British government ruins workers’ Christmas

This video from Britain says about itself:

18 November 2017

Thousands of people on universal credit will not receive a payment at Christmas.

Thousands of low-paid people on universal credit will receive reduced payments or none at all over Christmas.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Monday, 20 November 2017

‘CRUEL PUNISHMENT’ OF POOREST PEOPLE! – Xmas Universal Credit to be stopped

TENS of thousands of low paid workers on Universal Credit may not be paid over the festive season or may get a reduced payment.

Those hit will be some of the 67,000 people who claim the benefit while working and who are paid weekly. This is because there are five paydays in December, so their monthly income will be too high to get any or some of the benefit. Some will have to reapply.

The government defended the system, saying the majority were unaffected. The Department for Work and Pensions warns on its website: ‘If you’re paid weekly by your employer, you will get either 4 or 5 payments of earnings within a Universal Credit assessment period. Depending on the amount you get paid this may affect your Universal Credit.

‘When you have 5 weekly earnings payments within an assessment period, your income may be too high to qualify for Universal Credit in that month. If this happens you will be notified that your income is too high and you will no longer get Universal Credit. You can re-apply the following month as you should only get 4 wage payments in your assessment period then. You will need to be prepared for a month when you get 5 wage payments in one assessment period and budget for a potential change in your monthly Universal Credit payments.’

Kayley Hignell, from Citizens Advice, said the way Universal Credit was calculated brought ‘significant budget challenges’. She said: ‘People need to know that if they’re getting extra income in one month… it may stop their Universal Credit payment, and that they then subsequently need to put in a new claim to make sure that they continue to get those payments. If you’ve got extra money in the month, don’t necessarily bank on the fact that your Universal Credit is going to stay the same, because it could change either in this month or the next.’

Dave Wiltshire Secretary of the All Trades Unions Alliance commented: ‘This is just a very cruel punishment of the poorest people. Labour must immediately demand that these vicious Christmas cuts are stopped and demand the abolition of Universal Credit.’

Speaking to Andrew Marr, yesterday, Chancellor Philip Hammond said: ‘There are no unemployed people,’ when asked about the threat to jobs posed by new technology. Asked to clarify, he said the government had not forgotten the 1.4m unemployed in the UK, saying people were finding work ‘at a remarkable rate’.

Responding to Hammond’s comments, Jon Trickett MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: ‘The Chancellor is living on another planet’.

Over the next four years, 37 percent of UK children will be living in relative poverty, according to the latest Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report: here.

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  6. Tuesday 12th December 2017

    by Felicity Collier

    ’TWAS the fortnight before Christmas, when angry Grinches began to stir and set off to corner four prominent Welsh Tory MPs, who were trying to dampen the festive spirit with threats to the public sector.

    Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns and MPs Stephen Crabb, Guto Bebb and David Jones will all come face to face this week with public-sector workers dressed as the green mischief-maker famous for hating Christmas.

    Angry at the government’s continued seven-year pay cap, healthcare and local authority staff are warning the MPs against “stealing our pay rise.”

    Workers will present giant Christmas cards on behalf of Wales’s 390,000 public service workers at the MPs’ constituency offices.

    The message inside reads: “Public service workers deliver essential services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but the government pay freeze has seen their pay cut by over a fifth.

    “This Christmas, support public service workers and stand up for your community.”

    The stunts, organised by union Unison, will also feature crowds singing alternative Christmas carols to reflect the frustrations of public-service workers and their families.

    The union’s Cymru Wales regional secretary Margaret Thomas said: “Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns should be banging the Cabinet table, telling the Prime Minister people here are suffering.

    “We need to hear the voices of Guto Bebb, Stephen Crabb and David Jones. None of them made any contribution to last week’s parliamentary debate on public-sector pay. By staying silent, they are failing to represent their constituents.”

    The union pointed out that there would be more money on high streets and for local businesses across Wales if the pay cap were ended.


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