Universal Credit Roll Out – What a Farce

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This year Universal Credit (UC) will be rolled out nationally. Read here to see if it’s coming to an area near you:  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/414936/universal-credit-national-expansion.pdf

and:    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/453657/universal-credit-national-expansion-tranche-three-and-four.pdf

Below are the Gateway conditions for the national expansion.

Gateway conditions which apply in UC areas in the nationwide expansion, differ from the gateway conditions which apply in areas where UC was available before the nationwide expansion began.

I hear you all shouting whoopee, me me please.

So do you meet the Gateway conditions for this years roll out and pass go?

“In order to claim Universal Credit in a national expansion area, A CLAIMANT MUST :

  • be aged between 18 years and 60 years and six months;
  • be single;
  • be a British citizen who has resided in the UK for two years without leaving for a continuous period of four weeks or more;
  • possess a national insurance number and bank account (including a credit union account);
  • have no more than £6,000 capital;
  • declare that s/he does not expect to earn more than £338 in the month after the claim is made.

Additionally, a claimant MUST NOT:

  • be pregnant nor have been pregnant in the 15 weeks prior to making a UC claim;
  • be in possession of (or be waiting for) a ‘statement of fitness for work’;
  • have been found to have a limited capability for work, unless this decision has subsequently been overturned;
  • be entitled to employment and support allowance (ESA), JSA, income support (IS), incapacity benefit, disability living allowance, severe disablement allowance or personal independence payment (PIP);
  • be waiting for a decision concerning ESA, JSA, IS, housing benefit or tax credits;
  • be appealing a decision concerning entitlement to ESA, JSA or IS;
  • have children, be an adopter or a foster parent or be liable to pay child support maintenance;
  • be a carer for a disabled person (other than as a voluntary or paid employee);
  • be self-employed or intend to become selfemployed in the month after the UC claim is made;
  • be a student or intend to become a student in the month after the UC claim is made;
  • be a person with an appointee, deputy or receiver acting on her/his behalf;
  • be a company director or member of a limited liability partnership;
  • be homeless;
  • own her/his home (or part of it);
  • live in supported accommodation;
  • live with a member of the armed forces (including the reserves and those away on military duty).”

Sorry. Not you? Seriously though, who who are the lucky ones?

Well it looks to me like its only single people who would have received means tested JSA orEmployment and Support Allowance under the old system .

You can find the rest of this article here:  http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/universal-credit-gateway-early-experiences

I leave you with an article from The Mirror dated 26th November 2014

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/iain-duncan-smiths-promises-universal-4692433

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