Universal Credit

Controversy still reigns over the government proposals to introduce a new scheme for benefit claimants called Universal Credit.This scheme will incorporate among others; Housing Benefit and Disability Living Allowance. Also affected is some free Legal Aid. Government staff are made redundant as departments are closed. There was something of an air of panic until it was learned that the deadline for the service is on target for 2017. About 200 people are being tested for the scheme, but this will enable more research, particularly in the assessment of the needy, to be done. It is felt the proposals are not well thought through according to at least one government official; who themselves face the axe. In parallel the DWP is working with he the new Govt digital service to explore the possibility of enhancing the advances in technology ‘to ensure the system is as secure, flexible and responsive as possible’.
Under Universal Credit, Benefits will be capped at £500pw. and some families will be badly hit . No figures as yet as to the efficacy of the project. A backup scheme to help the poorly paid is in place to make it profitable to work. So for example, professionals and other persons in menial work(that is sometimes hard to sustain over a long period) will be assisted.
The scheme is a good idea in theory. Milllions will be saved under the streamlined proposals, and will hopefully repay the investement but does the bad outweigh the good this will do, socially? It is perhaps worth noting that digital technology does mean more people who were a part of the old order will be made redundant However, 20,000 Jobcentre staff will be retrained. But where are the payments in this proposed age-of-leisure coming from? The banks?


About chris and gordon's private rented sector blog

we are two people living in Brighton who have both been through the 'hostel' system. I (Chris) have been street homeless, I am currently a recovering alcoholic living in a privately rented flat. I (Gordon) have a degree of media studies from University of Westminster. I've had many psychological problems, but am now nearly recovered. I live on my own in a privately rented flat. Disclaimer Any information including photography given in PRS Blog is the responsibility of Chris and Gordon's blog and may not be published elsewhere except with their permission and they will try and use names and pictures of people only with their permission. Contentious statements will be kept to a minimum and hope that libellous statements aren't made. The blog is published with good intent and it is hoped to publish material which will be constructive and of benefit to others who may use the service.
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