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Universal Credit Claimants punished for not having Mobile Phones.

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Unite day of action against Universal Credit, Thursday 1st August

(Details of Actions, including in Ipswich, on the Saturday, to follow).

In the meantime somebody is happy:

While Amber Rudd basks in her success, and we await copies of the Boris Johnson Guide, Protect and Survive a No-Deal Brexit,  the mess that is Universal Credit continues to pile up.

Our newshounds have often posted about the “all digital” “on-line” problem-creating side of the madcap scheme to make everybody poorer.

Even the Boris Backing Currant Bun has admitted that,

PORTAL PROBLEMS 

Universal Credit’s online system ‘requires huge amounts of mobile data and doesn’t alert claimants’

A proper journalist for Third Force News reported only this year,

The shocking digital divide that punishes Universal Credit claimants

As many as one in three people seeking help with Universal Credit (UC) in Scotland don’t have access to the internet to make their claim.

Research carries out by the country’s network of citizen’s advice bureaux (CABs) point to a shocking digital divide impacting the most vulnerable.

The introduction of UC has caused myriad problems for claimants, plunging many into misery – not least because it is an online only system.

One side of this has just come up, from today’s Daily Record.

People without mobile phones facing delays on lifeline Universal Credit payments

Dedicated staff at Renfrewshire CAB say they are finding some of the most vulnerable people who do not have a phone are at risk of facing delays in their applications.

Having a mobile phone is something most of us take for granted.

But, for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, being without a mobile phone could mean lifeline cash that keeps a roof over their head and food in their fridge, simply slips out of their hands.

Staff at Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, in Paisley, have laid bare the issues faced by Universal Credit applicants who don’t have access to a mobile phone.

The most pressing concern is that claimants can’t find out how their application is progressing and what steps they need to take next.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) uses a call back system, which means that, without a mobile phone, some people who are in dire need can face their application being delayed as there are no means of contacting them.

Bureau manager Kay Taylor, who has worked at the Renfrewshire branch for eight years, insists the system makes the application process much more difficult for many.

She said: “Some of the clients who come here have complex issues and are dealing with chaotic lifestyles.

“And although, quite rightly, the DWP has this call-back in place, it can be problematic for people with complex issues as they may have no means for the DWP of getting in touch with them and it can stall their claims.

“If they don’t have a mobile phone, they can’t get the notifications about their applications telling them what next steps they need to take.

“They can come here to have the DWP call them back on a landline at a specific time, but sometimes that can be difficult or is not possible.”

Amber is still wafting away in the happy clouds of forgetfulness.

 

Written by Andrew Coates

July 30, 2019 at 10:36 am

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    A6er

    July 30, 2019 at 10:55 am

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  5. Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    The problems re Universal Credit continue to mount, but that is not stopping the rollout, for they are now starting to request claimants with ‘legacy benefits’where there are no changes in circumstances to apply for Universal Credit.

    I am informed that a small pilot has been commenced in Harrogate.

    Surely all problems should have been sorted before this should occur and what is happening to the forecast loss of benefits when transferred to Universal Credit.

    Has this or has it not been sorted?

    Chris Sterry commenting

    July 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    • I do not know but I can imagine that forcing those on legacy benefits(probably a group with a higher than average non-phone ownership) to hang around with mobiles ready to sort out their UC claims will create problems of their own.

      Andrew Coates

      July 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm

      • I know at my own JC there was a serious effort made for a couple of months to talk to the ‘legacy claimants’
        and try to get them to transfer to Universal Credit. It died a death, and apparently no-one took up the offer.
        Not suprising when the news is full of people suffering in dreadful conditions on Universal Credit.

        Jeff Smith

        July 30, 2019 at 5:38 pm

  6. Like so much from the DWP, this is carefully-considered tripe.
    You see how they carefully look away from the severity of Universal Credit as a system ?
    Which it was always designed to be, from the early crusading days of Duncan-Smith.
    And try instead to deflect attention onto other areas, which they can patch up with little or no effort or expense. But the Holy roll-out of Universal Credit continues, come hell or high water.

    Jeff Smith

    July 30, 2019 at 5:16 pm

  7. This whole business of mobile phones and internet access has been whitewashed by the DWP from the very start. A lot of claimants don’t have mobile phones, or even a computer. No big suprise with the money they have to live on. But this was always seen as collateral damage in the great plan of Universal Credit. Some people would drop out of the system because they couldn’t deal with it. Or stand the continued stress and difficulty of trying to keep a Universal Credit claim going.

    Alan Turner

    July 30, 2019 at 5:31 pm

  8. I still think it is wrong to force people who don’t want to work, into work

    Dave Blunt

    July 30, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    • So you don’t want to work then Dave? 😁

      Violet

      July 30, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      • If it was something well-paid, hours not too long, not too boring. Then maybe. But it ought to be a personal choice.

        Dave Blunt

        July 30, 2019 at 6:54 pm

      • Something like stood for twelve hours seven days a week popping the cherries on Bakewell Tarts then, Dave? 😀

        Bakewell Tart

        July 30, 2019 at 10:49 pm

  9. Oh Superted listen carefully,
    For Amber is calling you,
    She wants you to stop skiving,
    Here is what you must do.

    Transfer to the new benefit,
    Universal Credit by name,
    A golden route to happiness,
    Life will never be the same.

    For you’ll be working,
    Think of that !
    A job of you very own,
    ( That’s if you can apply online
    And have a mobile phone ).

    So don’t wait superted,
    Make no delay,
    For Universal Credit is here
    To help you all the way !

    DWP Poet

    July 30, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    • you got one problem with uc if no employer wants you then there is no work so uc will change nothing!

      and i have 10.000+ job apps to back this up so there are no jobs left to apply for i done the lot a-z pmsl 😉

      superted

      July 31, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      • and you dont need to claim uc online as there is a non digital service where you can do it over the phone or down the jcp, no journal required and i have the foi to back this up so they cant say no. 😉

        superted

        July 31, 2019 at 12:59 pm

  10. What is it with BoJo’s Protect and Survive leaflet telling us to to stockpile. What does he really expect us to do? Stockpile. NEVER take heed of what the Government, Police, Army, Fire Service (Grenfell Tower) or anyone else in officialdom say. It could cost you your life. The Police like to say “for your own safety”. And NEVER, EVER get in those Army trucks.

    Shit Hits the Fan Prepper

    July 30, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    • Boris said NOT to prep – that means you prep like Hell!. Stock up on the 4B’s: beans, bullets, barbed wire and bog roll!. You’ll also need gold to trade in. Good luck y’all!

      Survivalist

      July 30, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    • Boris said NOT to prep – that means you prep like Hell!. Stock up on the 4B’s: beans, bullets, barbed wire and bog roll!. You’ll also need gold to trade for essential supplies. Good luck y’all!

      Survivalist

      July 30, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    • More than likely though ‘something will happen’ in the last few days of October i.e. another six month ‘extension’. Someones, somewhere must be making a mint out of this preparing constantly for a ‘no-deal brexit’. This Brexit bollocks should be over by 31 October one way or other or heads should be rolling. Meanwhile, the Great British Pound isn’t worth £jackshit. Great for tourists to the UK though. No wonder we keep hearing American accents.

      Habiba

      July 31, 2019 at 7:42 am

    • It is reckoned that since Jacob Rees Mogg moved.his investment business to Dublin he has personally made £millions from the fall in the value of the £pound.

      Brexit is making £millions for those betting on the British economy tanking – a No Deal Brexit would see several UK banks in deep trouble which again would see people like Jacob Rees Mogg cashing in big time.

      Once again the banks are being shorted

      Badeea

      July 31, 2019 at 10:28 am

      • Does that mean that we will have to bail out these fucking banks again – even though we can see it coming? Another round of austerity? Bollocks to that!

        Mags

        July 31, 2019 at 10:40 am

      • It’s a total mugs’s games working your socks off only to benefit all these scammers, JRMs and banker bastards. Only fools and horses work. It is the smart cookies who are on benefits.

        The Trotters

        July 31, 2019 at 11:08 am

      • Coates and the rest of the Tories voting for Boris was the only sensible thing they could have done. Had they not then the Tory party would be finished. Brexit is happening whether you like it or not. We just have together over with. Had we had him back in 2016 instead of May then it would all be sorted by now. 3 bloody longs years wasted. There’s no going back on the vote but at least now there is an end in sight to the uncertainty. If they didn’t elect Boris and accepted a deal that isn’t really Brexit then at the next GE the Brexit Party would have decimated the Tory vote. This could have led to a Corbyn government. A Marxist government that wants to overthrow capitalism is far more scary than Brexit. By a very long way. After Brexit is settled and people realise it’s not the end of the world we will have a new period of growth. It’s something to embrace not be fearful of. Yes, our shares are down because of the uncertainty but it’s only temporary. With Boris and a No Deal Brexit the nightmare of a Corbyn government looks further away then ever. Thank God.

        Prunella Westinghouse-Blythe

        July 31, 2019 at 11:15 am

      • The EU German and the London Central UK government,have much in common.Germany had a strong currency in the Mark ,so when it took on the Euro it was to its benefit ,especially when it came to exports, making a clever and hard working comparison is a bit stupid,to say the least.

        The Panama papers tells you all you need to know about German Deutsche Bank offshore activity , the UK with its offshore activity ,its more a choice of which panama hat is darkest.
        The people in all countries are being exploited, and their nation states are being exploited by Bankers and Elitist greed.

        A fine example of this I’m all right jackery is the council house state of the UK, it has been and still is – an ongoing utter disgrace, its been a case of reckless abandonment and destruction .London housing and its constantly inflating house prices is a magnate for unchecked money laundering by oligarchy types and Elitist greed, encouraged by International Banking spivs.

        A system of fake governance and deliberate manipulation of the UK’s middle class, (they still vote Tory-Why i have no idea!)the populations tax payers are abused. .The poorest in society have been trodden on.

        Angela Merkel

        August 1, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    • The EU is a neo-liberal project, not a progressive force for good.

      “The EU is neither a purveyor of `soft power, nor a benevolent and humanitarian force. Rather, it is a hierarchical alliance of nation states that have created the institutional framework of a single market relentlessly promoting neo-liberalism.

      In particular, Germany has systematically broken the rules that have to do with inflation which is connected to wage remuneration. Germany has kept its inflation very low, it has paid its workers very little, and it has systematically been below the ECB target for inflation.

      The result has been a huge trade surplus for Germany which gained competitiveness this way. The current account surplus for Germany today is 8% of GDP. Again, this is breaking the rules but again there is no penalty. So the systematic problem in the Eurozone has been Germany and its domestic policies.

      The Eurozone has become a domestic economy for Germany, which now controls essentially political and other developments in Europe. That’s where the problem comes from and that’s the reality of Europe at the moment.”

      Source: Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics, London University, ex Greek MP and author “The Left Case against the EU”.

      Cantara

      August 1, 2019 at 2:07 pm

  11. You can see the reality of Universal Credit by the fact that people are going be made to do it.If it was half as good as the DWP say, no-one would need to be forced onto it. They would volunteer.

    Tom Sutton

    July 30, 2019 at 6:52 pm

  12. It does look like much the same for DBS checks.More of the same passport’s and driving licence’s.

    https://www.gov.uk/request-copy-criminal-record

    People 30 years plus ago who did a job would today require licences and find it impossible to do that role today because of the need to be able to learn.Societies expectations of people has changed that more is expected in personal ability.

    ken

    July 30, 2019 at 11:34 pm

  13. Why the pretence about it being online anyway? You still have to attend an interview, and you still – afaict – have to attend regular ‘signing’ sessions. Just as you always had to. It’s just bollocks.

    ghost whistler

    July 31, 2019 at 8:04 am

    • Yeah, round here on universal credit you have to go into the jokecentre once a week. While I am on here, is it really the end? 😦

      Daisy

      July 31, 2019 at 9:57 am

    • Originally your “Work Coach” was supposed to be managing you remotely over the phone and internet, enabling the government to sack civil servants – 26% of DWP staff are already gone – and close Jobcentres to save money. Stupid idea like much of the rest of Universal Credit. In practice, like so much of UC, such a plan was unworkable in practice.

      Yeller Paiges

      July 31, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      • Diane Abbott blames Tory austerity after homeless man dies in bus stop

        In a blistering attack on the Conservatives, the shadow home secretary told Metro.co.uk: ‘It is disgraceful that in the world’s fifth largest economy people are dying in the most desperate circumstances.

        ‘The Tories should be utterly ashamed of themselves. Their failure to tackle homelessness and ten years of austerity has left many people destitute.

        https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/31/diane-abbott-blames-tory-austerity-homeless-man-dies-bus-stop-10495152/

        ken

        August 1, 2019 at 11:00 pm

  14. Andrew Coates

    July 31, 2019 at 10:11 am

    • A force for good be damned, Universal credit has always been about forcing people off benefits. By making the whole system tougher on the claimant. Based on the view of certain right-wing Tories, that too many people had been taking the mickey for too long. And also the incredible amount of money spent bailing out the banking system in 2008. So in the end it was benefit claimants or bankers ? No contest.

      Jeff Smith

      July 31, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    • The only support I get is two 15 minute meetings with my work coach per month! That is to say one 15 minute appointment fortnightly! Support? I laughed so much I almost needed surgical support after I read Amber Rudd’s tweets praising the “support” offered to “participants” by her army of work coaches. And that’s now. Before the remaining six million on legacy benefits get “migrated” over onto UC. Shit! It’s enough to make a strong man weep.

      Jim

      July 31, 2019 at 3:12 pm

  15. Andrew Coates

    July 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    • God Almighty these people are completely out of touch! And they couldn’t care less if they are.
      But you can still get so many of the working-class to look up adoringly at the upper-class in this country.
      Why ?

      Alan Turner

      July 31, 2019 at 2:46 pm

      • They should make all the MPs eat from a foodbank for a week. So they can see for themselves.

        Percy De Piffle

        July 31, 2019 at 3:00 pm

      • MPs pocket about £80,000 per year and are in the top 5% of earners int the UK. How can anybody like that, even Labour MPs, possibly understand that taking as little as £5 or £10 a week away from someone poor can tip them over the edge into ruin?

        Prince of Cats

        August 1, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    • He did. And he also said that the “government can’t do everything” and expressed not the slightest ambition to do something to lessen food poverty and reduce continually increasing food bank usage. This prat is one of those weird contradictory “pro-life” loonies that hates abortion because the “existence of the unborn child is sacred” although, once children have been born, couldn’t give a monkey’s as per whether they are being adequately nourished, malnourished or even starving. What a prize twat! This creature is a waste of skin!

      Ro

      July 31, 2019 at 4:48 pm

  16. Phones are great! It’s good to talk!

    Bob Hoskins (deceased)

    July 31, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    • THOUSANDS of people stormed the streets nationwide yesterday in a mass fightback to stop universal credit (UC).

      The Unite Community demonstration saw campaigners gather outside multiple sites, including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) headquarters in London, where they called on Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd to hear their voices.

      Unite Community chairwoman for Bromley and Croydon Paula Peters said: “UC is ideologically designed to cause mass stress and harm and to ramp up poverty and hunger.

      https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/amber-rudd-stop-uc-say-protestors

      ken

      August 2, 2019 at 8:40 pm

  17. Just seen this on the whatdotheyknow website. Using the journal is incorporated into the CC as a condition of claiming UC.

    UC Journal
    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/uc_journal#incoming-1408247

    jj joop

    July 31, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    • By contrast though, this FoI request states that claimants do not have to use the journal to provide evidence of their work search or an up to date CV.

      Provding evidence of my job searh and cv
      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/provding_evidence_of_my_job_sear

      jj joop

      July 31, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      • I refused to use the journal and have continued to present my work search on paper, prepared on my laptop and printed out at home. As far as I know people on UC do have to keep a record of their jobseeking activities, e.g., jobs applied for, worksearch activities, volunteering etc., but can keep such a record in any manner that they choose NOT just by diarising online using the journal. The trouble with the journal is that it is not editable, meaning that everything that you commit to it remains permanently on record, stored in a DWP database somewhere, and anybody with the right permissions can scrutinise it anywhere in the world.

        I refused to use the journal, objecting to being tracked on line by the DWP or anybody else, and wasn’t sanctioned and so I believe that the journal can be refused just as you could refuse to give access to your Universal Jobmatch account. The law in respect to data privacy is tighter now than it was when UJM was going and so if you could refuse to allow the DWP to scrutinise you jobseeking activities on UJM in the past you MUST be able to do the same thing now with the journal.

        Has anybody been sanctioned for refusing to use the journal and keeping their jobsearch in a written form?

        If you agree to use the journal on your CC you are stuffed and HAVE to use it from that point on.

        Just because Jobcentre staff make things sound as if they are compulsory doesn’t mean that they are.

        When dealing with the DWP the general rule is: Question everything.

        Jim

        July 31, 2019 at 4:35 pm

      • any personnel data that the dwp want to see like job search ect can not be dictated how it is provided as it is personnel data and they need ur permission to see it or have access to it.

        the dwp dont even have my phone number any more let alone a email address as it is my choice to let them have it or not and nothing they can do about it.

        same with those signing pads you can refuse to use them as i still put pen to paper when i sign on and again nothing they can do about it same as refusing to sign providers contracts.

        superted

        July 31, 2019 at 5:17 pm

      • Jim

        Do you sign in to your online account to complete activities in your to-do list? If you do, what kind of activities have you been asked to complete and has the DWP ever included submitting work search evidence via your online journal via the to-do list?

        jj joop

        July 31, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      • I have not heard of any one being sanctioned for not using the journal to record their job search. The Jobcentre would like you to think it’s mandatory but it’s not. My coach told me I had to use it but when I showed him the FoI saying it wasn’t a legal requirement, he was less than happy. At work search reviews now he is rather frosty with me.

        Vlad the Impaler

        August 1, 2019 at 5:56 am

      • @jj joop

        The only thing my coach uses the to-do list for is to remind me of my appointments and to bring in an up to date copy of my CV for him to examine. He did ask that I provide them with a copy for their records but I declined. To use an American vernacular: he was pissed! But there wasn’t a damn thing he could do about it.

        Vlad the Impaler

        August 1, 2019 at 6:02 am

      • @jj joop

        I do sign-in to my UC account twice a month or so to look at the “To Do” list and accept any new “Claimant Commitment” I might have have agreed with my Work Coach immediately afterwards and verify that I have read details about sanctions regime. I used the relevant page(s) of my UC account once to report a change in my rent and left one message for my Work Coach on one and only one occasion. As far as recording my “Worksearch” using the journal, well, so far I have not recorded a single thing using the journal online and don’t intend to because I don’t want to be tracked by the DWP digitally; the only part of the journal which I object to using on a regular basis relates to recording my “Worksearch” in real time digitally for all to see.

        I am as sure as I can be that you don’t have to record your “Worksearch” using the journal.

        I refused to and nothing happened to me.

        I have never heard of a single case of anybody refusing to record their job-seeking activities via the journal being sanctioned as long as they keep a record of what they’ve been up to some other way and haven’t agreed to use the journal for such a purpose in their claimant commitment. Once you agree to use the journal in that way you’re stuck and can be sanctioned if you stop using it without Work Coach consent and agreement.

        Jim

        August 1, 2019 at 7:22 am

      • Y’all should all be real careful now that when you are frogmarched onto universal credit then. Be real careful you don’t sign a claimant commitment blind, you know like signing for something you haven’t even read on those God-damned digital signing pads. Good luck y’all! 🙂 And 10-10 good buddies 🙂

        Mary the Trucker

        August 1, 2019 at 8:54 am

  18. thinks fit.

    thinks fit

    Its back to that again.

    It doesn’t meant to say its lawful reasonable or takes into account circumstances.Universal Credit has to comply with the law.

    ken

    July 31, 2019 at 5:16 pm

  19. Dictated how it is provided as it is personnel data and they need ur permission to see it or have access to it.

    They really need the permission of the company advertising as they are third party.If cookies arn’t enabled the journal cannot be accessed on the computer anyway.The right to say no is being eroded.

    New figures show number of Universal Credit claimants forced to take emergency loans in West Dunbartonshire.

    Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie has hit out at the statistics published last week and called for a halt to Universal Credit.

    More and more people are being pushed into hardship because of the delays in the system, when they are already struggling – it is clear that this is not a system designed to help those who need it. It is a system that is causing people to choose between heating and eating.

    “People who are on Universal Credit shouldn’t be forced into claiming advanced payments which they need to pay back. This only pushes them into debt.

    “The Tories must halt this shambolic system and take immediate steps to ensure those who need assistance get it.”

    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/new-figures-show-number-universal-18804466

    ken

    July 31, 2019 at 7:34 pm

  20. I find it pretty amusing everytime I go to to one of the providers about not having a mobile phone, may miss out on getting a phone call from an employer, rubbish. The DWP have my home contact details and that is good enough.

    I am getting less money on UC than I was on JSA, as I used to extra because of my disability, I am £30 per week worst off, I still live at home with my parents, so government don’t have to pay me housing beneifts etc.

    I use my job log, only for me to keep check what I am doing.

    myfinalusername

    July 31, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    • they will not send me to any providers anymore wonder why pmsl 😉

      superted

      July 31, 2019 at 8:27 pm

      • Because you are such a naughty boy superted, that’s why.

        A.Rudd

        August 1, 2019 at 3:06 pm

  21. SPECIAL REPORT: Politics and Investigations Editor Jen Williams discovers dismay, rage and defiance in Oldham, a town bruised by Universal Credit and austerity. This is the first of a three part series looking at the deep wounds government neglect has left on an industrial town – it’s a story replicated across the North.

    “Demand is increasing year on year. Last year it was a 10% increase at least. Which is shocking, considering we were one of the initial pilot areas. If anything, we should be seeing things getting better as a pilot area, not worse. Half a decade is long enough to show the government it’s not working. But they don’t care.”

    https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/we-often-see-grown-men-16658405

    ken

    August 1, 2019 at 9:14 am

  22. And sadly Labour did nothing to stop the Managed Migration Regulations, on which the Universal Credit pilot depended, being rushed through parliament at the last minute. With this level of crap opposition from Corbyn the Tories can virtually do what they like.

    Barry M.

    August 1, 2019 at 11:42 am

    • Labour also voted with the late Iain Duncan Smith in order for him to get through his ‘retrospective’ legislation that denied claimants recompense for sanctions that had been imposed for ‘failing to participate in’ the mandatory work schemes. But never fear, in exchange Labour ‘won’ a ‘review’ into benefit sanctions led by the bloke who ran the late IDS’s ‘Social Justice’ ‘Institute’. Corbyn and Labour are a crock of shit.

      Dafeenah

      August 1, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      • I don’t know what the Labour Party think they are doing, but it’s not working. If Corbyn can’t handle it, get another leader.

        Garry

        August 1, 2019 at 3:05 pm

      • You can thank that little twit Liam Byrne for that one.

        Prince of Cats

        August 1, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    • Ain’t that the truth !!

      Garry K.

      August 2, 2019 at 9:46 am

  23. Andrew Coates

    August 1, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    • End sorry and sick Universal Credit now’, demand campaigners at Sheffield rally

      Universal Credit was today branded a ‘sorry and sick excuse for a welfare policy’ as campaigners gathered in Sheffield to call for the controversial scheme to be scrapped.

      food banks are experiencing growing demand from families struggling to make ends meet, especially during the school holidays when children do not receive free meals, and people are dying as a result of the sanctions being imposed.

      Jennifer Jones, who receives disability benefits, told how she was ‘living in dread’ of a brown envelope dropping through her letterbox telling her she was being transferred to Universal Credit.

      https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/politics/end-sorry-and-sick-universal-credit-now-demand-campaigners-at-sheffield-rally-487814

      ken

      August 1, 2019 at 10:50 pm

  24. Philippa Stroud, Social Metrics Commission: ‘Work still best route out of poverty, but it is full-time work’

    Philippa Stroud is a Conservative member of the House of Lords and chair of the Social Metrics Commission.

    She worked for Iain Duncan Smith when he was Work and Pensions Secretary.

    https://www.channel4.com/news/philippa-stroud-social-metrics-commission-work-still-best-route-out-of-poverty-but-it-is-full-time-work

    ken

    August 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    • Should be “well paid full-time work”. I doubt that many people working 35 hours a week on the minimum wage don’t need some help from the state to pay their rent and council tax.

      Prince of Cats

      August 1, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    • They are still keeping on with this, and they won’t change.

      Don Harper

      August 1, 2019 at 8:31 pm

  25. All your internet activity is being monitored in real time. Scary!

    Teenage girl held over post about school shooting in Scotland

    A teenage girl was detained in P**ola**nd following concerns she was plotting a school shooting in Scotland.

    The 16-year-old, who lives in Scotland, was on holiday when she posted online comments about a return to school, along with images of firearms and a sign saying: “I’m coming”.

    These were detected by Interpol officials in the United States who alerted police in Po**la*******nd.

    The teenager was later detained and admitted making the posts.

    Polish police said they had ruled out any intention to commit a terrorist act and the case had been referred to the country’s juvenile court.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-49195355

    Meg

    August 1, 2019 at 5:38 pm

  26. There appears to be a number of GP surgeries posting these types of notice.

    DWP APPEAL LETTERS

    Unfortunately the practice are no longer able to issue letters of support for appeals for the DWP. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

    Such as here.

    http://www.cadzowhealthcentre.co.uk/

    ken

    August 1, 2019 at 8:02 pm

  27. Universal credit: Neasden man with epilepsy told to live on £16 a month by welfare bosses

    A Neasden man with severe epilepsy has been told to live on £16 a month by government welfare bosses and threatened with a court case by Brent Council over an alleged overpayment of housing benefit.

    David George Strong, 54, has been unable to work for decades due to his illness, and has been reduced to begging and waiting for food to be binned outside of supermarkets.

    “If you go down to the Iceland late at night they sometimes there’s stuff by the bins in the car park.

    “I’ve just got to go out and go out so I can possibly get enough to eat.”

    “When I was on the phone to them [the DWP], all they said is: ‘Go to a food bank.'”

    https://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/politics/universal-credit-neasden-man-eating-out-of-bins-after-being-told-to-live-on-16-a-month-1-6193122

    ken

    August 1, 2019 at 10:49 pm

  28. Sooner we get some centre-ground politics in the Labour Party the better. Forget all this Trotsky & Marx stuff.

    Dave Blunt

    August 2, 2019 at 9:44 am

  29. One of the problems here is that Labour have basically accepted the transfer to Universal Credit. It would be massively expensive to try and replace it now. And they have a horror of the whole ‘Welfare Party’ thing.

    Alan Turner

    August 2, 2019 at 9:49 am

  30. This is a monstrous injustice:

    Andrew Coates

    August 2, 2019 at 9:50 am

    • This article doesn’t make sense. His housing account must be in excess credit to the tune of what’s owed. So why doesn’t his landlord refund the DWP/council? Or why doesn’t he get his rent paid into his bank account and live off that since he won’t need to pay any rent until the overpaid funds have been run down?

      Confused

      August 2, 2019 at 10:53 am

      • Something very odd about this. Double payments going in and nobody noticed it before ? The DWP or the local council ? The way they check and double-check everything. Sounds fishy to me.

        Dave Blunt

        August 2, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      • The smell of fish stinks to high heaven.

        Captain Birds Eye

        August 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    • This seems very unfair. So the DWP and the local authority have been making double payments of his housing benefit, which he had no knowledge of. And now he is being punished for it ? Even though he is not the one who made the original mistake .

      Jeff Smith

      August 2, 2019 at 10:53 am

      • But these double payments will be showing as CREDIT on his rent account. Or it could be the case that universal credit has made a payment directly and housing benefit has been paid into his bank account and he has just keep/spent it. When you read it it just does not make any sense!

        Confused

        August 2, 2019 at 10:59 am

  31. Boris Johnson’s government, including the DUP, now has a majority of one. Just sayin’.

    Statto

    August 2, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    • Leaked government documents warn of no-deal Brexit food shortages, price rises and vulnerable people unable to access food

      Sky News and The Guardian have published extracts from two leaked government documents that reveal shocking details of the possible impact of a no-deal Brexit.

      the worst-case scenario reads “potential consumer panic and food shortages, even in areas which are not directly affected by the border.

      These developments came the day after welfare secretary Amber Rudd and no-deal Brexit minister Michael Gove were challenged to guarantee food for vulnerable people in the event of a no-deal Brexit, in a letter from emergency food aid providers coordinated by Sustain.

      https://www.sustainweb.org/news/aug19_government_documents_warn_of_no_deal_food_shortages/

      ken

      August 2, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      • It is all a load of clickbait bollocks, ken, you place you in a state of high anxiety. For instance clicking on a link retrieved this – guce.advertising.com/collectIdentifiers?sessionId=3_cc-session_cf193b06-eec2-4345-a6b1-339517c156c6 – which was BLOCKED!

        Just be sensible, keep your eye on the ball and believe a word the Government, BBC, or anyone ‘official’ tells you. Chill out! 😀 😀

        Banjo Woman

        August 2, 2019 at 5:11 pm

      • It is all a load of clickbait bollocks, ken, to place you in a state of high anxiety. For instance clicking on a link retrieved this – guce.advertising.com/collectIdentifiers?sessionId=3_cc-session_cf193b06-eec2-4345-a6b1-339517c156c6 – which was BLOCKED!

        Just be sensible, keep your eye on the ball and DON’T believe a word the Government, BBC, or anyone ‘official’ tells you. Chill out! 😀 😀

        Banjo Woman

        August 2, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      • The of food is already rocketing. Over a pound for a bloody cucumber!

        The Skints

        August 2, 2019 at 5:22 pm

      • The price of food is already rocketing. Over a pound for a bloody cucumber!

        The Skints

        August 2, 2019 at 5:23 pm

      • Time to get stockpiling, you and everyone else, ken.

        Stockpile essentials’ in case of a no-deal Brexit

        ISLANDERS will be urged to stock up on essential goods again, as the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit at the end of October is increasing, the Government of Jersey has said.

        In the run-up to the initial Brexit day of 29 March, Islanders were advised to stock up in the same way that they would for a long bank holiday weekend in case supply chains were disrupted by the UK leaving the EU without a trade deal in place.

        Concerns were raised at the time about potential shortages of fresh produce and a deal was struck with the Channel Islands Co-operative Society to partially reopen its warehouse at Bellozanne to stockpile supplies such as pasta, rice, tea and coffee.

        With newly elected UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson taking a more bullish stance on the UK leaving without a trade deal on 31 October, preparations are again under way for a no-deal scenario.

        External Relations Minister Ian Gorst said that it was unlikely to be clear whether there would be a deal or not until mid-October and that Islanders would soon be urged to make necessary preparations.

        ‘We have been preparing for a possible no-deal scenario since 2016. In the run-up to March of this year we took some fairly proactive positive lines in asking Islanders to prepare themselves when it comes to prepositioning of provisions, as well as businesses,’ he said,

        ‘We also signed an agreement with the Co-op. We are already preparing similar messages for when everyone is back after the summer recess and summer holidays.’

        The minister said, however, that he believed the UK was now in a better position than it had been in March to ensure supply chains remained intact.

        ‘The Department of Transport in the UK has done a lot more work around preparing for supply disruption, which we are connected into,’ he said.

        ‘The current thoughts around supply disruption are that there might not be quite as many difficulties as they were thinking in the run-up to March when they needed to do more work on it.

        ‘The indications that we are getting is that their preparation is more fully formed. Of course the other issue you run into in October is bad weather but we already had contingencies in place for that.’

        He added: ‘We have spoken to retailers and those people who are responsible for making sure that we are prepared from contingency and business-continuity perspectives. They are continuing to work and will work throughout the summer.

        ‘I’m currently meeting them on a weekly basis and that will continue. Then in September we will reassess where the UK is.’

        Previous concerns about supply-chain disruption for Jersey have focused on whether the port of Portsmouth would be able to cope with the delays caused by new Customs checks in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

        https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2019/08/02/stockpile-essentials-in-case-of-a-no-deal-brexi

        The Hoarders

        August 2, 2019 at 6:04 pm

      • ken, back in 1980 the population of Ethiopia was 35 million it is now 110 million, in Nigeria it was 74 million it is now 201 million, in Pakistan it was 80 million it is now 205 million, and lndia it was 699 million it is now 1.37 billion.

        We must realise that this isn’t about hatred, it isn’t about racism, it is about survival. This is how our countries become their countries and how eventually our children lose their birthright.

        At the end of WW1 European peoples made up 33% of the worlds population, it is now less than 8%. Sadly as we are out bred our culture and history will become less and less important, until one day they are finally forgotten. We have spent fortunes trying to fight poverty amongst other cultures but all we have succeed in doing is boosting their numbers, and for all our technology our future is in doubt due to what can only be described as conquest by womb.

        Rum Drinker

        August 2, 2019 at 7:28 pm

      • @ Rum Drinker

        I’m not sure what you mean. Are you saying that Ethiopia, or Nigeria, or some other country in the third world is going to invade Europe and take over? The west has enough military force to turn whole continents into panes of glass if it wanted to and so I don’t see that happening. Or are you saying that over-population in non-European third-world countries and competition for limited resources will lead to accelerated global warming, degradation and pollution which will end up destroying the world for everybody? Truth be told America (15%) and China (30%) are the biggest polluters and greatest environmental threats on earth and so to be honest I’m more fearful of China and the USA, as far as that goes, bringing about the end of days than anywhere in Africa or whatever.

        https://www.activesustainability.com/environment/top-5-most-polluting-countries/

        I’m not sure what you’re getting at.

        Gaia

        August 3, 2019 at 9:00 am

      • Increasing population has degraded the quality of the food supply. Take for example wheat. The Bible exhorts ‘and give us this day our daily bread’. But the Bible is talking about Einkorn wheat not the modern-day Frankenwheat variety. Frankenwheat is associated with a range of diseases particularly inflammations and diseases of the auto-immune system. Norman Borlaug received a Nobel prize for creating this monstrosity. But in fairness, it was recognised that a burgeoning world population would require a cheap, high-yield, disease-resistant crop. The same can be said with the increasing use of pesticides. So we are paying a price for an ever increasingly world population through toxic substances being introduced to our food supply.

        Do you think the Royal Family for example eat any of this toxic crap? Of course they don’t. The Queen and Co all have ‘tenant farmers’ on their estates that supply the Royal household with fresh, organic, non-genetically modified foodstuffs,

        Earrh Maiden

        August 3, 2019 at 10:57 am

    • And if one green bottle should accidentally fall……..

      Sam Driver

      August 2, 2019 at 7:08 pm

      • Tory blue bottle more like Duncan in sh*t.

        ken

        August 2, 2019 at 7:55 pm

  32. DWP spent over £200K on newspaper ads for Universal Credit.

    ken

    August 2, 2019 at 8:10 pm


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