, even I have been signing on for more than 24 months (as I have signed off when I been out the country)

    myfinalusername

    June 15, 2019 at 8:40 am

  27. Benicide : Suicide or death of claimant, caused by delay in receiving state benefits.

    Jeff Smith

    June 15, 2019 at 10:38 am

    • Fooking hell, sounds horrendous… If the DWP doesn’t finish you off then 5G will.

      Tigerlily

      June 15, 2019 at 7:15 pm

  28. Damning UN verdict of Universal Credit is based on hard facts

    Amber Rudd, complained loudly and clearly. She called him politically biased, accused him of having done insufficient research and said she would complain to the UN about their rapporteur.

    A senior civil servant giving evidence earlier this week to the aforesaid Commons committee said of Alston, among other things: “He made a lot of good points. It was factually correct.”

    https://www.thenational.scot/politics/17707950.damning-verdict-of-the-un-is-based-on-hard-facts/

    ken

    June 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    • The DWP have known all along the UN Report was true. But it showed up the true basis of their plans to reduce welfare and change society. This they didn’t like.

      Tom Sutton

      June 15, 2019 at 9:30 pm

  29. And the human cost of all this Tom. Poverty, hunger, homelessness on a mass scale. Kids going hungry, people doing sexwork and stealing to survive. They can bullshit the figures but they can’t hide the reality.

    Dave G.

    June 15, 2019 at 9:39 pm

  30. Persistent poverty affects one in five children in the UK and is associated with poor physical and mental health in early adolescence, latest figures from the country’s first study tracking childhood health over time have shown

    ken

    June 16, 2019 at 1:20 am

  31. Brexit funding could make Wales poorer – and widen inequality within this breaking union

    We shouldn’t be losing that money. In fact, we were promised that we wouldn’t lose it.

    A week or so before the referendum, a group of Leave campaigners signed a letter saying that any money Wales currently gets from Brussels would be maintained by the UK Government after we left the EU. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Dominic Raab were among the people signing the letter.

    https://nation.cymru/opinion/post-brexit-funding-could-make-wales-poorer-and-widen-inequality-within-this-breaking-union/

    ken

    June 16, 2019 at 1:23 am

  32. When the next 3 million are transferred to Universal Credit, there is going to be a tsunami of chaos and financial hardship.

    Lawrence N.

    June 16, 2019 at 10:25 am

  33. So the work and health programme help you find a job and keep a job if you’re out of work, one thing if the company goes under you are back to square one

    myfinalusername

    June 16, 2019 at 10:30 am

  34. @ Tigerlilly 5G Danger: Hijacking Your Sweat Duct Antennae

    ‘ The 5G network uses and broadcasts frequencies which affect our sweat ducts, which act as antennae. In other words, our largest organ, the skin, can be influenced and manipulated by 5G. As I reported in this the article 5G and IoT: Total Technological Control Grid Being Rolled Out Fast, scientist Dr. Ben-Ishai exposed the connection between 5G and our body’s sweat ducts in this video.’ ???

    This sounds like bullshit to me.

    Dave Blunt

    June 16, 2019 at 11:25 am

    • Dave Blunt… Typical response of the brainwashed!

      Tigerlily

      June 16, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    • 5G will also wreak havoc on your eyes causing retinal damage/cataracts – do you think that is bullsh*t too.

      Violet

      June 16, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      • superted

        June 16, 2019 at 2:51 pm

      • @Tigerlilly. It is all bullshit. 5G is quite safe. This crap comes from another commie conspiracy site.

        Dave Blunt

        June 16, 2019 at 5:00 pm

  35. A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice. That’s the way your hard-core Commie works.

    Dr. Strangelove

    June 16, 2019 at 11:34 am

    • 5G is quite safe, and I can tell you that an an expert.

      Government Expert

      June 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

  36. The question is would the job centre staff do it.

    myfinalusername

    June 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    • Yes they would probably use 5G to spy on benefit claimants to make sure you’re doing joke search!

      Violet

      June 16, 2019 at 2:10 pm

  37. It’s not 5G you have to worry about, it’s Tory government.

    John Barking

    June 16, 2019 at 5:05 pm

  38. There are a number of red communist conspirators on this site.

    McArthur Park

    June 16, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    • How does being against 5G make you a communist, the ones that are implementing 5G are the Communists!

      Tigerlily

      June 16, 2019 at 5:17 pm

  39. Violet

    June 16, 2019 at 5:14 pm

  40. 5G expected by the DWP for all new benefit claimants of Universal Credit by the end of next week.Employment Agencies’ expected soon after.All those on JSA by the end of July.

    ken

    June 16, 2019 at 8:02 pm

  41. One in six workers are in insecure, low-paid jobs

    One sixth of UK workers – around 5.1 million people – are in insecure, low-paid work, according to new research.

    The news comes as the Living Wage Foundation launches a major new initiative – “Living Hours” – to tackle widespread insecurity over hours and provide workers with real control over their lives.

    https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/living-hours-sixth-workers-insecure-low-paid-jobs/

    ken

    June 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    • Universal Credit relies on people taking insecure low-paid jobs. Instead of being able to refuse these, as they could under JSA.

      Dave Blunt

      June 16, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      • well it is not going to work as i have applied for 10.000 of those jobs and not 1 interview

        superted

        June 17, 2019 at 8:19 am

      • PARENT TRAP Unemployed mum can’t take DWP job because Universal Credit won’t pay childcare costs upfront
        STARING down at her job offer from the Department for Work and Pensions, single mum Freya Macfarlane felt nothing but despair.

        Unemployed Freya was desperate to work, but realised she’d have to turn down the role of benefits adviser – because the Department’s own Universal Credit rules mean she has to foot an £800 childcare bill upfront.

        superted

        June 17, 2019 at 11:20 pm

  42. You’re a sharp one aren’t you.

    Violet

    June 17, 2019 at 5:17 am

  43. Don’t you worry superted. We’ll find you a job.

    DWP Supervisor

    June 17, 2019 at 9:09 am

  44. The only jobs the DWP will find you is workfare doing 30 hours slave labour for the pittance which is your meagre benefits.

    Violet

    June 17, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    • Which displaces other workers so that they end up doing unpaid work experience as well.
      It’s the SelfServatives “Economic Miracle”, everybody working for nothing.

      Another Victim

      June 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm

  45. DWP chiefs rake in £17k bonuses as poor suffer from crippling benefit cuts

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-chiefs-rake-17k-bonuses-16528489

    superted

    June 17, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    • well it is not going to work as i have applied for 10.000 of those jobs and not 1 interview

      Its the same here Superted the phone isn’t ringing.

      ken

      June 17, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    • Yet the unemployed have had their benefits frozen for 4 years. Lost the Xmas bonus, and the job-finding grant.

      Simon Harvill

      June 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm

  46. Tory leadership hopefuls play down hope of ‘radical’ changes to Universal Credit

    Candidates for Prime Minister said tweaks were needed to the six-in-one benefit – but none committed to a radical overhaul

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-leadership-hopefuls-play-down-16531821

    ken

    June 17, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    • This is one of the problems of Universal Credit. It’s something of an all-in system. Designed around a fixed monthly payment, which was seen as great thing by Iain Duncan Smith. A key element, making claiming benefits just like being in work. Backed up by strict conditionality and sanctions. If the Tories start making any major changes, in their view they will have effectively scrapped Universal Credit. And we will be back to something like the old system.

      Alan Turner

      June 17, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      • Apparently 80% of the population get paid on a monthly basis, while only 40% of universal claimants do/did. It seems beneath the notice of IDS that a majority of people claiming universal credit might not usually be paid on a monthly basis and so suffer far more when payment of entitlements were long delayed; the daft old fucker seemed to believe that most people claiming universal credit would have just finished full-time work and just received one full month’s worth of wages from their last employer when signing-on.

        This is the idiocy that lies at the heart of universal credit: a benefit system designed to make the poorest people in society make the same choice and shoulder the same responsibilities as middle class people who have money in the bank, assets and collateral.

        You can’t completely blame a loon and idiot like Iain Duncan Smith for everything since none of this catastrophe could have happened without a majority of MPs, who should have known better, supporting and voting for it. And with a liar and charlatan like Boris Johnson, who has already pledged billions to give those earning £80,000 per year a substantial tax cut with not one Tory leadership candidate mentioning the benefit freeze and growing poverty, facing a bad and quite possibly disastrous Brexit, the future for Britain’s poor has never looked bleaker or worse.

        God help us!

        Ro

        June 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      • Boris Johnson invokes Thatcher spirit with greed is good speech

        London mayor calls for return of selective schools in bid for Tory right’s support

        https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/27/boris-johnson-thatcher-greed-good

        Envy.Car scratching rubbish thrown over fence dog mess in letterbox.Thats the society we’re going down its extreamly unpleasant prospect ahead.It causes others to look down on those less fortunate.Greed is what caused the crisis in the first place.Its not the way forward in a modern society.

        ken

        June 18, 2019 at 5:31 pm

  47. DWP chiefs rake in £17k bonuses as poor suffer from crippling benefit cuts

    The UK Government said 61 senior civil servants in the DWP last year got awards at an average of £9600.

    The UK Government said 61 senior civil servants in the DWP – which is in charge of the welfare system, including the botched roll-out of Universal Credit – last year got awards at an average of £9600.

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-chiefs-rake-17k-bonuses-16528489

    ken

    June 17, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    • DWP chiefs rake in £17k bonuses as poor suffer from crippling benefit cuts

      Opps I did it again,no wonder I carn’t fnd a job,apologies Superted

      ken

      June 18, 2019 at 1:56 am

  48. Hackney Labour ‘seriously concerned’ as it hits out at government over local food bank shortages

    The borough’s Labour councillors and mayor are protesting to the government about shortages at the local food bank – as they warn that “thousands of children in Hackney could be going hungry”.

    https://www.hackneycitizen.co.uk/2019/06/17/hackney-labour-seriously-concerned-local-food-bank-shortages/

    ken

    June 17, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    • Food poverty in Britain in the year 2019. One of the richest countries in the world. It’s a national disgrace, and as the UN report has stated, all of this austerity and misery is a political decision.

      Helen Morton

      June 17, 2019 at 7:25 pm

  49. I wonder how many ‘volunteers’ they are going to get for Universal Credit ?

    Kyle M.

    June 17, 2019 at 7:20 pm

  50. Removal of homeless camps trebles as charities warn of ‘out of control’ crisis

    The number of homeless camps forcibly removed by councils across the UK has more than trebled in five years, figures show, prompting campaigners to warn that the rough sleeping crisis is out of control and has become an entrenched part of life in the country.

    Tents, cardboard structures and a garden shed were among the hundreds of homeless encampments torn down by local authorities in the last five years.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/17/removal-of-homeless-camps-trebles-as-charities-warn-of-out-of-control-crisis

    ken

    June 17, 2019 at 8:16 pm

  51. Universal Credit: SNP MP Chris Stephens’ bid to end sanctions for zero-hours job refusal

    A Glasgow MP is trying to prevent workers who refuse a zero-hours contract job having benefits sanctioned by the DWP.

    Currently, Universal Credit claimants can be sanctioned and lose money or have benefits stopped if the refuse a job offer.

    Previously, under the old system, they were not sanctioned if the job was zero hours but welfare reforms and Universal Credit, which was rolled out across Glasgow last year, ended this.

    https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/17712824.universal-credit-snp-mp-chris-stephens-bid-to-end-sanctions-for-zero-hours-job-refusal/

    ken

    June 18, 2019 at 5:39 pm

  52. Austerity: The issue no-one talks about is still ruining lives

    Crippled: Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People’ is a timely read that could bring anyone out of a Brexit news-induced stupor. The stories it contains are horrific.

    There have been different outrages. The cruelty of the bedroom tax and the fit-for-work tests hit the headlines at least, but many others have gone under the radar. Tens of thousands of disabled people in the UK are living in destitution and hard-won rights have been rolled back.

    https://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2019/06/18/austerity-the-issue-no-one-talks-about-is-still-ruining-live

    ken

    June 18, 2019 at 10:30 pm

  53. Let’s not beat about the bush here. This government, our government, is making people work. There is no nice way of putting it. It’s work, plain and simple.

    Andy Farvis

    June 19, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    • But what if someone has looked carefully at the situation. Considered it from all angles, and then decided after careful thought, that they don’t want to take part in low-paid, insecure employment ?

      Harry Goreland

      June 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm

    • Work that pays too little to lift the people that do it out of poverty. Out of work poverty gets magicked into in-work poverty and the situation of the poor is worsened because of the collapse of state support and rising cost of housing, utilities and everything else that matters. Universal Credit was sold as the cure to poverty when in fact, in practice, it has turned out to be the single biggest creator of poverty.

      Ro

      June 20, 2019 at 4:30 pm

  54. DWP: 80 charities file watchdog complaint over ‘misleading’ Universal Credit adverts
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-80-charities-file-watchdog-16537228

    superted

    June 19, 2019 at 3:56 pm

  55. Can we have the next article please Andrew ? Thank you.

    The Editor

    June 20, 2019 at 3:18 pm

  56. Mandatory referral of JSA and Universal Credit claimants to the WHP, including linking periods and eligibility
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/mandatory_referral_of_jsa_and_un#incoming-1386353

    “Access to the programme for disabled people and the early access priority groups is voluntary at any time. Only the Long Term Unemployed (LTU) group will be mandated to the programme (these will be claimants within the intensive work search regime in Universal Credit (UC) or JSA claimants who have not moved into employment within 24 months of their claim).

    Please note, not all LTU claimants will be allocated a place on the WHP due to the limited number of places available.”

    jj joop

    June 20, 2019 at 4:40 pm

  57. You will need to be highly motivated. You will also need to have high standards of cleaning, be completely honest and above all be very reliable. Driving license and access to a car and smartphone is essential.

    We are looking for someone with early morning availability, as usual start times are 6 AM.

    https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/details/2434493

    Mini job major problem.

    ken

    June 20, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    • This looks like one of those jobs that people on UC will be badgered to apply for.

      jj joop

      June 20, 2019 at 7:06 pm

  58. Former Universal Credit director gives his take on why DWP’s flagship project is flailing

    Universal Credit hasn’t worked because of a mixture of operational issues, conflicting priorities and a disregard of user feedback

    https://diginomica.com/former-universal-credit-director-gives-his-take-why-dwps-flagship-project-flailing

    ken

    June 20, 2019 at 7:58 pm

  59. Llanelli residents left ‘short-changed’ by Universal Credit claims

    It’s appalling that the Tory government in Westminster has botched the roll out of Universal Credit so spectacularly. They’ve shamelessly taken money out of people’s pockets through continued austerity, and managed to do a bad job of managing the new system too. “The figures I’ve seen are staggering, and this is clearly a problem with the whole setup of Universal Credit, not a result of simple mistakes.”

    https://www.llanellionline.news/llanelli-residents-left-short-changed-by-universal-credit-claims-am/

    ken

    June 20, 2019 at 8:01 pm

  60. DWP followed policy in denying dying man benefits, review finds

    Stephen Smith, 64, from Liverpool, weighed 38kg and was gravely ill at time of death

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/20/dwp-followed-policy-in-denying-dying-man-stephen-smith-benefits-finds-review

    It was mentioned here some years ago policy not law.

    ken

    June 20, 2019 at 8:04 pm

  61. Oh God. Here we go again up the sanction tree with superted.

    ‘ Should a participant decline to sign the provider’s forms, this does not mean that they do not have to participate in the programme.’

    The referral letter given to a participant by Jobcentre Plus details the potential consequences for failing to participate as required.

    Tom Sutton

    June 21, 2019 at 12:26 pm

  62. Personally I wonder if ‘superted’ is not some sort of DWP agent provocateur.

    Henri Dupont

    June 21, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    • you can not participate if the provider does not get there money 😉
      DSC_0596

      i have done it 27 times and won at tribunal

      superted

      June 21, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    • Oui Henri, Monsieur Superted seems to know an amount quite suspicious about these things.

      Alain Tournelle

      June 21, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    • Listen very carefully. I will say zis only once.

      Leave superted alone. He rocks.

      jj joop

      June 21, 2019 at 4:17 pm

  63. i have done it 27 times and won at tribunal

    Its sad that the legal system should be treated with such contempt,much the same as the willingness to tolerate the decline in society.Town centres, have become anti-social,prostitution a crime involving policing the courts destroyed lives and the Conservatives think this is acceptable.Society is just becoming a crumbling wreck.

    Conference sets campaigning tasks on universal credit

    Speakers talk of the devastation caused by Conservative attacks on benefits and the most vulnerable in society

    Universal credit does not stand alone, though, but is destructive in conjunction with other things – not least, zero-hours contracts and insecure work.

    “People might n­ot be queuing outside the shipyard for work, but they are sitting by their phone, waiting for it ring with a few hours work,” she noted.

    https://www.unison.org.uk/news/article/2019/06/conference-sets-campaigning-tasks-universal-credit/

    ken

    June 22, 2019 at 1:34 am

  64. West Norfolk benefits claimants in ‘misinformation’ concern over Universal Credit

    people receiving old legacy benefits like Job Seekeer’s Allowance to “think carefully before claiming UC” by seeking independent specialist advice.

    https://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/fear-that-claimants-are-being-misled-9074078/

    ken

    June 22, 2019 at 1:37 am

  65. “The person who is still tired when he goes to work again in the morning is heading fast for the grave.” ­­

    — Councillor
    ­­

    Thought for the Day

    June 22, 2019 at 7:02 am

    • @ Thought For the Day

      That is very true.

      Dave G.

      June 22, 2019 at 12:32 pm

  66. Average age of Conservative Party members 57, of Labour Party 53, of the Lib/Dems 52.

    Andy Fordham

    June 22, 2019 at 12:35 pm

  67. Master : ‘In the vast mountains of Hyakujo why is there a dead fox ?’
    Answer: ‘ Within the boundaries of even this temple there is al least one dead skunk. All the more in the vast mountains of Hyakujo, there is nothing strange about there being one dead fox.’

    Zendo

    June 22, 2019 at 12:53 pm

  68. How many of you sentimental softies have kept your old UB40 and the little plastic case it went into ?

    Fred Harvis

    June 22, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    • The booklet of non historical interest.Back in the 80’s there was the UB40 folding card.Most people at that time experienced long term unemployment under the Tories.Back in 1980 I can well remember a dole queue that snaked around inside a building then outside and down a drive and being stuck right on the end as a teenager.Hardcore unenmployment after the factory closures.Norman Tebbit telling people to get on their bike to look for work.

      Today its rising food prices some in the shops have risen 20p for one item,still unemployment problems a government that doesn’t care and willing to tolerate its failings in Foodbanks cuts and increased poverty.Where there was once work theres now houses and flats standing and Conservative voters.

      Dumping the poor

      Last week’s revelations about what the auditor, John Magill, variously described as the ‘disgraceful’, ‘wilful’, ‘unlawful’, ‘unauthorised’ and ‘improper’ decisions of Westminster Council,

      https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/dumping-the-poor-nick-cohen-unravels-the-homes-for-votes-scandal-engulfing-dame-shirley-porter-and-1407226.html

      ken

      June 22, 2019 at 11:52 pm


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