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Re: Politics

PostPosted: 18 Oct 2017, 16:53
by Wigan White
Viduka Hits The Mark wrote:Anyone seen the film I Daniel Blake. It sounds like this new Universal Credit system being rolled out by the government is causing a lot of misery to people. I'm all for Welfare reform, but you can't expect people with little or no money to wait 6 weeks to get paid. Some people are apparently going without food for days. Some landlords are evicting tenants due to rent arrears. As I say the Welfare system got out of control under Labour and needed reform, but surely it was designed to support people not starve them!


Just for the record VHTM, people don't have to wait 6 weeks for a payment. Once ID has been submitted and verified (usually within 2 to 3 days from the clam being made) there is a facility to provide an advance. This is basically an interest free loan to prevent hardship and is repayable up to 6 or 12 months depending on the type of claim.

Re: Politics

PostPosted: 18 Oct 2017, 17:31
by Viduka Hits The Mark
Fair enough WW. Sounds like you know what's going on in Wigan. I'm just going off what I hear in the media. Labour has forced the Government into scrapping the ridicules 55p a minute (mobile) help line charges. The advance payment you talk about has been better publicised since the government have come under heavy criticism over the roll out.

What happens to a claim if there is a system, clerical error? as in some cases I believe claims have been lost altogether due to system failure.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... s-warnings

Re: Politics

PostPosted: 18 Oct 2017, 18:07
by Wigan White
Think a lot of the media "information" is a points scoring exercise by differing political parties.

Not really sure about the 55p per minute helpline as the phone number was a local rate cost number. Making it a free number is an excellent decision.

Don't know about any claims being lost but if a claim date could be proven it would be backdated.

Re: Politics

PostPosted: 02 Nov 2017, 13:33
by Viduka Hits The Mark
Michael Fallon quits over touching someone's knee? I feel there is a bit more smoke to come yet in that one? I hope Dominic Raab gets cleared, he's unusually quite straight talking for a Tory Politician.

Re: Politics

PostPosted: 10 Nov 2017, 17:40
by Viduka Hits The Mark
Sounds like a good idea to me. Just let me pay of the mortgage first then I can retire. :D

https://news.sky.com/video/no-wage-slav ... d-11118894