Tories tell DWP to strip families of tax credits if they make Universal Credit claim

It would have been nice to be told this in advance.

Apparently more than two million people have claimed Universal Credit after losing income because of the coronavirus crisis.

If any of them were claiming tax credits before applying for the benefit, they have been cancelled.

And the government has refused to give advice on whether a person is better-off claiming tax credits or Universal Credit.

Add it all up and if it looks like a trap, then that’s what it is.

The guide published by the DWP explains that “not all tax credit recipients will be eligible to receive universal credit. If you claim universal credit, your tax credit claim will be closed, even if you aren’t eligible to receive universal credit.”

The UK government has also refused to give guidance on which benefit people should be claiming, stating: “DWP and HMRC cannot advise whether claiming universal credit or tax credits will be better for you.”

SNP MSP Bob Doris said… “This guidance appears reckless and spiteful. Now, more than ever, we need a welfare system which is easy to use, so that people don’t fall foul of the complexities of applying for benefits and end up with no support whatsoever.”

There is a welfare system which is easy to use – they’re using it in Spain right now. It’s called Universal Basic Income.

The UK’s Tory government passed on that. It preferred the complicated way.

We see now that this is because it would cause the maximum harm to the greatest number of people.

And every day they tell you they’re doing their best to protect you. And every day millions of people believe them.

If you’re on lockdown and looking for something useful to do, here’s a thought:

Why don’t you tell people what’s really going on?

Source: ‘Reckless and spiteful’ DWP stripping families of tax credits after an unsuccesful universal credit claim – Welfare Weekly

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1 thought on “Tories tell DWP to strip families of tax credits if they make Universal Credit claim

  1. Basic Income Babes to Grannies

    Dear Vox Political, BASIC INCOME BABES TO GRANNIES direct from Bank of England, not government

    Basic income is not a welfare system. It replaces welfare for the abject destitute. But it is not a benefit, cannot be withdrawn, sanctioned, or any other way stopped.

    Basic Income is for all the same money. It has nothing whatever to do with Universal Credit, which is how people get confused as people say universal basic income.

    Countries are using it to replace welfare alone, but that is not the real and full basic income system which is neither means-tested nor conditional, other than resident in the country paying the basic income.

    My basic income campaign is the sole one only direct from the Bank of England, not government, as ‘helicopter money’, so creating no national debt nor burden on the taxpayer.

    It cannot be used to bring back austerity down the line, as a result.

    Tory Boris wants to ease lockdown so the workers come out to jobs and create the wealth the rich want to keep getting.

    This is because about to hit a 1929 Depression style of recession.

    Basic Income would keep people in lockdown, until the full working vaccine was in place, and save the economy, because we now see, it is us the people who are the economy. Us buying stuff online is spending money.

    Non-essential work that cannot keep social distancing could then be avoided, instead of the low waged being forced into them, so a rich man profits by it.

    Covid19 is an airborne plague that can kill any age.

    Lockdown is not a government ploy. It is how we survived plagues throughout history.

    You go out, you breathe the plague from one to another.

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