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Dear Jeremy Corbyn, Please tell Cameron about Universal Credit's flaws
An open letter to Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Opposition
Dear Jeremy Corbyn,
Please find a much condensed version of two cases from The Poor Side of Life website highlighting the catch 22 inherent in Universal Credit. As they illustrate- you cannot serve two masters!(1)
case a man in Leeds became unable to pay his rent after losing his job.
been employed to work 16-17 hours per week and to be available for more hours as
needed. His contract stated that he was not allowed to apply for other
advisor however, said that he had to do just that under the ‘In-work conditionality’
built into his Claimant Commitment under Universal Credit (UC), which requires
that you spend all available time seeking more hours or better paid work with
the aim of getting your earnings above the threshold that qualifies you for
He was therefore
told to apply for a job with a rival company.
employer terminated him for breaking his contract not to look for other work.
advisor awarded him for seeking more hours by imposing a 3 year sanction
because he’d got the sack (for doing what he was instructed to do by his Jobcentre
person on UC was employed to work 30 hours per week in a small shop.
of his claimant commitment and conditionality he was obliged to make himself
available by phone to his JC advisor at all times. The two other employees in the shop,
also on UC, were similarly required to take calls from the Jobcentre during working
all three were called to the Jobcentre resulting in the employer having to shut his
shop and lose income. He terminated all of them in order to avoid any future
such occurrences and employed pensioners, saying that he could no longer afford to
employ people on UC.
how many more employers have come to the same conclusion?
around 40% of Jobcentre staff will soon be on UC with the same in-work
conditionality. In their case however, it will be their employers enforcing their
Today’s Guardian (3/5/16) highlights the anticipated widespread loss of income
that will be suffered by families on UC. (2)
subject is one which begs to be raised in PMQ as the government remains
intent on the politically motivated austerity cuts impacting
predominantly on the poor, whether unemployed or working.