If you honestly aren’t aware of the harm being done by the Conservative Party’s Universal Credit, you need to watch the following video very carefully – and then visit Twitter and monitor the hashtag #CrimesOfDWP.
The misery caused by Universal Credit is off the scale with people suffering a level of poverty not seen since Victorian times and with Esther McVey still fully behind the policy, its urgent that we all unite and fight back. #CrimesOfDWPpic.twitter.com/bZIAdwkcZH
— The Pileus #RefugeesWelcome (@thepileus) October 14, 2018
That seems self-explanatory. Let’s not forget, also, that Conservative backbenchers have realised which way the wind is blowing, and are trying to stop Universal Credit claimants suffering further cuts in a vain attempt (and I mean that in more than one sense of the word “vain”) to save their places in Parliament.
But cabinet minister Matt Hancock, the Tory government’s latest excuse for a Health and Social Care Secretary, deceitfully denied receiving any letters about the issue from constituents.
Maybe this is true – but it is wrong for him to say nobody has contacted him because we know of at least one email:
Tory who boasted he's had 'no Universal Credit letters' got an e-mail about it from a desperate mum just 3 days ago! https://t.co/QpPTHxNIxD
— Peter Stefanovic (@PeterStefanovi2) October 14, 2018
The article states: “A Tory minister who boasted he’s had “no letters at all” about Universal Credit was sent an e-mail about it by a desperate single mum just three days ago.
“Joanne Sansom, 36, wrote to Matt Hancock on Thursday complaining she had lost £40 a week while caring for her autistic nine-year-old son Joshua.
“But … the Health Secretary – who has even set up an app to talk to constituents – claimed: “I’ve seen Universal Credit in operation in my own constituency, where I’ve had no letters on it at all.”
“Joanne said she was left in “anger and disbelief” by Mr Hancock’s performance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show – which she branded a “bare-faced lie”.”
Some of us didn’t need evidence of the facts to decide that Mr Hancock is a “bare-faced” liar…
It’s unbelievable that Matt Hancock hasn’t had a single constituent raise Universal Credit with him. UNBELIEVABLE.
And you know what? Its so unbelievable I don’t believe him! pic.twitter.com/Xtc47zqcNC
— Andrew Gwynne MP (@GwynneMP) October 14, 2018
And one of us remembered a deception inflicted upon us by the Department for Work and Pensions itself – the government organisation responsible for the administration of Universal Credit.
In it, two alleged benefit claimants extolled the virtues of the sanction system.
What a shame that these people did not exist! As Sue Jones puts it, below…
Remember when the Tories claimed people thought sanctions had made their lives better? Turned out they were fake statements from fake characters. More Tory lies https://t.co/VObIHlOTJT
— Revolution Breeze (@suejonessays) October 14, 2018
Can there be any doubt that Matt Hancock is another “fake character” – although of an altogether more tangible, and therefore more dangerous, kind – turning out statements that are just as fake?
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