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As Universal Credit Documentary Airs Tonight, System “completion not expected until 2024”.

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Latest news…

Universal Credit: Welfare system to be delayed again with completion not expected until 2024

The Independent reports,

Late implementation will cost taxpayer a further £500 million over five years.

The completion of the government’s troubled Universal Credit welfare scheme has been put back yet again, at a cost of £500 million.

Slower-than-expected transfers of claimants from existing benefits mean the date of completion of the roll-out has been put back by nine months to 2024.

When first announced by Iain Duncan Smith as a replacement for a range of benefits in 2010, Universal Credit was due to be fully implemented by 2017.

But it has been beset by a series of delays, and welfare delivery minister Will Quince today announced that more time was needed to transfer the final 900,000 claimants.

Universal Credit was implemented first with new claimants, or those whose circumstances had changed, with the more complicated transfer of individuals from existing benefits left until later.

The Department of Work and Pensions attributed the latest delay in part to the robustness of the labour market, which has meant that fewer people than expected experienced a change in circumstances, leaving 900,000 more people than expected claiming the old benefits.

Mr Quince said: “Universal Credit is the biggest change to the welfare system in a generation, bringing together six overlapping benefits into one monthly payment and offering support to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Here is one reaction:

And another:

All eyes will be on this tonight:


Episode 1

At Peckham Jobcentre in London, Rachel has recently moved onto Universal Credit after leaving her 27-year NHS career to become a carer for her ill parents.

The Guardian preview:

Universal Credit: Inside the Welfare State
9pm, BBC Two

Designed to streamline benefits payments and make them easier to navigate, universal credit has met with fierce opposition since its protracted and troubled rollout. This three-part series opens in Peckham Jobcentre, where more than 1,000 people visit each day, including former NHS worker Rachel, who is living precariously during the five-week wait for her first universal credit payment. It is a humanising look into the real-life consequences of political choices. Ammar Kalia

The Shocking Reality Of Living On Universal Credit

……a harrowing three-part BBC documentary series which puts universal credit under a magnifying glass. Universal Credit: Inside The Welfare State focuses on Jobcentres in Peckham, Toxteth and Bolton. As well as senior civil servants and MPs, we hear from those directly affected by the most controversial change to the benefits system in a generation. Some of the most powerful stories involve women dealing with mental health issues, redundancy, raising their children alone and working under temporary contracts, all while adapting to universal credit.
Somebody has other things on her mind:

Written by Andrew Coates

February 4, 2020 at 9:44 am

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    • Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. The Guardian web site is infected with trackers and cookies. This is an advertorial for the Brave browser. The browser you PAY for. The browser that intercepts ads and replaces them with their own ads.

      Not So Brave

      February 4, 2020 at 10:57 am

    • This article is disingenuous They are trying to make out that the Gugle guys 😀 have all your details. When what they are talking about is googleanalytics etc. Incidentally, a lot of web sites block log ins (but don’t tell you) if you are blocking googleanalytics etc. Even this site has cookies and trackers!

      IT Expert

      February 4, 2020 at 11:12 am

    • Some people have no clue what’s gping on!


      February 4, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    • Well, download the free Opera browser and go online using it’s free VPN. Opera say that they don’t log users and are based in Norway I believe, so let’s see councils track the people following this advice and see how far it gets them!



      February 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm

  1. This needs to be pushed to the max, the idea that people are ‘too scared’ to go onto Universal Credit. Finally we seem to be getting some traction from the general public about this.

    Jeff Smith

    February 4, 2020 at 10:15 am

    • I know people who say this.

      It is pretty common.

      Andrew Coates

      February 4, 2020 at 10:27 am

    • I absolutely dread the prospect of going on to Universal Credit. There’s nothing positive about it. Every aspect of UC sounds like a total nightmare. I’m just hoping to live long enough to get my Pension, and in the meantime am just passing time on JSA but still got quite a few years to go yet. The years can’t pass soon enough.


      February 4, 2020 at 11:09 am

      • I am in exactly the same position especially as I’m not living near a large city and have limited job prospects. i only have a few years myself to go until I claim my pension since I’m in excellent health and don’t look my age at all. I can’t wait to claim my pension.I think it’s likely they’ll leave those of us on JSA alone and wait until we claim our pensions or we take jobs and then find ourselves losing them and being forced to claim UC by attrition. I know someone who’s shortly going to claim his pension but is still being harassed by a DWP worker until he told them to give him a JSD at which point she shut up.
        I also met someone who had to go to a UC interview and asked for help. I gave him a list of FOIs to print out and a heap of files.


        February 6, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    • @Jeff smith, Right on there Jeff ! Forget politics, we need to start getting the public to see just how bad Universal Credit really is, I don’t mean claimants, and people involved in welfare. But the ordinary man and woman in the street. UC needs to be painted as black as possible.

      John Kendall

      February 4, 2020 at 1:43 pm

      • John Kendal I think more peoe ARE realising about UC. They will know the woman down the road being evicted over UC rent arrears or the single mum from skl gates going to the foodbank. A woman I work with who thinks the unemployed are lazy ect has seen the way her sister is hounded by UC. the sister works part time and is carer to their mum too


        February 4, 2020 at 3:24 pm

  2. Universal Credit rollout delay to 2024 is ‘hugely embarrassing’ for the Government, says Labour’s Margaret Greenwood.

    The new welfare system was meant to be fully operational by the end of 2023, but the date has been pushed back by nine months.

    Labour’s Margaret Greenwood said ministers had been forced to delay the rollout because the “public have so very little faith in [Universal Credit] and many are actually afraid of it”.

    The new system, which replaces six benefits with one monthly payment, is “deeply flawed” and has “caused misery for thousands”, she said.

    “The Government must now scrap Universal Credit and create a social security system that people can have confidence in.”

    However, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said delaying the rollout was due to 900,000 more claimants than expected remaining on the legacy welfare system that Universal Credit is replacing.

    Anti-poverty charity Turn2us said the delay would only be useful if the Government used the extra time “to make reforms so that our social security system finally works for people on low incomes”.

    “Every day we speak to people who are afraid to move onto Universal Credit,” said Sara Willcocks, head of communications for the charity. “They are afraid that the five-week wait will put them into debt; afraid they won’t be able to afford childcare and have to leave their jobs; and afraid that their pay cheque might fall inside an assessment period and leave them with nothing the following month.”

    She called on the Government to pause natural migration, which means claimants move to Universal Credit when there is a change in circumstance, leaving them with no transitional protection for their benefits.

    The Resolution Foundation, an independent think tank, said extending the rollout schedule “should not allow ministers to lose sight of the need to make vital improvements to how Universal Credit operates”.

    “Delays to Universal Credit are far from uncommon, and getting the rollout right is more important than delivering it on time,” said senior economist Karl Handscomb.

    “Moving existing benefit claimants onto Universal Credit is the trickiest phase of the rollout, involving families with complex lives and multiple sources of support being required to make a new benefit claim.”


    Andrew Coates

    February 4, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    • If I didn’t know better I would probably think that the people responsible for Universal Credit didn’t know what the heck they were doing.


      February 4, 2020 at 12:53 pm

  3. I’m useless posting links but at Wirral jobcentre there’s a man on the roof refusing to get down and yelling “I’m starving” in a row over his benefits


    February 4, 2020 at 12:32 pm

  4. I would put money on the roll out of Universal Credit being delayed/postponed BEYOND 2024. As far as I can remember it has already been delayed something like six or seven times already and so in all likelihood will be delayed again beyond the current end date. What a mess. What a terrible, unnecessary, foreseeable and catastrophic Universal Credit has turned out to be but inevitable really considering who was/is behind it.

    Christ's Chin

    February 4, 2020 at 12:51 pm

  5. One of the problems with Universal Credit is that a lot of ordinary people who don’t claim it, don’t really see how bad it is. And how impossible for the claimant. They just assume its not as bad as people say it is.
    And that there is nothing wrong with the government trying to get some work from claimants, in exchange for their benefits. But if they are not claiming themselves, and most people are not. And if they don’t know anyone who is, then this is all happening at a distance as far as they are concerned. To those unfortunate people who have to claim welfare. Add to this the determined government propaganda of the last 10 years against people on benefits. And TV programmes like Benefits Street, and you have a toxic mix that often obscures the true hardship and reality of Universal Credit.

    Alan Turner

    February 4, 2020 at 2:03 pm

  6. What? Was this bloke throwing shite and slates from the roof?

    Dirty Protest

    February 4, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    • He should go inside joke shop & throw sh#te at the work coaches, I would love to see something like that happen I’d kill myself laughing.


      February 4, 2020 at 3:25 pm

      • lol an automatic shite gun pumping out rounds of shite, spraying the jokecentre with shite. the roaches being covered in great big dollops of shite pmsl

        superted's rotten teef

        February 4, 2020 at 4:02 pm

      • It would cause rather a stink, but make sure youre not in the crossfire when the turds start flying!


        February 4, 2020 at 4:03 pm

  7. And it came to pass that the Lord became wroth with those who inhabited the false temple of Caxton House.
    Yea even all the men and women who dwelt therein.
    For they had set up a false god that stood as an offense in the eyes of the Lord.
    And this god they called Universal Credit.
    This they had builded for many years, as did those who laboured on the Tower of Babel.
    Yet they did not repent. or consider the sinfulness of their ways.
    But continued onward in their iniquity.
    And so the Lord sent confusion into their house for seven years.
    Yea seven were the years of discontent,
    And the temple of Universal Credit became cursed throughout the land


    February 4, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    • I myself have always disliked snails and but always liked oysters passionately…


      February 4, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      • For me Flamingo Tongues in a spiced date sauce, truly the food of Olympus.


        February 4, 2020 at 8:12 pm

  8. This is a fake documetary, there is no karen at Peckham jc, when this documentary was being filmed all the staff were hiding from the cameras, same goes for the security guards.


    February 4, 2020 at 3:02 pm

  9. Andrew Coates

    February 4, 2020 at 5:48 pm

    • Yep, when they fixed this all up they knew what they were doing all right.


      February 4, 2020 at 8:06 pm

  10. Reblogged this on Tory Britain!.


    February 4, 2020 at 5:49 pm

  11. Well that was thoroughly depressing. After watching that I’ve doubled my resolve to stay on JSA for as long as possible.


    February 4, 2020 at 10:10 pm

  12. The BBC are backed against the wall already by the government. One more lefty squeak out of them and they could lose the TV licence fee altogether.

    Jack Frost

    February 4, 2020 at 11:40 pm

  13. What I’ll never understand is why the advance payment needs ro be paid back at all ; the individual has been assessed and is entitled to the money?
    On another note I finally went sick from work. My horrified GP insisted on a 4 week lay off.I’m so run down and exhausted fro. Months of near constant pain I jow have a severe chest infection as well. Atm all I want is to rest and for the pain to STOP! !


    February 5, 2020 at 7:21 am

    • Because benefit is paid in arrears, kat. When you sign-on you receive payment for the previous two weeks,
      If you reduced the universal credit waiting period from five weeks to two weeks you would still have to wait two weeks for your first payment. Supposedly to ‘mirror work’. How many employees are paid five-weekly? The Jobcentre certainly aren’t! JSA also has a three day ‘waiting period’ for which you are not paid: Universal Credit does not. When you make a claim it has a TAM (take as made date) This makes it easier for the jobcentre to back date claims if say you were unable to attend earlier. Depending on how your signing day falls you may receive a part payment before your first full payment. The stupidest thing about universal credit is the ‘baked in’ five week delay. It is not something that is hard-coded into the system. Iain Duncan Smith did not receive the delay written in stone on tablet on the Mount from God himself. Anyway who knows the first thing about IT or indeed Jobcentre systems knows that this ‘delay’ can be changed in a jiffy. Like changing your notification frequency on a phone app or something. It is not a big deal. You don’t need a Secretary of State in charge for a millennium for effect this change. Even Amber Rudd managed it. Therese Coffee must know this. Or does she call in come over-priced IT contractor to charge a few million quid to do it?. The Jobcentre I used to work in would pay some IT contractor a few hundred quid just to change the motherboard battery on a computer!

      Ex-Jobcnetre Worker

      February 5, 2020 at 9:06 am

      • Ahh ex jobcentre worker thanks for he heads up!


        February 5, 2020 at 1:59 pm

  14. Just got an email from Total Jobs;

    “Hi Trevor,

    We know you’ve been busy. But, did you know that most jobseekers need to apply for 6 jobs a week to have the best chance of getting an interview?

    Improve your chances of being hired by applying for more jobs.
    Here are some of the best paying jobs that you might have missed.”

    The cheeky bastards! Not that it’s any of their business but I have also applied for jobs on other websites – CV Library, Career Structure, Indeed, and Find A Job. It’s enough having the Jobcentre on your back without the bloody job websites joining in too!


    February 5, 2020 at 11:44 am

    • P.S.

      The email title/subject says “It’s been 2 days since you applied for a job”


      February 5, 2020 at 11:47 am

      • @ trev – It’s as if they have got you under surveillance !


        February 5, 2020 at 12:01 pm

      • I know, that’s how I feel! Cheeky twats. I only signed on yesterday and the Dole Clerk was perfectly satisfied with my jobsearch, even said “you’ve been busy”.


        February 5, 2020 at 12:06 pm

      • i apply for 6 jobs+ a day it makes no difference unless your cv matches what the client wants in the bin it goes.

        and id say 90% ask if you have a car and driving licence and will pass a crb check.

        my job search is not even looked at anymore it really is a pointless task that will achieve nothing bar cover my ass if a sanction doubt comes up for not looking for work.

        and buy law even on uc if you take 3 or more steps per week to find a job thats enough none of this 35hr bull shit.


        February 5, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    • These mass spam scatter-gun automated bot ‘job applications’ to keep the jokecentre of your back are a load of nonsense. The average amount of REAL job applications a person makes in a working lifetime is in single figures and the number of interviews is 3.


      February 5, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      • i apply for 10000 jobs a week and in 50 years i have not had one reply pmsl

        superted's rotten teef

        February 5, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      • Unfortunately on this occasion you haven’t been short listed for
        Customer Service13/01/jw We will however continue to look for an
        alternative opportunity for you.

        Thank you very much for your interest in this position.

        Good morning,

        Thank you very much for your application.

        Unfortunately, on this occasion, we have received a number of applications for this role which we feel match our client’s brief more closely. Therefore, we will not be progressing further with your application in this instance.

        We do however encourage you to apply for open positions that you qualify for in the future. Be sure to keep up to date by following us on social media and checking our website regularly.

        Unfortunately you have not been shortlisted for this role, but we would like to thank you for your application.

        You are more than welcome to register with ESS to discuss other jobs that may become available. In order to register with us, you would need to come into our office. We would then keep your Cv on file to assist you in finding employment.

        You will need to bring a valid passport or birth certificate. You will also need proof of national insurance and proof of address

        Following your recent application for the position of Retail Sales Assistant (reference: J2268), I am writing to let you know that unfortunately you have not been successful on this occasion.

        We would like to thank you for taking the time to submit your CV and we will keep your details on file and contact you when another suitable position becomes available.

        Following your recent application for the position of Sales Executive (reference: 26003), I am writing to let you know that unfortunately you have not been successful on this occassion. Due to a large amount of applications received we are unable to provide individual feedback, however, I will keep your details on file and be in touch when a more suitable position arises.

        Thank you very much for your application.

        Unfortunately, on this occasion, we have received a number of applications for this role which we feel match our client’s brief more closely. Therefore, we will not be progressing further with your application in this instance.


        February 5, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      • @superted

        Your replies match mine exactly.

        jj joop

        February 5, 2020 at 1:13 pm

      • i have 1000s of these reply’s if you dont match what they are looking for then you have no chance at all.

        and tbh i think half these jobs are just fishing for cv info.

        i have not had one company offer me any job/interview at all yet over 11000 of them have my cv on record.


        February 5, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      • At least you guys get replies to applications.

        Black Cat

        February 5, 2020 at 2:24 pm

  15. Next thing we’ll have these agencies informing the Jobcentre that people are not making enough applications.


    February 5, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    • they cant per gdpr rules on sharing personnel data without permission 😉


      February 5, 2020 at 12:09 pm

      • I wouldn’t put anything past Emperor Boris


        February 5, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    • That’s a worrying thought Andy, anything could happen now we’ve lost the protection of our Rights by the EU, and Emperor Boris rules over us.


      February 5, 2020 at 12:10 pm

  16. They are going to have to drag people onto Universal Credit by force the way things are going. Looking at the sheer misery and hardship it is causing, who in their right mind would want to transfer to it ?

    Rodger D.

    February 5, 2020 at 12:13 pm

  17. Andrew Coates

    February 5, 2020 at 1:17 pm

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