Universal Credit will be replaced under Labour’s wide-ranging benefits review. These remarks were said hours after the Mirror launched a petition to halt Universal Credit’s rollout, which appeared to show John McDonnell’s warning that the Tories flagship benefit has got to go.
It is a huge change to the party’s earlier plan to “pause and fix” the benefit, which has forced families into rent arrears and turned them to food banks. It further suggests Labour’s language has hardened significantly since two weeks ago when the Mirror announced the party could scrap Universal Credit.
At the time, shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Margaret Greenwood stated Labour was “in the process of looking into” whether Universal Credit could be jettisoned. But she stated she was “not ruling anything out” during a year-long review because Labour wanted to be “on top of all the detail”.
Following that discussion, it appeared Tory welfare chief Esther McVey had clandestinely warned countless families could lose £200 a month. That prompted Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to announce on Sunday: “The reforms haven’t worked.”
He continued: “I think we are moving to a position now where it is just not sustainable. It will have to go.” And in a briefing for journalists in Westminster, a spokesperson seemed to support Mr McDonnell’s comments and added the current review will examine at “what should replace” Universal Credit.
The government is obviously unable to cope with the collapse of its own benefit reforms, and the Universal Credit scheme is not working, it’s not delivering what it was meant to do.
This is a policy that’s not delivering, that isn’t working and must be discarded, but Tory ministers warned discarding Universal Credit and returning to the old policy would create huge disruptions and would be complicated and costly because the changes have become more embedded.
It’s claimed by 1.1million and counting low earners, the jobless and sick or disabled are getting an average of £630 per household per month. Thirty-Seven per cent of claimants are in employment.
Universal Credit will be in every Jobcentre for new claimants by December 2018. There are 3.95million current benefit claimants, in around 3 million homes, that will then be migrated to Universal Credit from July 2019.
After eight delays Universal Credit will only achieve its rollout in March 2023, and Universal Credit could trigger a deadly reminisce of the Poll Tax.
There are terrible consequences when a six-in-one-benefit, which cuts millions of families payments and will be rolled out to 3.95 million more claimants from July 2019, and it could create the kind of problems that the Conservative Party ran into with the Poll Tax.
For those who don’t remember or were too young to remember, the Poll Tax triggered disturbances and public disobedience and toppled Margaret Thatcher in 1990 before it was discarded and restored with Council Tax, although I’m not specifically predicting riots.
But the Government should rethink its nationwide roll-out of the benefit after its opening roll-out to 1.1 million people left them in rent arrears, and along with it, the usage of food banks.
At the time Universal Credit appeared flawless and totally reasonable in speculation, but it was only a theory and it didn’t work and now its implementation should be amended.
Unfortunately, it was launched too quickly and in the wrong circumstances, and that was extremely dangerous, and our government should have looked really carefully on how it was organised and introduced.
There are presently three options, redesign Universal Credit so it’s fit for purpose, axe it in support of the old system if Universal Credit is unfixable, or introduce a brand new system.
There are people out there that love the Universal Credit system, and that’s great for them, but think about the ways in which it has been used to very cleverly force work upon people who can’t work.
Most people just keep their family afloat, managing on what income they bring in, with wages and Universal Credit, until they get sick and then have to visit food banks, why because Universal Credit took off the previous months wages.
It simply proves how ruthless and uncaring the Tories are, and hopefully, people will stand up against this injustice, and Theresa May and her gang have gone too far.
The Tories might not meet an Oxford dictionary definition of a fascist government, but they come pretty close if we look at how they treat the sick, disabled, single parent families, the jobless and the old, and perhaps the Tories have gone too far this time.
Ester McVey is the most irritating politician, her voice drives you nuts and when she talks it’s like she’s weighing up her words one by one, but this is typical of the Tories who aren’t bothered about the pain and suffering they create.
The fact is the government should be taken to court for breach of contract on the social contract, where we pay in our money to ensure that those of us who require it get a moderate standard of living, and sadly, there genuinely are some claimants that milk the system, but we shouldn’t let that tar everyone with the same brush.
The problem is, there are people out there that do this and then treat people who actually need the money to feel like they’re a sub-standard human being who is actually struggling to make ends meet.
Based on people that are on or were on benefits very few people really choose benefits as a lifestyle option, even though there’s plenty of media coverage on this, and sadly, the right-wing media has done a pretty effective job at demonising all benefit claimants.
And most people that have difficulties paying their rent because of Universal Credit aren’t using it on cigarettes, booze and drugs, and Universal Credit can still be paid directly to a landlord for rent.
The difficulty is that there’s a 6-week delay in getting your rent paid by Universal Credit and by that time most landlords can’t afford not to be paid for 6 weeks and are forcing tenants out who get Universal Credit. Furthermore, if a family is paid weekly, many months of the year have 5 weeks, and on those months they get 5 wage packets, they’re considered to have earned too much and they get limited or no Universal Credit, which means that the next month they’re left struggling.
So, you might get a person in their late 50s who’s worked all their life, has brought up kids on their own, but is now in poor health and can barely walk. The DWP put her on Universal Credit rather than putting her on the sick, which means she gets £200 a month and has to spend £85 a week rent out of that, as well as gas, electric, council tax, TV licence and has barely any food to eat.
This person doesn’t smoke or drink, yet there are hundreds of people out on the streets, and families simply can’t sustain on that money, they have to go to food banks and food kitchens, it’s horrifying.
Yet there’s absolutely no human sympathy from people until those people fall on hard times, let’s face it, it could happen to anybody! Thing is, not everyone makes the connection between this kind of thing, that it can happen to any of us, losing our livelihood, and people being on benefits, but they’re simply seen as scroungers.
This is simply another means of decreasing genuine claimants benefits. Universal Credit must go along with the pernicious bedroom tax et cetera, and the oppressive incompetent fools that have fulfilled their cruel policies and appear to stop at nothing to create pain and misery to the defenceless in our society.
Theresa May should do us all a huge service and go…
And the only people wanting Universal Credit to remain are Theresa May’s government who are the most dysfunctional, incompetent, false government that Great Britain has ever had to endure.