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Priti Patel takes herself too seriously and that’s why this blunder is so satisfying

Gone is the trademark smirk: perhaps Ms Patel doesn’t think it’s funny when she makes a stupid mistake.

This is so funny I can’t let it pass by.

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, announced over the weekend…

Without the slightest hint of self-consciousness, This Writer should add…

That shoplifting in the UK has fallen, when compared with the same time last year.

It seems she had forgotten a small detail:

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Did the DWP’s cruel trick force a man into crime?

Faceless: The DWP has developed an attitude in which its employees don’t care what happens to the people relying on them. They just process the numbers.

I don’t think Carl Poynton’s story is unique. The DWP is supposed to help people survive but since the Tories took over this has become a cruel pretence.

Released from prison on Christmas Eve, he applied for benefits – but the length of time it takes the Department to process an application meant he was sure to run out of money long before any payment arrived.

So he applied for the short-term benefit advance loan that is offered to claimants in dire need, even though it meant he would have to pay the money back from any benefit award he received.

The DWP said he was eligible for such a loan…

… and then offered him eight pence.

He was left with no alternative – as far as he could tell – other than shoplifting.

A man who needed money until his benefits were sorted was offered a loan of 8p by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). This is Lancashire reported that Carl Poynton ended up in court for shoplifting after the DWP’s decision.

The Canary story quotes a report by the Prison Reform Trust that says nearly half of adults are convicted of another offence within a year of release.

With government help like this, is it any wonder?

Source: The DWP agreed a man needed money until his benefits were sorted and then offered him 8p | The Canary

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Universal Credit sanction led to miscarriages, drug addiction and jail

In the light of this story, how do Tories justify benefit sanctions, again?

Danielle John, of Wales, suffered a miscarriage at work the day before she was due to attend a Universal Credit interview with the Department for Work and Pensions.

As a result, she was unable to attend the interview and forgot to notify the DWP – justifiably, as any reasonable person would say.

The DWP disagreed.

It seems the decision to take £10.40 per day from her benefit for 229 days – £72.80 per week or £2,381.60 for the whole period – sucked all the hope out of Ms John and she fell back into a life of drugs that she had only recently managed to quit.

She became addicted to heroin again and had eight further miscarriages, according to the Mirror.

That means eight people (at least) have died as a result of the decision to sanction this woman.

And a ninth nearly died – Ms John tried to kill herself at one point.

Apparently the DWP said the sanction was due to eight missed appointments – but Ms John said the appointment after her miscarriage that led to the sanction was the first she missed. There seems to be a slight disparity there!

And now, even though her sanction is over, Ms John is finding it hard to get paid work because she has a criminal record – due to the sanction.

She spent 11 weeks in jail for shoplifting during her time as an addict.

But she is spending her time usefully, volunteering with homelessness organisation The Wallich.

This is a story of one woman’s fall and rise – at least to a level close to where she started.

But it raises a serious question.

How many people, sanctioned off of Universal Credit, have fallen – never to rise again?

Source: Universal Credit hell of mum who suffered eight miscarriages and ended up in jail – Mirror Online

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