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TOPIC: Universal Credit staff BANNED from giving out foodbank vouchers to people

Universal Credit staff BANNED from giving out foodbank vouchers to people 08 Feb 2019 14:39 #13935

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Universal Credit staff BANNED from giving out foodbank vouchers to people unable to afford food
www.thesun.co.uk/money/8373197/universal-credit-staff-banned-foodbank-vouchers/
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Universal Credit staff BANNED from giving out foodbank vouchers to people 10 Feb 2019 01:23 #14005

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The DWP’s latest savage move could leave more people starving

New evidence has emerged to show that the DWP has enacted yet another savage move. A job centre in East Sussex refused to give people foodbank referrals. If replicated in other areas, the implications of this are devastating for some of the most vulnerable people in the UK.
“Destitute”

On 5 February, Lewes Eye reported that the DWP “banned local job centre staff from referring people to foodbanks for emergency food supplies” in Lewis, East Sussex. It printed a leaked email from Lewis job centre that stated:

We have been advised that DWP policy does not permit Jobcentres to refer customers to food banks by issuing vouchers or referral forms.

The email said that the job centre would “verbally signpost” people to other agencies. According to Lewis Eye, the job centre told people “to go to the Citizens Advice Bureau or similar agencies”. As it pointed out, the implications of this are huge, because people claiming benefits could be “left destitute” if payments are delayed. As Universal Credit rolls out across the UK, foodbank use is soaring. Since September 2018, over “1,000 people” now receive the controversial benefit in Lewes. As the Trussell Trust reported:

On average, 12 months after rollout, foodbanks see a 52% increase in demand, compared to 13% in areas with Universal Credit for 3 months or less.

www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2019/02/09/the-dwps-latest-savage-move-could-leave-more-people-starving/
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Universal Credit staff BANNED from giving out foodbank vouchers to people 10 Feb 2019 09:05 #14012

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Its happening in my local area, with a Twist; The last Outreach/Help centre has shut down, now its not just difficult to get Foodbank referrals.
but recycle Rubbish bags, with £75 fines if you use "The wrong type of Recycle bag" :ohmy:
Its getting Bloody worse.
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Universal Credit staff BANNED from giving out foodbank vouchers to people 11 Feb 2019 14:27 #14049

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Universal Credit: DWP ‘bans Jobcentre staff referring benefit claimants to food banks’, leaked email claims
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