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Homelessness Expected to Rise as Universal Credit Boost Ends.

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Avalanche’ of homelessness expected as furlough and Universal Credit boost end

More people are at risk of homelessness now than at any time in living memory,” Bird said. By Charlene Rodrigues

homelessness will rise this autumn as furlough and Universal Credit schemes are set to end in September, The Big Issue has warned.

The Big Issue writes:

There are 564,000 people in rent arrears, 190,000 owner-occupied homes in financial difficulty, 4.3 million people are behind on household bills.

Our research also found a shocking statistic. In the first quarter of 2021, there were 632 mortgage repossessions and rental evictions. This means that a household was made homeless on average every three-and-a-half hours.

Since the first lockdown last year, we have supported steps to protect and prevent people losing their income. As the furlough scheme ends and the eviction ban lifts, we are approaching a cliff edge that could see unprecedented numbers of people being made homeless through no fault of their own.

For three decades we have fought for people who have lost their homes and now we really need to step it up.

This week we launch our Stop Mass Homelessness campaign with the aim to prevent the immediate threat of mass homelessness and invest for the future.

We are making simple demands of government:

  • Pay off £360m in rent arrears
  • Suspend no-fault evictions until a Renters’ Reform Act is passed
  • Make permanent the £20 Universal Credit uplift
  • Improve access to Discretionary Housing Payment and unfreeze Local Housing Allowance

To address long-term challenges we also call for:

  • A Future Generations Act to end short-term thinking of government policy
  • Expand social housing and encourage innovative ways to increase housing stock
  • Improve support for financial  literacy education
  • Increase support for ethical property and letting firms
  • Invest to create new green jobs

UK parliaments back continued universal credit boost

The £20 a week increase in Universal Credit should be permanent, according to senior politicians from across the UK.

In a letter, the chairs of four welfare committees from around the UK say removing the temporary top-up would affect families on the lowest incomes.

And sources have also told the BBC that Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey supported keeping the uplift.

The government insists the extra £20 is a short-term measure ending in October.

The letter calling for the top-up to be made permanent was signed by the chairs of committees at Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, Senedd in Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly.

The joint letter from the four committee chairs of the UK’s four parliaments is thought to be a first.

It is signed by Labour’s Stephen Timms at Westminster, the SNP’s Neil Gray for Holyrood, Paula Bradley of the DUP for Stormont and Welsh Labour’s Jenny Rathbone at the Senedd in Cardiff.

They say: “Ending the uplift would mean that the six million people claiming Universal Credit will lose £1,040 in annual income overnight.

“The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has estimated that removing the uplift would force 500,000 people, including 200,000 children, into poverty.

“Families on the lowest incomes, those with children and particularly single parents, BAME families, and families where someone is disabled are disproportionately affected.”

They also call for the extra £20 a week to be extended to people on legacy benefits – which were created before universal credit.

They warn the chancellor and Ms Coffey: “You also risk removing this support from families at the very time unemployment is expected to peak, as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to an end.”

Written by Andrew Coates

July 21, 2021 at 11:25 am

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  1. Andrew Coates

    July 21, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    • WTF? The DWP really is a a department that has gone rogue, out of control, above the law, a force unto itself with no one at the helm. Therese Coffey and Boris Johnson should resign immediately.

      trev

      July 21, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    • @Andrew Coates – That navy jacket with white trim, looks just the same as the ones in the old classic TV series ‘The Prisoner’. Which fans of classic TV will recognise as the one with a secret village. Where the main character is kidnapped and held captive, after he mysteriously resigns from his intelligence role.
      And then refuses to say why he has resigned.

      Jeff Smith

      July 21, 2021 at 4:22 pm

  2. Unfortunately, the Tories are doing most of this deliberately. Cutting the £20 from Universal Credit, ending the furlough scheme, when both are still desperately needed. It takes a certain cold ruthlessness to do something like this in the current situation. But the Tories know that if they strip benefits to the absolute survivable minimum, then people will be forced to take zero-hours, crap jobs instead of claiming benefits.
    All these ongoing cuts are part of the same brutal agenda. With the DWP acting as the handmaiden of this austerity programme.

    Jeff Smith

    July 21, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    • The “same brutal agenda” is Tory ideology, pure and simple. Those who voted for the psychopathic cnts truly deserve every bit of the shit storm about to hail down on them.

      trev

      July 21, 2021 at 2:00 pm

  3. Award the £20 INCREASE (“uplift”) to JSA claimants and backdate it to April 2020, or fuck off you evil Tory bastards.

    trev

    July 21, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    • @trev: You are 100% right there Trev. But knowing those bastards even if the court case goes against them, they won’t pay it. Just appeal it, and drag it out for months. Those fuckers owe us this money !
      We are not asking for anything extra.

      George M

      July 21, 2021 at 4:13 pm

      • + bleedin’ interest!

        fred

        July 21, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    • The missus came back with something from a German supermarket the other day. It has risen from 79p to 95p in one week. Like 20% bleedin’ percent. Prices are going through the bleedin’ roof. The way thinkgs are going. And then you got the gas/leccy. Pretty soon £20 bleedin’ nicker won’t pay for a bleedin’ avocado 😀

      fred

      July 21, 2021 at 6:58 pm

      • The cost of living is rising and supermarket shelves are empty due to a shortage of hgv drivers because of Brexit, thanks to all those who voted leave.

        trev

        July 21, 2021 at 7:57 pm

      • This is the man himself.

        Nigel Farage’s new GB News show was littered with mistakes and mind-numbingly boring
        The former leader of UKIP promised us that his show wouldn’t be a stale echo chamber like you get on the other channels. Dearie me, no. GB News is all fresh and new and radical and… well, you’ll see for yourself.

        The former leader of UKIP also promised us that his show wouldn’t be a stale echo chamber like you get on the other channels. Dearie me, no. GB News is all fresh and new and radical and… well, at least some folk who don’t agree with Farage and his views. So who did this right-wing figure choose to have on? Why, Hugh Osmond, boss of Punch Taverns and someone who has at least been a Tory donor in the past. He agreed with Nigel that test-and-trace was doing more harm than good (though Nigel looked a tad uncomfortable when Osmond suggested scrapping it altogether).

        Farage’s other guest was Sir Graham Brady, Tory MP and chair of the 1922 Committee, who sat in front of a pint of IPA and also agreed with Nigel about all this lockdown business and how dreadful Labour would be. So a bit of an echo, maybe? In fact during poor Tom’s disastrous report from Whitehall, something went, yes, very badly wrong with the sound in true GB News fashion. Maybe someone in the gallery panicked and hit the wrong button but they somehow gave Tom’s voice a literal echo effect to go with the metaphorical one that characterised the whole show.

        https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/farage-gb-news-show-review-b1886863.html
        To be honest why watch GB News? There’s the BBC, Sky News and (in my case) France 24, all proper *news* channels.

        I see the Express and the Mail on-line, do not often read the rubbish they come out with, in fact I probably read more of them – the Headlines – in Sainsburys newspaper bit.

        Do you want some right-wing bore in front front room?

        Andrew Coates

        July 21, 2021 at 8:46 pm

      • Certainly not. I can assure you I’ve never watched GB News and never will!

        trev

        July 21, 2021 at 9:04 pm

      • Short of HGV drivers yet we arent seeing no slowing down of the amount of food deliveries being made by supermarkets and fast food chains to peoples homes.
        The rise of food deliveries and other online businesses is what has been making our shelves bare as foot traffic customers get pushed into being second class.

        Doug

        July 22, 2021 at 7:48 am

      • I think you are onto something, doug 😉 Only the other day me and the missus were ‘aving a right bleedin’ good chuckle watching a delivery driver delivering a bleedin’ truckload to one of our morbidly obese neighbours. The greedy pig and stockpiling hoarders are eating up all the supplies whilst the rest of us are left to bleedin’ well starve 😀

        fred

        July 22, 2021 at 10:09 am

  4. superted

    July 21, 2021 at 2:20 pm

  5. Reaction to Border Force staff not having to do amber and green list Covid checks
    In a leaked document, staff at the border will no longer have to check whether new arrivalss have received a negative Covid test
    Other checks include whether they booked a test within the coming days, or have a passenger locator form showing an address where they will isolate if necessary.

    Included in the instruction to Border Force staff revealed by the Guardian was:

    Officers are not required to routinely check for a passenger locator form or pre-departure testing or tests to be taken on day two and eight after arrival.

    Where the IT system indicates a passenger locator form has not been found, officers are not required to check for the form, or question the passenger unless the passenger displays other “warning or behavioural indicators to suggest non-compliance”.

    Electronic gates (eGates) will no longer refer passengers to in-person checks by Border Force officers if a passenger locator form is not found.

    A spokesman for PCS, which is the largest trade union representing Border Force staff, said: “It is extremely dangerous for new arrivals not to be subject to Covid safety checks. Without making these checks, we have no idea as to Covid status of individuals entering the country which means the virus could be been transmitted unnecessarily. The fact is this new instruction has come about because the government refuses to invest properly in staff numbers at the same time as traveller numbers increase.”

    superted

    July 21, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    • What’s this, ted, I thought you had to pay £1750 nicker for a weeks quarantine on return to the UK?

      fred

      July 21, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    • Oh right, it’s for new arrivals. Missus is watching Nigel Farage on GB News. So what is the bleedin’ point of us having to pay for bleedin’ tests, quarantine and all the other cobblers? It is a bleedin’ farce I tell ya!

      fred

      July 21, 2021 at 6:23 pm

  6. The problem with being a Conservative,
    It’s mainly a selfish creed,
    All about wealth and position,
    And not about fairness and need.

    It starts from the basic assumption,
    That some people are better than others,
    Instead of the true realisation,
    That all mankind are brothers.

    So they look down with disdain on society,
    Which they see as a vast competition,
    Where people must strive and struggle,
    To achieve their own position.

    They don’t think the State should intervene,
    When others seem to fall,
    The old , the frail, the weak,
    Who can’t compete at all.

    They feel that too much benefits,
    Makes Jack a lazy lad,
    And ends with him being long-term unemployed,
    Along with his feckless Dad.

    Then down to the tattoo parlour,
    Get a vicious dog as well,
    For many staunch Conservatives,
    Truly a benefit Hell.

    Random Poet

    July 21, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    • @Random Poet – Ha,Ha ! Random you’ve outdone yourself this time. ”Oh for a Muse of Fire etc.”

      Jeff Smith

      July 21, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      • “Alfred Hugenberg was a German press baron and the First Party Chairman of the DNVP – the German Nationalist People’s Party – a right-wing party during the Weimar Republic. In 1928 he wrote

        I believe in government by the elect few, not by the elected… I believe in leaders, not in speakers. Words are enemies of action… I believe in a government by strong men who have the willpower and strength to carry through their decisions.

        In J.W. Hiden, The Weimar Republic (Harlow: Longman 1974) 44

        This rejection of popular democracy in favour of rule by the privileged elite sounds like it could easily come from Boris Johnson, David Cameron and the other Tory toffs who have taken up 10 Downing Street, presiding over cabinets of obscenely wealthy millionaires.”

        https://beastrabban.wordpress.com/2021/07/21/hugenbergs-view-of-rule-by-elites-shared-by-boris-and-the-british-tories/

        Or as Bevan once said;

        “successful Toryism and an intelligent electorate were a contradiction in terms. His own experiences ensured that no amount of cajolery could eradicate from his heart a deep burning hatred of the Tory party. “So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin,”

        https://www.theguardian.com/news/1948/jul/05/leadersandreply.mainsection

        trev

        July 21, 2021 at 9:25 pm

  7. @ trev, what do think about Sir Keir Starmer saying he is going to vote against vaccine passports? You said you were looking forward to having to show evidence to the jokecentre goons that you had been fully jabbed before being allowed entry. And talking about Sir Keir Starmer, what do you think of his expulsion of far-left groups from the Labour Party? What is he, a bloody Commie? Out goes Corbyn and McDonnell. If you had had your way those bloody Commies would be in Government 😀 Michelle Dewsberry (phwoar!;D ) on GB News was saying that it was the right move as she put it, to kick the Commies out. I often fantasise about a threesome with Michelle and Alex Phillips (phwoar) but don’t tell the missus 😀 And coming out tonight at 9 with Dan Wooton, how can we stop migrants crossing the Channel, the missus will be tuning in for that 😀 It doesn’t bother me because it is bleedin’ obvious that Dan bats for the other side 😀

    fred

    July 21, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    • Coming out with Dan Wooton was a typo, but come to think of it… 😀

      fred

      July 21, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    • you could fire cruse missiles at them in the open ocean at 1 million a pop that will stop them coming over as a 100% chance of being blown to bits 😉

      superted

      July 21, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    • Nigel Farage is saying that the UK Border Force is picking them up 100 yards off of the French coast, and when they arrive on UK shores they are whisked off in air-conditioned coaches to 5-star hotels. Would you Adam & Eve it? Ted, you should give Dan a bell on the dog and bone as see what he thinks 😀

      fred

      July 21, 2021 at 6:32 pm

      • should play them at there own game and dump them all in Ireland as still in the eu pmsl

        superted

        July 21, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      • Stanley Johnson, Boris’s old man, is on with Nigel saying they should bring out the bleedin’ gunboats 😀

        fred

        July 21, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    • The missus just said that Nigel Farage said that when the Nazis were in Normandy you didn’t hear anyone ask, how can we stop the Nazis crossing the Channel? 😀

      fred

      July 21, 2021 at 6:35 pm

      • To be fair though Farage is a bit of a Nazi himself isn’t he?

        trev

        July 21, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    • This had to be done. Fellow-travellers have always been a problem in the Labour Party.
      Labour have no chance whatever of being elected if the public smells Marxism, or Communism.
      It’s hard enough getting them to swallow Socialism as it is.

      George M

      July 21, 2021 at 9:24 pm

      • I thought the Labour party was supposed to be a “broad church”, or does that only apply to post-Blairite neoliberals masquerading as ‘Centrists’? Starmer’s Stalinist purges won’t win votes.

        trev

        July 21, 2021 at 9:29 pm

      • Socialist Alternatives was the British section of the International Revolutionary Marxist Tendency (IRMT), a formerly Trotskyist Pabloite group based in Paris.[1]

        A small group in the UK it was best known for the Marxist magazine of the same name partially edited by Keir Starmer from 1986 to 1987.[2] The magazine is believed to have been produced by the Pabloist International Revolutionary Marxist Tendency (IRMT)[3] and advertised its events and publications, although one of the authors identified it as being an outgrowth of the Socialist Society connected with Ralph Miliband and Hilary Wainwright.[4] Paul Mason has called it a “Trotskyite front magazine”[5] although this is disputed.[4] The French Troksyite journalist Maurice Najman was also cited as a key supporter.[4]

        Its politics were defined by one of its later authors Andrew Coates as being “aligned to the European ‘alternative’ movements of the time which stood for ecology, feminism and self-management. These were forerunners of later radical green-left groups, Los Indignados, Podemos, the left of Labour and similar currents within social democratic parties.”[6]

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialist_Alternatives

        Andrew Coates

        July 21, 2021 at 9:31 pm

  8. @George- It’s like pulling up weeds. As fast as you uproot them , others take their place. Modern market-centered socialism is the only option.

    Jeff Smith

    July 21, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    • What about the Workers owning the means of Production and enjoying an equitable distribution of wealth? And also where does the NHS stand in a modern market-centred Socialism?

      trev

      July 21, 2021 at 9:32 pm

  9. Cloverleaf

    July 22, 2021 at 8:45 am

    • The solution is
      going to take a long time isn’t it Doug.

      xclausx

      July 22, 2021 at 6:17 pm

  10. Food supply chains starting to fail over ‘pingdemic’, meat industry says.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/meat-food-supply-chains-covid-pingdemic-b1887846.html

    Cloverleaf

    July 22, 2021 at 12:55 pm

  11. Health passports confirmed, double jab proof or no freedom!!

    Cloverleaf

    July 22, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    • It’s a way to try to force younger people to have the jab. The government believes that by denying them access to clubs etc., younger people will be motivated to be vaccinated and so reduce the pool of non-vaccinated citizens carrying the virus, transmitting it to others and allowing it to mutate.

      Aleister

      July 23, 2021 at 10:58 am

      • I couldn’t give a bleedin’ monkeys. Me and the missus ain’t ‘aving it.

        fred

        July 23, 2021 at 1:07 pm

  12. 22 July 2021
    PCS campaign leads to win over pay changes
    Mitie has agreed to withdraw its proposals for changes to the frequency of security guards’ pay.
    Mitie has formally confirmed that it is withdrawing proposals to change salaried security guards’ pay frequency to a 4-weekly/13 per year pay frequency following a campaign by PCS members.

    The controversial plans would have meant that low paid, key workers would be paid less money every four weeks although they would have an additional pay date in the year. However, a four-week pay frequency would also mean that the pay date would change each month and would create significant problems in members managing their finances. It would also likely disrupt Universal Credit payments for the many members that claim it to support their low wages.

    Mitie planned to introduce the change in tranches, with security guards being the first to be impacted. However, it was their intention to roll out the changes to staff working on all other ex-Interserve contracts in September/October 2021. This means that the security guard win is also a win for all staff employed on ex-Interserve contracts. This shows what workers can achieve when they organise themselves collectively through their trade union.

    One of the most underhanded threats made during this campaign was Mitie’s threat to “fire and rehire” staff on worse terms if they did not agree to the changes. PCS members continue to seek an assurance from Mitie that such bullying tactics will not be used in the future.

    You can help us to build PCS membership and organisation across Mitie by:

    Encouraging a Mitie colleague to join PCS,
    Emailing outsourcedworkers@pcs.org.uk if you are employed by Mitie and want to build PCS in your workplace,
    Using our e-action ask your MP to support the political campaign to stop the use of bullying “fire and rehire” threats in all government workplaces

    superted

    July 22, 2021 at 7:05 pm

  13. Double dose data as things stand

    Currently 36,587,904 people have a double dose of vaccine but all that glitters is not gold. We know the vaccine was rolled out via vulnerability which fell upon the groups of over 60s and seriously ill first. As time rolled on it was offered to the next age group and down.

    33,886,834 of the population is 40+
    16,364,456 of this group is 60+
    9,297,190 between the ages of 40 to 50
    9,943,077 between the ages of 50 to 60

    So as it stands only 2,701,070 that are fully vaccinated are under 40. Its unknown (dont have the data) how many of these are seriously ill but under 40.

    This means the majority of ages between 20 and 40 which stands at 18,418,215 are still not fully vaccinated.

    Its worth noting under 20s in terms of population size stands at 16,437,467 with 2,246,277 of this figure being between the ages of 18 to 20 and 6,459,243 between the ages of 18 to 25.

    Data used

    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/populationandmigration/populationestimates/bulletins/annualmidyearpopulationestimates/mid2020

    Doug

    July 23, 2021 at 8:58 am

  14. I had a face-to-face work search review yesterday. Lasted about 4 minutes. I am back to telephone appointments until September. I asked why this was happening. Apparently there are 20 full-time staff at my Jobcentre but because it is a pokey little office with no air-con or ventilation to speak of, they are only having 5 staff in at a time.

    jj joop

    July 23, 2021 at 10:17 am

    • This is just another example of ‘poke the claimant’ in operation. Make people come in to sign-on in person, go through the motions of a check. Then tell them to go back to phone calls for the next few months.

      Jeff Smith

      July 23, 2021 at 12:21 pm

      • @ Jeff

        Oh, I don’t mind. I’m quite happy with telephone appointments. And I don’t think my coach minds either. I think she’s more than happy with WFH.

        jj joop

        July 24, 2021 at 7:29 am

  15. They really are going to do it aren’t they ? Cut £20 from the 6 million on Universal Credit, and then kick the people on furlough in the nuts by stopping it in September !!

    George M

    July 23, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    • @ George

      Yep, you better believe it. The Tories are not going to budge on this by the looks of it, and the chances of legacy benefits claimants getting this money is somewhere between zero and cat-in-hell. Cue mass poverty, debt, arrears, starvation, evictions, homelessness, suicides, aka the new normal.

      trev

      July 23, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    • 6 million what? Claims?

      fred

      July 23, 2021 at 1:01 pm

  16. DWP Universal Credit cuts to 6m claimants ‘will be biggest since World War 2’
    TUC says “millions of working families – and key workers – will be forced to get by on much less every week. It is levelling down – not levelling up”

    https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/dwp-universal-credit-cuts-6m-21118108

    superted

    July 23, 2021 at 12:31 pm

  17. Yorkshire families on verge of poverty if cuts to Universal Credit press ahead, Government is warned
    Almost 200,000 families across the region will be worse off if the Government pushes ahead with plans to cut Universal Credit this autumn, amid warnings that the UK may see the biggest overnight welfare cut since the end of the Second World War.

    https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/yorkshire-families-on-verge-of-poverty-if-cuts-to-universal-credit-press-ahead-government-is-warned-3319285

    superted

    July 23, 2021 at 12:34 pm

  18. Ministers could merge disability benefits and want to cut future spending, says green paper

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ministers-could-merge-disability-benefits-and-want-to-cut-future-spending-says-green-paper/

    superted

    July 23, 2021 at 12:36 pm

  19. DWP Hit With £87.9m Tax Bill By HMRC Over ‘Historic’ IR35 Status Contractor Assessment Errors

    https://newsupdate.uk/dwp-hit-with-87-9m-tax-bill-by-hmrc-over-historic-ir35-status-contractor-assessment-errors/

    superted

    July 23, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    • Guaranteed to give fred’s wife a good bleedin chuckle, one would have thought.

      trev

      July 23, 2021 at 2:38 pm

  20. The Tories are so useless. Useless at everything.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 23, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    • Not Fit For Purpose. Unable To Govern

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 23, 2021 at 2:04 pm

  21. Ministers could merge disability benefits and want to cut future spending, says green paper

    By John Pring on DNS 22nd July 2021

    Ministers are considering measures to cut rising spending on disability benefits, and the possibility of merging personal independence payment with universal credit, a new government green paper has revealed.

    The health and disability green paper, Shaping Future Support, focuses on reforming personal independence payment (PIP), employment and support allowance (ESA) and the disability-related aspects of universal credit.

    It was published just as MPs were about to start their long summer recess.

    For much of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) document, ministers detail the progress they say they are making to improve the assessment processes for disability benefits, and they ask for suggestions for how to improve the system in the short-term.

    It is only in the final chapter of the report that they begin to hint strongly at the need to cut projected spending on disability benefits.

    They say that rising spending on disability benefits “suggests there is more we can do to enable independent living and employment” and that they want to “explore making bigger changes to the benefits system” that will mean the system is “more affordable in the future”.

    In a section titled Why Further Change is Needed, they point to the increasing numbers of claimants who are assessed as having limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA) under universal credit (UC), or who are placed in the ESA support group.

    A forecast in 2012 suggested 15 per cent of all those eligible for ESA would be placed in the support group, says the green paper, whereas current figures for ESA and the LCWRA group of UC show this is now nearer 75 per cent.

    And the green paper claims that spending on PIP and ESA (and its earlier and later equivalent benefits) has risen in real terms from about £8 billion in 1980-81 to £31 billion in 2020-21, and is forecast to reach £40 billion within five years.

    It also suggests that ministers could create a “new single benefit” so as to simplify the application and assessment process, presumably by merging PIP – which is supposed to contribute towards the extra costs of disability – with the income-related universal credit, although it does not say how this could be done.

    This new benefit, it says, could put more focus on supporting people with their extra costs, or alternatively place more of an emphasis on helping people to find and stay in work.

    It then offers case studies of four countries – Australia, France, New Zealand and Switzerland – that approach disability benefits in a different way to the UK.

    It is likely to concern disabled activists and claimants that three of the countries chosen by ministers appear to provide a less generous system, or at least offer less control to disabled claimants over their support.

    In Switzerland, for example, there is a “helplessness allowance” designed to contribute towards extra costs, but it is awarded “only in exceptional circumstances”, while in New Zealand the equivalent to PIP is means-tested and reaches a maximum of only £34 a week, and in Australia disabled people must provide receipts to prove they have spent their funding on goods, services and other support related to their disability-related needs.

    There are other hints that ministers want to reduce the number of disabled people who claim out-of-work benefits, with the green paper suggesting that it wants to provide better support for those who are found no longer eligible for LCWRA and to “explore whether there are better ways to target financial support at people with the highest needs so that people do not feel discouraged from trying out work”.

    Another warning is that ministers want to “consider” whether any changes should be made to the WCA or PIP assessment criteria, as “some of the activities referred to may have become less of a barrier to independent living and employment”.

    It also says that the COVID-19 pandemic “has resulted in more people working flexibly, including working from home”, which “may mean that barriers to work have reduced”.

    There is no mention of any of these ideas or the need to address spending increases in the press release published alongside the green paper.

    There will now be a 12-week consultation on the green paper, which will include a series of events across England, Scotland and Wales.

    The green paper, which will be followed next year with a white paper offering “detailed proposals”, focuses on support for working-age disabled people, and applies only to Great Britain, although some aspects only apply to England, and some just to England and Wales.

    There is also no mention in the 46,000-word document of any of the deaths of disabled claimants that have been linked to DWP’s actions and failings.

    Instead, the green paper refers to some claimants who “may feel afraid of having to use the benefits system”, to claimants who “sometimes struggle to apply for benefits and can find health assessments difficult”, and to how “a sizeable minority of people are not content” with the ESA and PIP systems.

    There is therefore no mention of the findings of a coroner, who concluded in January that flaws in the PIP system were “the predominant factor and the only acute factor” that led to a young disabled mother, Philippa Day, taking her own life.

    There is also no mention of the DWP safeguarding failures that led to the deaths of Roy Curtis, in November 2018, of Errol Graham, earlier the same year, and of Jodey Whiting, in February 2017.

    And the green paper fails to mention the 97 internal reviews DWP has carried out into the deaths of claimants since July 2019.

    In many of the sections of the green paper, the government provides no clear suggested policies, or offers only a set of vague principles, such as when suggesting advocacy for some claimants, and discussing how to meet disabled people’s mobility needs.

    Much of the paper is taken up with describing changes DWP has already carried out, such as the easing of strict conditions and the use of sanctions for those on out-of-work disability benefits, or policies – like its new Access to Work “passport” – it is still working on.

    For the moment, ministers say they have put aside the idea of a single assessment that would test eligibility for both PIP and ESA/universal credit, partly because they operate under different time frames and also because they assess “different ways in which people’s disabilities and health conditions affect them”.

    But they say a single assessment could still be possible if they decide to make significant changes to the structure of the benefits in the longer-term, for example by introducing a new single benefit.

    Testing a new “integrated health assessment service” is continuing, though.

    This would bring the two assessments onto a single digital system, which DWP says would “make our processes more effective and efficient and improve people’s experience”.

    And the green paper says DWP wants to make greater use of “triaging”, making early decisions on more “straightforward” claims so claimants only have to go through face-to-face assessments “if absolutely necessary”.

    It also discusses its moves towards a more “holistic” approach to making decisions on claims, which allows staff “to take extra time, if needed, to make a decision on benefit entitlement following a health assessment”.

    One proposal likely to secure support is to test a simplified application process for those disabled people who are not terminally ill, but who have “severe and lifelong conditions that will not improve”, are “unlikely ever to work again”, and will “always need extra financial support to live independently”.

    Members of this new “severe disability group” would use a “simplified process without ever needing to complete a detailed application form or go through an assessment”.

    Many parts of the green paper offer few suggestions for reform, such as the section on the much-criticised Disability Confident scheme, which focuses only on marketing and making it easier for employers to sign up, rather than addressing its highly-publicised flaws.

    One of the first user-led organisations to comment on the green paper was the National Survivor User Network (NSUN).

    Mary Sadid, NSUN’s policy officer, said: “Overall, the green paper reflects a deeply flawed logic that continues to run through government departments: employment as a route out of poverty and hardship.

    “This is an employment and disability green paper, fixated on avoiding ‘health related inactivity’, that links worsening health outcomes for disabled people with unemployment, instead of recognising the impact of poverty.

    “In 2020, 40-50 per cent of those receiving PIP/ESA had a primary condition related to mental health.

    “This green paper fails to offer hope of breaking the cycle of poverty and struggling with your mental health.”

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    July 23, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    • Has not the cost of the DWP risen with furlough, or are they a better class of person on furlough. Cut disability to pay for furlough. Well done disability green paper, does that fit in with the disability white paper !!!

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      July 23, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    • B.1.621 Variant

      According to

      https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.05.08.21256619v1

      while it backs currently a lot of what the article you posted superted said there are concerns regarding the variant based on its rate of transference.

      “The rapid increase in frequency and fixation in a relatively short time in some cities that were near the theoretical herd immunity suggests an epidemiologic impact.”

      Doug

      July 24, 2021 at 8:04 am

  22. And soon the Zeda variant will appear and the current “vaccines” will have no efficacy against it, of course big pharma, Gates and the rest of the global elites will have another “more effective” DNA altering concoction ready for the masses.

    Cloverleaf

    July 23, 2021 at 6:09 pm

  23. In the end everybody will be on Universal Credit, pensions, disability payments, everything. Just a different rate if you are of working age, retired, or claiming for a disability. With different conditions about having to work / apply for work, or not having to, in the case of the retired and disabled.
    That is the final goal of the DWP – One Dole To Rule Them All.

    Jeff Smith

    July 23, 2021 at 7:40 pm

  24. new cases 21 jul 155 7 day avg 136

    deaths 0 7 day avg 0

    tests taken 7 day avg 22 jul 156.533 positive 157 0.1%

    this could be the new zombie variant best nuke them asap just in case 1 case is to many so they all have to go im afraid or we will risk the destruction of the hole solar system if we don’t act now.

    superted

    July 23, 2021 at 10:27 pm

  25. superted

    July 23, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    • Alex Belfield is without a doubt the biggest wanker on youtube. Who cares if he wears a fucking mask? Who cares what his opinion is on ANYTHING? What a fucking gobshite.

      trev

      July 23, 2021 at 11:15 pm

      • mr david icke is going as well to a protest tomoz that the msm will ignore yet again and plod will be out numbered yet again funny that 😉

        superted

        July 23, 2021 at 11:40 pm

      • Should throw Icke and Co. behind bars.

        trev

        July 24, 2021 at 9:40 am

  26. Didn’t David Icke once claim to be the son of God?
    He gave up a great job at the BBC presenting sport. Hopefully he has managed to earn a crust from his conspiracy books.

    Rob

    July 24, 2021 at 10:51 am

    • Without wishing to defend David Icke, perhaps he was speaking in a wider sense in so much as we are all ‘sons (and daughters/children) of God’, though that would be an ecumenical matter….

      But as regards encouraging the public to defy lockdown measures and spreading nonsensical disinformation about vaccinations, both Icke and his followers should have been detained in specially constructed prison camps on a remote Scottish island.

      trev

      July 24, 2021 at 11:32 am

      • @trev- They should be taken to a remote village in Wales, guarded by a mysterious giant white ball, known as Rover. And which can be launched from its hiding place underwater, to chase and capture them.
        And there they should stay, until they have answered the question ” Why are you spreading anti-vaccination disinformation ? ” And also, ”Why did you resign ? ”

        Jeff Smith

        July 24, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      • Haha 😆 yes, I was knee-high to a grasshopper at the time but strangely enough even at such a young age one of my favourite tv shows of the time was ‘Dangerman’, so it seemed quite obvious to me that the Prisoner was John Drake who had Resigned.

        trev

        July 24, 2021 at 1:32 pm

  27. ‘ This is the election that will determine the future of Labour — and perhaps whether it continues to exist as a party at all.

    No, not a plan to unseat Sir Keir Starmer — but the race to succeed ‘Red Len’ McCluskey as the leader of Unite, the 1.4-million strong trade union that the Corbyn-supporting McCluskey has controlled with an iron grip since 2010.

    A storm in a far-Left teacup? Hardly. The outcome of the contest may dictate not just Starmer’s survival, but Labour’s position as a political force in Britain.

    With the exception of Tony Blair — a hate figure for most socialists — Labour has not won a general election in 47 years.

    As Lord Mandelson put it recently: ‘If you take the last 11 general elections, it’s lose, lose, lose, lose, Blair, Blair, Blair, lose, lose, lose, lose.’ – Daily Mail

    George M

    July 24, 2021 at 2:40 pm


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