Universal credit. The devil’s tool.

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I wrote about this a long time ago. Some took notice most didnt. There’s this strange attitude in the UK, if it’s not happening to me then I’m not bothered. But when it does happen to me I’m going to go mad. Thankfully myself and likewise folk are not like this. We see the implications and share them as widely as possible.

Universal credit isnt there to help you find work, that I’m sure of. Most people who are claiming universal credit are already working and are forced to comply with obscene job searches on top of this. If you aren’t working 39 hours a week or more you are seen as being under employed, so therefore have to comply with their rules.

Remember the man that I wrote about a long time ago? He was a single bloke working but forced to go onto universal credit. He had a job work an agency and could never guarantee his hours. It was also a zero hour contract. Basically work when we tell you because you never know when we will give you work again.
This man had worked a full week of nights, but he still had to complete his job search. They monitored him closely, ensuring that he didn’t get any rest. He tried his best to complete the number of hours given for his job searches, but he was a hour short because he fell asleep.
Ashton jobcentre didn’t use their discretion. Nope they sanctioned him his top up. At the time this also meant his housing benefit, although thankfully this has been corrected now. 
He lost everything, he didn’t get any work for a month, so lost his home, his family and he was literally starving. We signposted him to help and fed him, gave him a hat, gloves and scarf. Ive never seen a man as bereft of everything and he was close to taking his own life.
But no one took notice… Because it wasn’t happening to them.
We are however challenging their rules. If you are already in work then you ate obviously already seeking to obtain more work. Also the attitude that a single parent should have to work full time is terrible. A child needs to see their parents. For a single parent, working is already a struggle, but faced with hardly being able to see their children, well in my eyes that is heartbreaking. Don’t be fooled by the sudden kindness of this government in providing nursery places for 2 year old children. This is to ensure that you either return to work or take part in their awful work programme activities.
It’s not kindness we are plainly a commodity to them.

You can read the original blog if you scroll down.

This is why my comrades and myself campaign every week outside Ashton under Lyne jobcentre every week. We give help and advice to others.
We are also a knowledgeable bunch if people and we know our stuff. So pop by and say hello. We are there every Thursday 10-12

Remember just because it’s not happening to you doesn’t mean that it doesn’t matter!

There’s more chance of dying at the hands of the government than at the hands of a murderer in the UK. 

Sounds obscene doesn’t it? Sounds like I’m scaremongering but I’m not. This is the reality of being poor and disabled and living in the U.K at the moment. 

We don’t have fun, life is very hard. I don’t know of anyone that actually benefits from being on so called benefits at the moment. It’s a word that I don’t like using. It’s social security and we need to start using the correct wording. Blairite and Tory language should not be used in my eyes.

The reason why they don’t like us saying ‘social security’ is because it actually states what it is. It is a safety net that most people have paid into throughout their life. When you fall on hard times its there to provide some security from starving and the other results of poverty.. 

What this government has done very successfully is to make people forget this. They’ve got total control of the media. The red top newspapers are having a field day. Not happy with that they started to produce hateful programmes such as ‘Benefit Street’. This has resulted in the poor turning against the poor. They believe what the newspapers and the TV programmes say. And people have been discriminated against and bullied by others as a result. 

We have a society that is falling apart at the seams. This government has failed everyone except the rich, which of course is their plan. The poor cost them money in their eyes so therefore they want rid. They forget though that it is the poor that has helped to make them rich, and always have done throughout the ages. It’s a dog eat dog world out there now and the poor are the fall guys, taking the blame for the mistakes of the richest in society. The amount of stress I’m under because I’m poor at the moment is unbelievable. I’m the worst of financially than I have ever been and I always have the fear of loosing my home at the back of my mind. 

My grandmother told me that when the NHS was created it was the best thing that ever happened. When the safety nets were created it made sure that there was no more suffering in the workhouses. If you had asked anyone of an older generation the very mention of the words workhouse would send shivers down their spines.. But we don’t even have that anymore. People I know have committed suicide, have had nervous breakdowns and their families have fallen apart as a result of this governments draconian system. But one thing that we still have the power to do is the power to react. We can fight back. Being poor makes you very resourceful and when you have nothing you have nothing to loose.

This is the tweet that prompted this blog. I feel much safer walking down the street on a dark night than I do walking into a Jobcentre and dealing with any DWP department. I think that’s an astonishing statement to make. But this government is running riot and we need to stop them.

I believe that the European court of human rights has been contacted again. This time over the release of the figures of those that have died after being declared fit for work.. Now I’m sure that these figures are on the lower limits but what did annoy me slightly is the fact that this doesn’t contain the total for the amount of people that have been sanctioned and have then died. Their life’s matter as well and we need to demand another inquiry into this as well. One death is a death too many. 

  
Scary isn’t it. 

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