Troubled Universal Credit expansion continues


The worst-performing and least adaptable benefit in the history of welfare is expanding to new areas as Iain Duncan Smith steps up his bid to hobble the welfare state permanently, before another government can take office and fix it.

Universal Credit will be available to families for the first time in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Wigan, Oldham, Hyde, Stalybridge, Stretford, Altrincham, Southport, Crosby, Bootle, Preston, Leyland, Prestwich, Bury, Eccles, Worsley, Huyton, Kirkby, St Helen’s, Newton-le-Willows, Hammersmith, Bath, Rugby, Shotton, Harrogate and Inverness.

Vox Political sends out particular sympathies to benefit claimants in Ashton-Under-Lyne, whose Job Centre causes particular problems as chronicled in the blog The poor side of life.

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  1. Jeffery Davies January 28, 2015 at 10:32 am - Reply

    This devil knows its not working so leave a broken benefits system behind him

  2. Gordon Powrie January 28, 2015 at 10:40 am - Reply

    I don’t think that Ashton JCP is worse than any other, Mike; it’s the ‘culture’ in them all that’s wrong.

    • Mike Sivier January 29, 2015 at 12:26 am - Reply

      You may well be right – it’s just that we know about Ashton-Under-Lyne because of The poor side of life blog.

  3. Mr.Angry January 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    Accident waiting to happen then

  4. FibbingIsARationalResponse January 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    Actually it seems that the worse place to be on benefits, in terms of risk of being sanctioned, is Derbyshire. (see his number 3)

    One thing’s for sure: the problem with over-enthusiastic sanctioning is NOT an isolated occurrence.

  5. joanna may January 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    glad it’s not coming where I am hopefully?! I live in Hull

  6. concernedkev January 28, 2015 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I know this might seem a strange thing to state but this desperate attempt to damage peoples lives has an echo of how the Nazis in the face of the Allies overrunning them continued desperately to murder the poor people in the death camps.
    At all costs we must have the “Final Solution”.
    Nobody can believe he does not know about the deaths he has caused.
    I have always said that IDS was sick in the mind this is another example of his obsession with eliminating people who he considers are (vermin) workshy.
    This rush job could indicate they do not expect to get re-elected

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