A new report from the mighty Work and Pensions Committee shows the governments Universal Credit policy is preventing people from returning to work, and the way that childcare payments are paid in Universal Credit directly clashes with the Government’s principal aim for the policy, getting more people into work.
One of the government’s principal selling features for the scheme is that it will see a further 200,000 people back into work, so that would suggest that the UK’s workforce will contribute over 100,000 million additional hours every year under the new benefits scheme.
However, its success or downfall in accomplishing these aims depends mostly on working parents, and if the government had set out to create a policy to make it more difficult for parents to get into work, it could hardly have done better than this one.
It’s not only pushing parents into desperation and debt and creating difficulties for childcare providers, but it’s further actively serving to prevent the Government from obtaining its own aim of getting more people into work.
And it is totally irresponsible of the Government to imply that the way around this policy’s inherent problems is for struggling, striving parents to take on more debt, and this about more than employment numbers.
Good quality childcare enhances a child’s life prospects and that enhances our society and our economy, and if the government doesn’t sort this out, Universal Credit childcare support will work against all that good, as well as against the objectives of Universal Credit itself.
Universal Credit claimants must pay for childcare up-front and claim recompense from the Department after the childcare has been given. This can leave families waiting weeks or even months to be paid back, and many households will end up being in precarious financial positions.
Too many will face a stark decision, turn down a job offer, or get themselves into debt to DWP, or to friends, family or other loan providers in order to pay for childcare, but the department said that its approach in reimbursing childcare costs under Universal Credit is designed to lessen rates and high rates of fraud and failure in the legacy policy, but prioritising this goal has built a wall to employment that will be unconquerable for some families.
The Tories have misled the people and continue to lie, it’s like they believe that being poor, further means that people are ignorant, and the report says that their own policy works against the very thing they’re claiming for, a higher employment rate, and it’s blatantly apparent that Universal Credit has pushed many into actual poverty.
The entire thing is drivel, they say that they guarantee you an interview, and they preach this openly, but numerous disabled people have nothing to contribute, and that’s not an onus on them, and numerous work coaches are quite honest by telling people that they have barely any funding because it was cut by the government.
The DWP have silly expectations of employers taking on people with disabilities, which need workplace modifications and support et cetera, but it’s really difficult to determine disability discrimination on this subject because the employer can simply say that they didn’t meet all the guidelines.
There are numerous disabled people who want to work, but sadly many doors are closed with barriers in the way, far more than a person who’s not disabled, but that’s merely the tip of the iceberg, wait till we come out of the EU, then you’ll see the complete picture of what Hell looks like.
Universal Credit is an unmitigated catastrophe and has destroyed countless lives already, with numerous families that work full time and have lost their homes as they couldn’t afford the rent because it was a choice between keeping their homes or paying out for childcare instead, and if they hadn’t of paid for childcare, they would have lost their jobs.