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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
2/n

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;
3/n

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.
4/n

You spend £20 on shopping £5 on bus there

You have to pay £10 for 2 extra trips to the JC.

Day 5 you need more food. You buy some basics for £20

You decide to eat less.

You have a job interview but no appropriate clothes. It will cost £15 for them.

You have £85 on day 8
5/n

You don't buy but attend anyway and are unsuccessful.

It's day 13 and you're hungry and need food & toiletries

You pay £25 plus a £5 bus fare.

£55 left.

Unforeseen costs of £20 occur

£35 on day 14.

You need to top up you're phone with £10 to call jobs etc.
6/n

Phone topped up leaving £25.

£5 for bus to another unsuccessful interview.

£20 on day 18 but, no food plus toilet paper is low.

Bus is £5 if you go so only £15 for shopping.

You're hungry, feeling low, can't visit anyone. Jobcentre is unsympathetic.

Next move? Day 18
7/n

You spent £10 on shopping with a £5 bus fare.

£5 remains.

You get a job interview on day 22.

It's £5 for bus to get there.

Food is now non existent and you're hungry. You know you're dress is letting you down at interviews.

You're mood is very low.

Next move?
8/n

YOU'VE BEEN SANCTIONED for 7 days for not attending the interview.

That's £79 less next month.

That will leave you with £166 for the month. Plus you have £40 gas debt outstanding.

I will continue tomorrow evening.
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