Universal Credit: fit for purpose?

Maybe, but neither was the community charge, better know as the poll tax. This bedroom charge will suffer the same fate, and deservedly so.
Can I be the only person in the country who thinks the Community Charge was a good idea? If somewhat badly initiated and managed.
What is wrong with people paying their share for services?
From each according to their ability.....etc. a good socialist principle after all?
 
And food and warmth.

And a free education to the kids, when folk had to pay for it.

A bed.

A sense of community. Church on Sundays and clean living, no drunkenness for example.

A job placement scheme. Vocational training.

Clothing.

Yeah, it was totally sh*t...

Yeah what have the Romans done for us?

"Don't forget the roads" :)
 
Can I be the only person in the country who thinks the Community Charge was a good idea? If somewhat badly initiated and managed.
What is wrong with people paying their share for services?
From each according to their ability.....etc. a good socialist principle after all?
No, you're not, and I remember the arguments it caused with my father as he declared that "the rich bastards who lived in the rich part of town" should be paying more.

He suddenly went quiet when it was pointed out that his plan would have his own sister, who lived alone in a reasonably nice house she bought and paid for herself, paying more than a family of 4 with three cars who obviously consumed more resources such as water and produced more waste than she did (that was us, by the way).

He was one who was a true red moonhowler, which is why I ain't one, mainly because from a fairly early age I was able to think for myself.
 
I thought exemptions have been granted for exactly this reason?
Depends on the "illness", doesn't it. Having a cold doesn't count but needing space for a dialysis machine, as one example, does.


Note: Not saying anything about taff's "illness" as I don't know what is wrong with him, I'm merely pointing out how an "illness" may not be grounds to have benefits chopped due to having an unused room.
 
Double use of the accommodation.

If the pm had to find their own accommodation we'd still pay for downing street.

And probably more for the protection of a random house in UK.

Besides the actual living area of number 10 isn't palatial.

Similar to the beefeaters and their pads inside the Tower.
We don't know how much of these G&F pads cost though: the costs are buried, hidden -- deliberately so, in my opinion. Meh
 

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They have but don't fit my particular circumstances as far as I can tell. might look into it again.
Is your Doc no help in this kind of thing? Mine’s a local legend. People going in to get DLA forms signed, she suggests exercise or a chain and padlock on the fridge.
But if you’ve got a case and a genuine need she’s quite happy to write or phone someone.
 
They have but don't fit my particular circumstances as far as I can tell. might look into it again.
I think the rules changed earlier this year, so if you can't sleep with the missus because of a disability you don't lose anything for having a "spare" room.

As I say, I don't know what's wrong with you but it might be worth looking into.
 
I thought exemptions have been granted for exactly this reason?
Further to my last, the adjustments made to the law in 2017 pertain to overnight carers needing the extra room. At least that was my thoughts on re-reading some gov.uk regs.

In referring to said regs again in order to post this, I've noticed an extra bit that does indeed pertain to me and will need to contact my local council offices to make sure they have all my information and ask them to reassess my housing benefit.

My thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'll report in the future on the results of my actions.
 
You do that and if you think the muppets we've had for the last few parliaments are bad..... you'd be praying for them to come back - average for the UK is apparently £27,271, why would anyone bother with the crap they put up with for that, considering they are framing the laws and running the country.
I would suggest the power, prestige and the chance to tell others what to do while ignoring the rules yourself.

At no time when MPs were unpaid can I find any account in the history books of vacant seats in the HoC due tolack of pay.

As for paying for quality. Read the sigs block below, chiz chiz.
 
I would suggest the power, prestige and the chance to tell others what to do while ignoring the rules yourself.

At no time when MPs were unpaid can I find any account in the history books of vacant seats in the HoC due tolack of pay.

As for paying for quality. Read the sigs block below, chiz chiz.
However, before pay come in, it only attracted those who could afford to become a MP, I'd rather pay them the going rate for the job
 
Thing is @daz MPs despite appearances to the contrary set their own T&C, and the decline of the British Empire starts off around about the time MPs started getting paid* (I believe the pay was meant to enable the poorer types to enter parliament but not so much that it could become a profession in its own right, didn't work out as planned)

Nowadays MPs have to keep in with the party and then the voters to keep the pay packets coming. hence the rise of single issue MPs and greasy pole climbers.

*You can also use female suffrage if you feel argumentative.;)
 

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There’s a thing. Somebody on tv asked about the number of foodbanks used in a sample.
‘425’ was the response
‘So a very small sample ‘.

425 foodbanks is a very small sample. How many of these things are there?

And we’re the 6th biggest economy on the planet. We’ve got foodbanks, people who are working claiming benefit. Probably getting help with their rent. Zero hours work contracts. Highest employment, lowest tax take and now those that have it are salting it away offshore.

Awesome.
 
There’s a thing. Somebody on tv asked about the number of foodbanks used in a sample.
‘425’ was the response
‘So a very small sample ‘.

425 foodbanks is a very small sample. How many of these things are there?

And we’re the 6th biggest economy on the planet. We’ve got foodbanks, people who are working claiming benefit. Probably getting help with their rent. Zero hours work contracts. Highest employment, lowest tax take and now those that have it are salting it away offshore.

Awesome.
Proof that at least the lights are on....
 
There’s a thing. Somebody on tv asked about the number of foodbanks used in a sample.
‘425’ was the response
‘So a very small sample ‘.

425 foodbanks is a very small sample. How many of these things are there?

And we’re the 6th biggest economy on the planet. We’ve got foodbanks, people who are working claiming benefit. Probably getting help with their rent. Zero hours work contracts. Highest employment, lowest tax take and now those that have it are salting it away offshore.

Awesome.
Figures are from 2 years ago but:
UK had around 2,000 food banks with about 913,000 users. Germany has about 1,500,000 people using them per week and France has about double the amount of food banks that UK has.
Before the banking crisis of 2008, one of the largest runners of food banks in 2004, they ran 2 food banks, by 2007-08 this had gone up to 22 and by 2011 this had gone up to 100. This has risen by 3 a week since then and they now run almost 1000.
 
Figures are from 2 years ago but:
UK had around 2,000 food banks with about 913,000 users. Germany has about 1,500,000 people using them per week and France has about double the amount of food banks that UK has.
Before the banking crisis of 2008, one of the largest runners of food banks in 2004, they ran 2 food banks, by 2007-08 this had gone up to 22 and by 2011 this had gone up to 100. This has risen by 3 a week since then and they now run almost 1000.
Yet people seem to be comfortable with their existence. How times have changed.
 
Figures are from 2 years ago but:
UK had around 2,000 food banks with about 913,000 users. Germany has about 1,500,000 people using them per week and France has about double the amount of food banks that UK has.
Before the banking crisis of 2008, one of the largest runners of food banks in 2004, they ran 2 food banks, by 2007-08 this had gone up to 22 and by 2011 this had gone up to 100. This has risen by 3 a week since then and they now run almost 1000.
Almost like its an industry .... I wonder if that matches the normal sort of growth rate in the third sector.
 

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