UPDATE – IDS and Lord freud to give evidence re Universal credit Monday 17th 2012
At 9.30am, Wednesday 5 September 2012, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
- Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell, Chairman and Cllr Catherine West, (Islington Council), Local Government Association
- Gavin Smart, Director of Policy and Practice, Chartered Institute of Housing
- Pete Challis, National Officer (Local Government and Housing), Unison
- Professor Mike Brewer, Research Fellow and James Browne, Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies
- Tony Wilson, Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion
- Fran Bennett, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Institute of Social Policy, Women’s Budget Group
Meeting started at 9.29am. Ended at 11.32am
watch video here
Next session Monday 10th Sept 2012 4.30pm
Witnesses: Citizens Advice, Child Poverty Action Group and Children’s Society
We have not had time to watch the full video but enough to know there are serious problems regarding the implementation of the Universal credit.
Comments made by witnesses in the video above were –
troubles with no of claimants with internet access
enormous challenge to have it ready on time
concerns about skills and ability of many benefit claimants in completing forms online correctly. Many people still need face to face support
it is a Big bang approach with a high risk
more and more caework of people needing support but few contact places remaining
grave concerns about frequency of payments. DWP wants UC paid monthly but this would cause serious problems for many families
targets for JSA claimants to do so online have not been met, so extremely doubtful future targets for UC would be met.
The Coalition government MUST start to take heed of the warnings it is receiving from many individuals, grassroot group, charities, Unions, etc. Universal Credit is only one of many changes but link them all together and many families will be hit several times over.
There has been no real thought as to how welfare reform will also impact on Social Care.
These changes may not affect you personally now, but may do so in the future. Add your voice to almost 46,000 people in saying – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Iain Duncan Smith battles to save his universal credit scheme – Mirror
There is no need for anyone to fight alone. Voices are being raised louder and increasing in number. Below are links to various campaigns that would welcome you.
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER
Pats Petition sign but also share widely and ask others to do the same
DPAC lists of many direct actions
Black Triangle defender of Disability Rights
We are Spartacus Disabled peoples views on welfare reform
Hardest Hit alliance of charities and others
A Future that Works a march in London 20th october 2012