Monday, 17 April 2017
A Universal Credit case study by Revd Paul Nicolson
Guest blog post by Revd Paul Nicolson of Taxpayers Against Poverty
Paid one penny to last next month because he earned £1109 last month. The Universal Credit is a nightmare for zero hours contract workers.
£317 a month UC standard allowance is the equivalent of £73.10 a week IS/JSA/ESA
The council charges him council tax at £3.40 a week or £14.75 a month
He has rent and council tax arrears due to a three month benefit sanction and irregular work.
He is threatened with eviction when he inevitably gets behind.
We know that £73.10 a week IS/JSA/ESA has reduced in value since 1979, the increase was frozen at 1% in 2011 and it has not been increased since April 2015.
HARINGEY COUNCIL TAXES BENEFIT INCOMES OF ITS POOREST RESIDENTS
OF UK'S MOST DEPRIVED WARDS WITH
LOW LIFE EXPECTANCY AND HIGH RISK OF LOW BIRTH-WEIGHT.
from the Reverend Paul Nicolson
Taxpayers Against Poverty
No citizen without an affordable home and an
adequate income in work or unemployment.
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