Thursday 7 April 2016 1.49pm
Any one else here had there benefit changed to UC and are plunged even deeper into poverty. As self- employed was told I was entitled to £0 benefit at all even on months income is £0. I had to agree to not be self employed for the purpose of UC ( though the work I do is and I am according to HMRC) This is because I have bee self employed for years - if I was newly self-employed then I would be entitled to some benefit.
To my horror I honestly declared some money I had in ( less than £200) for work I did sometime ago when NOT on any benefits and they have now deducted 65 pence per £1 of my benefit now because of it. Even though I am living per month at the moment at least £200 less than a minimum wage and what the law says I need to live on. At the end of the tax year I will also be taxed in my full earnings not on the 35 pence per £1.00 I am left with.
It means to me unless I earn a significant amount where I do not need or am entitled to benefit(hopefully) - if I do work even if do not meet what the law says I need to live on-I will be severely penalised through UC financially .
They also class things like travel expenses as income but will not take into account travel expenses on work searches/interviews - for example mine were more than £150 a month last month and more the month before ( going out of London etc) All mounting debt for me.
It means if anyone loses there job and goes onto UC - any money owed to them that they receive after they are on UC - will be liable to them taking 65p per £1.00.
Apart from that - different UC centre staff have made so many errors on my account - to the point of being moronic -a manager did at last sort it out for me yesterday after two months!!!! They also deduct monthly a small loan UC gives you while thy sort I out (in my case £300 for to live on for the two months it has taken - this is for everything including rent) Which means what I have to live on even less and far less than JSA was.
Even the job centre agree this is ridiculous but they can't do anything.
What ever your political party is-
How can this work? All it is going to do is drive honest people trying to work into deeper poverty, debt, crime and worst.