Universal Credit forces people to use foodbanks

Universal Credit was is Iain Duncan Smith’s project to do away with many ‘legacy’ benefits for them to be replaced with one benefit. Affecting low-paid workers as well an non-workers, UC is a terrible mess and not fit for purpose.

It is disappointing that Citizens’ Advice Bureaux have accepted £51M (39?) from the government to advise UC claimants.

Foodbank use to soar after next stage of universal credit, Trussell Trust warns

GOVERNMENT plans to move more people onto universal credit (UC) could lead to a huge increase in those turning to foodbanks to survive, the Trussell Trust warned yesterday.

The charity, which runs more than 400 foodbanks across Britain, said that demand in areas where UC has been in place for at least 12 months has increased by 52 per cent, compared with 13 per cent in areas where the new benefit has been in place for three months or less.

Benefit problems are the main reason for referrals to receive emergency food supplies, the trust said, adding that people moving onto UC account for a rising proportion of foodbank referrals.

Waits for the first payment and the shift to the new system have been blamed for causing hardship.

 

Continue ReadingUniversal Credit forces people to use foodbanks

Theresa May lies, John McDonnell says Labour to dump Universal Credit

Theresa May lies claiming that austerity is over at her Rich Scum party speech.

 

Labour will scrap universal credit, John McDonnell declares

“I think we are moving to a position now where it is just not sustainable. It will have to go.”

Mr McDonnell accused Prime Minister Theresa May and the Tories on Saturday of lying in their claim to the public that austerity has ended.

The shadow chancellor, who spoke at an anti-austerity rally in Pudsey, Leeds, told the Morning Star: “We will be holding the government to account. This is the third time in two years the government has announced the end to austerity.

“The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that 75 per cent of welfare cuts are still to come, so if they are serious about ending austerity, in his coming budget Philip Hammond should get up and announce the end of cuts to welfare.

“He clearly will not — and we will be exposing what is effectively a lie.

“Three times they have announced the end, yet there are still cuts coming to welfare benefits, school budgets and local authority budgets in particular.”

Continue ReadingTheresa May lies, John McDonnell says Labour to dump Universal Credit

Do you want a political or a garden party?

Cucumber sandwich?

Oh, yes thank you ever so much I’ll continue to pretend to represent the poor as long as I have all these benefits.

More expenses?

Oh, yes thank you ever so much I’ll continue to pretend to represent the poor as long as I have all these benefits.

Oh, yes thank you ever so much I’ll continue to pretend to represent the poor as long as I have all these benefits.

Oh, yes thank you ever so much I’ll continue to pretend to represent the poor as long as I have all these benefits.

Oh, yes thank you ever so much I’ll continue to pretend to represent the poor as long as I have all these benefits.

Oh, yes thank you ever so much I’ll continue to pretend to represent the poor as long as I have all these benefits.

Oh, yes thank you ever so much I’ll continue to pretend to represent the poor as long as I have all these benefits.

Oh, yes thank you ever so much I’ll continue to pretend to represent the poor as long as I have all these benefits.

Continue ReadingDo you want a political or a garden party?