It seems the rest of the country can suffer, but people living in areas that voted for Theresa May, David Gauke and Iain Duncan Smith are to be cushioned from the worst effects of the Tory persecution of the poor.
This is attempted election-rigging, of course.
By giving preferential treatment to people in their own constituencies, Theresa May, David Gauke, Iain Duncan Smith and others are hoping to improve their chances in future elections.
There should be a law against it.
What they’re actually doing, though, is showing the whole of the UK that Tories look after their own and throw everybody else to the dogs; primarily Labour-voting areas next-door to the Tory constituencies have to put up with “unreformed” Universal Credit and the longer wait for payment.
And they thought they’d get away with it.
It seems Theresa May is so stupid, she doesn’t understand that we check every announcement, every change, her government makes – because we know they try to fiddle the system to their own advantage, hiding their dodges from the public by simply not mentioning them.
We catch them every time.
The Tories are secretly pausing the disastrous roll out of Universal Credit in Theresa May’s constituency.
They are also delaying the benefits shake-up in the constituencies of a string of top Tories, including that of Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke , under fire First Secretary of State Damian Green and UC’s architect Iain Duncan Smith .
The announcement was slipped out the day after Chancellor Philip Hammond refused to pause the programme in the rest of the country.
The document titled “Universal Credit Transition Rollout Schedule” was published on the DWP website the day after the budget, replacing a previous version.
It lists the point at which UC will be rolled out in each JobCentre.
However, an analysis of the new timetable, comparing it to the previous rollout schedule, showed that Maidenhead, Ashford, Hemel Hempstead, Walthamstow and Redbridge Job Centres Plus will all now delay the roll out by three months.
These cover the bulk of the constituencies of Maidenhead, Ashford, South West Hertfordshire and Chingford and Woodford Green.
The move means that all three Work and Pensions Secretaries who designed and implemented the Universal Credit across much of the country will all see it delayed for their own seats – until the reduced waiting time and other reforms are in place.
Only South Oxhey, a small, working class and generally Labour-voting area of David Gauke’s constituency will continue to have Universal Credit imposed on time.
The other Job Centre Plus in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, which serves Labour seats rather than Iain Duncan Smith’s seat, will implement UC earlier.
Last week the Government caved in to pressure to cut the waiting time for first payments from six to five weeks.
But it will be too late for struggling families at Christmas as the change will not come in until February.
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