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    • UKParliament
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    • By UKParliament Verified User verified user 4th Jul 18, 9:40 AM
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    Universal credit: Frank Field MP wants to hear your experiences
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    Universal credit: Frank Field MP wants to hear your experiences 4th Jul 18 at 9:40 AM

    Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead and Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, is leading a Westminster Hall debate on universal credit and the use of food banks on Wednesday 11 July. He wants to hear your views and experiences.

    He would like to know:
    • What has been your experience of claiming universal credit?
    • What have been the best and worst features of universal credit?
    • How simple and manageable has it been to set up and manage your universal credit claim?
    • Do you feel as though universal credit has made you better or worse off?

    Your responses will help to inform his speech. Any information or opinions you provide may be used in a Parliamentary debate, which will be on the record and available on Parliament TV and Hansard. Please let us know if you do not want your username to be referred in either the briefing shared with Frank or in his speech.

    Please comment below with your experiences by 4pm on Tuesday 10 July.
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    • UKParliament
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    • By UKParliament Verified User verified user 10th Jul 18, 11:59 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    We have a message from Frank Field MP:
    “After I secured my Westminster Hall debate, it was announced that an Opposition Day debate would take place on the same subject at the same time on the floor of the House. I therefore withdrew my debate, but will instead be delivering my speech in the Opposition Day debate.”
    The Westminster Hall debate will now not be taking place tomorrow but there will be a debate on Universal Credit in the main Chamber. You can watch this on Parliament TV.

    Please continue to post your comments until 4pm today and we will share them with Frank Field.
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    I’m the official organisation rep for the House of Commons. I do not work for or represent the government. I am politically impartial and cannot comment on government policy. Find out more in DOT's Mission Statement.

    MSE has given permission for me to post letting you know about relevant and useful info. You can see my name on the organisations with permission to post list. If you believe I've broken the Forum Rules please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com. This does NOT imply any form of approval of my organisation by MSE
    • Weary soul
    • By Weary soul 10th Jul 18, 12:14 PM
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    Mr Field only has to look at the advisors posts on Righstnet to see what a bloody disaster UC is causing. Take your pick there's tons of cases/examples on there.

    https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/

    If trained advisors are pulling their hair out over the implantation of this how are the general public meant to cope?

    Also imo this is a disgrace. Is Mr Field aware of this?

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/charities-fail-to-tell-mps-about-clauses-that-prevent-them-attacking-mcvey-and-dwp/

    Representatives of disability charities have given evidence to MPs about the impact of government social security reforms on disabled people, without disclosing that they signed contracts preventing them from attacking work and pensions secretary Esther McVey.

    Senior figures from Shaw Trust and the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) both answered questions from members of the Commons work and pensions select committee yesterday (Thursday) about universal credit and the governments new Work and Health Programme.

    But neither of them made any attempt to place on the public record that the contracts could be seen as preventing them criticising McVey or her Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in the evidence session.

    And the committee's chair, Frank Field, failed to ask the two witnesses to place on the record the existence of the contractual agreements, even though Disability News Service alerted the committee to the concerns two days before the evidence session.
    Last edited by Weary soul; 10-07-2018 at 12:25 PM.
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    • By fredandwilma 10th Jul 18, 2:01 PM
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    Mr Field only has to look at the advisors posts on Righstnet to see what a bloody disaster UC is causing. Take your pick there's tons of cases/examples on there.

    https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/

    If trained advisors are pulling their hair out over the implantation of this how are the general public meant to cope?

    Also imo this is a disgrace. Is Mr Field aware of this?

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/charities-fail-to-tell-mps-about-clauses-that-prevent-them-attacking-mcvey-and-dwp/
    Originally posted by Weary soul
    I was going to post the above links myself.

    Representatives of disability charities have given evidence to MPs about the impact of government social security reforms on disabled people, without disclosing that they signed contracts preventing them from attacking work and pensions secretary Esther McVey.
    Mr Field is aware of this:

    And the committee!!!8217;s chair, Frank Field, failed to ask the two witnesses to place on the record the existence of the contractual agreements, even though Disability News Service alerted the committee to the concerns two days before the evidence session.
    That's the point at which i realised this whole thread is a waste of time and therefore, a waste of my time..............

    A word beginning with W and ending with H, comes to mind.

    It's not only Welfare Rights Advisors, add DWP staff to the list.

    Interestingly, I can't find anywhere on rightsnet to indicate they have dealt with case like those recently publicised in the media.

    Yes, It looks as though there will be winners and losers with those who are able to work, the winners?

    The losers are still arguably the most 'vulnerable' sector of society, people who live alone, with severe disabilities, and all the associated costs which arise from this.

    It may come as a surprise to those who think that everyone has some capability to do some kind of work, but there are some people in soceity who genuinely are too ill to work, for various reasons, as much as they themselves, would like to work.


    Edited to add - The answer to my question is - Who knows?

    Esther McVey said that the changes will be made by the Universal Credit Managed Migration and Transitional Protection Regulations which they intend to bring forward, in the Autumn, so it seems that it will be a good while until clients who've already lost the sdp can claim any compensation?

    Too late for me. I will have already had to naturally migrate. Any compensation is little compensation for the merry go round i'm about to board..............

    It's ironic given i've no change in my health conditions, other than getting worse.
    Last edited by fredandwilma; 11-07-2018 at 7:41 AM.
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    • By fredandwilma 10th Jul 18, 2:36 PM
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    Question for Frank Field
    Question for Frank Field

    Why did you fail to ask the two witnesses to place on the record, the existence of the contractual agreements?:

    https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/charities-fail-to-tell-mps-about-clauses-that-prevent-them-attacking-mcvey-and-dwp/

    Charities have signed agreements with the main contractors that say they must have “regard to the standing and reputation” of DWP, must do nothing to bring McVey and her department into disrepute in delivering those contracts, and must not “attract adverse publicity” to them.
    MP's should be accountable for their actions?


    Like i say, a word beginning with W and ending with H, comes to mind.
    Fred - Where's your get up and go?

    Barney - It just got up and went.



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    • UKParliament
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    • By UKParliament Verified User verified user 11th Jul 18, 11:10 AM
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    Thank you for taking the time to post your experiences. The debate on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions' handling of universal credit is expected to start at around 2pm today. You can watch live on Parliament TV or catch up what was said later with Hansard.
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    • fredandwilma
    • By fredandwilma 11th Jul 18, 5:24 PM
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    Wow, that was underwhelming.

    Did i miss something?

    It's clear the government has no understanding or compassion for the most vulnerable in soceity. It's all about getting people in to work, work, work, with no support for the most vulnerable in soceity.

    I found it strangely uncomfortable watching F F 'grovel' to E MV, if not also amusing, given i have been participating in this thread.

    One wonders, what was the purpose of this thread?

    At least i know where i stand and i am at least entering my plight with both eyes open. For that, I must need my head testing. Why upset stability?

    I'll give you my views and experiences of food banks, in due course, when i don't have the income to pay for the 'essentials' in life, associated with having a roof over your head.

    I hope you have a fabulous summer holiday, I hope your arm recovers soon, and i trust you may never need to use the services proved by the DWP, such as PIP and Universal Credit.

    Ta-ra for now as i have a legal battle to fight,

    Warm regards,

    f&w
    Last edited by fredandwilma; 11-07-2018 at 5:33 PM. Reason: edited names for legal purposes
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