WHO CARES? DWP pays 1p Universal Credit for one month income into bank of unemployed zero hours contract worker
WHO CARES ?? DWP pays 1p Universal Credit for a month's income into bank of unemployed contract worker.
One of my neighbours in Tottenham is in & out of work with an agency including zero hours contracts. That presents a challenge to the Universal Credit computer at the DWP which paid one penny direct into his bank account the last time unemployment hit him.
He was a tenant of a Haringey Council tower block until Tottenham Hotspur started building a new stadium.
The council moved him so they could level his home to replace it with a smart walkway from a brand new White Hart Lane station for the football fans. They called it regeneration - degeneration is more appropriate.
His rent increased by £20 a week to £115. His council tax demand for 2016/17 was band A but it was moved up to Band B for 2017/18 at £3.14 a week to be paid by his Universal Credit (UC) of £73.10 a week. The tax has increased by 59p a week to pay for adult social care, which he needs from time to time.
These figures look small until you take into account the facts that;
- UC's £73.10 was tax free before April 2013.
- It has been reducing in value since 1979.
- It has not been increased since April 2015 and will not be in April 2017.
- Meanwhile the cost of goods and services has increased by 4.8% since January 2015.
A big worry are the rent arrears which the council enforces with threats of eviction and were partly created when he had no income due to a three month benefit sanction from which he has recently recovered. It all creates a need for the social care he now has to pay for.
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