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TOPIC: Labour’s plan for the DWP is not good enough. It must do better.

Labour’s plan for the DWP is not good enough. It must do better. 16 Sep 2018 18:59 #10199

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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is effectively out-of-control. Poverty, death, and destitution are rife under its watch. But it’s most vicious policy is probably Universal Credit. Sadly, though, the Labour Party’s stance on it is nearly as dangerous as the benefit itself.
The DWP: Labour wringing its hands

As The Canary has documented, Universal Credit is the DWP’s flagship policy; rolling six previous benefits into one. It’s been dogged by controversy and failings, leading for calls for it to be scrapped. It started with Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), and since then, both Unite the Union and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have also made ‘stop and scrap’ their official stance. But Labour has maintained its position of just committing to ‘pause and fix’ Universal Credit.

Publicly, leading Labour figures like Sadiq Khan say they agree with the principle of Universal Credit. This seems to be the thinking of the party more broadly; that it agrees the welfare state needs to be simplified, and that Universal Credit is the answer. Privately, though, I think there’s a bit more going on.

www.thecanary.co/opinion/2018/09/16/labours-plan-for-the-dwp-is-not-good-enough-it-must-do-better/
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Labour’s plan for the DWP is not good enough. It must do better. 17 Sep 2018 12:59 #10204

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Quote: they agree with the principle of Universal Credit.

Which in a nutshell means it`s here to stay. If something isn`t broken, don`t fix it. The old welfare system may not have been god given, but it was far easier to claim and to manage. Universal Credit is mainly an online ball & chain approach and one that I fear as a consequence because the pain I suffer from worsens when I use a computer, yet here we have a system Universal Credit that if you are on it, you have to carry out daily job searches ONLINE, you have to contact UC ONLINE (or use their call centre phone line). And most of UC is an online system. I really don`t like the idea that technology is starting to rule the world and real people are at it`s mercy. GP surgeries are trying the same approach by introducing online consultations though an app or Skype and if you sign up to this service, you veto your existing practice as a patient. Something nasty is happening to our society and I don`t see it being a good thing.
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Labour’s plan for the DWP is not good enough. It must do better. 17 Sep 2018 13:42 #10206

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I wouldn’t be too worried Finnster, Sadiq Khan is a Labour moderate (in other words Blairite) and so he would support UC. He has very little standing in the Labour Party. Being mayor of London is nothing in Labour's pecking order. I doubt that Corbyn and McDonnell support UC, and it’s what they say that matters..
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