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Parliament Debates Universal Credit Cut: Tories Abstain and Vow to Ignore Defeat.

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The Universal Credit cut has been raised in Parliament today

The debate was not well attended, and only a handful of Tories (seen on BBC Parliament, yup I watched it..) sat in the Chamber.

One who was there.

In the afternoon debate Beth Winter (Labour, Cynon Valley) called not just to cancel the cut but to extend the £20 uplift to those on Legacy Benefits.

Mired in a the scandal over her recent statements, – “removing the £20 uplift would only mean “two hours’ extra work every week” for claimants – Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey, did not have the courage to address the House of Commons.

Minion Will Quince Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions and MP for Colchester (not that far from Coffey’s Felixstowe homeland), said this was not a ‘cut’. It has been a “time-limited measure’ (what time limit?). To maintain the uplift would cosy (plucks figure from air) 6 Billion, if not more. The ‘safety net’ of benefits should not “trap people on welfare”. Now the government was concentrating its efforts on getting people into work.

The Labour motion was carried, 253 to Zero. All the Tories abstained. The resolution has no binding effect at all.

The motion will simply be ignored., Angela Eagle (Labour) called the Conservatives behaviour “despicable”, We ae now waiting for the (Procedurally necessary) government to respond within 12 weeks.

As the Mirror put it earlier today,

A Commons vote on axing the Universal Credit cut for six million Brits looks set to PASS today as Tory MPs are told to sit it out.

Yet Boris Johnson intends to completely ignore the result – because the vote has no legal force.

Downing Street said he will push ahead with the £20-a-week slashing next month anyway – despite today’s vote “calling on the Government to cancel its planned cut to Universal Credit andWorking Tax Credit.”

Today’s decision prompted furious recriminations from Labour, who tabled the desperate plea to stop the cut in a Commons debate and said its wishes should be carried out.

A Labour spokeswoman said: “This is a major cut that will affect millions of families across the country.

“We have given Tory MPs the chance to do the right thing. We would expect them to vote on a motion that will have a major impact on people’s lives.

Some updates from Twitter:

Written by Andrew Coates

September 15, 2021 at 4:08 pm

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  1. “In the afternoon debate Beth Winter (Labour, Cynon Valley) called not just to cancel the cut but to extend the £20 uplift to those on Legacy Benefits.”

    I should bloody well think so too!


    September 15, 2021 at 4:17 pm

  2. The £20 “Uplift” (in English; Increase) would only bring UK Benefits closer to what the Council of Europe said they should have been SEVEN YEARS ago!

    “The level of UK benefits paid in pensions, jobseeker’s allowance and incapacity benefit is “manifestly inadequate” because it falls below 40% of the median income of European states, according to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.”



    September 15, 2021 at 4:23 pm

  3. “Now the government was concentrating its efforts on getting people into work.”

    By offering employability skills courses to those who have already completed such courses several times before, people such as myself who received a JCP text message about such an opportunity only last week despite the fact that I completed such a course in December 2019 (with Interserve) and have yet to receive the certificates, and have actually attended such exact same courses many times previously.

    The Jobcentre also sent me a text message about doing a City & Guilds course in Principles of Storage and Warehousing, a course I have already done at the comparable level 2 BTEC with Standguide in 2018.


    September 15, 2021 at 4:38 pm

  4. “Yet Boris Johnson intends to completely ignore the result – because the vote has no legal force.
    Downing Street said he will push ahead with the £20-a-week slashing next month anyway.”

    The NASTY PARTY strikes again!



    September 15, 2021 at 5:01 pm

  5. Mr Coates and everyone else, to let you know my Trade union has emailed me to ask me to sign a petition to keep the uplift, which I have done, and I have shared it with all my members and a few more besides! In solidarity with you all, Kat Rehman


    September 15, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    • Nice one Kat. Not that the Tories will take any notice, they want to turn us back to Victorian times and keep all the wealth for themselves.


      September 15, 2021 at 5:26 pm

      • Thanks Trev!


        September 15, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    • I give you an example.

      Someone I know who is in and out of short term jobs is on UC and living in sheltered accommodation. He says the £20 a week has basically been paying the service charges for his flat. Now he will lose this….

      Andrew Coates

      September 15, 2021 at 6:11 pm

      • That’s so not good poor guy, now he must pay out of his 75 a week I’m guessing? One of my members at skl is a cleaner on a 10 hours a week contract on old style JSA, she never saw the uplift and she’s really desperate! It’s so not like, oh get 2 hours more work a week! Nasty party makes me heave….


        September 15, 2021 at 6:17 pm

  6. Great to be back in DWP’ – Coffey
    Therese Coffey
    ReutersCopyright: Reuters
    Therese Coffey leaves Downing Street telling reporters: “Great to be back in DWP [Department for Work and Pensions]”.

    So, we can take that to mean she is staying in her role as work and pensions secretary.


    September 15, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    • Oh god. Mind you they would only replace her with someone similar, another greedy uncaring rich b’stard. DWP needs dismantling. Jobcentres need demolishing. Universal Credit needs scrapping. Unconditional Basic Income is what we need.


      September 15, 2021 at 5:49 pm

  7. We should know in a fortnight the result of that case involving legacy benefit claimants and the extra twenty pound a week.
    Something for Boris to look forward to and ignore if it goes against him.


    September 15, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    • They’ve ignored the UN and the Council of Europe in previous years, and are now ignoring the Opposition and the 300 signatory organizations that oppose the cut, the CAB, the foodbanks, the homeless projects, pretty much everyone who deals with the shitty end of the poverty stick.


      September 15, 2021 at 7:07 pm

  8. Andrew Coates

    September 15, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    • The reason they abstained is because the Conservatives don’t want people to see which of them vote to keep the cut or continue with the cut. It would have been very revealing to discover which Tories claiming that they wanted to keep the £20.00 uplift actually voted against the government on a point of principle; since all of these ginks seem to want promotion and become a member of the government chances are that they say one thing (to butter up constituents) and vote differently (to demonstrate slavish loyalty to their leaders).


      September 16, 2021 at 3:06 pm

  9. do you ever wonder if this is all being done on purpose as most of these uc claims will be digital and thus need the internet to access the journal so in reality another cut to uc done buy stealth.


    so you cant change from a digital claim to a non digital one based on you cant afford the internet but can use a computer/phone.

    and id say they only got about 15 computers at my jcp so thats not going to work is it.

    and i cant see many of these new wc lasting very long either with the amount of abuse there going to get in the coming months and them trying to enforce there conditionality games grind you down so you throw your self off the top of the local car park.

    or they just loose there shit pull out a zombie knife and chop there wc head off as cant take any more of there shit.

    yet the upper management wont give a shit and just get another lamb to come in with 32 days training and just carry on with it.

    with whats coming id not do that job for 100k tax free! the carrots have ran out and all whats left is the stick.


    September 15, 2021 at 8:44 pm

  10. I notice hardly any Tories bothered to turn up for this debate. Not only don’t they care, they don’t care who knows it.

    Jeff Smith

    September 15, 2021 at 9:44 pm

  11. Andrew Coates

    September 16, 2021 at 6:49 am

  12. I really think that the Tories think like this: job vacancies high, staff levels too low, squeeze the poor financially to force them to work more and you help business, help the poor and reduce the benefits bill. Win – win – win. This is exactly the mind set that the Conservatives had when they froze benefits for FOUR YEARS and it didn’t work as former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Stephen Crabb has admitted and stated that the £20.00 uplift should be made permanent or poverty in the UK will rise significantly after its removal.


    With council tax looking set to get hiked – why the heck are benefit claimants being charged council tax anyway? – and essentials like food and electricity costs soaring the end result looks set to be really awful this time around for the poorest people in society, even worse than before because Boris and his minions seem to have no intention whatsoever to even attempt to mitigate or make things better in the short or long term.

    I only hope that those responsible for the forthcoming catastrophe will be held to account one day.


    September 16, 2021 at 7:41 am

  13. A closer look at the alleged one million job vacancies reveals a truer picture…..

    “Kirklees Council has more than 900 “unoccupied positions” on its books – representing more than a tenth of its staff.

    But it says not all can be considered true job vacancies.

    The revelation comes as data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that the number of job vacancies in the UK has risen to more than one million for the first time ever.

    “The council stated that an “unoccupied” position doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a true vacancy that requires filling.”

    “It said a position may be left “unoccupied” for various reasons including:
    •An individual has left their position, the service is taking time to review the duties and may not be looking to backfill on a like-for-like basis.
    •A service is going through a review so will hold positions “unoccupied” pending the outcome of the review and the creation of new positions.

    •A position is being covered by planned short-term arrangements (e.g. agency, acting-up, etc) in order to meet a business need or pending a service review.
    •The budget for an unoccupied position is being used to deliver the service in an alternative way.

    •The substantive postholder may be on secondment or acting up, so their position needs to be held vacant, pending their return.”



    September 16, 2021 at 8:55 am

    • If all the other Councils in the country have a similar number of unfilled posts for the same reasons then that alone goes a long way towards the alleged one million vacancies. As for the rest, as we all know many require specific skills and experience, own transport, Driving Licence, DBS clearance, etc. therefore excluding many workers from being prospective applicants.


      September 16, 2021 at 9:02 am

  14. “Most office workers will never return full-time, survey says”



    September 16, 2021 at 9:08 am

  15. The Universal Credit Sanctions should be highlighted as well as the £20 a week uplift cut. People are complaining about Universal Credit 10 years too late. The Legacy of Legacy Benefits is Universal Credit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 16, 2021 at 9:09 am

    • That’s true, and the ridiculous “expectations” of 35 hours weekly jobsearch.


      September 16, 2021 at 9:24 am

  16. There are more people using the DWP than in the 1980s with 3 million unemployed. More like 12 million relying on the dole aka DWP.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 16, 2021 at 9:11 am

  17. Claims about Universal Credit fact-checked



    September 16, 2021 at 9:13 am

  18. New education secretary zahawi insisted poor parents ‘prefer’ to pay for school meals.



    September 16, 2021 at 11:51 am

  19. DWP cuts off bipolar sufferer’s benefits for 8 months while he was treated in hospital
    Simon Ford, 46, from Cudworth, south Yorkshire, said the Covid lockdown left him struggling to cope and he was sectioned in a psychiatric hospital for 28 days at Christmas leading to PIP payments being stopped



    September 16, 2021 at 12:41 pm

  20. “Good lord man, if you start granting a raise in benefits, people will start asking for better wages at the bottom and then where will all my business friends and lobbyists be when they cant afford selfishly that swimming pool and nice new car off the backs of cheap labour”.

    “Lets give them more credit, extend those loans and put a stop to the notion they deserve more”.


    September 16, 2021 at 1:06 pm

  21. what’s changed in the law that now somehow job center PLUS STAFF!! need more detailed information on job search? OR BE SANCTIONED.

    Dear Department for Work and Pensions,


    I got a phone call from so-called job center plus staff member stating we now have to attend job center for signing on.

    During the phone call the so-called job Centre adviser stated the rules of searching for a job. Has changed and I need to provide more detail evidence of job search.

    As I am aware the law or regulation has no changed on providing evidence of my job search has not changed example the evidence I provide is via word of mouth, example: searched the internet 30 times a day 7 days a week.

    Actively Seeking Employment
    Reviewing job search
    The Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) Regulations don’t specify that claimants must
    keep written records of their job search.
    “Where a claimant has done all that could reasonably be expected of them – for example they
    have applied for all suitable jobs and undertaken all the activities set out in their Claimant
    Commitment – this will be considered sufficient even if the time taken was less than their
    expected hours. ”

    “76. We cannot specify to a JSA claimant how they provide us with records of their
    jobsearch activity”

    “194. The JSA Regulations do not specify that claimants must keep written records of
    their job search.”


    There was a covid pandemic.
    what’s changed in the law that now somehow job center PLUS STAFF!! need more detailed information on job search? OR BE SANCTIONED.

    Yours faithfully,


    thanks J Roberts.

    I have just checked out the information you pointed me too.

    its amazes me the time and malicious effort DWP staff members put in to get people sanctioned, for that small amount of money, they get to support them. just to put them in a worse of position.

    I am clad she never gave up and fought back. and won her case. I wasn’t aware you had to apply for every job you see or whatever the so-called job centre plus advisers tells you to apply for. under the threat of sanctions.



    September 16, 2021 at 1:43 pm

  22. Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

    Please provide me with any recorded information held by the DWP stating whether or not Reed need to seek a claimant’s permission and/or consent (verbal, written or implied) to share a claimant’s CV with an employer or any other third party when said claimant is participating in the Restart scheme.

    Yours faithfully,

    Curtis Allan



    September 16, 2021 at 1:48 pm

  23. ‘Astrophysical data suggests space-time might be “flat,” rather than curved, and thus that it goes on forever. If so, then the region we can see (which we think of as “the universe”) is just one patch in an infinitely large “quilted multiverse.” At the same time, the laws of quantum mechanics dictate that there are only a finite number of possible particle configurations within each cosmic patch (10^10^122 distinct possibilities). So, with an infinite number of cosmic patches, the particle arrangements within them are forced to repeat — infinitely many times over. This means there are infinitely many parallel universes: cosmic patches exactly the same as ours (containing someone exactly like you), as well as patches that differ by just one particle’s position, patches that differ by two particles’ positions, and so on down to patches that are totally different from ours’. – Live Science

    So all of this, the Universal Credit cut, the legacy benefits High Court case, Therese Coffey, the DWP, may well be happening across a multitude of unknown worlds.

    Jeff Smith

    September 16, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    • @ Jeff

      I know that my time in this particular space is severely limited, many of my old friends and acquaintances are dead already, and I might have another 10 – 15 years left (if that) if I’m lucky, so why worry? Every year that goes by is another year closer to Retirement.


      September 16, 2021 at 2:41 pm

  24. I wonder how I’m doing in the other universes ? Am I also typing this on an alien blog in some far away galaxy ? Run by a strangely similar Andrew.Coates, who seems not to be entirely human ?

    Jeff Smith

    September 16, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    • Deepak Chopra meets the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy!


      September 16, 2021 at 7:04 pm

      • @trev- Good one ! But it makes you think. How many Trev’s are volunteering at countless foodbanks throughout the many universes ? How many Superteds and Stepping Razors are there ? ( Though I would have put money on Stepping being unique to planet Earth ). And how many millions of beings, human and alien, are signing on at Jobcentres even now, across countless galaxies ?

        Jeff Smith

        September 16, 2021 at 7:21 pm

      • Well Jeff if you want to ponder those questions at a deeper level now is the right time of year, it might depend what part of the country you’re in but the Yorkshire Dales are full of the pointy-headed little blighters, not that I bother with them myself anymore but certainly have done in my youth. Mother Nature’s free Acid. Psilocybin. Liberty Cap. Just beware of impostors, and the fuzz, and false epiphanies. Have a safe journey!


        September 16, 2021 at 8:37 pm

      • earth 427 ted and spot visit Caxton house 😉

        the dwp issue ted with a 600 billion parking violation and stop his jsa so pays them a visit in spots run about to kill them all.


        September 16, 2021 at 11:03 pm

      • superted

        September 17, 2021 at 12:13 am

    • I am now watching Star Trek the Original series on the Horror Channel…

      I get it from the Satellite orbiting my planet Gliese 581 c.

      Andrew Coates

      September 16, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    • It’s a choice between the red and blue pills. It depends how far down the rabbit hole you want to go Jeff…


      September 17, 2021 at 8:32 am

      • Which pill have you taken trev red or blue? 🍀


        September 17, 2021 at 10:23 am

      • That would be telling 😉


        September 17, 2021 at 10:48 am

  25. on earth 3456 ted sees the work coach interview and what to expect.

    but ted can never be a work coach as cant lie so malfunctions but still attends 😉


    September 17, 2021 at 12:34 am

    • TED 209 😉


      September 17, 2021 at 12:36 am

      • @ ted coachy is saying I have to email them screenshots of me job applications 😦 I don’t want to talk to the jc through email 😦 coachy says my written job log is not good enough 😦 I think coachy is laying a trap 😦 what should I do?


        September 17, 2021 at 2:13 am

      • they can not dictate how you provide work search proof as you can do this any way you like but if they send it to a dm you will need proof of job applications in that case.



        September 17, 2021 at 9:48 am

      • Thanks ted 🙂 I apply for lots of jobs on findajob . A print-out from findajob should be good enough to prove to a dm I am looking for work?


        September 17, 2021 at 3:21 pm

      • yes thats why i print out my job search just incase they raise a ase sanction doubt but you can just take a screen shot on your phone of the email receipts you get.

        if you register a cv on total jobs and cv library you will start to get recommend jobs sent to you every day i got over 100 every day and pick the 5 closest that i might be able to do.

        but in reality they cant check the job search anyway because of gdpr and thats why they are getting the providers to sign your data away and then will use your cv to apply for jobs for you and you wont have any choice of what job that will be if you sign there contracts.


        September 17, 2021 at 3:33 pm

  26. Andrew Coates

    September 17, 2021 at 6:44 am

    • I wish somebody would ask Conservative politicians why it is, under Tory rule, food bank usage has never plateaued, never peaked, never fallen but only risen exponentially year on year even when the economy was growing, more people were in work than ever before, and unemployment proportionately was lower than it had been for forty years? Why is food poverty growing ceaselessly in 21st century Britain? What steps will the government take to address this disgraceful state of affairs? And when will food poverty and food bank usage begin to fall?

      Tomorrow? Next year? One day? Someday? Ever? Never?

      Why doesn’t somebody keep asking these questions to Tory MPs and ministers, repeatedly, in parliament and in the media on lighthearted programmes like Question Time and more serious ones like Newsnight? What would Boris Johnson answer if these questions were fielded at him on a regular basis?


      September 17, 2021 at 7:57 am

      • Boris would stutter and stammer, huff and puff, and try deflect the question by saying how marvellous foodbanks are. He wouldn’t see it as public volunteering on a scale not seen since WW2, as a vital response to Class War. He wouldn’t see foodbanks as a shameful symptom of a failed State.


        September 17, 2021 at 8:10 am

      • @ trev

        Thinking about the cr@p he’s been spilling recently he’d probably say something along the lines of the best way out of poverty is well paid work and that both he an the government are committed to giving every one of the poor an opportunity to secure well paid and secure work. Which means nothing of course except, maybe, that with opportunities available if the poor don’t grasp them they only have themselves to blame for their poverty. Auditioning for the X-Factor constitutes an opportunity to gain fame and fortune, but, at the end of the day, there’s only one winner and maybe a few runners up who get to enjoy their 15 minutes in the spotlight and for the rest of the others given an “opportunity” nothing has changed because they weren’t picked by the judges and/or audience to advance.

        Surely the media and the British people must notice something as shameful and disgraceful as this:


        The question is when.


        September 17, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      • @ Aleister

        I came across some agency job earlier this week that consisted of working 4 full days, I think the hours were 8 – 4.30, which on the face of it sounded ok, though it did say the work involves some heavy lifting, but when I reckoned it up it would mean that I would be approximately £25 per week better off than on the dole and the only way to make it pay, to make a significant difference to my income, would be by working all the available overtime. Tax Credits might make quite a difference for a while, though that would mean still having dealings with the DWP, something I would be reluctant to do, especially if it involves claiming UC in order to get Tax Credits. It’s typical of many jobs now, whereby it’s necessary to work overtime to make ends meet.


        September 17, 2021 at 2:43 pm

      • @ Aleister

        I wonder if those stats are based only on Trussel or if they also include independent foodbanks too? Could be a lot more than 2.5 Million.


        September 17, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    • Hunt asks how we might pay for it. I suppose a backdated freeze on MPs salaries and a cap on expenses would be out of the question. And a Tax on the rich wouldn’t be the way to go at all. Or forcing Google, Facebook and Amazon to pay more Tax would never do.


      September 17, 2021 at 8:21 am

  27. Mum-of-five slams ‘cruel’ £20 Universal Credit cut
    She fears she will be forced into debt as a result of the cut



    September 17, 2021 at 1:35 pm

  28. well im starting to see on job applications that there asking if you have had 2 jabs or not so imo if you say no you wont get the job.

    1 was for a sales assistant and another was a office admin job.


    September 17, 2021 at 3:21 pm

  29. Prospect of Atos ‘fitness for work’ contract return horrifies activists

    By John Pring (DNS) on 16th September 2021

    Disabled activists reacted with horror this week after learning that the discredited government contractor Atos could soon be carrying out “fitness for work” tests again, six years after withdrawing from its assessment contract.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is introducing a major change to the way it commissions private sector companies to carry out health and disability benefit assessments, and campaigners fear it could lead to Atos once again carrying out work capability assessments (WCAs) in some parts of the country.

    Atos earned more than £465 million from delivering WCAs before it withdrew from the contract in 2015, following years of negative publicity and multiple links between the actions of the company and its staff and the deaths of disabled claimants.

    DWP currently pays one company – Maximus – to carry out WCAs, which test eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits.

    It pays two other companies – Atos and Capita – to assess eligibility for personal independence payment (PIP), which contributes to the extra costs of living with an impairment.

    About two million health and disability assessments are carried out every year under the contracts.

    But DWP has now decided that it wants a single supplier to supply all assessments – both WCAs and PIP assessments – in each part of the country from August 2023.

    The change could mean, for example, that one company would carry out all WCAs and PIP assessments in London and southern England, and another company would carry out all assessments in central England and Wales, although it is not yet clear how the country would be divided up.

    Information released to Disability News Service (DNS) by DWP last year showed that, between April 2010 and April 2019, Capita was paid more than £300 million, Atos more than £1.34 billion, and Maximus more than £620 million, to deliver assessments.

    Atos has so far failed to say if it will be bidding for any of the new contracts, but disabled activists have said the possibility is “an absolute outrage”.

    Atos, Maximus and Capita have all faced significant and repeated criticism over their performance over the last decade.

    Read In Full
    Disability News Service

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 17, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    • ATOS are corrupt as Maximus & Capita.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 17, 2021 at 4:46 pm

      • Banned from trading in many countries.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 17, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      • Now we know where to get a Sick Note from to take time off work.

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        September 17, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    • The Government can waste hundreds of millions £s of Taxpayers’ money by giving it away to dodgy companies like Atos, and third party Providers who deliver DWP nonsense (Serco, Reed, Interserve, etc.), yet they can’t afford to spend a few quid on increasing Benefits to the correct level. When it comes to spending money on persecuting the poor there’s a bottomless well of funding available.


      September 17, 2021 at 4:54 pm

      • Paying for a scapegoat farm cost some £ Millions.

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        September 17, 2021 at 9:45 pm

  30. Official Statistics
    Benefit sanctions statistics to April 2021 (experimental)
    Published 17 August 2021



    September 17, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    • Experimental = Not Worth The Paper It’s Written On.

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      September 17, 2021 at 9:46 pm

  31. superted

    September 17, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    • ATOS Scandal – Serco Scandal – Maximus Scandal – G4S Scandal Universal Credit Scandal.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 17, 2021 at 9:47 pm

      • so uc claimants are not paying the rent to the land lords or not full rent yet the land lords can do nothing about this and the dwp dont give a shit because when they do get evicted it will be a change of circumstances and a new claim of uc.

        but as you are now homeless you cant do a online application as have no address but what you can do is if you are homeless and on the street you can use the jcp address to make a claim but this can only be done over the phone or at a jcp office in person.

        this is all being done on purpose and will end up with ppl on the streets and no where to go as no private land lord will rent to a uc claimant ever again after this.

        yet the dwp will claw every penny of this back on uc but ppl dont think about the end game and what will happen because you cant pay it back at £1 a week anymore 😉


        September 17, 2021 at 11:10 pm

      • Superted

        Unless they have changed it again, the phone number and email address question also prohibits a person from being able to continue to make a claim online.


        September 18, 2021 at 7:51 am

  32. Now that ATOS is back in the fold, they are the front runners to win the Government Food Bank Contract which has been put out to tender to save the economy.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    September 17, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    • Vetted.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      September 17, 2021 at 9:50 pm

  33. superted

    September 17, 2021 at 11:34 pm

  34. So how much extra would you have to work on min wage

    Now we all heard the works and pension minister say its just a matter of working an extra 2 hours on min wage (£8.91) to earn an extra £20.

    These figures include the intended increase to NI (13.25%) and include the pension scheme

    1: A person already paying both tax, national insurance and pension (38.25%)

    After all deductions that’s £5.51 an hour earned. For this person to get an extra £20 in their hand they would have to work around near an extra 4 hours.

    2: A person paying only national insurance and pension (18.25%)

    After all deductions that’s £7.29 an hour earned. For this person to get an extra £20 in their hand they would have to work around near an extra 3 hours.

    3: A person paying no tax or national insurance but pays pension (5%)

    After all deductions that’s £8.46 an hour earned. For this person to get an extra £20 in their hand they would have to work around near an extra 2 and 1/2 hours.

    This is what life is like when you dont get benefits and work min wage.


    September 18, 2021 at 10:28 am

    • @Doug- And this is exactly where Universal Credit claimants will be, if they manage to claw their way out of UC.

      Jeff Smith

      September 18, 2021 at 12:46 pm

  35. Good chance for some solid copy on the legacy benefits High Court case. Either the old outrage and unfairness take, or if they get lucky, the justified triumph through adversity line. Over to you Andrew….

    The Editor

    September 18, 2021 at 1:04 pm

  36. DWP: Universal Credit, state pension and PIP claimants set for Christmas bonus in December

    A Christmas bonus is on the way for millions of people in the UK.

    People claiming Universal Credit, PIP, and the state pension are in for a small bonus in the festive season.

    This is through the Christmas Bonus, a one-off tax-free payment which is made before Christmas to those in receipt of certain benefits and payments in the qualifying week.


    yet again nothing for jsa claimants we are classed as dead!


    September 18, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    • Any news on when the cases being brought by legacy claimants about us being reimbursed for the £20 shortfall.

      jj joop

      September 18, 2021 at 8:15 pm

      • The final hearing will be held 28-29 September 2021. Further updates will be posted on the website .
        High Court challenge the denial of benefit increases for nearly 2m people with disabilities

        “In summary the legal challenge is based on the proposition that it is clear that because of the pandemic those dependent upon basic allowances are facing higher basic living costs, and yet despite their very similar circumstances, only some of them receive a Covid-specific uplift to help meet those costs. This unfairness calls for a properly evidenced justification, particularly as very many disabled people are disproportionately affected by this decision and the pandemic generally. Thus far the Government has failed to provide any objectively verifiable reason for the difference in treatment of people in essentially identical circumstances. ”


        Andrew Coates

        September 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm

      • It is my learned legal opinion that the Right Honourable members have neither a leg to stand on nor a pot to piss in, m’Lud.


        September 18, 2021 at 10:23 pm

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