Amber Rudd doesn’t even know the basics of Universal Credit

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Amber Rudd has been Work and Pensions Secretary for less than a month and she’s already shown herself to be unfit for the job. Labour MP Dan Carden, had asked that the roll-out of Universal Credit be halted as claimants were having to apply for a provisional driving license to verify their identity. Rudd called this “Labour scaremongering,” but she’s wrong, oh so wrong.

When applying for Universal Credit you’re asked to verify your identity online via the GOV.Verify service. To do this you need either;

  • A valid UK driving license
  • A valid UK passport

Now, you should in theory be able to provide answers to some security questions at the jobcentre if you don’t have either of these.

However, it’s become clear not all jobcentre staff are aware of this and are demanding claimants get either of the above documents.

This creates several issues.

  1. The Universal Credit claim cannot go live without ID verification.
  2. Therefore, the claimant can’t get an advance because their claim isn’t live.
  3. Once they’ve received their new ID document, (usually within 6-8 weeks), it’s a FURTHER 5 weeks until their first benefit payment.
  4. They’ll first need to find the money to pay for; the Licence or passport, ID photos, postage and possibly a counter signature.

Ms Rudd will also be forgetting that the victims of the Windrush scandal might not have ID nor be able to pass manual checks either. Slow clap for Amber.

Full Electronic Verification

The government have ploughed millions into the GOV.Verify system. Take up has been poor and it often simply doesn’t recognised people’s details.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have a target of full electronic ID verification by 2022. So while it may be the case now that manual checks can be done, it’s not going to last forever.

Rudd was keen to point out that claimants will be reimbursed the cost of the document. That’s all well and fine but, she fails to realise that most people applying for Universal Credit don’t have roughly £50 lying around to start with.

Getting something they’ve not needed before isn’t going to be high on their list of priorities.

Disabled people at a disadvantage

Most people would opt to apply for a driving license as that’s the far cheaper option. It’s £34 + costs for a driving licence and £75.50 + costs for a UK passport.

If you’re disabled or have a notifiable medical condition such as Autism, you’d have to go through a DVLA medical application which, believe you me, is a lot longer than 6-8 weeks in waiting time.

Therefore, to get their Universal Credit application live more quickly, a passport is the better option.

But it will cost a lot more and, may also cause difficulties if they’re required to go to an passport interview. eg; travelling when housebound. Not to mention more travel costs.

Hostile Environment V.2

From the get go Amber Rudd has shown she’s not learnt anything from losing her job as Home Secretary.

She used her first outing in the Commons as Work and Pensions Secretary to attempt and discredit the damning UN report on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.

She went after the author, Professor Philip Alston, rather than the report, which in itself was telling.

Now she’s shown herself to not even understand the basics of Universal Credit.

If she can’t understand ID checks, how will she manage to explain “in work conditionality” to claimants moving over from Tax Credits next year?

Like before, she’ll plough on in ignorance anyway. It just goes to show that she’s a true Tory a heart.

Ignorant of the struggles of the everyday citizen and intent on creating a hostile environment for vulnerable people.

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  • To put Amber Rudd into the role of head of the DWP after the fiasco she made of the last job in govt she held and catagority screwed up why on earth was she even given another job in govt alone let alone head of the DWP.Lets face it if she was put in a job of lets say head of a private company and screwed up as she did prior to getting the DWP job and was fired for incompetance by the company she was working for then to the way I see it I cannot see het being hired to be in charge of another company with as equally high and demanding expectations as I cannot see anyone on a board of trustees for a company putting her in charge again when she has proven herself to be inadequate of heading up any company so why on earth if in a buisness sence no company would hire her(even if there was a shortage of people to fill the role)as would not be beneficial to the company yet she is given anothet chance to work with basic mathemathics when she has proven on live radio she cannot add up a simple sum on the cost of hiring Police Officers which was truely cringeworthy to even listen to her screw up a basic maths question so horrifficly WRONG then why would you hire someone who quite simply is not upto the job.I defy anyone in the private sector to give her a job when she has demknstrated very clearly she is npt upto it.Would anyone hire her to be their accountant-I would say doubtfull unless they wanted th have to be investigated for handing in inadequate tax returns and I think the majority of the British public would not employ her to act as their accountant.Also is the same priciple of would you have your appendix removed by an18yr starting mefical school ladt septemberwho has never set foot on a hospital ward let alone an operating theatre or would you rather be operated on by someone who has proved themselves to at least be competant in the field of appendectomies and with a high proved success rate wheras Mz Rudd has to me anyway not proved herself to even know hypertheticlly where the appendix is and how to remove it successfully and also has not proved herself to even know how many appendix each person actually has.Very frightening!!!!!

  • Gershom Gewissenmann

    Neo-liberal aims and goals, for one, To destroy a good public service, so as to redirect the funds into wealthier pockets, one must first attack it’s functioning, eg. complicate it’s functioning, and to that, the appointing of malicious incompetents who will fuck it up and FRIGHTEN people -ciizens ( that is the goal) by seemingly obtuse, even brutal acts thus re-affirming the “new world” order that, it’s not for us, that we, Scrooge’s “..surplus population”, are to be starved out or, and driven to some “desperate” act (proper uniting in cause) which will ‘justify’ the lords and ladies to sic the armies on us. Remember Peterloo.

    On a visit to Britain, Gandhi was asked what he thought of “western civilization”. He replied, “I think it would be a good idea.”

    FYI; article, ‘NHS service workers among increasing users of food banks in Britain.’, by Bill Trent. And, for more nhsfightback.org and or facebook.com/fight4thenhs

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