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TOPIC: Those claiming the Universal Credit roll-out was well intentioned aren’t affected

Those claiming the Universal Credit roll-out was well intentioned aren’t affected 04 Jan 2019 05:05 #12556

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Those claiming the Universal Credit roll-out was well intentioned aren’t affected by it. My family was

My dad’s phone pings at 3:40am on a Sunday. “You need to read a message in your Universal Credit journal,” it says.

There is a new headline bashing Universal Credit every day. If you are like me, you might read the headline, decide it is too depressing to click on, then find the latest story about what those drones at Gatwick were REALLY about.

I’ve never cared for politics. To me, it is pundits arguing over how clever someone’s heckle at Prime Minister’s Questions was, or people making unfunny memes from Newsnight clips. It’s my uncles debating whether Theresa May will last the year. I know it’s important, but I also find it dull and uninteresting.

And I lump in Universal Credit with everything else.

That is, until the new system rolls out to my family and my dad asks me to help him navigate the website. Universal Credit replaces tax credits and means-tested benefits and ties them altogether. Most people eventually on Universal Credit will be working people. When the roll-out is complete, eight million people will be on it.

www.newstatesman.com/politics/welfare/2019/01/those-claiming-universal-credit-roll-out-was-well-intentioned-aren-t
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