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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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Dear @AmberRuddHR and my local MP @margot_james_mp . I am tweeting to implore you to look further into the awfulness that is #universalcredit And the impact it is having on people like me. In 2018 I successfully secured a job as a teaching assistant and this is where the (1)
Nightmare With #UniversalCredit began. With UC everyone has an assessment period, my assessment period is the 28th to the 27th of every month. I am paid by my employer on the last Friday of every month. Because I was paid early for Christmas, UC (2)
Have assessed me as having two pay packets in one assessment period and so has heavily reduced my universal credit payment. I will not be able to pay my nursery fees this month. UC has also advised I will not know what my UC will be in February until the 27th of Jan. (3)
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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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UN Poverty Envoy: "Despite insisting austerity was necessary, the truth is that there haven't been many savings at all. It's been pushed elsewhere, eg into emergency rooms. The motivation has not been to create a more caring system. The motivation is very clearly ideological."
"The state does not have your back any longer, you are on your own. The message is clearly to make people on benefits aware that nothing will come easy and that sanctions will be damning and harsh"
"Despite this, all the evidence I have seen suggests sanctions are counter-productive. People are being punished for messing up, like being 5 minutes late for an appointment... It goes against the British sense of what is right." #UniversalCredit
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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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1/ Even if DWP cuts waiting times for #UniversalCredit my disabled & sick friends who've been forced into work related activity group even though unwell cannot survive on £78 p/w. Much of that is used to cover rent shortfall as UC housing element pays way short of actual rents.
2/ Claimants are left with nothing for food or heating after paying rent shortfall, They've nothing for transport to attend GP appointments or to struggle to so-called 'work coaches' mandatory meets. How does that build anyone;s confidence when placed under the stress of poverty?
3/ Benefits are not a hand-out! They're a social contract that after paying our NI contributions we should have assurance of reasonable survival in times of need. Conservatives pass billions to private assessment companies so as to break this contract & leave the sick in poverty
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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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After months of jumping through hoops, providing proof, then different proof, then having them lose that proof, providing it again. We have been on uc for about 4 months
In those 4 months. They have lost 4 sick notes.i now get proof and a signature. They halted my uc because they hadnt recieved a sick note. I showed the screenshot of the same person telling me they had recieved it 10 days prior. Oh. Sorry we will fix it.
Today i log in to find everything gone. It says claim closed. I cant see any communication in the journal since before our claim. Nothing. Its all gone. I cant question it until i fill in another claim. Those claims take at least 6 weeks and a million hoops
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#ABTVtoStopBrexit isn't about affecting the balance of power or forcing a General Election. #ABTV is about sending a message to the Tories, and *especially* to Labour that people don't support *any* #Brexit. Not a #HardBrexit, #SoftBrexit, #NoDealBrexit, #Lexit, or *any* Brexit.
The Tory's control more than half of councils, nearly double Labour. Losing control of even half of them is unrealistic, and even if it happened under fixed term government I can all but guarantee it won't result in a General Election.
A Prime Minister calls a GE under two circumstances:
1) They are miles ahead in the polls and think they can increase their majority (as in 2017)
2) They have suffered a humiliating defeat or scandal.
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Today in the county court I represented a real-life #DanielBlake. He is 51 and has depression and PTSD. He cannot use a computer. 1/13
According to his doctor he is not fit for work. The DWP thinks otherwise though, and since moving him from ESA to #universalcredit 2/13
He has been repeatedly sanctioned for failing his ‘Claimant commitment’ of job-searching for 35 hours per week. 3/13
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