If you’ve claimed Universal Credit as a result of the Covid-19 crisis – brace yourself!
From June 30, you’ll be under threat of sanction if you can’t prove you’re actively seeking work.
The Tory government is reimposing the threat of sanctions as it lifts lockdown restrictions – because Boris Johnson and his cronies intend to use the stick to get us back at work rather than the carrot.
— Charlotte Hughes. The Poor Side Of life (@charlotteh71) June 29, 2020
Many businesses laid off their workers rather than try to pay their contribution to the government’s furlough scheme, and former employees may be – justifiably – unsympathetic to the idea of going back to work for those treacherous employers.
Some of those businesses may decide to re-employ workers with less pay and worse conditions than prior to the crisis, claiming that they don’t have the wherewithal to make a better offer.
Without government sanctions to support them, it is likely that their former employees would give them the cold shoulder and wait for something better to come along.
I mean, who would want to go back to work at a Wetherspoons pub after the way that firm’s employees were treated?
But if it’s a choice between working there for a pittance or receiving nothing – because the government will refuse to pay Universal Credit to people who turn down the offer… you see how it works?
It all adds up to a very nasty betrayal of working people by a government that owes us all better.
What a cruel cruel government this is. What other conclusion can we come to other than that they are cruel and uncaring. We are in the middle of a health crisis for goodness sake. https://t.co/qOVajDLzhA
— Laura Pidcock (@LauraPidcock) June 29, 2020
Oh yes – don’t forget that the Coronavirus hasn’t gone away. In fact, if schools are any yardstick, the disease will go back to spreading exponentially among anybody who does go back to work.
This also appears to be part of the Tory plan – which never wavered from the ridiculous “herd immunity” fantasy of early March, it seems.
While other countries have used their lockdowns to eradicate Covid-19 from within their borders, the evidence suggests that the Tories only wanted to slow down its progress through England.
With the partial lifting of lockdown, we see that the Tories believe English hospitals will be able to cope with new cases – and with new deaths.
Bear in mind the words attributed to Dominic Cummings, which I seem to recall were: “If a few old people die, who cares?”
Your problem is that these people were voted into power with a massive majority and cannot be moved.
Hearing a lot about how the world could be better after Covid. But, unless people are careful, Cummings and his puppet, Johnson, will use the crisis to take away our rights, attack the civil service & judicial system, smash the welfare system & further break up & sell off our NHS
— Marcus Chown (@marcuschown) June 29, 2020
If they’re happy to kill you for the sake of a wild half-cocked theory, then you are going to die. Ask your Tory friends why they voted for that.
Sanctions on benefits will return on Tuesday after a three-month freeze, as lockdown easing sees job centres open.
In March, the government said people on benefits and Universal Credit would not be penalised for 90 days if they failed to look for work, due to coronavirus.
Labour has called for an extension to the ban, saying there is an “unemployment crisis looming”.
But Work and Pension Secretary Therese Coffey said the return of “claimant commitment” rules was “essential”.
You may find this comforting:
The DWP could be liable for COVID-19 benefit claimant deaths associated with being compelled to seek work during this pandemic. The same too for contracting the coronavirus in an infected jobcentre.
— Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) June 29, 2020
Good luck holding the Tories to that!
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