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Austerity, it ain’t over This is the first episode of: Last Week in the News and it’s about austerity. It’s a roundup of news stories throughout the week that didn’t get the coverage they deserve. This week we have stories related to Theresa May’s false claim that “austerity is over.” Continue Reading

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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

Universal Credit – Housing Payments Risk Claimants being Evicted

How Universal Credit puts people in rent arrears. Housing is one of the biggest, more obvious ways Universal Credit fails claimants. Besides the much covered policies surrounding young people and housing, the way the benefit processes these payments in general almost guarantees arrears. I’m hardly the first person to criticise 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

Tories slither in to save McVey from being sanctioned.

The Tories today broke their unofficial stance of mainly ignoring opposition day debates, to swoop in and save Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey from being ‘sanctioned.’

“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

Universal Credit in Great Yarmouth: “Food Bank has seen a 90% increase in use since Universal Credit was introduced.”

Article exposing the pattern of increased foodbank use after Universal credit is introduced to an area

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