Heartbreaking Universal Credit

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Top Tory Amber Rudd has been cited of shrugging off heartbreaking Universal Credit stories by insinuating they are about one or two people, that’s almost as bad as saying “whatever.” What planet does she even live on because it certainly isn’t the one we live on.

Is she actually that dumb or was it that when God was giving out brains she thought he said trains and asked for a slow one?

The Work and Pensions Secretary made the remark after being confronted by the Mirror over imperfections in the six-in-one benefit, but obviously, she doesn’t believe that there are any flaws but then she’s still on that train. Come on Amber Rudd, catch up, really, is that train that slow? Or perhaps it’s because they’ve all been privatised!

For years stories have been covered, ranging from imperfections in the system affecting millions, to struggling readers who’ve been forced to food banks, but Amber Rudd has now stated that some of those criticisms that have come from various papers have been based on one or two particular individuals where the advice hasn’t worked for them.

The number of people on Universal Credit as of 14 June 2018 was 980 thousand, but only one or two of those individuals were affected by this advise that hasn’t worked for them. Oh, come on now Amber Rudd, what did you suffer from, Dyscalculia at school, or was your maths that good that you learnt how to manipulate the numbers?

And then she had the temerity to say that Universal Credit was delivered with competence, diligence and kindness, but that’s so not right and she’s so out of touch with what really goes on. So, leaving people without any money between 4-6 weeks is managing the situation with skill, care and compassion, really?

The whole configuration of the policy puts people in debt and the benefits cuts following its inception have made it far worse, but after Amber Rudd was questioned she said that perhaps things that were proposed previously weren’t effective or weren’t compassionate in the way that they should be.

Amber, trying to shovel yourself out of a hole isn’t going to help you, and I detect some quagmire in there, but she’s not going down without a fight, not that it’s going to do her much good, hurry up Amber, you’re fading!

She was further asked if she could, hand on heart, say it was compassionate to double Universal Credit claimants and to keep the two-child limit and keep the benefits freeze until 2020, but clearly she couldn’t put her hand on her heart, instead responding that the overall product that is Universal Credit is definitely compassionate.

She said that Universal Credit needed improving, well, shouldn’t that have been done before the rollout? Because clearly the system was not fail-proof, and there wasn’t enough care that went into it, they simply rolled it out nonetheless without a thought in the world, so there was no compassion at all.

It might have been a vital reform in there eyes but delivering a fair and humane welfare system, there was nothing fair and humane in that at all, they simply wanted to try and save some money to fill their own pockets.

She said that the old system was broken, it wasn’t broken at all, it’s worked for years, it might have needed a little tweaking here and there, but you know what they say, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” But they didn’t want responsibility anymore, sending money to the recipient for their housing, knowing damn well that some of these people are not able to tally up their finances, and that they would get into debt and end up being thrown out of their homes with nowhere to go, well done Amber Rudd, I really do hope you sleep well at night, because some of these poor sods don’t, I can assure you, but then some people embrace the truth, others like Amber Rudd disregard it for their own egotistical ends.

Our government has betrayed the British people with millions being spent on supporting Theresa May’s deal, money that could have been utilised to benefits, schools, NHS, the list is infinite.

If you were to ask a computer genius if Universal Credit would work they would tell you it was an impossibility to do what they wanted to do, and especially in that time frame and budget, and their systems certainly aren’t up to the task, and it should be stopped before the entire system collapses.

Then we come to the unlawful part. The Social Security Act 1998 introduced the right of supersession, to correct an imbalance between the powers of the claimant and the control of the state. To put it simply, a supersession, where an existing qualifying benefit was in place shifted the onus on the state to establish that a claimant was no longer entitled to that benefit.

Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit shifted that onus onto the claimant without revoking the earlier law, and around £150 billion has now been swindled out of disabled claimants, as they just terminated their existing awards without a supersession.

Universal Credit has precisely the same problem, it’s incompatible with the earlier law, and in mid-2010 Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa May were made aware of this pressing conflict in law, and the fact that all those claimants remained rightfully entitled to their earlier awards.

Their actions? They did their best to conceal the problem.

Including forcing the DWP to unlawfully deny some people who were disabled with any income for 2 years, but Amber Rudd is quite right, the mistakes with Universal Credit have only affected about one or two people, well, one or two million people that is!

The way to fix it was self-evident years ago when it was first rolled out but the cruel Tories chose not to fix it as a way of punishing those needing benefits, that alone tells you all you need to know about Tories, politicians and their voters.

If these politicians tried out Universal Credit for one month, see how long they would last for, but I forgot, they don’t have to because they all live a privileged life, but we all need to know the truth no matter how many smokescreens get thrown in our faces by the Tories and the tabloids.

But hopefully once Universal Credits are completely rolled out, the Tories will no longer be able to get away with this outrageous policy because millions of more people will come forward and demand to know why our government has left them to starve and unable to pay for heating et cetera, and there’s going to be war declared by the people to sort out the rich and the Tories because once you’ve lost everything, what else is there to lose?

We now know that countless people have died due to Universal Credits, but the government has once again breached the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) over refusing to release details of the number of internal investigations into claimants deaths in relation to Universal Credit.

When death is linked to Universal Credit the DWP does an in-house inquiry as to if the DWP procedure was followed and if the actions of the DWP should be changed, but the DWP is refusing to release details as to the number of investigations and redacted versions of those investigations, despite knowing it legally has to as it has previously been forced to do so for other benefits.

Universal Credit has been plagued by problems. Continued setbacks in claims being processed and first payments.

Claimants not being given access to benefit advances and emergency funds.

Claimants who are seriously disabled not being given transfer protection and having their benefits heavily cut.

Claimants being sanctioned for failing to meet conditionality they can’t meet due to health. Either due to being expected to meet conditionality before having a capability assessment, or being assigned to a conditionality group whose conditionality they can’t meet due to the assessment policy being not fit for purpose, or despite being in a reduced or no conditionality group having the wrong conditionality policy implemented on them, or the conditionality and sanction system regulations not being followed including mandating inappropriate things and lack of following correct protection procedure for vulnerable claimants on sanctions, to being sanctioned for things that are not subject to sanction.

People should never have their benefits cut when sanctioned if they’re appealing against the decision, it should only be cut if they lose their appeal, that makes common sense, one would have thought, but clearly not to this government.

Universal Credit was always about serving, yet again, the desires of business, but it was spun as supporting people to get off benefits, but in fact, it traps people into destitution and helplessness, and the Tory voters don’t care, they just lack compassion and are incompetent of looking beyond their personal circumstances.

They vote Conservative to help themselves and aren’t especially compassionate to the plight of the poor, sick and disabled who suffer as a consequence of Tory policy, and if Labour is elected, one of the first things that they should do is to launch an independent public inquiry into these deaths with a view to bringing serious criminal charges against anyone found to be perhaps chargeable of a criminal offence, dereliction of duty leading to death, manslaughter and possibly even murder.

Welcome to Britain the country that refuses people the freedom to die/assisted dying but at the same time culls the old, the sick and the needy, and to think some people actually voted for this.

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There have been numerous accounts of the shocking practices in Job Centres whereby benefit claimants are subjected to pretty excessive sanctions for minor and usually illogical reasons, and even though there’s mounting evidence for sanction targets, employment minister Ester McVey continues to dismiss it.

These practices that have been highlighted are especially harsh ending in some claimants committing suicide, but then I guess they’ve saved the government some money, and it’s hard to get at the real facts because any Job Centre staff who leave or are eased out are compelled to sign confidentiality agreements.

There is no duty of care by the DWP and there should be primary law to assign a duty of care to the DWP over all claimants, this should apply to all levels of personnel up to the Secretary of State.

I’m not implying there should be no sanctions, simply that they’re just, proportionate and anticipated to result in a good outcome and to persuade the claimant to make all rational endeavours to obtain a fitting position, and I’m not insinuating that benefit caps should not be applied, these are a matter for parliament, but of course, it’s just possible that harmful laws are the subject of an order in parliament under the adverse regulations procedure, even though Ester McVey’s denial appears to indicate otherwise.

What happens in these situations is that the minister sets the order before parliament, without calling attention to its contents, and it comes into force in 40 days except if MPs strongly move a motion to reject it, but such a challenge is extremely rare because parliamentary scrutiny is virtually always absent.

Of course one has to be able to determine what is meant by a duty of care in this situation, but this could maybe be left to the courts. They could hardly make things any worse than they already are, and it would take the argument out of the hands of lying politicians.

It would not, of course, be easy to get such a law established, but if such a law were argued at all, or even backed by a petition it would be deservedly humiliating to the government.

The DWP and its workers don’t have a duty of care towards claimants, and if a DWP worker denies someone benefits and the person as a foreseeable result dies the DWP and the DWP worker have committed no criminal offence, after all, they were simply following procedures, I’m sure that goes down well with the families of the departed.

The DWP was set up by the Government, therefore, its the Governments duty to make sure it is run in the interest of those who need it and the governments first line of duty is to its people, but then nobody in the government cares, why would they? While Tory’s screw over the less moneyed, but they look after their own, it’s the same storyline every time.

And it’s not about being uncaring, there’s a desire there to hurt people, and all it’s going to take is one single spark and this country will explode because the fools in government believe that the people are so oppressed and vulnerable that nothing will happen because our government are a tyrannical regime.

What have the Tory’s ever done for us? Everything they get involved in they’ve messed up big time, and I can’t think of anything positive in the last 8 years that’s better than it was before. With David Cameron and Theresa May having literally brought this magnificent country to its knees, and now we’re the laughing stock of the world, and hopefully, Theresa May will be out shortly, and she can take that disgusting deluded Amber Rudd with her.

Of course, it wasn’t Theresa May who caused this mayhem, but once she got into power she seemed to believe she was Jesus or something and that she was our saviour and that she could save us from all of our sins, and now she holds this country to ransom, and she baffles me, much like she probably baffles herself, and I guess its time someone reminded her of the distress she’s inflicted on the common people, isn’t it time she simply gave up and let this country move on because she’s holding this country back.

And with the problem that the Tory’s have now created there are no jobs out there, and the ones that are out there, most of them are on zero hour contracts, and if you are fortunate to get a job, you can’t afford to live on the wages, and it’s not about people not getting off their backsides, this country has now become a third world country thanks to the Tory’s and the dumb voters that vote for them and believe in them.

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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