Tories are telling workers with coronavirus to claim Universal Credit – what a con!

This Site hasn’t paid any attention to coronavirus so far – but the claim that workers affected by it should claim Universal Credit is too ridiculous to ignore.

As far as This Writer is concerned, this disease might as well be ‘flu. It will act like any other ‘flu epidemic and it is already showing that it will cause the same proportion of fatalities.

I wonder why Boris Johnson and his government are making such a fuss about it; are they trying to hide something behind it?

We’ll find out. I hope it’s just paranoia on my part.

What isn’t paranoia is my concern over the claim that ‘gig economy’ workers – people on zero hours contracts or working on other terms that provide no sick pay – can claim Universal Credit if they become ill.

Is that a sick attempt at humour?

It takes five weeks for the first UC payment to be made, from the day the claim is approved. Most people will be back at work before then.

And what will happen to the money they might get if they go back to work and get paid for it? Won’t that cash be taken from the value of their claim?

This is a ticket to poverty for up to two million UK workers – and Boris Johnson couldn’t care less.

Source: ‘Outrageous’: Government tells ‘gig economy’ workers to claim universal credit if coronavirus forces them to stay at home | The Independent

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  1. Jeffrey Davies March 4, 2020 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Just another part of their aktion T4 now they can cull the stock without having to do a thing

  2. Neilth March 4, 2020 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Slightly wrong. Yes it’s similar to flu in many ways and most people who get it will be either fine or a little sick for a while but if the predictions are in any way correct then:
    1) 80% will get some level of the illness (say 50 million)
    2) Death rate is ten times that of flu (say1%) that’s about half a million dead.
    3) the elderly and people with weak immune systems are more vulnerable.

    So we will have to cope with a possible half million older people dying in a short time frame with all the emotional and logistical implications of that.

    So, yes, we need to put money into mitigation and contingency planning and to react speedily. A treatment, cure, inoculation is unlikely in a short time frame due to long testing times etc for new drugs.

    This government has already dragged its feet and we are at least two weeks behind on such planning.

    • Mike Sivier March 4, 2020 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      I’m interested in your information about the death rate. What’s the source?

      Hopefully, the elderly and people with weak immune systems will have had their annual flu jabs and that may help. Do other countries that have seen a proliferation of cases have the same system?

      • Neilth March 4, 2020 at 5:27 pm - Reply

        Today Radio 4 this morning

        • Mike Sivier March 4, 2020 at 6:33 pm - Reply

          I wonder where they got it. Interesting. I’ll do a bit of digging.

  3. trev March 4, 2020 at 11:06 am - Reply

    By the time their UC claim has been processed they’ll have either recovered or died, and if in isolation in the meantime won’t be able to attend the Jobcentre or access a foodbank. An emergency fund needs to be put in place to ensure no one is left without money in such circumstances, and if so it shouldn’t be in the form of repayable loans either!

  4. timfrom March 4, 2020 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Coronavirus hysteria is definitely a smokescreen for something and you can bet they won’t let a good crisis go to waste!

    Not so much a sick attempt at humour as a blatant show of contempt. They’ll get away with it, too…

    • Neilth March 4, 2020 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      Not Hysteria. Look at today’s information from Italy and the jump in UK numbers today. It’s going to progress in geometric fashion ie 20-40-80-260-320 etc. Until it peaks.
      The government are probably less concerned as the death rate among children and young people is comparatively small (approx .1%) while the death rate amongst older people is more in the region of 8% so there will be a significant reduction in people needing care after the event.
      One of the issues that will add to the problem is that NHS staff particularly Drs and nurses are more likely to catch the virus and be in contact with vulnerable patients before they realise they are infectious as the evidence shows that people are infectious before symptoms appear.
      It’s pretty unavoidable because of this.

      • Mike Sivier March 4, 2020 at 6:34 pm - Reply

        Big drop in Tory voters coming up, then. One would have thought they’d do what they could to prevent that. Just goes to show where their priorities lie!

  5. S Jones March 4, 2020 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Their doing their best to cull, now they are on about shutting parliament to stop the spread, more like save their own asses. And they are no longer going to give us daily updates on where it as spread too. A government that runs away, do we really want these cowards in power?

  6. Jenny Hambidge March 4, 2020 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Not this one.73 with two chronic diseases and never voted Tory in my life. Maybe being a member of the Labour Party will save my life.

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