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Universal credit claimants fear spending Christmas without money 15 Dec 2018 11:59 #12108

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People who claim universal credit say they fear being left without money over Christmas because of delays to their benefit payments.

Erin Barrett, 26, said the system had left her choosing between buying food or Christmas presents for her son.

The debt charity Christians Against Poverty has called on the government to reform the system.

The government said no claimants should be without money over Christmas because advance payments were available.

Universal credit is the government's flagship welfare policy, with over 1.4m people in Great Britain now being paid benefits through the digital platform.

Introduced in 2016 with the aim of simplifying the benefits system and getting more people back to work, the rollout of universal credit for new benefit claimants was completed this week.

Ms Barrett, a single mother, has been on universal credit for over a year.

"Buying Christmas presents is going to be difficult because everyone keeps saying my priority should be to feed my four-year-old son," she said.

"But I don't want my son to wake up on Christmas day and think he's been naughty because Santa hasn't brought him any presents."

Ms Barrett works part-time which she said means her "hours can vary and the system just can't cope".

"I typically have £26 left at the end of each month so I use food banks a lot, and if I can't heat my home I send my son to sleep at someone else's house."

Ms Barrett and three other single mums have recently launched a legal claim against the government, claiming universal credit discriminates against single parents.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-46553004
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Universal credit claimants fear spending Christmas without money 15 Dec 2018 12:40 #12112

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i hope they win.
ive never seen a government as bad as this lot all they care about is them self's.
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Universal credit claimants fear spending Christmas without money 15 Dec 2018 12:46 #12114

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They are very much like the torys of old when thatcher was in every bit as cruel and heartless towards the poor and working class
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Universal credit claimants fear spending Christmas without money 15 Dec 2018 13:43 #12118

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TheFinnster wrote:
They are very much like the torys of old when thatcher was in every bit as cruel and heartless towards the poor and working class

Yes Indeed it is, Lucky I spent most of the 1980s Working in Germany, So missed the "Twisted Tory Evils" of Thatcher.
Its now even WORSE. :angry:
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Universal credit claimants fear spending Christmas without money 15 Dec 2018 16:32 #12128

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Universal Credit is a form of population control, no if`s, no buts. The more I read people`s reports on it, the more it convinces me that we are all being conned (not us lot, but those who UC hasn`t visited yet) into thinking UC is a great incentive and will simplify things. Those on low wages, zero hours contracts and part time jobs who will never get full time work will always be in a poverty trap and under a controlling ball and chain called a mobile phone, which has opened up the `we can contact you quicker` lie. Yes, they can contact you quicker, to INSTRUCT you to go to a job that has come up and you MUST go there the next day to work for three hours.

THAT`S Universal Credit.
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Universal credit claimants fear spending Christmas without money 15 Dec 2018 18:39 #12130

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Warning Sarcasm: Now Now, Comply; You could always get one of these New High Wage, High Tech jobs the Wonderful Tory Government have Created in the "Sun Rise" economic boom Britain is now in.

Sun Rise ? :evil: Think the Sun has Bloody well Set. :evil: :whistle:
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Universal credit claimants fear spending Christmas without money 15 Dec 2018 19:15 #12131

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Yeah I heard the DWP was hiring as well :P

DWP seeks 'innovative technologist' for £180,000 chief information officer role

www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/news/dwp-seeks-innovative-technologist-%C2%A3180000-chief-information-officer-role
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Universal credit claimants fear spending Christmas without money 16 Dec 2018 09:45 #12134

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I see it as it is Paul and what comes across to me is exactly what I said above. There is a hidden agenda behind UC and we can all see through it. UC has only been in the news more this year because it`s starting to affect those on other benefits like tax credits, housing benefit, ESA etc....so the numbers are stacking up.

All this fabrication about more people being in work is somewhat true, but the work they are doing is counted even if it`s a few hours here, a few hours there, but still reliant on UC to top up the shortfall. That`s why they come out with the line "UC is helping people STAY in work for longer"...because they never sign bloody OFF, that`s why.
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