- Jul 23, 2013
Yep.Not surprised the UK isn't on that list. It wasn't great before but since universal credit came in it's been a disaster for those most vulnerable in our society.
I mean how the fuck does it take 13-14 weeks to process a claim? How do people live for over 3 months with no income while they wait for benefits? I mean how long do Germans, the French or Americans have to wait for unemployment benefits, surely this can't be the norm. I don't recall waiting that long for benefits the one time I claimed for unemployment during the late 90's.
Same with the new PIP benefits for disabled people. It takes 4 months for a PIP claim to be processed, that's 4 months for someone with a disability or a serious illness without an income. Since 2013 when PIP was introduced some 17,070 people with disabilities or a serious illness have died waiting for their PIP claim to be processed. That means there will likely be over 2400 people will die this year waiting for their benefits.
Yet on the flip side they'll stop your benefits at the drop off a hat. My mum has Parkinson's and is on Universal Credit, they stopped her UC benefits in December because she hadn't registered online. She's not computer literate never used a computer in her life, she barely knows how to use her mobile phone and she had her benefits cut because of this. If it's happening to her, it's happening to many other people who through no fault of their own but because the system is rigged to fuck them over at every given opportunity.
This has been explained multiple times and yet you will still get people like @Jack coming in here claiming our benefits system is too soft and promotes scroungers, which is complete unfounded bullshit. I do notice he never actually addresses this though, just repeats it every few weeks.
The system is brutal and in no way is it an easy life living on benefits, regardless of how many children you have. You already get sanctioned if you do not actively seek employment so the op is not much of a threat. What people still don't take into consideration is the wider effect policies like this have on society, everything from unemployment, poverty, crime, death, homelessness suicide etc. Ultimately, long term benefits claimants are a tiny, tiny problem, even within current claimants, but certain people can't stand the idea that they have to work hard whilst someone could be sat at home earning a massive £50 a week for not having a job.
We could not provide any less without ensuring institutionalised poverty and ruining any chances long term claimants have of getting off the system. Funnily enough, not having a house or the ability to buy food usually makes it more difficult to find a job. We provide enough money for someone to stay alive and live, like the vast majority of welfare systems across the planet.