Universal Credit’s woman trouble

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By Chaminda Jayanetti

Universal Credit has become the policy by which the government will justify all others, the revolution that will make all the pain inflicted by benefit cuts somehow worthwhile. It has been sold for years as the great reform just around the corner that will leave you better off.

No other single policy has so much government credibility staked on it as the successful expansion of Universal Credit. Without it, all that remains of the government’s welfare agenda is a kind of moralising sadism, like Mary Whitehouse channelling the Marquis de Sade.

But what state is it in?

Universal Credit is designed to replace six different benefits:

  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit

Some of these benefits are structured and calculated in a complex way – tax credits in particular. Others, such as Jobseekers Allowance, are much…

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Domestic violence and benefit cuts – a note for Mr Crabb

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Stephen CrabbBy Chaminda Jayanetti

Politicians like to talk about their “backstory”. It makes them seem normal, relatable, or so they hope. Even if their background is hopelessly out of touch from that of most people, there will usually be some difficulty, or tragedy, or hardship – real or perceived – that can be front-paged to hide the privilege beneath. Even a grammar school education can be rebranded as “state”.

With Stephen Crabb, the recently installed Work and Pensions Secretary, it’s not so much of an act. He grew up in council housing. He went to state school, and both his parents received benefits at various points. So far, so normal.

Another aspect of his childhood that Mr Crabb has openly talked about is the domestic violence his mother suffered at the hands of his father. He has discussed it in media interviews. He has talked about the effect it had on…

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You cannot serve two masters.. Universal credit and your employer.

The poor side of life

Here are two different cases concerning universal credit and work. Both prove the point extremely well that universal credit and the work conditionionality contract linked with this is completely unworkable. Politicians from all parties are not taking this issue seriously enough. Luckily we are.

Case one.
A housing association in Leeds are dealing with a tenant in Leeds who was unable to pay his rent after loosing his job with his employer. This is their story.
The person in question was employed by a company working between 16 and 17 hours a week. On his contract it stated that they were not allowed to apply for extra jobs with other companies. But their jobcentre advisor told them that they must, and he was advised to apply for a job with a rival company.
As you can imagine this didn’t go down too well, and the company that they worked for…

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“If …”

No – one can have failed to miss the hysteria (mostly perpetuated by the tories and John Mann MP) concerning comments made by Ken Livingstone.

The media circus by the tory main stream media is a joy to behold isn’t it?

Maybe they should read this poem by Rudyard Kipling:-

If – Poem by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build’em up with worn-out tools;

I think Jeremy Corbyn has read this poem, judging by his statesmanlike response by setting up an internal enquiry.

I don’t think Zac Goldsmith has read the poem judging by this article;

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As one of my Twitter friends said “are the tories slandering the whole Labour party?”

I’ll come back to Zac in a moment, but I just wanted to let you see this Twitter feed response about the above article, from tory groupie Toby Young, to a journalist ;

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So. Back to Zac.

Does he (or whoever thought it was a jolly, spiffing idea to run this article) have ANY conception at all about the effect this will have on those who were (and still are) affected by the horrific act depicted in the article?

It is beyond obscene. As someone who was working in London at the time and who actually had colleagues in the areas that were attacked, I seriously cannot believe that the tories thought this would help the Mayoral campaign in any way.

But doesn’t it just show how out of touch the tories are with not only ordinary Londoners but the rest of the UK too. The article is an absolute affront to the memory of the people that died, their families and the muslim population.

To finish, here is an article by Peter Oborne (a lifelong tory, by all accounts, but not it would seem anymore)

 

http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/london-mayor-race-conservatives-game-religious-and-racial-divisions-538083247

 

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JEREMY HUNT ACCUSED OF ‘HIRING JUNIOR DOCTORS WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES’

The Slog.

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The dark memory lane of a damaged bellend

The man for whom Cockney rhyming slang was invented, Jeremy Hunt, reportedly said the other day that most of the Junior Doctors didn’t know what they were striking about. It’s funny, but many’s the time I’ve been, you know, sitting in the dentist’s waiting room and thought, ‘Aye aye,’ I’ve thought, ‘I’m in a dentist’s waiting room, what in God’s name am I doing here?’ And then I’ve thought, ‘Good gracious me, my tooth hurts. Yes, that’s why I’m here’.

Most of us, research shows, know why we’re doing stuff like standing on picket lines, walking round the supermarket aisles or applying the brake as the rear of the vehicle in front heads towards us. But who knows, perhaps there are occasions when even people like the Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart suddenly think, ‘Blimey, there are two white posts one on…

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The politics of punishment and blame: in-work conditionality

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The Department for Work and Pensions has submitted a document about the Randomised Control Trial (RCT) they are currently conducting regarding in-work “progression.” The submission was made to the Work and Pensions Committee in January, as the Committee have conducted an inquiry into in-work conditionality. The document specifies that:
This document is for internal use only and should not be shared with external partners or claimants.” 

So please share widely.

The Department for Work and Pensions claim that the Trial is about “testing whether conditionality and the use of financial sanctions are effective for people that need to claim benefits in low paid work.” The document focuses on methods of enforcing the “cultural and behavioural change” of people claiming both in-work and out-of-work social security, and evaluation of the Trial will is the responsibility of the Labour Market Trials Unit. (LMTU). Evaluation will

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Terminally Ill Woman Has PIP Appeal Refused

Caring, compassionate conservatives …

Same Difference

A terminally ill cancer patient who was refused a disability benefit by the Government has had her appeal turned down though her GP provided a lengthy description of her illness.

Jane Windle, from Parkwood Street, St James, was first diagnosed with a carcinoid form of cancer in 2001 and has tumours in her lungs and pelvis.

But last month it was revealed the 52-year-old would not be entitled to receive the Personal Independent Payment (PIP) even though she has been receiving the Disability Living Allowance, which PIP is phasing out, since she got ill.

Mrs Windle has a stent fitted and has difficulty, breathing, moving and even struggles to stand up unaided.

The couple appealed the decision at the start of April and supplied the Department for Work and Pensions with a DS1500 form from her GP explaining the extent her cancer affects her, listing a range of other debilitating…

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