“Croydon council in south London, which piloted the universal credit full service, renewed its calls for a pause in the rollout. It said it would spend £3m this year helping thousands of tenants in arrears to avoid eviction, and said the 50% increase in support costs was unsustainable.” – Councils say it’s going to be a disaster… (The Guardian)
“Tens of thousands of very vulnerable people have their lifeline switched off with a click. Although we are told to provide vulnerable claimants with more support, perhaps by reminding them that they should be doing something, normally we have very little to go by as we sit behind a computer screen” – those putting the system in place have serious concerns… (The Independent)
“I was told to apply for Universal Credit and make my appointment down the job centre in July and I did not have my first payment until August 9.” – and those being put on the new system face debt and hunger…
Sheffield Equality Group monthly meeting
7pm to 9pm, PLEASE NOTE DATE TBC, Quaker Meeting House, St James St
Discussing the rollout of Universal Credit, the inequality game, and projects for the coming year. All welcome. Free. Donations for tea and biscuits.
The New Poverty
7:30pm, Tuesday 24th October, Creative Lounge, Workstation
Today 13 million people live in poverty in the UK – one of the richest countries in the world. Investigative journalist Stephen Armstrong tells the story of an unreported Britain and what we can do to stop the destruction of the welfare state. Tickets £6/£5 (conc) from the Off The Shelf site
Voices from the Margins
10am to 4pm, Saturday 18th November, St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane
Inspiring stories from churches, projects and people with lived experience. Hear how Church Action on Poverty has an impact on the root causes of poverty. Roundtable conversations and discussions – share your own experiences and ideas.
Professors and Lecturers on the Welfare State
Professor Henrietta Moore, setting out the proposal for Universal Basic Services, said: “Without radical new ideas that challenge the status quo, we face a future where the changing shape of our society and labour market leaves more and more people struggling simply to achieve the basics – let alone having the resources and mental energy to allow themselves and their families to flourish.” (The Independent)
Whither the Welfare State? Laurie Taylor talks to Chris Renwick, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of York and author of a new book examining the origins and purpose of the ‘cradle to grave’ welfare provision introduced under a Labour government in 1948 as part of this edition of Thinking Aloud on Radio 4. (BBC iPlayer)
In Britain today, one in four children are growing up in poverty. Experts say these figures are predicted to rise by nearly one million in the next five years. In this intimate documentary, rapper Professor Green sets out to uncover what life is like for young people living on the breadline today. (BBC iPlayer)