Becoming Homeless Under Universal Credit

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A pensioner who cares for her brain-damaged teenage granddaughter worries they could lose their home because of benefit cuts as she goes over to Universal Credit.

Jean Godfrey has brought up Emily Lydon, who has the human kind of mad cow disease since she was a baby. The 19-year-old’s condition started in the womb when her mum, Sally Evans, became one of the first Britons to get the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

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It attacked both her brain and that of her unborn baby. Sally died aged 24 in May 2000 when her child was only seven months old. Emily is unable to walk, talk or feed herself and is dependant on her grandmother.

However last month Jean, 68, was told their joint income would be cut from £720 a week to £400 as they went to Universal Credit and because Emily had turned 19, and the benefits they have lost include Support for Mortgage Interest, which was stopped in April this year and succeeded by a loan, Child Tax Credit, Special Guardianship Allowance and Child Benefit.

But government failures let mad cow disease into the human food chain, killing Jean’s her daughter and brain-damaging her granddaughter. Jean has spent 20 years caring for her granddaughter Emily and now these benefits could make them homeless.

Emily can’t talk or eat and a syringe has to be used to pump food into her stomach through a tube. Emily is doubly incontinent and can’t walk which Universal Credit officials know about, but the Department for Work and Pensions responded that Emily was no longer eligible for child benefits as she had turned 19.

After checking her claim, it was found she was eligible for Employment and Support Allowance of £328 a month, which is being backdated, in addition to £58 a week Universal Credit. But it means Emily will still be £245 a week worse off and Jean worries they may lose their bungalow in Newark, Notts.

It requires £150 a month for heating oil, so if she heats the house they can’t eat, and she still believes they will lose their home, and Jean said that despite Emily’s condition, she’s still been asked to attend a work and capability assessment at her local Jobcentre.

The DWP announced in a statement: “As Emily has turned 19 and left full-time education, she is no longer eligible for child benefits,” and presently Emily gets Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments.

The Department of Employment and Support Allowance stated that they have ensured she is getting the right support, and have backdated all payments, and that this has been related to Emily and her grandmother.

Relating to the work capability assessment, a DWP spokesperson added: “As Emily has a severe disability, she will not need to attend any further assessments.”

These are the direct results of a ruthless, cruel government and an inept cow, Theresa May with her immoral Tory party belt-tightening tactics, and being seriously disabled doesn’t come cheap, there are hospital appointments that require a taxi, the equipment required to feed Emily and the feed itself, and any medications that the free prescriptions don’t cover, the adult nappies, the additional electric and gas, it all adds up.

And then there are the Conservatives who are supposed to be the caring party, the only people they care about is their own, the rich who they make sure get richer.

I would like to know how they managed to convey these details to Emily, and the treatment of disabled people and their carers has got to be illegal. This government may as well be giving out lethal injections to all disabled claimants, better still, charge them for the injections, then inform disabled claimants they have to use them as it will save the government money.

I’m sure there will be a few knighthoods or Lords titles on offer at a later date for their noble endeavours, and it’s sickening how disabled people and their carers are made to suffer like this.

Thirty lives are lost each month due to benefit cuts, this is so crazy. Yet we spend so much money overseas, and money is leaving the United Kingdom to support other nations, but how many begging adverts do you see every hour on your TV each day to help out people in other countries, yet our government put our most defenceless and disabled people into such a mental state that they can no longer go on.

The overseas support has become a farce with India using £330 million on the worlds largest statue, yet we still give them aid money, money that would be much better spent on helping our disabled and vulnerable, and these corrupt people don’t care about the sick and disabled, they’re turning human beings into claim numbers and they should be ashamed of themselves.

Didn’t the government announce that austerity had ended? If this is correct, then the government can stop freezing pensioners and starving children, and instead of our taxes going towards royal weddings and funding MP’s expenses for such things like light bulbs it should be going towards our sick and disabled – what happened to our country?

This isn’t living, it’s existing while the wealthy always get wealthier and the poor are left to die.

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Preparing For The Challenge

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Theresa May is mounting a tour of the United Kingdom and planning to challenge Jeremy Corbyn to a live TV debate on Brexit, and if agreed the show could happen on Sunday 9 December, days before the Commons vote.

The reports come despite chicken Mrs May ducking calls for TV debates during last year’s general election. At the time she claimed that she didn’t think people got much out of seeing politicians having a go at each other and stated that Jeremy Corbyn should be paying a little more thought and think more about Brexit negotiations.

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But ‪a Labour Party spokesperson stated that Jeremy Corbyn would relish a head to head debate with Theresa May and her botched Brexit deal and the fate of the nation, and No 10 could not directly be reached for comment.

Brexit discussions are supposed to be concluded, and Jeremy Corbyn has had no input. If Theresa May had wanted opinions on Brexit from Jeremy Corbyn she surely would have taken them on board in the beginning, and if the less than trusted Prime Minister wants a televised confrontation, then it can only be an endeavour to undermine Jeremy Corbyn in some way, maybe by attempting to portray him as being opposed to Brexit, and if that’s the case she may as well be discrediting all those people that opted to stay in.

She will presumably work with a script and will have hints and answers provided through an earpiece, and the entire thing is destined to be a pretence, just as her proposed Brexit deals are.

Theresa May seems to be animated by her fighting spirit to ward off the backstabbers and plotters within her own party, but a challenge with the leader of the opposition should test her precarious strength, and hopefully, Jeremy Corbyn will eat her alive and then spit her out.

The one thing that Jeremy Corbyn shines in is open discussion and speech, and the one thing that Theresa May can’t do is open debate. How long will it take before she goes on about what Labour did in the 1970s, and how long will it be before she loses her rag, once pressed? And if this is meant to be a charm offensive, it will certainly fail.

Theresa May is now regarded as so incompetent, she couldn’t call a pet dog to heel, and she’s the bane of the United Kingdom, and she should be made to resign.

She will be like the lamb to the slaughter unless it’s scripted, but then I suppose she’s so desperate now that she has to do something, but the most important thing that we can do now in this country is to force politicians out if they’re taking payments for working corporations over the people of the country, this degradation is destroying the United Kingdom and must go.

Most of the people of the United Kingdom are fed up with politicians lining their own pockets at the detriment of the people living in it.

However, with this debate, Jeremy Corbyn will now have to tell us what he actually thinks, there will be no more sitting on the fence, and if nothing else, it should be a laugh.

We have listened to Theresa May’s lies and now see them as being an entire capitulation and deception of this nation, now it’s time to hear what Jeremy Corbyn really thinks.

Theresa May and the Conservatives have failed and failed hard but make no mistake, so have Labour, and if we vote for them they will do it again. To fix our society we must fix the entire political system and make it functional, and we certainly won’t get a reliable government by voting for corrupted self-serving politicians.

It doesn’t matter who you vote for now in the United Kingdom, and irrespective of who you do vote for, what you actually get is someone who is going to rip you off, on the make for themselves off people who did actually work in a real job for 50 years and are now living on welfare.

But why does it have to be Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn having this debate? Just because their parties are the two largest doesn’t mean they will be in the next general election, what about all the other parties, don’t they get to have a say?

This is the nation that developed industry and now has none, this is the nation that helped win two world wars, and children are leaving school now with more prospect of a knighthood than a decent job, paying decent wages. Our NHS was once the best in the world, and now it’s like the third world, and now all our best nurses and doctors now call Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Europe home, but we do have lots of food banks, soup kitchens and exploding prisons.

And when we’re free from the EU we will be able to barter with Bangladesh, Upper Volta and Africa, doing what Napoleon, the Kaiser and Hitler all failed to do, destroy it, and if you hate Great Britain, vote Tory!

But then anyone who puts on a khaki uniform in the mistaken notion that he’s defending his country is seriously misled because every war is based on lies, and the only people who conquer are the bankers.

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Emmanuel Macron has already stated he will bind Britain to the Customs Union indefinitely until we agree on full access to British waters, and Theresa May is finished as Prime Minister and it’s the EU that will kill her off once they have ceased using her to get what they want.

Theresa May has lost what little supporters she had, but then the Tories only look after the Tories, all of us other followers are seemingly irrelevant, our country is finished, and the only reason she wants this debate is to seek and gain a little more public support, for a deal that isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, and it’s a disaster whichever way you look at it.

And of course, Theresa May will attempt to turn this around and condemn Labour for her woes, but this is her mess, induced by her party, she can’t downshift the culpability and waggle her finger.

THE DRAIN OF THE CAMPAIGN

Evidently the government are at the moment attempting to hurry through a new law and; if this law is passed, it will put an end to people running any kind of campaign.

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Such crusades, such as preserving our forests, those fighting privatisation of the NHS and, the rejected snoopers charter, campaigns that have seen 1.7 million of us act in partnership, locally and nationally.

In fact, if this additional law goes ahead and, the people carry on campaigning as they do at the moment, there will be the possibility of them being sent to prison.

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The law is named the “Transparency of Lobby, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill” and, if it goes through without any modifications, it will obliterate our crusading by reducing what we can spend during the year prior to elections and, not just general elections, but Local elections, European elections and referendums.

As this government decreases itself lower and lower into the sewers of disregard for humanity.  It wants the general public to obey their commandments, yet they decline to give us any assistance as it pulls us gradually into the grinning control of a flickering society.

There is no mutual assistance any longer; it’s just a forward movement so that the people decline swiftly and, the government has additional self-control.

It’s exactly what they want, the chance to be in charge of everything and everyone, but it’s a stupid expectation that everybody will think the same way because some of us out there are extremely intelligent and, aware and well-informed and, there is always an informant of the facts and, those facts happen to be the press.

People are the power, campaigning does not use up much, but campaigns do cost money and, without being able to spend, recruiting workers, purchasing billboards, or printing leaflets about were politicians stand on local matters, they just won’t be able to make the issues which are important to us all, like the NHS and fair taxation, top of the itinerary at the next election.

The aim of people campaigning is so that they get acknowledged, or else the odds are stacked against us and, we end up getting left with meaningless assurances from the government, just like the Coalition government did when they first got voted in by the public.

The country sat eagerly at home in front of their TV sets and pay attention to Conservative leader David Cameron.

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“Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new government and, I have accepted, but before I talk about that new government, let me say something about the one that has just passed.  Compared with a decade ago, this country is more open at home and, more compassionate abroad and, that is something we should all be grateful for and, on behalf of the whole country, I’d like to pay tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister for his long record of dedicated public service.  In terms of the future, our country has a hung parliament where no party has an overall majority and, we have some deep and pressing problems.  A huge deficit, deep social problems and, a political system in need of reform.  For those reasons,  I aim to form a proper and full Coalition between the Conservatives and, the Liberal Democrats.  I believe that is the right way to provide this country with the strong, the stable, the good and decent government; that I think we need so badly.  Nick Clegg and I are both political leaders who want to put aside party differences and, work hard for the common good and, for the national interest.  I believe that is the best way to get the strong government that we need, decisive government that we need today.

I came into politics because I love this country, I think its best days still lie ahead and, I believe deeply in public service and, I think the service our country needs right now is to face up to our really big challenges, to confront our problems, to take difficult decisions, to lead people through those difficult decisions, so that together we can reach better times ahead.

One of the tasks that we clearly have is to rebuild trust in our political system.

Yes, that’s about cleaning up expenses, yes, that’s about reforming parliament and, yes, it’s about making sure people are in control and, that the politicians are always their servants and, never their masters, but I believe it’s also something else, it’s about being honest about what government can achieve.

Real change is not what government can do on its own, real change is when everyone pulls together, comes together, works together, when we all exercise our responsibilities to ourselves, to our families, to our communities and, to others and, I want to help build a more responsible society here in Great Britain.

One when we don’t just ask “What are my entitlements, but what are my responsibilities”.  When we don’t ask where “What am I just owed?”, but more “What can I give?”  And a guide to that society, that those who can, should and, those who can’t we will always help.  I want to make sure that my government always looks after the elderly, the frail, the poorest in our country, we must take everyone through us on some of the difficult decisions that we have ahead.  Above all, it will be a government that’s built on some clear values, values of freedom, values of fairness and values of responsibility.  I want us to build an economy that rewards work, I want us to build a society with stronger families and stronger communities and, I want a political system that people can trust and, look up to once again.  This is going to be hard and difficult work, a Coalition with grow up all sorts of challenges, but I believe together we can provide that strong and stable government that our country needs based on those values, rebuilding family, rebuilding community, above all rebuilding responsibility in our country.  Those are the things I care about, those are the things that this government will now start work on doing.

Mr Cameron, who at 43 was the youngest Prime Minister in almost 200 years, promised to set to one side party disagreements and rule ‘in the national interest’ and, Mr Clegg said he recognised some Lib Dem voters would be skeptical about the agreement but encouraged them to ‘keep faith’.

That irritation that the Lib Dem voters had at the time; they should have carried on with that itch because they were wholly right to be troubled by it.

All those pledges that the government said they would bring about and, all those declarations that they have made over the years, since being voted in and, the deterioration in our financial deficit, that they said would unquestionably get better.

David Cameron said that he aspired to  make sure that his government continually looked after the elderly, the frail, the poorest in our country.  He in all likelihood believed it when he was writing his policy statement so that the voters would select him, but his ideas were extremely short-lived.

His planned ideas were to integrate the people of the United Kingdom to do as he wants with them.

This concept of considering the public, so that he could look like a saint ended up being an attack on the British public and, then when Mr Cameron can’t take the heat, he removes himself to some warm sunny climate, abandoning this country and, leaving it spread out to the elements whilst he lazes in the midday sunshine with his Margarita’s.

Mr Cameron said that, it was about making sure that people are in control and, that the politicians are always their servants and, never their masters.

That is the most amusing thing I’ve ever listened to, bearing in mind, at this point, as I write this article, the United Kingdom is in the middle of a ‘social apartheid’.

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Child poverty is now larger than it was previously and, children are at the moment growing up in considerable poverty, which will cause devastating results through their lives and, for the future.

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This government has brought our culture into a world where children will grow up in a country of social apartheid, where poor children will be doomed to encounter destitution and disadvantage just by misadventure of birth, with the government being ignorant of their way of life.

All the government ever hoped for was a country in which children’s lives are contrasted and; that the rich and poor live partitioned lives, in coexisting worlds.

The government made a pledge to keep pensioners benefits protected, but there has been no equal commitment in keeping children and, the poorest families safe, instead the government have increased their poverty and, decreased their money, so that they live below the breadline.

Children and people of a lower standing are born not to succeed and, that is precisely what is occurring because they know that most people are ignorant enough to go along and graze with the sheep and, if freedom of speech is taken away, then mute and speechless we may be guided, like sheep to the slaughter.

So we must have plenty of herdsmen to drive the wolves from the sheep, because at this point, the government are herding their sheep and, driving the cattle, so that they can be the leader of the people.  “We will lead you, or you can follow us, or if not, then just get out of our way!”