­
Welcome, Guest
Username: Password: Remember me

TOPIC: Universal credit found wanting…..again

Universal credit found wanting…..again 11 May 2018 15:56 #7435

  • Benefit Bolshie
  • Benefit Bolshie's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Member
  • Posts: 413
  • Thank you received: 715
Government to publish internal reviews of controversial benefit in new U-turn
Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor @Rob_Merrick Thursday 8 March 2018 11:15 GMT

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-credit-benefit-system-work-pensions-dwp-esther-mcvey-a8245641.html

Assessments failed to produce evidence that more people would be helped into work, say MPs who viewed them.

Internal reviews of universal credit, which expose holes in the case for the controversial new benefit according to MPs, will be published in a government U-turn.

Ministers have abandoned attempts to keep the assessments under wraps after being forced to release them to a Commons committee and after criticism by the independent Information Commissioner.

Esther McVey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, conceded there was “no point in continuing to argue” for restricted access to the documents, after the committee issued a report on them.


In a written statement, Ms McVey argued the reviews, conducted between 2012 and 2015, were out-of-date, saying: “Come 2018, the universal credit programme is in a very different place since those reports were written.”

However, in a damning report last month, the Work and Pensions Committee – whose members were allowed to see them – said they failed to make the case for extending universal credit.

There was no evidence that more people would be helped into work, as ministers claim, or that an automated online service could be run successfully on a national scale, it warned.

Frank Field, its Labour chairman, accused the Government of “management gobbledegook” and said the architect of the welfare state, William Beveridge, “will be rolling in his grave”.

The programme, replacing six working-age benefits with a single payment, was in its eighth year, but the Government had “yet to produce the full business case for its own mega reform”.

“The programme managers appear to expect us, the public, and the minister responsible to take it on faith that universal credit will deliver the much improved employment outcomes they claim for the vast range of people – disabled, single parents, carers, the self-employed – who will claim UC,” Mr Field said last month.

“At the moment, they are relying on the simplest cases – single, unemployed claimants with no children. They have produced no evidence to back up the key, central economic assumption of the biggest reform to our welfare system in 50 years.

“The reviews, which barely mention claimants, are also shot through with management gobbledegook. Were I the minister in charge, I would have either rejected or ignored much of it entirely as totally incomprehensible.”

But Ms McVey said the committee had agreed “the historic issues” have now been addressed and “substantial achievements have been delivered since 2013”.

They commended the department for running the universal credit programme “more professionally and efficiently with a collective sense of purpose”, she said.

And she insisted the decision to release the assessments to the public was “exceptional”, with future reports still to be “treated as confidential”.

Last year, Conservative MPs forced extra help for universal credit claimants, after joining with opposition parties in pleading for an urgent rethink.

The Government agreed to slash the wait for a first payment from six weeks to five, although the revolt had demanded a cut to four weeks.

However, cuts to the “work allowance” – the amount of earnings kept before claimants lose benefits – has swiped more than £1,200 a year from many families.
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Paul-UB40, jobber

Universal credit found wanting…..again 11 May 2018 15:57 #7436

  • Benefit Bolshie
  • Benefit Bolshie's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Member
  • Posts: 413
  • Thank you received: 715
Universal credit project review full of 'gobbledegook', says Commons committee
• Ashley Cowburn Political Correspondent @ashcowburn Thursday 8 February 2018 00:06 GMT

www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-credit-dwp-work-and-pensions-frank-field-project-review-a8199311.html

'They have produced no evidence to back up the key, central economic assumption of the biggest reform to our welfare system in 50 years. William Beveridge will be rolling in his grave'

The universal credit project review is full of “management gobbledegook” with ministers failing to make a full business case for the rollout of the Government’s flagship welfare reform, an influential Commons committee has warned.

Frank Field, who chairs the Work and Pensions Committee, said the architect of welfare state, William Beveridge, “will be rolling in his grave” at the failure to produce evidence to back up the key economic assumption of universal credit.

He said people are being expected to take it on good faith that the contentious overhaul of the welfare in Britain will deliver.

After examining internal project assessment reviews of the universal credit programme’s finances and delivery by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA), the committee expressed concerns about the situation.

While MPs said it was to the department’s credit that it brought universal credit back from the “brink of complete failure” in 2013, they said it continues to face major challenges.

Mr Field said that perhaps the most damning point emerging from the assessment of the Government’s progress on universal credit is that in its eighth year of the programme, the department itself “is yet to produce the full business case for its own mega reform”.

He continued:“The programme managers appear to expect us, the public, and the minister responsible to take it on faith that universal credit will deliver the much improved employment outcomes they claim for the vast range of people – disabled, single parents, carers, the self-employed – who will claim UC.

“At the moment, they are relying on the simplest cases – single, unemployed claimants with no children. They have produced no evidence to back up the key, central economic assumption of the biggest reform to our welfare system in 50 years. William Beveridge will be rolling in his grave.

“The reviews, which barely mention claimants, are also shot through with management gobbledegook. Were I the minister in charge, I would have either rejected or ignored much of it entirely as totally incomprehensible.

“This major reform would surely have been served better by a much more transparent approach.”

Responding to the comments from the committee, Debbie Abrahams, the Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said the report proved “once again that universal credit is not fit for purpose”.

She added: “It is completely unacceptable that the Government has not provided any evidence to back up their repeated assertion that universal credit will help people into work, a key principle of the programme.

“As universal credit is being rolled out, people in and out of work are being pushed into rent arrears, debt and poverty with food bank use rising as a consequence. Yet the Government’s own review barely mentions claimants.”

A DWP spokesman said the department had been commended for improving the universal credit programme and “substantial achievements” had been delivered since 2013. A statement added: “Universal Credit is the biggest modernisation of the welfare system in a generation and continues to be delivered in a safe and secure way.

“The Infrastructure and Projects Authority has independently supported our test and learn approach, the improvements we continue to make and the recent expansion of the programme.

“People on Universal Credit are moving into work faster than those on the old system, staying in work longer and keeping more of their money. And in the Budget we announced a £1.5bn package of additional support for people as they move to the new system.”
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Paul-UB40

Universal credit found wanting…..again 11 May 2018 15:59 #7437

  • Benefit Bolshie
  • Benefit Bolshie's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Member
  • Posts: 413
  • Thank you received: 715
Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge
Jamie Doward Sunday 4 Feb 2018 00.05 GMT

www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/04/universal-credit-faces-judicial-review

Lawyers for terminally ill man who say new system costs him almost £200 a month win right to judicial review

A terminally ill man has won the right to launch a landmark legal challenge to the government over its introduction of universal credit after the controversial new benefits system left him significantly worse off.

The 52-year-old, known only as TP, a Cambridge graduate who once worked in the City, has non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the rare lymph node condition Castleman disease. Following a successful hearing last week, a full judicial review of his claim will take place next month, the first high court challenge of its kind.

The outcome could have consequences for thousands of other disabled people who claim that they are now experiencing financial hardship as a result of having had their benefits restricted under universal credit.

“I am proceeding with the judicial review for my own personal financial situation during this very difficult time of illness, but also because it is quite wrong of the government to remove by stealth and without prior warning on a transition into universal credit a much-needed benefit for people trying to cope alone at home with a substantial disability,” TP told the Observer. “This includes the most very vulnerable of society. It piles on a financial burden at a time when these people are most in need of assistance to continue their day-to-day lives as best they can.”

TP became terminally ill in 2016 and received the severe disability premium (SDP) and enhanced disability premium (EDP), which were set up to meet the needs of severely disabled people living alone without carers.

Following the introduction of universal credit (UC), both benefits for TP were removed, despite a government pledge that no one with a severe disability would be financially worse off. According to the charity Disability Rights UK, the abolition of SDP will cost disabled adults with no one to care for them, or with only a young carer, about £62.45 per week, or £3,247.40 a year. The abolition of EDP will cost them £15.90 per week or £826.80 a year.

Following his diagnosis, TP’s doctors recommended that he move to London to receive treatment. His return to the capital, a universal credit full-service area, led to a reduction in his benefits which, say his lawyers, has resulted in their client being £178 a month worse off. They contend that the government’s decision to introduce the single benefit, while removing his disability benefits, has left TP in financial difficulties, which have had a major impact on him at a time of extreme ill health and stress.

Tessa Gregory from the law firm Leigh Day, which is representing TP, said David Gauke, the former work and pensions secretary, had made repeated commitments to protect existing benefit levels with “top-up payments” for claimants moving to UC. Gauke had pledged: “No one will experience a reduction in the benefit they are receiving at the point of migration to universal credit where circumstances remain the same.” But both the work and pensions select committee and the House of Lords secondary legislation scrutiny committee have concerns that disabled people could miss out on benefits, with no top-up payments planned until July 2019. “We believe that by taking away these essential benefits for some of the most vulnerable people in society, the government has acted unlawfully,” Gregory said.

A DWP spokeswoman said that it was unable to comment on the specifics of the case while the review was under way. She added: “We are committed to supporting people into work while making sure the right care is in place for those that cannot. Unlike the previous system, universal credit is more targeted and support is focused on those who need it most. Transitional protection is also available for those people who move on to UC from other benefits, provided their circumstances stay the same.”
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Paul-UB40, jobber

Universal credit found wanting…..again 11 May 2018 16:16 #7438

  • jobber
  • jobber's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Member
  • Posts: 713
  • Thank you received: 1114
Can't wait to see the facts come out hopefully on this circus.

"Getting people into work quicker & their remaining longer" :cheer: Yeah right. :whistle:
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Paul-UB40

Universal credit found wanting…..again 11 May 2018 16:39 #7441

  • comply or die
  • comply or die's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Member
  • Posts: 2042
  • Thank you received: 1922
Quote from the last link above:
We are committed to supporting people into work while making sure the right care is in place for those that cannot

I need a bucket.... :sick:
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: El-dudeareno

Universal credit found wanting…..again 11 May 2018 18:28 #7444

  • Paul-UB40
  • Paul-UB40's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Administrator
  • Posts: 2061
  • Thank you received: 1284
comply or die wrote:
Quote from the last link above:
We are committed to supporting people into work while making sure the right care is in place for those that cannot

I need a bucket.... :sick:

There you are Comply :whistle:

This image is hidden for guests. Please log in or register to see it.
YNWA: You'll Never Walk Alone
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: comply or die, El-dudeareno, Dizzy

Universal credit found wanting…..again 12 May 2018 08:30 #7450

  • comply or die
  • comply or die's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Member
  • Posts: 2042
  • Thank you received: 1922
Thankyou Paul. I`ll keep it handy until these idiots are out of government altogether.
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: Paul-UB40

Universal credit found wanting…..again 12 May 2018 11:16 #7454

  • El-dudeareno
  • El-dudeareno's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Elite Member
  • Posts: 251
  • Thank you received: 211
Be careful thou Cod, I dare 'The-Man' will try to bring out the "Bucket-Tax" next to cut down on waste :pinch:
Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.
The administrator has disabled public write access.
The following user(s) said Thank You: comply or die
­