Despite Universal Credit’s botched rollout reportedly being dallied, thousands were put on the new benefits system, and when the Tories first introduced Universal Credit in 2013, it was designed to replace six legacy benefits, including unemployment benefit, tax credits and housing benefit.
It was supposed to be executed across the United Kingdom by 2017, but management failures, IT mistakes and design flaws mean it has now sunk at least five years behind schedule.
On top of that, there have been a wealth of difficulties created by the new single benefit, as well as leaving claimants with nothing to live on throughout the transition phase, which can take longer than a month and many are then finding they’re then worse off than they were on legacy benefits.
In the meantime, imperfections in the system put poorer claimants particularly at increased danger of hunger, debt and rent arrears, ill-health and homelessness. In fact, the Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest food bank network have announced that food bank referral rates in regions where the full Universal Credit rollout has taken place are more than double as high as the national standard.
Following continuing critique, the government has surrendered to rising demand to delay the next step of universal credit, and the policy is now not foreseen to be completely operational until December 2023, but despite this, government data has shown that the benefit continues to be rolled out to thousands of people across the country.
As of September this year, 1.2 million people in Great Britain were claiming Universal Credit, up from 1.1 million only a month earlier. That means that one in every 52 people living in the country is now on the scheme.
Dartford in Kent has witnessed the most visible rise in Britain, with the number of people claiming Universal Credit up by 67 per cent, from 446 in August to 747 in September, but, Hartlepool still has the highest percentage in the entire country, with one in every 11 people on the scheme, 8,448 people in total, up from 8,262.
And once that rollout concludes in December 2018, Universal Credit will begin a trial for existing claimants from mid-2019, followed by a full rollout for 4 million existing claimants from mid-2020.
And following the referendum in 2010 which was a particularly testing economic time for the United Kingdom, our government chose to use that challenging economic period to their own benefit, and so they re-engineered a narrative that they couldn’t provide benefits and that people on benefits didn’t deserve it.
They continued to act this narrative out and the effects have been horrible, and it looks like things will sequentially get worse before they get better because the government still seem to believe its own propaganda, or at least think they can get away with it.
Yes, of course, it’s insanity because it’s all based on a misinterpretation of the truth, but the truth has a way of coming back to bite you on the arse, and people should be taking to the streets to protest, but then we ask ourselves, well if these people are too poor to feed themselves or travel, how can they protest, well, because most of them are already living on the streets!
And further because the prevailing political attitude is indifference, with people feeling completely disempowered, economically, socially and politically, to the degree that millions of people don’t even vote, because they don’t believe that voting changes anything, but some will go and protest, which isn’t exactly rational behaviour, but there are many people in that political bubble.
Most people don’t even read the newspaper anymore, well, why even bother, it’s all very disheartening and terrifying, and there’s now a feeling of “well this is just the way it is,” and most people don’t even try or care anymore, and most people would rather use their lunch break signing up for an iPhone or a loan for a Ford Focus.
The United Kingdom needs true direction, but at the moment it’s all about debt and how much debt we’re in and how we can condemn others for that debt. The problem is, people, lead by example, well, if the government don’t see a problem with the debt and how it’s going to be paid back, why should the people worry about it? Let’s all get into debt and then criticise somebody else…
And if Brexit totally crashes the market, which it might probably do, then fuck it, who gives a crap, because our government unquestionably don’t while they sit there scratching their heads wondering what to do, because they can’t be arsed, it’s too much effort and it’s like being on the Jeremy Kyle show.
Debt is the slavery of the free, but of course, there’s nothing free about it, and everything that we did has been taken away from us, we’ve all been shafted, and most young people now are not prepared to stand up for their freedoms because they’ve been so conditioned they now don’t believe they exist.
They’ve used the introduction of Universal Credit to wrangle multiple premiums or additional amounts paid for the disabled adults and children. They’ve changed the dictates on overpayments so that they’re always recoverable from the claimant, even when it’s the DWP’s fault that the overpayment occurred.
They punish the self-employed who have changeable incomes across the monthly assessment periods, so that they miss out in the “good” months, but aren’t compensated in the “bad” months, and they routinely disregard doctor’s certificates, declaring people have a restricted capacity for work, and then the DWP expects them to undertake 35 hours intensive work search a week or risk sanctions, soon they’ll be putting financial sanctions on people in the low paid, low hours work.
The government have devised an environment of abject fear amongst the working classes, which makes them fear unemployment, and to make them thankful for whatever morsels come their way, and to create a underclass of willing and compliant worker drones.
From 2010 onwards, the Tories attempted to formulate a particular narrative, and if you tell a lie often enough and powerfully enough, everyone will believe it, and a lie will reach halfway around the world before the truth has had the opportunity to get its trousers on, and if you tell a lie for long enough, you end up believing it yourself, and this is what the government does.
So, what you got was a string of cuts that were all part of formulating and bolstering this false narrative, no matter how many people got hurt in the process, it’s just business, and there’s an opening for a bit of profit, and you can be certain that the worst in society will be sniffing around for a taste.
So, you have the four horsemen, G4S, Serco, A4E and Atos all seeking that extra bit for the shareholders, and it’s the greatest single atrocity in modern history, and someone has to pay for that – 120,000 dead!
If you’re born poor, you’ll die on average 9 years earlier than others, if you’re black, you’re treated more brutally by the criminal justice system, than if you’re white. If you’re a white, working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to University, and if you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top positions than if you’re educated privately.
If you’re a woman, you’ll earn less than a man, and if you suffer from mental health difficulties, there’s not enough help to hand. If you’re young, you’ll find it harder than ever before you own your own home, but Britain should be a country that works for everyone, but that means fighting these inequalities.
If you’re from an average working-class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster understand. You have a job but you don’t always have job security, you have your own home, but you despair about meeting the mortgage, and you worry about the cost of living and getting your children into a good school.
People are working around the clock, striving to do their best, with life being a struggle, but our government are motivated by the interests of the vested, and not by the ordinary working class. Our government tell us that we will have more control over our lives, but it’s a lie, and when they make new laws they tell us they’re listening to us but that’s a lie as well, and when it comes to taxes, those taxes aren’t prioritised for you, they’re only prioritised for the rich.
And they tell us that when it comes to an opportunity they’ll do everything they can to support everybody, whatever your background, that’s a lie as well, and Theresa May and her ensemble of Tories don’t mean a word of it…
Universal Credit was an accident waiting to happen, and it’s shocking that the government pushed ahead with this sham implementation despite all the warnings to the contrary, and it was a great idea in theory, but the reason it wasn’t tried before is that it would have taken a genius or a fool to risk implementing it, but of course, we got one of those in Iain Duncan Smith.
Sadly, there was absolutely nothing accidental about Universal Credit, it was intended to make benefits so completely unbearable that you were forced to work under any circumstances, no matter how disabled you are, so after fox hunting was banned, they, of course, had to have some kind of entertainment, 120,000 human deaths!
Now we have this brutish benefit that our Victorian government have defined as being the life of the socially deprived, and now this is an epitaph that has been implemented to so many features of Britain in 2018, and I wouldn’t put it past our government to propose reinstituting workhouses with a bowl of groats and a slab of bread per inmate per day.
But then we shouldn’t give them any ideas, and I’m not totally convinced they haven’t considered it already, but then Universal Credit is just a more modern workhouse for the 21st century.
Yet we’re deemed to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world and yet we have to resort to handouts to feed people, which is an absolute insult, and when will the Tories get it, the system doesn’t work, this is a broken project managed by a group of totally inept ministers, which began with Iain Duncan Smith.
The original concept was a good one, simplify the benefits system, but the effect was stupendous and wasted £15 billion, but then the system was designed by the stagnant Conservatives who don’t really live in the real world, with all their adversarial opinions, preconceptions and presumptions against the poor, sick and the unemployed, with a built-in radar to ensure that most people are viewed as workshy.
Universal Credit was dead before it was even put into the government’s shop window, but it was still sold to us so that we could work as slaves, and £15 billion would have paid for everybody’s JSA for two years, so much for saving money, but they haven’t saved any money, and people are suffering.
The root idea was peddled as a simplification, but the baseline theory was to save money, but Universal Credit was administered in an eruption of ill thought, through methods that have enhanced 3rd party corporates but have crucified thousands of people who are not able to express themselves or support themselves during its implementation.
Six weeks is a long time waiting for your money, particularly if you don’t have any monetary resources at your disposal. Honestly, who has 6 weeks money saved up while Universal Credit sits on their hands sorting out the money they owe you?
But then there’s this notion that working people are propping up an entire host of feckless people who exploit the system to live in extravagance, and who are apparently defined by viewing Sky TV on a huge television set at the working class expense, but for every sneering abuser there are ordinary people out there trapped in an abyss from which they have no release.
Nevertheless, the government have devised a scheme that most of us generally agree is useless, brutal and cruel, yet they proceed to roll it out, and they’re competing amongst themselves in their cowardly retreat from the EU.
This country truly is in a mess because the whole thing, if you think about it is about social cleansing, and things will get worse, and despite everything being cut to nothing and all services being driven into the ground, many people still vote Tory.
At the end of the day, we are human beings, but we must stand up and say enough is enough, and we must do something about it. Our life has a purpose!
Universal Credit was designed to fail, it had design faults built in because the Tories loathe those on benefits, and the design of Universal Credit was to push people off any kind of welfare inside a decade, and this Universal Credit rollout will only lead to grave social problems rather swiftly, and it will affect many who never thought they would be subjected to this ideological massacre against the poor.
This, of course, is all down to Iain Duncan Smith and his unwillingness to heed to any rational objections raised by outside experts or the people who have had to use the system, and it’s an outright insult that a system that has been rolled out so gradually has still had extensive and visible imperfections that should have been discussed at the development stage.
What the government have actually done is simplify the system so that they can allow state-led bullying, costing us a fortune to administer, and the plan is operating flawlessly for the system designers, and the delays have been masterminded into the system to decrease the amount being claimed, even further than it was intended to cut spending by.
And it’s ironic how the blunders and delays always end up financially benefiting the organisation making them because our government doesn’t give a crap about the people it steps on, and if you were on Employment and Support Allowance and have now been put onto Universal Credit, on Universal Credit you will not be entitled to your severe disability gratuities anymore, which means sick and disabled people will lose £40 a week.
It’s a disgusting system, and if you’re sick and disabled in the United Kingdom you’re proverbially up the swanny without a paddle, and these are calculated and deliberate attacks on the countries most defenceless citizens.
Universal Credit is a repugnant, cruel, planned ideological assault on the countries people by its own government, and they should be badgered from office for this alone.
Iain Duncan Smith woke up this morning from his well-quilted mattress, wandered down to his well-stocked pantry for his first coffee of the morning, and after taking a bath he retreated to his kitchen for a full English breakfast and then retired to his study to check his emails and read the Financial Times.
He’s probably already ordered his Christmas Turkey, and I’m confident there are countless people out there who hope that he will gag on it because honestly, how long will it be before people start starving to death because of this Machiavellian policy?
But we’ve seen nothing yet, wait until they have absolute control when we leave the regs of the EU, but the nitwits that vote Tory will still vote Tory because they’re either the rich or thick, and people have already starved to death or killed themselves, but there’s no known body holding records of them, so we can only go by what the newspapers tell us about it, or deny what happens.
But there are countless people who are found fit for work and have died or had delays in their benefits and so on, but there’s no formal record, and frequently details vary, so you have to do a bit of looking, and some people would never believe it anyhow.
We so far know of a minimum of 60 disabled or vulnerable people who have died. But, the UK amount is akin to 4,000 but it could be as high as 81,140 welfare reform deaths.
A mum died alone in her freezing home after her benefits were terminated.
Elaine Morrall couldn’t afford to pay for the heating, so she turned it off and only switched it back on when her four children came home from school.
Her benefit payments had been withdrawn after she was too sick to attend a meeting.
The 38-year-old mother, from Runcorn, who had been battling depression and an eating disorder, and who had recently been in hospital in intensive care, had covered herself in her coat and scarf inside the house, but how many people have got to die before this government realises they are killing vulnerable people?
And even though she had recently been in hospital in the Intensive Care Unit, she was still considered not sick enough for Employment and Support Allowance, and her benefits were suspended many times, which in turn ended her housing benefit.
So, she finished up with no income but was expected to be able to pay full rent, and even though ESA knew that she’d been in intensive care, that was not a satisfactory rationale for failing to attend a universal credit interview, and yet the uncaring housing took her to court.
Do people really have to be dead to justify their illness? And what are councillors doing to protect their constituents?
This is such a terrible tragedy, and this Tory government is disgusting and should be dismissed with immediate effect. There are laws preventing animals from suffering in this way, yet human beings get treated like this every day.
Why are there no laws preventing people from being starved and frozen to death by benefits cuts? Cuts that are being carried out to support a wicked financial sector.
It’s high time that we brought DWP civil servants and government ministers to court who were notified of these deaths by HM Coroners and doctors numerous years ago and failed in their duty of care, because there are too many DWP deaths and a paper trail leading to DWP decision makers, Atos, Capita and Maximus contracts.
All the way up to the private sector of CEOs and DWP ministers such as Esther McVey, Chris Grayling and Iain Duncan Smith, all associated indelibly to the Atos association of UK disability payments.
Elaine Morrall should not have died. Her death was completely avoidable.
There must be some legitimate challenges to this insanity or was the slashing of legal aid done to stop these outrageous arseholes in the government facing blame? Getting rid of legal aid was another shocking, savage cut in the name of austerity.
Iain Duncan Smith should have been made to get down on the shop floor to get his hands messy to know about those lives he’s ruined. He’s never worked hard a day in his life past flicking paper clips, and if he had got down on that shop floor to get his hands dirty, he might then understand that people work their cobblers off and don’t get paid nearly enough to live on.
But like with all Tories and the thoroughly despicable Iain Duncan Smith who was the author of the Universal Credit fiasco, he buggered off, just like David Cameron with the Brexshit, and those of us that are old enough to remember, the Tories always do this, and most Tory MPs or rather the ones with power that usually sit in the cabinet have absolutely no concept of how the average person lives.
That’s why they can introduce Universal Credit, have it inextricably connected to the internet or premium rate lines and have never once considered how people on low incomes would ever be able to access the system, and that’s why Iain Duncan Smith launched Universal Credit whilst sitting on his keister having £40 breakfasts.
And what will happen, as what always happens with the Tories, in the end, the shallow electorate will wake up, usually because the cuts will begin to affect them, so much so that even the stench and deception from the right wing press will not be enough to disguise the stench of a rotting party.
The Tories are trying out an experiment to prepare for much greater levels of unemployment, either through another banking racket or Brexit or just the natural increase in joblessness, we’ll encounter because of self-regulation.
Their solution appears to be making people disappear into a bureaucratic labyrinth and the government are spoiling for a fight, let’s face it, how far will people be pushed before they snap?
It appears that this country is falling apart and the government is not fit for purpose, and we should never under any circumstances support or take part in an election because we’re being manipulated by people who have slightly more power to create situations which satisfy their own agenda which isn’t good for the country, which was once loved and people were proud of, but now it’s being run by ideological insane sociopaths.
And now there’s evidence that nothing much has altered since the days of the workhouse, and we need a Charles Dickens to expose these violations and shame this appalling government into taking action to change the lives of the common man.
And the people in the management of Universal Credit are quite like the old workhouse masters, and the system has been designed to be challenging and to make it practically impossible for people to get by on Universal Credit, and this saves the government nothing because Universal Credit has been a complete balls up, wasting billions of pounds, but largely satisfied the right wing fools who look down on anyone unfortunate enough to be on low wages or unemployed.
Meanwhile the United Kingdom gives the lowest corporation tax in Europe and supports wealthy people use tax havens, and honestly, it’s felonious and this shower of a government should be up on manslaughter charges, and Universal Credit has been a failure from the start, and it’s only just getting the coverage it deserves, and despite all the difficulties, the government ploughs on as if nothing’s wrong.
We shouldn’t believe all the hype in the papers because the governments entire initiative was clearly intended to schtup over the poor, and as far as the shortsighted, ideologically contaminated poop running the country are concerned, it’s bang on target.
The fact that you can only apply for Universal Credit online is wicked, and the 6-week wait is inhumane, spiteful and cruel, and the system was intended to get more people in social housing into difficulty so that their houses could be repossessed and flogged off, and in some areas this is used as part of an ethnic and/or social cleansing programme.
It has been mistake after mistake with Universal Credit, and this is all pretty deliberate because Universal Credit was introduced to demolish social security, full stop, and we might believe these Tories are fools, but they’re certainly not, just like the dimmest conman, they know precisely what they’re doing, and the kindest thing you can say about the Conservatives is that they’re out of touch.
One of the principal factors in the Tories ingenious policy is that they want to dismantle the benefits system. There now stands a total division between the claimant and the DWP. Everything’s online, and you can’t talk to a human being, and you’re in perpetual dread of doing something wrong and being sanctioned, and you have no sense how the calculations of benefits are done.
There’s an estrangement, the public now sees claimants as scroungers or at best undeserving of the money that they get from the DWP, and it’s a disgrace what’s happening because the Tories don’t mean well, they’re merely algae and their entire underlying conception is one of stark self-interest.