Author Archives: Alex Tiffin - @RespectIsVital

Coul Links personal attack on me shows their true colours. But there’s more…

I recently wrote an article for The Orkney News on how planning was granted for the Coul Links Golf Course Development at Embo, in the North of Scotland against planning officials advice. Little did I realise that the Coul Links Twitter account would come after me.

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#FoodBankChallenge Summer Holiday Campaign Launches

Although the #FoodBankChallenge is doing well, I’ve decided to launch a summer holiday campaign to help boost donations for their busiest time of year. Well the #FoodBankChallenge has wielded some fantastic results for foodbanks across the UK and, even abroad. However, we cannot get complacent. It’s one thing to get a short term boost in donations, but it’s regular donations

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Work and Pensions secretary Esther McVey openly taunts Universal Credit users with shameless plug for restaurant.

Just when you think Esther McVey couldn’t sink any lower, she does. After weeks of reports and evidence proving that Universal Credit claimants can’t afford basic food items, she does this… Sunday 24th June started like a normal day for me. Breakfast just isn’t a meal that I can afford to budget for. I’m so used to not having it

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Universal Credit sanctions are just driving people into poverty and towards crime

The DWP says “sanctions” are an important part of the benefits system and it is right that there is a system in place for tackling “those few” who do not fulfil their commitment to find work. But that position looks increasingly untenable. It is frequently suggested sanctions – the temporary suspension of someone’s benefits – are often wrong, harsh or

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HMRC & DWP figures show they cause more money to be lost than benefit fraud does.

Benefit fraud against HMRC and the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP is rife, well that’s if you believe the media & poverty porn documentaries. But the government’s own figures show that’s a pack of lies. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – HMRC and the Department for work and Pensions – DWP released their estimates of benefit fraud and

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McVey calls Universal Credit “World Leading.”

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey today called Universal Credit “world leading” and a “great example of British innovation” despite it being heavily criticised by a National Audit Office (NAO) report on Friday. There were cries of shame in the House of Commons today as Esther McVey made a statement to Parliament in which she completely dismissed the critical report

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Talking to the DWP about Universal Credit is like talking to some sort of flat earth movement.

BBC Journalist Michael Buchanan describes the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) continued denials that Universal Credit isn’t working like “trying to talk to some sort of flat earth movement.”

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“National Audit Office – NAO concludes that Universal Credit has not delivered value for money and it is uncertain that it ever will.”

National Audit Office

Friday 15th June 2018 ∼ Alex Tiffin Universal Credit has taken significantly longer to roll-out than intended, may cost more than the benefits system it replaces, and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will never be able to measure whether it has achieved its stated goal of increasing employment. In today’s report, the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes that

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High Court Rules Universal Credit Discriminates the Disabled

The High Court in London has ruled that the government acted ‘unlawfully’ in denying two men disability premiums on their Universal Credit claim. The Victorian Gothic style main entrance to the The Royal Courts of Justice public building in London, UK, opened in 1882. shutterstock Mr Justice Lewis, was told during a hearing in May that the men have been

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