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Happy First Birthday 26 Mar 2018 10:00 #6655

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This Forum is One Year Old Today, yep it's a whole year since We moved over to Our New Home Here. B)

But we don't stand still; Much more of the Forum (90%) is available for Guest Viewing,
We also have New Categories inc "SPORTS", "HOBBIES" & "BENEFITS SURVIVAL"
And more plans in the pipeline.

And Not forgetting our loyal members; without you, None of this would have happened,
Thank You.
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Happy First Birthday 26 Mar 2018 10:47 #6656

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Hi Paul,

Also a great many thanks you and Spanner and any of the other Administrators / Moderators on here who all help put together a great forum, also not forgetting all the contributors who are great help offering support and advice when needed.

Many thanks to you all.
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Happy First Birthday 26 Mar 2018 12:08 #6657

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A year passed already?!! It`s good to see more people joining too and I want to see more emphasis on answering questions with factual links or regulations. That will be my goal. End of the day, we can`t move forward unless we know how to advise people applying that much needed guidance and fast tracked advice where necessary.

Universal Credit will affect almost everyone at some stage in their lives so I feel Universal Credit will be what we all need to focus on now and in the future. Especially regarding sickness when on it and making sure people tailor their Claimant Commitments to genuinely reflect what they can do and what they can`t to avoid clashes of interest with work coaches or having any doubts placed upon their claim.

Happy Birthday Welfare Central and all who use the site. x
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Happy First Birthday 29 Mar 2018 00:55 #6702

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Belated Happy Birthday to Welfare Central from Verc Towers.

The forum has and no doubt will continue to be vital in my day to day existence having only just been able to start dealing with all this stuff again shortly before the end of the old UM site where I was a very late arrival but an early one here. I am sure there are a lot of people out there struggling to even comprehend what they are going through - it was a very stressful and scary time for me. I didn't come here when I was desperate as I didn't have the mental energy but seeing it gave me a shot in the arm and I am sure that is how a lot of people feeling confused or angry will feel because otherwise benefits can be a very socially isolating concept. We have to remember that there are millions of us and one day membership could very well increase substantially. Consider that the maximum UK workforce (if everybody had a job to go to) when I was researching it was 32 Million people with 2M on JSA and 3M on the sick in one form or another + others (I estimated 7-8M total!). We are part of a very significant proportion of our population who are economically inactive even though a substantial amount are not recognised by the govt in the official statistics thanks to the conservatives creation of incapacity benefit which masqued the true damage of the late 1970s/early 80s industrial decline. The current picture is changing though with lines between employed and unemployed becoming very blurred thanks to zero hours contracts and Universal Credit etc. It often feels like the UK is a very stagnant economy but this is definitely a period of huge social change.

I am far from up to speed like I used to be several years ago but it is still good to get a measure of where you are at reading through all the knowledge and advice posted, picking up useful bits of info. Most importantly and quite uniquely there is no noticeable hatred expressed but I won't complain about that. I was used to seeing some rather ignorant comments about unemployment on social media. It is a safe haven to express your knowledge and concerns.

I agree with c o d that UC is probably going to become more and more the focus especially as other benefits will become defunkt. My gut tells me that this time next year when it should just about be completed, being on the sick as we know it will likely be about to become a thing of the past. Many of those currently on ESA will be prey to the gulag masters of the new work and health programme. I still live in hope that it will all coming crashing down around this govts ears and I know where I will be heading to celebrate with first if and when that day comes.

Here's looking forward to a very active second year.
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Happy First Birthday 29 Mar 2018 09:15 #6704

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Verc wrote:
Many of those currently on ESA will be prey to the gulag masters of the new work and health programme. I still live in hope that it will all coming crashing down around this govts ears and I know where I will be heading to celebrate with first if and when that day comes.

Totally agree Verc. I used to claim the old Income Support benefit and when that changed to ESA, life just changed totally. I never had to go near a job centre at all back then and my assessments were done by a REAL doctor and they were done every fine years or so. How things have changed. The work & health programme thankfully won`t be hitting my shores (Scotland) anytime soon, although the Scottish government are trying hard to mitigate Westminster austerity and jobsworth courses by introducing Fair Start next month here which will be voluntary. I can`t see them holding off the full onslaught of Universal Credit. Only two changes have been made to it here and that is, we can have our payments every two weeks rather than monthly if we choose and the other choice is, we can have our housing benefit (rent) paid directly to our landlord or ourselves. But that`s it.

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especially as other benefits will become defunkt.

Yes and when everyone has to make a claim for UC, that`s when the reality will happen. No more ESA.....it will be a Universal Credit `group` we are placed in and although two of those are similar to what we have now (WRAG & Support Group) they wion`t be known as such. It will be the `no work category` or the WRAG equivellant, meaning we are still expected to do work related activity,attend WiFi appointments and anything else they think we `can` do.
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