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Universal Credit - More Scathing Revelations 23 Jul 2018 08:57 #9465

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Two articles from today’s Guardian highlighting again the deficiencies in Universal Credit system. This time from the point of view of DWP staff who are supposed to be running it:

www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/22/universal-credit-it-system-broken-service-centre-whistleblowers-say

www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jul/22/universal-credit-whistleblowers-heartbreaking-impact-flawed-system-claimants

Show those articles to your work coach the next time they try to convince you how brilliant the system is and how much better it would be for you to accept it. Ask them how they can justify their faith in it, or who is pushing them to lie to you about how great it is.
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Universal Credit - More Scathing Revelations 23 Jul 2018 23:32 #9471

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I haven't seen the comments section on Guardian stories for a while, does any body know if they dropped this feature or how to view if it is still available. Occasionally I found some further interesting links that way.

Mind you I expect many comments on UC would have to be removed as the extent of the problem is being backed up by whistleblowers. No doubt DWP will just say it is affecting a small number of JCs.
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Universal Credit - More Scathing Revelations 24 Jul 2018 09:25 #9473

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From the first Guardian article:

"Callers have often been given wrong or contradictory advice about their entitlements by DWP officials. These include telling severely disabled claimants who are moving on to universal credit from existing benefits that they must undergo a new “fit for work” test to receive full payment."

Anyone reading this who are already claiming income based ESA and are managed/migrated ON to Universal Credit should KEEP their ESA top up also of £29.00 a week. New claims for UC will NOT be paid this extra amount, so be very wary of what you are told. This also applies to anyone claiming Income Based ESA and are found fit for work. If you claim UC straight away before you do a Mandatroy Reconsideration and then appeal if you need to and win that appeal, your claim for Universal Credit (if you make one) will REMOVE your £29.00 a week top up, so don`t rush to claim UC if you have sufficient funds to live off because a mandatroy reconsideration and appeal win would mean you keep that extra money.

Once your ON Universal Credit, that`s it. Your `legacy` ESA will be nil and void and you will be worse off. WRAG ESA is now called LCW (Limited Capability for Work) or Support Group ESA is now LCWRA (Limited Capability for Work Related Activity) under UC.
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Universal Credit - More Scathing Revelations 25 Jul 2018 01:54 #9480

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Verc wrote:
I haven't seen the comments section on Guardian stories for a while, does any body know if they dropped this feature or how to view if it is still available. Occasionally I found some further interesting links that way.

Mind you I expect many comments on UC would have to be removed as the extent of the problem is being backed up by whistleblowers. No doubt DWP will just say it is affecting a small number of JCs.

Yes Verc, good old DWP numpties always like to give false numbers a bit like this bullshit of 75% fully employed,id say its 75% fully employed with incomes supplemented by benefits and visits to food banks.They must think we are all totally stupid,only the thickest tory planks out there would buy into that misleading garbage :) .
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Universal Credit - More Scathing Revelations 25 Jul 2018 10:24 #9484

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jobber wrote: id say its 75% fully employed with incomes supplemented by benefits and visits to food banks

Spot on jobber. They obviously don`t see that.
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