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If Jeremy #Corbyn becomes PM on Friday 13th, here's my rundown of 13 of #Labour’s worst policies which will hurt many, not just the few.

PS. I could have chosen a completely different 13, and these are in no particular order… (thread)

1. Expropriating up to 10% of the value of corporate equity. Employee share ownership is usually a good thing, but dictating the terms would deter job creation and investment, and encourage firms to relocate overseas. More explanation here...…
2. Rent controls. Almost all economists agree that these are a bad idea and, like many of Labour’s policies, would actually end up hurting the very people they are supposed to help. And before replying ‘well, it works in Germany', read this……
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Son in law works 2 jobs, starts at 5am, next job 8am, home for 11, back out at 4pm till 10. Daughter works 20 hours. Both low wages, they have a 5 yr old and twin 11 month old twin girls. They get NO childcare. Theyre also on UC. The DWP hounded them constantly...
He had to do more hours. For weeks I've watched them struggle with this, I have physical problems and my back gives out often,.. I mind the children. So its come to a head, my SiL had to be removed from the house, the man is fuckin broken, he is seeing a mental health doctor..
Today, hes had to go to his sisters, he was living on caffeine because he didn't have the energy to eat. Also post natal depression happens in men too. My daughter should have been at home with her babies while he stuck with one full time job instead he was scrabbling for hrs🖕🏼
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Today, we release our #FromTheFrontline report covering Universal Credit and local housing allowance (LHA):

We've used real life experiences to show how #UniversalCredit and #LHA are pushing people towards hardship and poverty.

Settle in for a /thread...
Our research shows that in 97% of areas a small family can’t afford even the cheapest local rents with #LHA.

This creates a shortfall between people’s rent and what they get in housing allowance; 65% of households have a shortfall. #FromTheFrontline
With #LHA not doing its job in covering the cost of renting, families have to make up shortfalls in other ways.

This means they are having to make decisions no family should have to make – such as whether to cut back on food or heating to pay the rent. #FromTheFrontline
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I'm supporting a neighbour through #ESA assessment #dwp #maximus homevisit denied despite written medical evidence he has #agorophobia severe anxiety chronic depression #mentalheath
If he can't go all #benefits stopped he has young children #poverty
#classwar #dwpmurders #JC4PM
Thanku everyone for your lovely replies I'll update u soon just nipping to sit with Barry while his partner goesmto go as she is I'll with the stress of it all
I appreciate all your support xxxx
Gp not go x
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🚨 #UniversalCredit scenario thread

You claim Universal Credit and are told by the DWP it'll be 5 weeks till you're 1st payment.

You have no money.

Do you take an advance of £317?

Majority answer determines next step. 15 minutes to vote

You take the advance.

5 weeks later you're 1st payment arrives. *Rent is covered.

It's £245.

They took £52 for the advance & £20 for old debts.

Electric = £45
Gas = £40
Broadband = £20
Water rates = £30
Bus costs to Jobcentre for month= £20

You have £90 left.

Do you;

You decide not to pay water rates and gas.

You have £140 remaining for 30 days.

How much do you spend on you're 1st food shop?

30 days until any further money remember.
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#UniversalCreditUncovered Week 3: this is what the DWP’s ad campaign says people should do while waiting for #UniversalCredit. But an advance is a loan that has to be repaid. It’s not the solution to the wait - in fact, repaying it can push people further into hardship. 1/5
We're working with debt charity @StepChange as part of the #5WeeksTooLong campaign so this week we’ve joined forces to highlight why so many people are forced into needless #debt because of the 5-week wait. Read our new joint briefing here: 2/5…
Why is repaying an advance a problem? People’s ability to afford repayments isn’t taken into account; even small deductions have a big impact when people are living on a knife edge; & people can be hit by multiple repayments. This can push people further into #poverty. 3/5
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Today on Universal Credit:
I believe the system has now collapsed.
All day spent answering calls about payments that are missing or wrong.
The phone rings again before I can finish fixing each one.
Put myself into 'not ready' to finish the work and I'll have a manager whingeing.
There is no mechanism to pass that work to someone else
At one point I have five different claims open at the same time
I leave the office, well after finish time, with work not done. More for tomorrow

I've had two claimants who've suffered heart attacks
One with a brain tumour.
And a single mother, heavily pregnant has been sanctioned and she's in bits.
I do my best, within the rules, to help her.
The help is limited. I hope the decision maker I've sent this to isn't a bastard.
Another claimant told they've been overpaid by thousands of pounds, so...
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“Much of the glue that held British society together since WW2 has been deliberately removed & replaced with a harsh & uncaring ethos.A booming economy,high employment & a budget surplus have not reversed austerity,a policy pursued more as an ideological than an economic agenda.”
The UN Special Rapporteur @Alston_UNSR adds: “If Brexit proceeds, it is likely to have a major adverse impact on the most vulnerable.”

So 2 devastating ideological agendas pursued by the Conservative govt at huge cost to British society & our most vulnerable.

Yet they continue.
This report should make extremely discomfiting reading for govt. Their response to date has been to attack the Rapporteurs criticising their policies.

Jeremy Hunt has appointed a “human rights ambassador” this week. Important for govt to remember human rights matter at home too.
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In Scotland, @policescotland tell "victims of serious crime" that "all electronic devices need to be checked to ensure there's nothing relevant missed."

How do I know?

My house was set on fire and they took my phone & another I had lying about, made me unlock it & checked it.
They then trawled my phone and started asking me questions about my social media habits/messages and, about my YouTube video watch habits.

Basically, they decided I lit the fire while I was asleep and just waited to burn alive....
The same Detective Sergeant at Alness CID also told me:

"If you play with fire you expect to get burnt," after I was targeted by the far-right online shortly before the fire. Sorry the FIRST FIRE attack.
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#UniversalCredit means three-quarters of adults entitled to means-tested benefits see a change in their entitlements.

1.6 million people will see their benefits increase over £1,000 per year. 1.9 million will lose £1,000 per year.

Read more:…
Who's likely to see their entitlements fall under #UniversalCredit?

🔻 Workless households, those with substantial financial assets, the self-employed and working owner-occupiers.

Who's likely to gain?

🔺 Those in working households who rent.
#UniversalCredit integrates benefits, which inevitably creates winners and losers.

But the biggest losses experienced as a result of the switch are mostly down to a small number of specific choices the government has made in how the system treats four particular groups.
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THREAD (a long one). Some of you may remember my client, @Tonyrice66, otherwise known as "the real life Daniel Blake". I tweeted about his case in December 2017 and it went a bit viral (see this other thread here..)
Well, after much wrestling with the DWP regarding the sanctions Tony had had placed on his #UniversalCredit claim, they admitted the sanctions were unfair and refunded him the money he had been entitled to all along.
Tony was able to use this to pay off a chunk of his rent arrears, and kept a roof over his head. (Thanks @spikemullings for huge amounts of work on this).
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So, after a very tough week, where my mental wellbeing was heading towards the danger zone, where the challenges of #UniversalCredit, insecure housing & a violent neighbour almost broke me....& then #Brexit & #Christchurch..., here is my story of #HopeInTheDark...1/
I went to a community "repair cafe" today, run by @RestartProject. Basically, you take along your dead appliances & a handy-minded volunteer will have a go at fixing it. 2/
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Thread. So you might have seen #IDanielBlake last night and were shocked by it. I've been campaigning for approx 5yrs against the inhumane DWP system
I've seen it all, women and children eating the tins of food that we've given them outside the Jobcentre because they were starving. They hadn't eaten properly for days.
This is the system that was created purely to punish the poor for their own poverty. It kills people. People die. People commit suicide because they can't see a way out. In reality there isn't a way out. Universal credit ensures that you stay in poverty
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My New Year Honours list:

For her selfless weekly vigil outside her local jobcentre @charlotteh71 deserves much respect.

She is on the front line seeing the effects of #UniversalCredit.

Please check her blog out 👇
@MrTopple has systematically shown the utter failure of the Tories on Welfare.

His articles and now podcast, are a must read if you want the truth.

Here's a link to his all his articles and podcasts on @TheCanaryUK.…
My good friend @PeterStefanovi2 has come a long way since his time as a medical negligence lawyer.

He stood the the junior doctors, now he fights to dispell the lies put out by the MSM.

Please check his profile out, his videos are essential daily watching.
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@glasgowcathcart Also sad are the people being on #universalCredit in the days before Christmas. Came across on such lady on Sunday in a local church. No money for 5-6 weeks (at least). Helpline said “no help or advance payment until after New Year”. What is “Advance payment” about? (Next reply)
@glasgowcathcart “Advance payment” = “you have no money today to live on, so while you starve & go hungry for the next 5+ weeks, we’ll take money from your future benefit to make sure you also are hungry when we eventually decide you can continue to receive a benefits payment”. #universalCredit
@glasgowcathcart And then you need to pay back your advance. So much for the UK Government promise that no-one will go hungry. #UniversalCredit
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Dear anyone who thinks they will vote Conservative when we have a #GeneralElection ...please read the below report from UN Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights before you cast your vote.

Let your conscience do the rest.

#ChildrenInNeed #Poverty…
“But through it all, one actor has stubbornly resisted seeing the situation for what it is. The Government has remained determinedly in a state of denial.”

@theresa_may @EstherMcVey1

#UNVisit2018 #poverty
“Even while devolved authorities in Scotland & N Ireland are frantically trying to devise ways to ‘mitigate’, or in other words counteract, at least the worst features of the Government’s benefits policy, Ministers insisted to me that all is well and running acc to plan”
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UN special rapporteur Philip Alston giving press conference now after his time investigating #poverty in the UK: on benefits there is 'a sense that we should make the system as unwelcoming as possible'.
.@Alston_UNSR on impact of Brexit on UK #poverty, says 'those on the lower income levels are really going to suffer' - calls for much more attention to be paid to this.
.@Alston_UNSR on the risks of paying #universalcredit to only one partner in a household: 'the impact on many women is extremely problematic: it puts them at risk of domestic violence'
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UN special rapporteur @Alston_UNSR - who spent two weeks investigating UK #poverty at invitation of British govt - concludes that Tory ministers are "in denial" over the crisis caused by austerity, and their motivation is "an ideological one"
His report is a damning indictment: "All of the evidence that I've seen, not withstanding the claims of the DWP, is that sanctions are usually counter production". Calls it a "tonne of bricks approach" which is counter to basic human rights, traditional British sense of fairness
Philip Alston says the poor will also "bear the brunt" of the economic fallout from #Brexit
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Yesterday the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions @EstherMcVey1 mentioned us in a list of organisations who had recognised and welcomed changes to #UniversalCredit. We thought it was important to set the record straight.
Here’s what we said in July when the Government first published its plans for moving people from older benefits onto #UniversalCredit >
Here’s what we said in response to the budget last week >
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Thread. Most of the homeless people that I speak are homeless as a result of #UniversalCredit Credit and failed esa and pip assessments. This will continue untill universal credit is stopped and scrapped.
This won't change until the public vote out the @Conservatives in the next general election. If they win the next general election they will rush through all delayed universal credit plans
They don't care if they make a couple of million self employed people unemployed. Neither do they care if disabled people are forced into homelessness. They also don't care if children are separated from their families.
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@AlokSharma_RDG answering questions in HoC on #UniversalvCredit
Stephen Kerr MP accuses SNP and Labour of political point scoring over Citizens Advice scandal.
Alex Cunningham Labour

Asks how common people falling into debt is because of monthly payment.

Gov response;

It mirrors the world of work
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What have people lost from social security cuts this decade? How much is down to #universalcredit? Should we focus on reviewing/fixing UC, or on reversing cuts, many of which affect the ‘legacy’ system too. Both: the amount of money matters, but so does the system’s design (1/18)
First, cuts. There have been calls for £2bn to be put back into #universalcredit. That would be good, but remember a whopping £37bn has been cut from working-age social security since 2010. Most cuts apply to both the legacy system and UC, but UC takes cuts further. (2/18)
The freeze on working-age benefits is the biggest single cut - for years support hasn’t risen with rents or inflation. Over the decade failure to uprate benefits properly will cost the poorest 10% of households over 10% of their income.… (3/18)
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Labour's Shadow Chancellor, @johnmcdonnellMP, has released a statement regarding the sickening news that single parents and families will lose £200 per month under #UniversalCredit.
His statement is in response to this.

#DWP boss Esther McVey admits millions to lose £200 a month on #UniversalCredit

McVey has been forced to admit single parents and families face a £2400 a year benefit cut next year…
Just the day before this came out;

DAMNING study shows Universal Credit to blame for dramatic rise in foodbank use.

#UniversalCredit to blame for a rise in claimants experiencing debt & #mentalhealth issues

Not to mention a 52% increase in #foodbank use…
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💥For those calling me "fake news"

The #DWP are having to use legacy Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for NEW claimants for a simple reason.

The High Court ruled in June it unfairly discriminated disabled claimants by removing their Severe Disability Premium (SDP)
This ruling applies to those on EITHER Personal Independence Payment (PIP) with daily living component or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) middle/high care component

If the DWP put new claimants on #UniversalCredit it would be making a two tier system for disabled claimants
They had a policy consultation until August to plan next move.

This consultation has come to the realisation it cannot put new claimants on UC as it would likely bring court action.

I was contacted by a Citizen's Advice (CAB) Manager concerned this hadn't been announced
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