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Channel Four Dispatched Monday 05 May 2018 09:04 #7306

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Britain`s Benefit Crisis - A Dispatches look at people who rely on the Universal Credit system. 7:30pm for half an hour on Monday 7th May.
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Channel Four Dispatched Monday 05 May 2018 11:37 #7309

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Should be a 3 hour programme if its of any substance as it would take that long to cover all the issues. :(

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Channel Four Dispatched Monday 05 May 2018 16:32 #7311

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My thoughts exactly jobber. But mere mortals like us don`t matter in the general scheme of things so debating a service that places people lives into turmoil it seems isn`t that important, except to show a half hour glimps of it. I just hope they have spoken to REAL claimants and not hand selected a few students who live with mum and dad.
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Channel Four Dispatched Monday 06 May 2018 09:07 #7312

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Will watch with Interest, But im not got very high Hopes,
At least Channel 4 do generally a better and more fair Documentaries then the Dreadful Channel 5,
and the even Worse Fake output of the BBC. :(
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Channel Four Dispatched Monday 07 May 2018 08:35 #7323

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It`s on tonight folks.
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Channel Four Dispatched Monday 07 May 2018 22:33 #7337

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Self employed man made £500 per month worse off through switching from WTCs to UC then told by JC staff he would be better off not working only for his family to then be split up with him left homeless.
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Channel Four Dispatched Monday 08 May 2018 11:29 #7338

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Shocking Verc and those were only the ones who agreed to appear on Dispatches. Two things I picked up on from the programme were:

1. UC pays housing benefit for a further two weeks. So am I understanding this to be when we make a claim for UC, our housing benefit is paid for the first two weeks of the claim and then we have to pay the other three until our UC payments are made? If I`m understanding this correctly, that means we have to find three weeks rent money?

2. The black man featured who suffered from mental health problems said that UC don`t contact people by post, only text/phone call or email/online journal. So if we told them we only wanted to be contacted in writing, where does that leave our claim? DWP state in various FOI`s that not having a mobile phone or email address are not restrictions to claiming Universal Credit, but this man seemed to be saying otherwise?

The lies that came out of that Employment ministers mouth too about how job centre staff are saying how well UC is working and then the whistleblower said it was`nt. All smike & mirrors again to fol the general public who are unaware that thus trap awaits them should anything go wrong with their circumstances.


Universal Credit seems to me to be a penal system for the poor and if we can`t navigate it`s comands,then we suffer the consequences.
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Channel Four Dispatched Monday 09 May 2018 16:36 #7362

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Channel Four Dispatched Monday 10 May 2018 15:48 #7394

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This bullshit from them needs looking into: "UC don`t contact people by post, only text/phone call or email/online journal. "only these numb heads could come up with such a pathetic plan :evil: .

They've contacted me by letter before many times so maybe there has been some change? .

Overall i found that documentary to be a very weak portrayal of how crap the universal credit system is.
Never dug deep enough for my liking.


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