Maria Amos: with no gas, electricity & no money for food the wait for universal credit almost drove her to suicide
You may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs if you’re eligible for Universal Credit.
You (and your partner if you live with them) will usually need to either:
- be working – it doesn’t matter how many hours you or your partner work
- have a job offer
How much you’ll get
The most you can get back each month is:
- £646 for one child
- £1108 for 2 or more children
You can claim Universal Credit online.
If you stop working
Tell the Universal Credit helpline if you stop working. You can continue to claim childcare costs for at least one month after your job ends.
Where is the sense in this?
If the government are prepared to pay £646 for one child or £1108 for 2 or more children to a working family for child care why can’t they provide the same kind of payments for stay at home parents? The more I look at it the more I am starting to believe that this Universal Credit is absolute craziness.
If a child carer is working by looking after your children then surely so are the parents. This is just a STUPID idea that is designed to break up families an force people in to work. This will of coarse make government stats look much more impressive than they are because somebody looking after your child is employed. But when we (the parents) look after our children we are unemployed and I believe that this is much of the reason they do it. The illusion of jobs.
If you pay your neighbor to watch your children and they pay you to watch theirs the problem is solved! 100% employment to all parents.
We in the United Kingdom like to think of ourselves as being traditionalists, patriotic and historic. To many the monarchy have become a symbol and a representation of our nation, they are a part of our history but should they be part of our future? Do they represent the average Brit? Are this family worth the incredible amount of money that they claim? Is it fair to allow a family or certain bloodlines to evade tax, claim millions from tax payers money and live in absolute luxury when the United Kingdom is so blatantly suffering from a poverty problem?
I think the time has come to abolish this tradition and all that comes with it (the aristocracy and a racist class system.)
I think the Royal Family should be taken away from their mansions and palaces and put in to a council house and forced to claim universal credit. They have no divine right to rule over our nation and they should be rehabilitated so that they see this. If rehabilitation proves to not be possible they should be sectioned and certified and treated as insane.
Prince William could get a job in Tesco while Kate stays at home and brings up the kids. The Queen and Prince Phillip could claim a pension but Prince Charles is definitely still fit for work. It’s hard to image a job simple enough for Prince Charles to do, he might have to be one of them people that you see in cities walking around with a giant, double sided pizza menu on him.
I do not see the Royal family as a representation of our nation, they may live in the same country that I live in but they live in a different world. I see the Royal family as an exposure of the ignorance, hypocrisy, snobish and sheepish mentality that the United Kingdom suffers from.
I was watching Theresa May being interviewed by Andrew Marr yesterday on BBC’s YouTube channel. Andrew Marr (in my opinion) is not a great interviewer I would rather let Jeremy Paxman (when on form) have a go at her myself. I think Andrew Marr and anybody that works for the mainstream media are highly restricted in what they can say but despite these restrictions Theresa May still come out of the interview looking clueless and giving NOT ONE straight answer.
The amount of times she “acknowledges” there is a problem and claims to be looking at it is ridiculous. I know there is a problem as well and I just spent nearly 29 minutes looking at it. I was looking at it as it evaded giving any real answers or commitments to anything other than the fact students will be £30 a month better off!
The interview was a bit tame as Andrew Marr could and should have asked much more pressing questions. Ask her about her husband profiting from G4S as she fights to increase their powers. Ask her about the government covering up Edward Heath, Leon Brittan, Cyril Smith, Jimmy Savile (who was put in charge of Broodmoor by the Conservatives don’t forget) and an endless list of other rich and powerful members of the UK’s political elite. She would probably acknowledge there is a problem and look at it. Ask her about benefit sanctions, corporate tax evasion and government corruption and greed. Ask how Boris Johnson insists that £140000 per year is not enough to live on but people on benefits and low paid jobs are expected to live on less than £10000 per year (WITHOUT EXPENSES PAID.) Ask her why politicians are allowed spare houses when ordinary people are not allowed spare bedrooms. Ask her how this kind of hypocrisy managed to take over a full political party, the media and the United Kingdom.
After you have finished asking her these questions poke her in both eyes at the same time, kick her shin and slap her hard while explaining to her that she is running a illegitimate, corrupt shower of shit of a government. Explain to her that her policies are old fashioned, short sighted and weak. And then take her to the deepest hole in the ground and throw her in it.
This woman is a liar, a Warmonger and a psychopath. She has no compassion or regard for the destruction that her and her Party have upon the poorest people in our nation. She is a banker’s and corporate puppet with no mind or ideas of her own.
She is so quick to attack labour and their ideas but she brings nothing to the table herself.
“Great” Britain is a joke, a joke that stopped being funny along time ago, its a piss take! About nine months ago I was on Working Tax credits, I was receiving payments of working tax credit every week and receiving small payments from Google Adsense, Amazon, Create Space plus I was selling DVDs at local markets (an idea that led to me being harassed by the police in Birmingham, despite the fact I printed the law out from a government website which proved I was allowed “as the creator” of the video to sell with NO permission anyway I want including markets and door to door.)
The HMRC decided I was not earning enough to continue to claim self employment benefits (despite no cap being mentioned on their website and to the bafflement of Jobcentre staff.)
Without NO warning they stop all my benefits and leave me with just the money I was earning on-line to live on. I appeal against their decision that I am not entitled to working tax credit (because their own website shows that I “could be” entitled to working tax credits, as shown above) a process they tell me will only take two weeks.
Meanwhile I receive NO benefits. I have by now spent all of the money that I had managed to save before the HMRC’s massacre of my business and I am forced to live from family handouts. I have been FORCED to claim Universal Credit and I am still waiting for a payment as I have lived about six weeks waiting for an appeal that was only going to take two weeks with nothing. The delay came because of a change of address, I’m not sure why me moving house could or would delay an appeal this way but it did.
After about sixteen weeks with no money at all and an appeal still in progress and a loan of three hundred and eight pound sent to me (three hundred went to my rent) I finally receive a payment of £566 from universal credit again three hundred for rent.
To receive this money I have to be actively looking for work 35 hour a week! FORCED LABOUR. If I don’t obey their instructions I could receive a benefit sanction and have literally no money. No eating, electric, no gas and eventually no home.
I am surviving on £266 a month and have been for about five months. Today I wake up only to see a letter this letter is demanding the intimidate payment of £742 pound council tax.
They claim they have been trying to contact me but I have been ignoring them! How dare I ignore them?
Under my desk I have a pile of paper work. You would think I was a corporation with thousands of employees. Court documents, tax information, benefit forms, business receipts and information, letters from HMRC, DWP, UC and fuck knows who else. Just to exist in this hell hole the government are creating requires hours and hours of paper work and tons of money.
I have a message for the HMRC, DWP, UC, the government, Theresa May, the Royal’s, Boris Johnson in fact all Tories, Shropshire Council, Wolverhampton Council, the court which finally decided last week (about six months after I started the appeal) I am not entitled to self employment benefit, Jobcentre and who else it concerns; FUCK OFF PARASITES.
566 pound per month may seem like a generous amount of money considering I do fuck all for it but 300 of this goes straight to my landlord! That leaves me 266 pound. I have my kids most weekends so that costs money as well. I know people will be demanding “get a job” and maybe I should but I like doing what I do on-line and I believe that given a chance and time I could make it profitably without boycotting my beliefs.
I already a fair following on YouTube plus thousands of people signed up to my website and over 18 million views. Thats why I always hold out and keep trying to create new material not giving up does not guarantee success but giving up guarantees failure.
The British government have set the system up to force you to give up. They use poverty as a threat and use the Jobcentres and the benefits system in general to assure that they are always going to be a pain in the ass.
I get £566 a month, I used to earn that (at least) every week when I was working in the building trade, that is the sacrifice I make to do what I want to do instead of what they want me to do.
I was claiming working tax credits until that claim was stopped by the DWP (Department of work and pensions) and all payments to me were stopped, they didn’t put me on a different benefit just simply stopped all payments (16 weeks later I have still not received one single payment from them.) This meant I was forced to a start a claim for the new and fascist like Universal Credit. Universal Credit means that I have to be actively looking for work 35 hour per week, write it all down and show the Jobcentre the evidence that I have been actively looking for work 35 per week, “treat job searching as a job” they advised. To look for work we are forced to sign up to Universal Jobmatch the Jobcentre ask for permission to enter our account so that they can see what you are doing on Universal Jobmatch but you are NOT legally obligated to comply with their request. I recommend that you do not give them permission to access your Universal Jobmatch because the Jobcentre do NOT use it to help people, they use it to catch people out and sanction their benefits.
I have been forced in to using their Universal Jobmatch website and applied for a few jobs on there. Only one job has contacted me back, I don’t believe that most of the “jobs” on universal Jobmatch are even real jobs! I believe there are companies that use Universal Jobmatch as a personal information collection point.
Think about it like this; what is the best way to make people give you their personal information over the Internet? Pay them, but that costs money. Job openings? When it comes to job openings people will give you all their details including past employment.
Many of these “potential employers” that advertise on Universal Jobmatch take you to a whole different site (their own website) and request much more information from you than you would ever put on a C.V.
The Jobcentre and the British government are forcing people in to taking jobs, not good longterm jobs but zero hour contract jobs that allows the employer to use you when they need you and get rid of you at will.
For me this is forced labour and forced labour (no matter how much they try to sugar coat it) is slavery. This is a form of fascism, the Jobcentre enforcing their will on people and some of the staff know it.
This weekend is a bank holiday weekend this means that we do not have to attend the Jobcentre Monday (they make us attend every week day usually.) I was struck by the language used by the Jobcentre staff as she explained “Monday you’re pardoned” she was joking but within that joke was a hint that she recognizes the fascism and dictatorship like tactics being used by the Jobcentre.
Last point when it comes to the Jobcentre, they claim to be trying to save money and the costs of the benefits system but how much does it cost them to have us there everyday of the week, listening to their lectures and telling us their scripted catchphrases? The latest catchphrase is piss poor they tell us numerous times “finding a job is like ABC!” no it real isn’t “first you find A job, then a Better job, then a Career!” LAME..
They also pay traveling expenses (buses, trains, taxis in some cases, five days a week) to make sure we can attend every day of the week! How much does that cost?
UNIVERSAL CREDIT= FINANCIAL FASCISM, FUNNY INTERVIEW
I have just finished an interview at the Jobcentre to start a claim for universal credit, apparently Universal Credit is replacing JSA, Housing Benefit and Working Tax Credit. The interview was a nightmare and despite starting my claim two weeks ago they informed me I still have to wait five weeks for my first payment! I can apply for a interest free loan over the phone but I have no credit to do so, so all in all I am FUCKED.
While in the interview I was informed that I would have to spend 35 hours per week looking for work and then prove I did! I also have to attend two meetings next week and to see how I am progressing with my job search if I can’t prove it I could be sanctioned and all benefits stopped. One man I know is in his 50s worked his whole life come to sign on for the first time in his life and he faces the same treatment.
I am sure some of the staff in the Jobcentre get off on treating people this way, they think they are better than us because they have jobs but HELLO you work for the Jobcentre, not exactly high flyer’s, in fact in my opinion at least it has to be among the worst jobs in Britain, I would rather work at McDonald’s than work for these government parasites, extorting people for a living.
I know many people would read this a be demanding “get a job” well you people should get a life and stay out of ours! Money is made to control us and enslave us and these people with these ignorant mentalities go a long way to making that possible. The government must love you ignorant small minded, idiotic, drones.
Freedom to work is supposed to be a choice if its not than we are merely slaves owned by our government and system. I have received messages from people that have serous illnesses telling me of their bad experiences with the Jobcentre some of these people have been so broke they can not even afford to eat properly and have suicidal feelings.
To the staff at the Jobcentre I ask this, how the fuck do you do what you do? You ruin peoples lives for your money so before you people get judgmental and on your high horses you should look in the mirror. “I’m just doing my job” they will argue, well so are prostitutes, so were slave traders you people are worse than prostitutes because you are slave traders! You use financial fear to force people in to taking low paid dead end jobs for corporations that pay no tax and low wages because its your job? Pathetic.
I will follow this blog with this passage from the bible.
He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Its called KARMA.
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Am I the only one that is sick of being ripped off? Recently I moved house there were two things that struck me about moving house, First thing was its stressful, Second thing was its expensive. I had to pay a £400 deposit, One month’s rent in advanced and pay extra for credits checks and things. The process would have been made slightly easier if the HMRC wasn’t attempting to shut me down, they have now paid me no Working Tax Credit for about 14 weeks and they move slowly when it comes to claiming money from them, they make the rules and then refuse to play by them.
After moving in I notice both the Gas and Electric meters are in debt! After spending £50 on Gas and Electric I end up with £12.50 electric and about £1.00 of gas! The company (Eon) sorted the gas out the following day but have still not sorted the electric out, therefore I have cleared somebody else’s debt. They give me code and told me to reset the key at a shop, the code did not work, the man serving me in the shop informs me they hardly ever work even worse their customer services keep people on hold for half an hour a time. My electric meter goes down so fast I can barely afford to have a bath, in fact I can’t afford it for some reason poor people pay their energy in advanced but are still forced to pay 3 or 4 times as much as somebody that is not on a meter. I have been forced to borrow over a thousand pound since the government stopped my Working Tax Credit payments in January and I have now spent all the money my business made.
I get desperate and start a housing benefit claim, I am subjected to filling in a 45 page document and told the claim could take weeks to process. I go to the Jobcenter to start a JSA claim I am told to apply for universal tax credit, I apply for universal tax credit and am told I am not eligible so I am booked for a Interview with the Jobcenter regarding a JSA (Job seekers allowance) I get to the Interview only to be informed that I can not claim Job seekers allowance and will have to claim universal credit! This obviously requires another interview at the same Jobcenter and they will phone or text me the time of the interview within the next couple of hours, nearly 12 hours later still no call or text!
So basically when these over paid parasites in government are deciding what my benefit should be called I am being forced to go weeks (14 weeks so far) without any money at all.
These are the problems that the people in government have never come across and this is why they do not understand real life.