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It’s Universal Credit Cut Day!

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To Celebrate the Conservative Party Conference today is Universal Credit Cut Day!

The Tories can barely conceal their glee.

Here is what is happening:

This is what this kind of money means to Tories:

Doug mentions that Johnson is due to announce a rise in the Minimum Wage.

Some might say that this increase is a cheap stunt to distract people’s attention from the fact that millions will be worse off from this Wednesday.

As if making employers pay a bit more to some people is going to help those the government is taking payments from.

Here is Thérèse Coffey retweeting:

Written by Andrew Coates

October 6, 2021 at 7:10 am

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  1. What about Legacy Benefits !! Has everyone forgotten about the people on Legacy Benefits !! Now everyone hates Universal Credit !!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 6, 2021 at 7:49 am

    • Too right Stepping. What about Legacy Benefits ? And when are we going to get the backpay ?

      George M

      October 6, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      • Eggweener Curry: “We can’t pay people to sit at home”. No but we can pay members of the House of Lords £300 per day just for turning up.

        trev

        October 6, 2021 at 3:54 pm

  2. Work Pays.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 6, 2021 at 7:51 am

  3. The Tories are sounding more and more like a malignant pseudo-religious cult chanting nonsensical scripture with false prophets predicting mass ascension to heaven via some sort of post-Brexit rapture. How much poverty and suffering will such people be willing to tolerate before acting to mitigate it I wonder? My bet would be poverty and suffering in the UK now is limited only by the political opinion of the electorate relating to the future political and electoral prospects of the Tories. If these people really believe that they can get away with something I believe that they would do it no matter how horrible or low and call it a “tough but necessary decision”.

    Steve

    October 6, 2021 at 8:27 am

    • Those in favour of Brexit-Leave believed what it said on Boris’ bus, and then the so-called “Red Wall” went for “Get Brexit Done”, now we’re all paying the price of Brexit and a Tory government. And Labour are still fighting against each other in a futile attempt to look electable. Foodbanks are already operating at pretty much full capacity. The situation overall is not looking good.

      trev

      October 6, 2021 at 9:21 am

  4. Andrew Coates

    October 6, 2021 at 9:03 am

    • The Pickwick Papers & Charles Dickens.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 6, 2021 at 9:31 am

  5. “Build Back Better”, they talk as if it were WW2, but in reality we’re dealing with the effects of Brexit and the ongoing Class War; the xenophobic desire to exclude foreigners through misplaced notions of Nationalism combined with the desire to make even more money whilst persecuting the poor. And whereas the people were forced to exist on Rations during WW2, they’re now forced to rely on foodbanks during the Class War.

    trev

    October 6, 2021 at 9:06 am

    • @trev- I totally agree, large aspects of what is being done by the Tories, is about putting the working-class
      back in its place. As a kind of low-cost underclass they can treat like dirt.
      But credit to Andrew Coates for keeping these issues front and centre on Ipswich Unemployed Action.
      When a lot of other sites seem quite happy to play the government tune.

      Jeff Smith

      October 6, 2021 at 2:02 pm

  6. “…a stronger economy where everyone is empowered to reach their full potential.” (Coffey)

    So I just got this in my emails:

    “Thanks for your interest in the Warehouse Operative position here at XXXXXX.

    On this occasion your application has not progressed to the next stage, there were other candidates whose skills and knowledge more closely matched our requirements.”

    trev

    October 6, 2021 at 9:11 am

  7. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .

    A6er

    October 6, 2021 at 9:27 am

  8. Funny how people complain about the £20 a week cut yet there is no mention of these people saying Scrap Universal Credit.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 6, 2021 at 9:34 am

  9. Tory DWP chief belts out ‘Time of My Life’ hours before cutting 6million Brits’ benefits

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-dwp-chief-belts-out-25148953

    Long queues outside I, Daniel Blake foodbank as Universal Credit cut looms

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/long-queues-outside-i-daniel-25146710

    xclausx

    October 6, 2021 at 11:52 am

  10. No menton of Minimum Wage rise, despite it being widely trailed.

    Andrew Coates

    October 6, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    • 6uild 6ack 6etter, UN Agenda 30, Great Reset.

      Cloverleaf

      October 6, 2021 at 1:42 pm

  11. Heartbreaking video of Boris and his millionaires consequences.

    Cloverleaf

    October 6, 2021 at 12:44 pm

  12. 6 October 2021
    Many share fears as Universal Credit is cut
    “I feel like I’m barely keeping my head afloat” – a PCS DWP member describes her fear for the future as she faces the £20 a week cut to Universal Credit which hits millions of people today.
    Dozens of members have got in touch to share their fears for the future as the government’s decision to end the £20 a week uplift in Universal Credit (UC) becomes a reality today (6). The uplift was originally introduced as a support measure at the beginning of the pandemic.

    The cut, which has been consistently opposed by PCS, has been calculated as the biggest single overnight cut to the basic rate of social security since the Second World War affecting around 6 million people.

    Many PCS members have to claim the benefit because of low pay, compounded by years of below-inflation pay cuts and the current public sector pay freeze. Members have described the impact of the cut; their names have been changed.

    Ruth works full-time as an administrative officer at a DWP contact centre, she is struggling to get by.

    “Once I get paid and all my outgoings are paid, I have nothing left of my wage until my UC payday. This reimburses a portion of my childcare fees; however, it mostly covers what I have to repay in overdraft/credit card fees, and then petrol and shopping for the rest of the month,” she said.

    “I feel like I’m barely keeping my head afloat and losing out on £86 a month is causing me trouble sleeping as the cost of living is continuously increasing. I believe it was our secretary of state that said the £20 a week is a couple of extra hours work per week. I work full-time and have a 1-year-old daughter that I’m the primary carer for. Overtime isn’t available for me. And I’m made to feel ashamed like I’m not doing enough.”

    Rising costs
    For single parent Susan, who works as part-time as an administrative officer at a benefits centre, the uplift meant she could just about manage.

    “I receive UC as I am a single parent and have no childcare. I have had to go part-time/part-year as it was becoming more and more difficult to get annual leave for the school holidays,” she said.

    “The extra £20 has been very helpful because of the rising costs of living. The rising costs are ongoing, but the extra help is being stopped.”

    Nicola says money is very tight for her.

    “Losing this uplift will affect me greatly, the extra £20 a week meant I could pay all the bills and we could all eat. Now I am on my own with 3 children and I have to choose whether I put the heating on or eat,” she said.

    “I have had to move into a cheaper house so I can try and reduce my costs but everything is so tight.”

    superted

    October 6, 2021 at 1:58 pm

  13. 6 October 2021
    DWP staff condemn Universal Credit uplift end as “ideological attack” on the poor
    The decision to end the Universal Credit uplift will impoverish millions of unemployed and low paid workers, the PCS has said.
    Universal Credit was uplifted by £20 and extended temporarily for 6 months in March by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

    PCS which represents workers who help claimants access Universal Credit and other benefits, say the Tories are deliberately targeting the poor and vulnerable for ideological reasons by ending the uplift.

    Many PCS members working in DWP also rely on Universal Credit payments to make ends meet due to appallingly low wages.

    Catherine works part-time in a DWP service centre and is worried about the effect of the cut on her family.

    She said: “Myself and my partner both claim Universal Credit and work for DWP (he is full time). We have 2 children in primary school and use breakfast club on the days I work, we do claim childcare costs back for this for which we get about £40 a month back at 85%.

    “We will now need to find the money for this elsewhere as it’s likely with the reduction in our UC award we will no longer get this help. I also struggle to find the money for school dinners, which is £76 every six weeks and will double next year when the youngest moves to junior school.”

    Anne, an executive officer in a jobcentre, said: “I work 32.5 hours a week and qualify for UC due to low income. This is going to hit myself very hard, with prices of everything, including household bills rising.”

    “I’m looking to make changes to put myself out of hardship financially. I have had a tough time financially due to personal circumstances.”

    Research, by Professor Jonathan Bradshaw and Dr Antonia Keung at the University of York, has found that 840,000 people have fallen into fuel poverty, following energy price increases on 1 October.

    3.4 million households – or 6.3 million adults and children – will not be able to pay rising gas and electricity bills this winter without cutting their food spending and more than six million people are facing fuel poverty this winter.

    Responding to the uplift being scrapped, Mark Serwotka said: “The scrapping of the Universal Credit uplift is a scandalous decision driven by an ideological opposition to supporting the most vulnerable in society.

    “Unemployed and low paid workers both need access to Universal Credit to make ends meet and by removing the uplift, thousands will be plunged into dire poverty with people having to potentially choose between buying food and heating their homes this winter.

    “There needs to be a fundamental overhaul of the social security system where no one is left behind regardless of their circumstances.”

    superted

    October 6, 2021 at 1:59 pm

  14. Anxious Autumn, follwed by Winter of Discontent 2 – The Return of Winter of Discontent.

    Jeff Smith

    October 6, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    • “Made glorious summer by this sun of York…”

      trev

      October 6, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      • @trev- Yes, strangely ironic. Little did Shakespeare know what a future son of York was going to be accused of.
        Frankly, the Met know exactly where Prince Andrew was at the time in question. Every hour of every day is carefully logged by his Royal Protection bodyguards. At least one whom is with him 24/7, and makes a full written report, each day. So how long the Woking Pizza Parlour alibi is going to stand, remains to be seen.
        After the debacle of the Maitlis interview, his legal team must be praying that he doesn’t end up facing some New York shark-lawyer, who will be trying to annoy him into some indiscretion.

        Jeff Smith

        October 6, 2021 at 2:27 pm

      • It’ll all come out in the wash, or in 50 years time when the Official Secrecy expires.

        trev

        October 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm

  15. Tory Propaganda in full swing.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm

  16. A Tory MP has said MPs need a pay rise because it can be “really grim” living on an annual salary of more than £80,000

    Sir Peter Bottomley, who as the oldest MP in the Commons is ‘Father of the House’, made the eyebrow-raising comments in an interview with the New Statesman.

    He claimed that parliamentarians, who are paid some £81,932 should earn as much as GPs, whose average salary in England is £100,700 – meaning a pay rise of 22%.

    Sir Peter said being an MP was “desperately difficult” for some MPs. – Daily Mirror

    Unbelievable…..where do they get these people ?

    Jeff Smith

    October 6, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    • Try living on £74 per week you stupid old twat (not you Jeff, the MP !)

      trev

      October 6, 2021 at 3:58 pm

  17. 6 October 2021
    Brutal cut to Universal Credit – PCS demands reversal
    Today sees the government’s decision to withdraw the £20 uplift to Universal Credit (UC) implemented; a decision that will plunge millions into serious financial hardship and many into poverty.
    PCS has long campaigned for a fairer, properly-resourced social security system, that has compassion and support at its core. We have argued that an end to conditionality and sanctions, as well as scrapping UC, must be key elements to a fundamental review of benefit provision in the UK.

    Throughout the pandemic, the call on the vital services our members provide has never been greater, with millions of new claims made many from members of the public who have never before needed the support of the state. It is this reality that led to the government introducing a £20 a week “uplift” to Universal Credit, to give extra financial help to claimants and their families at a time of need. PCS, alongside other campaigning organisations, has called for the uplift to not only be retained, but to be converted to a permanent increase in benefit and for it to be extended across other benefits as well.

    It is appalling that the government has not only failed to listen to those calls but has now seen fit to remove that extra safety net from UC claimants and the consequences for many will be devastating.

    We have already been told this week by a work coach that one claimant had written in asking for the department to keep the £20 in place as they couldn’t afford to lose this money. When informed that wasn’t within the gift of the work coach the pregnant claimant has now confirmed they have booked themselves in for a termination as they cannot bring a child into poverty. This is the brutal reality of this cut to benefit.

    PCS General Secretary, Mark Serwotka, has written to the secretary of state Therese Coffey calling for a reversal of this cut and offering to discuss with the government how we can support the most vulnerable in society through this difficult period.

    DWP members severely affected
    In addition to highlighting the impact this cut will have on UC claimants, PCS have also been receiving testimonies from members who work in DWP on how this will impact on them and their lives.

    The attached letter quotes some of the feedback gathered so far and further briefings will be issued in the coming weeks highlighting this savage nature of this cut and what it means to members delivering the benefits system.

    This of course is compounded by the current pay freeze, the forecast rise in inflation, and proposed hike in National Insurance contributions from April. All of which will see our members’ income significantly reduced.

    This cannot go unchallenged.

    Campaign to win
    PCS will continue to campaign against this cut to UC and join forces with other organisations and the wider trade union movement to broaden our demands.

    Members will also see a ramping up in campaigning activity against the overall cuts to our living standards in the coming weeks. We urge members to engage with your union in building these campaigns into one’s that can win for you and those we help support in wider society.

    superted

    October 6, 2021 at 3:01 pm

  18. 6 October 2021
    PCS warns minister of catastrophic impact of Universal Credit cut
    “A catastrophic effect on the most vulnerable families in our society,” is how PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka has described the Universal Credit cut, which takes effect today, in a letter to secretary of state Therese Coffey.
    At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the standard allowance of Universal Credit would be temporarily increased by £20 a week.

    The uplift was initially set to last 12 months but was then extended by six months. It was confirmed in July that no more extensions would be applied and from today, the standard allowance returns to its pre-March 2020 level.

    Mark described as “alarming” the government’s justification for the cut to move people into jobs.

    “This is entirely flawed considering over 40% of current claimants are already in work and many of them are currently employed by your department,” he said.

    Mark highlighted that we have been contacted by members across the Department for Work and Pensions in recent days, who have shared their fears regarding the £20 cut and the feedback we have received has been both overwhelming and alarming. Many have said they have relied on the uplift to make ends meet and they will now struggle to heat their homes and feed their families.

    Mark said: “I am appalled that our members are not only facing these hardships but that their own pay is so poor that they are in receipt of benefits.”

    He urged the cabinet minister to “act immediately and take steps to stop this unnecessary cut which will impact our members and the lives of millions of others, many of whom are already in work.”

    Read the letter from Mark Serwotka to Therese Coffey urging her to reverse the £20 cut in Universal Credit

    superted

    October 6, 2021 at 3:02 pm

  19. Dear Therese,

    Cut to UC – Impact on staff

    I am writing to you on behalf of Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union members employed across your department in various roles including work coaches, administrative officers and executive officers delivering Universal Credit and other benefits, regarding the decision of Government to cut the £20 uplift in Universal Credit.

    Opposition and Government MPs, and campaigners, including trade unions and third sector organisations, have all indicated their concerns regarding the decision of Government and your department to end the £20 uplift, a decision which will undoubtedly have a catastrophic effect on the most vulnerable families in our society. The Governments alarming justification, which states that the focus of the cut is to move people into jobs, is entirely flawed considering over 40% of current claimants are already in work and many of them are currently employed by your department.

    PCS has contacted members across the DWP in recent days, asking them to share their fears regarding the £20 cut and the feedback we have received has been both overwhelming and alarming. Below are just a few testimonies (names have been changed) from our members, your staff, who are in receipt of Universal Credit:

    Margaret, a single parent who is a full time Executive Officer at Job Centre Plus – “I claim UC and I am struggling to make ends meet already without losing the uplift. The cost of food has increased, and I have had to increase my food budget by £20 a month to reflect that, also fuel has increased to its highest cost per litre in quite some time, now gas and electricity going up is really making me scared for the future. I don’t have anything to cut back on anymore and I am going to be forced into a position where I am asking family to help me out with food in the last week of the month”

    Greg, Executive Officer at Job Centre Plus – “I am a single parent with a 16 year old son who has just started college. The £20 a week loss will make it increasingly difficult for me to afford his bus fare and provide him with adequate lunches. I struggle with anxiety, taking daily medication for it, and this has got much worse over the last few weeks knowing that yet again I have to try and do more with less.

    Wendy, Administrative Officer at DWP contact centre – “I am going to struggle with the £20 stopping which I feel is incredibly unfair. I know it’s only £20 but when you have a small child who I receive DLA for and a partner who can’t find work at the moment, this is a lot to lose. I just feel the Government need to make sure people are not going into financial hardship which a lot of people are going to find themselves in.”

    I am appalled that our members are not only facing these hardships but that their own pay is so poor that they are in receipt of benefits.

    You and other Cabinet members have claimed that the issue can be solved by people ‘working an extra two hours’. This is false. Assuming a worker received £10 per hour, two hours extra would be £20 in the pay packet but the Universal Credit they receive would automatically be cut by £12.60 per week. To make up the missing £20, a worker actually needs to earn an extra £54 which means they need to work an extra six hours, not a couple of hours as has been portrayed, not taking into account other expenses such as childcare.

    For many years PCS has tried to work with the Department to ensure the social security system is fit for purpose, that it delivers vital assistance to those who require state support and that it is fair, giving expert advice and knowledge for all who use it. In recent years we have been critical of system changes and the subsequent impact on our members and the claimants who they work to support day in and day out. But we have also worked to ensure our members are treated fairly, that morale is improved and that the Department acknowledge that these key, front line workers, deserve equality, fair pay and terms and conditions.

    During lockdown and throughout the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, our members have shown that they are adaptable, they have continued to work both from home and workplaces, ensuring the most vulnerable in our society receive the support they need in order to continue living their lives. It is therefore a kick in the teeth for thousands of these hardworking members to be facing not only a government imposed pay freeze but also the £20 cut which will push them into further financial difficulties, making theirs and their families lives more stressful and fraught, particularly leading into the winter months. PCS believes this cut can and should be stopped immediately.

    I urge you as the Secretary of State to act immediately and take steps to stop this unnecessary cut which will impact our members and the lives of millions of others, many of whom are already in work.

    superted

    October 6, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    • And how much notice does anyone take of the PCS ? None. As usual. Fucking hell, I could write ‘ I urge you as the Secretary of State to act immediately and take steps to stop this unnecessary cut which will impact our members and the lives of millions of others, many of whom are already in work.’ And how much good does that do ? Sweet F.A. thats what. Now, where is my union salary and perks ?

      George M

      October 6, 2021 at 3:50 pm

  20. How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power ? Here lies whole art of Conservative politics.” -Aneurin Bevan

    George M

    October 6, 2021 at 3:36 pm

  21. Can claimants be legally compelled to participate in provider-led diagnostic assessments?

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/can_claimants_be_legally_compell?nocache=incoming-1891565#incoming-1891565

    jj joop

    October 6, 2021 at 3:44 pm

  22. Seeking a claimant’s permission (verbal, written or implied)

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/seeking_a_claimants_permission_v#incoming-1891410

    jj joop

    October 6, 2021 at 3:45 pm

  23. Some woman at my Jobcentre is on one. Just got an email from her, whoever she is:

    “I am planning to send out regular updates on the job market.

    For example on Indeed there have been 153 vacs listed in the past 24 hrs within a 5 miles radius of XXX.

    I have attached some examples.

    Good luck”

    trev

    October 6, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    • If they don’t put their name on the Email it’s null & void.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      October 6, 2021 at 4:19 pm

      • It has got her name and email, it’s legit, I got emails from her during lockdown but I can’t put a face to the name. It’s getting fucking ridiculous though, TPTB are going all out assault on the unemployed, surprise surprise, the blame game, deflect attention away from the failings of Government and Capitalism, make noise about unemployment. YES, we all know there are a variety of job vacancies on Indeed and CV Library, etc. , what do they think we spend all fortnight applying for? But just because these jobs exist doesn’t mean that any of us are bound to be considered capable of doing the jobs when they ask for skills, experience, driving licence, Flt licence, DBS, fluency in SAGE, own transport, etc. etc.

        trev

        October 6, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    • tell them to remove your phone number and email address from the lms they have no choice about it gdpr!

      superted

      October 6, 2021 at 4:23 pm

  24. I don’t know how the Job Centre Email got in the spam box !!!

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 6, 2021 at 4:20 pm

  25. All the Tory voters would have calmed down by the next general election – Boris goes ….

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 6, 2021 at 4:22 pm

  26. The richer people are hoarding for Christmas at the start of October. £2,000 a shop & a new big freezer for the 24 frozen turkeys bought today. By the time it comes to Christmas in a competition they would have spent £40,000. What propaganda idiots.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 6, 2021 at 4:25 pm

  27. Somebody’s been having a whale of a time:

    Andrew Coates

    October 6, 2021 at 4:41 pm

  28. Into the Jobcentre…my name taken by a most polite (suspiciously polite ? ) young woman with a clipboard, wearing a mask. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, is wearing a mask. There is a sign on the door outside that says they must be worn, unless medically exempt. So I’ve already got mine on. She asks me to wait in the Safe Area. I take a seat, about 5 mins later my Work Coach comes to collect me. They’ve still got yellow lines on the floor which you have to follow. He’s got a mask on as well. He leads me back down the yellow brick road to his desk. He nips round behind the desk,which is fully screened. And I take my seat in the customer’s chair. This is set back about 2 feet from his desk, and is surrounded by a square of red tape, about 1 foot around the chair. He checks my jobsearch, no problem. But I have to hold it up to the glass screen for him to read. He makes the next appointment. Then he gets up from his desk, comes out round the screen, and leads me back up the yellow line to the Safe Area. It’s all a bit weird, I almost feel that I should give him a small tip for his trouble. Like a taxi driver. But on legacy benefits, I resist the impulse.

    Jeff Smith

    October 6, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    • 10% is standard Jeff, it’s just being polite.

      trev

      October 6, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      • @trev- Ha Ha ! Good one Trev. But it is getting very odd round at my JC. You can’t move around in there now, like the old days. You have to be escorted by a Work Coach. This must be a real pain in the backside for the Work Coaches. They are walking up and down like Amazon workers. Each one with his or her own customer. Then when they’ve delivered you back to the Safe Area, if they haven’t got somebody straight away who is waiting, they have to go back to their desk and wait to be called.

        Jeff Smith

        October 6, 2021 at 8:50 pm

      • In my Jobcentre they just call your name out and you go to their desk, and walk straight out afterwards back through the same main doors that you entered through. There’s quite a few staff now sitting at desks doing who-knows-what, but hardly any claimants in there at the same time. And of course a few G4 goons stood about doing nothing.

        trev

        October 6, 2021 at 9:02 pm

      • @trev- Don’t you have a Safe Area and yellow lines on the floor, and the glass screens round the desks ?
        And the red tape on the floor round the claimant’s seats ?

        Jeff Smith

        October 6, 2021 at 9:25 pm

      • Yes there’s some sticky tape, yellow lines on the floor and some red striped tape across some seats, but no one has explained what it’s for. The coaches’ desks have pvc screens around them. No one is wearing a facemask apart from myself and I think just one of the G4 goons

        trev

        October 6, 2021 at 9:46 pm

      • only difference at the jcp is there is some one at a desk on the front door that takes your name so can get in then the g4s radio to the first floor to say i will be going up to the first floor and then told where the wc is and to go sit down and wait to be called.

        half the seats have tape over them and also tape all over the floor that no one takes any notice off and no one has a face mask.

        there could not have been more than 30 names on the list at the front door so the place is empty and desks with no screens have been abandoned and computers removed so just a monitor arm where the screen was.

        its not like it was b4 its a sure fact and the wc seem to have abandoned the conditionality part as don’t want any conflict or maybe that’s just me lol.

        lets just hope we finally see some action from the pcs and go on strike as whats the fkn point of paying them to be a member and still do fuck all and they voted to strike 74% months ago.

        all we all do is show up and show them a job search they cant even check because of gdpr it is a fkn waste of my 4 quid bus fair just so they can have a job and claim uc as well wtf!

        and i have asked for a buss pass and told no but only covers half the cost anyway and if i say i got no money for the bus will tell me to walk 3 miles there and back!

        superted

        October 6, 2021 at 10:00 pm

      • @trev- it looks like your Jobcentre, and Superted’s, have had the coloured tape, but can’t be bothered to set things out properly. So they’ve just draped a few pieces of tape over some chairs, and then said bugger it. But my Jobcentre seems to be taking it all very seriously. I think this must be how it’s supposed to be done. The official DWP method, and they have obviously gone for the full monty.
        Safe Area, yellow safe route, escorted claimants, desk with screens, everybody with a mask, and the red tape in a square on the floor around each of the claimant’s seats.
        It just shows really, how even with something like safety measures, it’s down to local management as to what you actually get.

        Jeff Smith

        October 7, 2021 at 12:17 am

  29. Doesn’t know what you individually earn, just what you owe.

    The min wage rise despite being touted as a rise is actually an addressing of the deficit of the previous one (around the amount a person working 30 plus hours a week on low wages falls short on the cost of living in a previous tax year).

    The whole system from welfare to work (min wage and or low hours) is built on making sure its never quite enough, that the begging bowl will always have to be out.

    Next year is likely to be no different, infact likely worse despite the 51p an hour hike unless our PM intends to raise the income tax allowance bar above the constant level just enough to swallow up the difference the hike falls short of.

    £11.20 an hour min and a £17’000 income tax allowance is whats required for 2022.

    Doug

    October 6, 2021 at 5:23 pm

  30. Universal Credit cut will leave one in seven ‘abandoned’ in Yorkshire with 400,000 affected

    “People in Bradford, Doncaster, Calderdale, Rotherham and Barnsley will be worst hit as the £20-a-week uplift is axed”

    https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/local-news/universal-credit-cut-leave-one-21780629

    trev

    October 6, 2021 at 7:22 pm

  31. Universal credit reduction: ‘I feel overwhelmed’ at financial impact

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58800166

    trev

    October 6, 2021 at 7:54 pm

  32. The Tories have realized that having more than half the population having some sort of help from the DWP or/& Universal Credit is far too expensive to continue. It really shows up the failure of Universal credit.

    Housing Benefit used to go through the local council with a local council form. Now Housing benefit goes through Universal Credit [apart from the few] The DWP give the money to the customer to pay thier rent to the landlord, where as before the local Council paid the rent directly to the landlord. Temptation having a months rent in your hand in cash.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    October 6, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    • Social Security has been weaponized and used as a means of social control. The Working Class can be divided through effective and continued demonization of the sick and the unemployed. The oldest trick in the book; divide and rule. Benefits claimants also provide a convenient scapegoat to be blamed and deflect attention away from the failings of Government and Capitalism. It’s Class War, make no mistake.

      trev

      October 6, 2021 at 9:13 pm

  33. Andrew Coates

    October 7, 2021 at 6:19 am

    • Seventy seven year old Peter Bottomly has been an MP for 46 years. If he’s suddenly finding life “desperately difficult” on an MP’s salary why not simply get himself a higher paying job (there are after all over a million vacancies being advertised currently so he says) or retire, try to eek out a living on his state and private pensions, including his generous and handsome MP’s pension, and get a few consultancies in the private sector to earn a crust and help keep the wolf from the door.

      Seriously though what an arsehole! Talk about putting your foot in your mouth!

      Here’s an aloof and disconnected enough idiot able to blacken the Tory brand even more.

      Stephen

      October 7, 2021 at 6:39 am

      • Incredible isn’t it. Beggars belief. What planet is he on? Perhaps he’s got Alzheimer’s.

        trev

        October 7, 2021 at 8:28 am

    • Buttomly wants to try living on 3,000 a year he’ll see the reality of what grim really means greedy old sod.

      Cloverleaf

      October 7, 2021 at 10:59 am

  34. trev

    October 7, 2021 at 8:40 am

  35. Britain faces bleak winter of soaring energy costs, gas prices rise from 37% today pushing more firms to brink of collapse, national grid boss warns of electricity shortages and experts predict bills will soar to £1,700 a year.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10063781/Britains-energy-crisis-deepens-gas-prices-soar-FIFTH-time-high.html

    Cloverleaf

    October 7, 2021 at 11:38 am


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