Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

21_december_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,292

Monday 21 December 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Research by the National Federation of ALMOs and the Association of Retained Council Housing reveals that because of the built in seven week wait for Universal Credit before any payment is made 89% of claimants are in rent arrears.

Your government rejected the Social Security Advisory Committee warning against the wait but you went right ahead claiming, “The fundamental principle behind the waiting days policy is that social security is not designed to provide cover for moving between jobs or brief spells of unemployment.” Enabling a smooth transition from one to job to another seems the most sensible of ideas, but then you Tories are not known for good sense.

A report by the DWP, that got sneaked out with the Christmas dump the other day, found that 78% of those hit by the…

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