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 Post subject: Universal credit costing too much to access?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:48 pm 
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With an election in 6 weeks time, I'd throught I'd take time to look at universal credit. (The government's main out of work welfare payment.)


For a single person £317.82 is paid each month. (4 Week monthly period £79.25, 5 week monthly £63.40)

This amount is lower than the 2010/11 JSA rate of £71.40 due to the council tax and housing benefit changes. Under current council tax rules, unemployed people are required to pay 20% of there council tax bill. Rent short falls are normal and people are expected to cover this from welfare payments.

https://revenuebenefits.org.uk/pdf/DWP_ ... _11_12.pdf

To continue to receive a payment internet access is required and a phone. Also visits to the local job centre.

£25 per month for internet, £10 per month for a sim only phone deal and £10 per month for travel [shrug65465.gif]

Now the amount is down to £272.

So I need to take off another £20 per month for council tax.

The net figure for a single person is £252 per month. £63 per week in a 4 week month or £50 in a 5 week month. Around £60-70 per month is the cost of claiming universal credit.

The question is how did government get away with a benefit reductions?

The simple answer is Brexit. While all political parties argue for years before and after the UK EU referendum and remember this started back in 2015. The poor and sick were sided lined and forgotten by all political parties.

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