Esther McVey admits millions will lose £200 a month on Universal Credit

The Times have reported that Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has told Cabinet colleagues that about half of lone parents and nearly two thirds of couples with children would lose a whopping £2,400 a year. Tory MPs are finding it harder to defend the under fire benefit as they Continue Reading

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Group “signing-on sessions” leave Jobseekers feeling abandoned

Claimants of Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) are being abandoned in Jobcentres throughout the UK as staff are too busy dealing with Universal Credit claimants. It has come out that JSA claimants are being asked to sign-on in groups of 9-15 as work coaches are too busy with Universal Credit claims. This Continue Reading

DWP STOP accepting new Universal Credit claims from people on PIP and revert back to legacy system

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have made a embarrassing U-turn that they haven’t publicized. All new claims for Universal Credit will not be accepted if the claimant is in receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Daily Living Component. Instead the claimants will be placed on legacy benefits; Employment Continue Reading

DWP data shows claimants with a Mental Health condition 5 times more likely to be sanctioned than others

Data released in a Freedom of Information request (FOI) by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) shows between 2010 and 2014, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants with a mental health condition were 5 times as likely to be sanctioned than those with other health conditions. The FOI request submitted Continue Reading

Devon property manager told to stop renting to benefit claimants following Universal Credit roll-out.

The owner of a property management company in Devon has had to evict three tenants after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) failed to make payments for claimants rent as part of Universal Credit. He has also been instructed by landlords not to rent to all benefit claimants so as not to cause a repeat of Continue Reading

New report says Universal Credit could be a positive – NOT a Parody

A report by the Resolution Foundation, a think-tank that aims to tackle income inequality, has warned of the risks that “managed migration” aka moving current benefit claimants will bring. It lays out how this is make or break for the fledgling benefit. But it’s recommendations are the work of a fantasy Continue Reading

Universal Credit underpayments double those of Jobseekers Allowance

 have uncovered statistics that show that more claimants are being underpaid on Universal Credit – UC in comparison to Jobseekers Allowance – JSA. What is important is that the number of claimants on Jobseekers is far larger than those on Universal Credit   Statistics on the Government’s Stat-Xplore website show Continue Reading

Universal Credit from a DWP Agent’s Perspective – The First Assessment Period

This is the first in what I’m hoping will be a series of posts giving a comprehensive breakdown of Universal Credit, how it works for claimants and agents, and some of the fundamental flaws causing problems.

DWP says; it “does not make referrals” to foodbanks. Nor record victims of Domestic Abuse

Following an Freedom of Information – FOI request I submitted to the Department for Work and Pensions – DWP, in mid June, I can now report on their reply. It’s well, astounding and likely another lie.

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

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. Continue Reading

A Million Disabled People Sanctioned Since 2010

A four-year study by University of Kent lecturer Ben Baumberg Geiger & the Demos cross party think tank, has found that disabled claimants receiving Job Seekers Allowance, (JSA), were 26-53% more likely to be sanctioned than claimants who were not.In just ten years they found that; disabled people have been hit with OVER 1 million sanctions.

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