‘Unconscionable’ universal credit cut breaks human rights law, says UN envoy

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    John Boxall
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    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/sep/16/unconscionable-universal-credit-cut-breaks-human-rights-law-says-un-envoy

     

    Cutting universal credit by £20 a week is an “unconscionable” move that breaches international human rights law and is likely to trigger an explosion of poverty, the United Nations’ poverty envoy has said.

    In an excoriating intervention alongside a letter to the UK government, Olivier De Schutter, the UN-appointed rapporteur on extreme poverty, told the Guardian that the withdrawal of the £1,000-a-year uplift from next month was “deliberately retrogressive” and incompatible with Britain’s obligation to protect its citizens’ rights to an adequate standard of living.

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #271205
    John Smith
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    The UK has one of the most generous benefit systems in the world, so I would doubt they are breaking any human rights laws. Just about anything these days seems to generate outrage and massive overreaction. 

    #277601
    leonardpayne
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    With resoect John, it wasn’t a cut. It was the stopping of a temporary uplift given during the pandemic. But of course everyone buys into the narrative that it was a cut. When it was given, it was quoted as a ‘temporary uplift’ – did you really expect it to be permanent?

    We can obviously make a case for increased UC – I certainly can but don’t buy into this narrative that it was a cut – it wasn’t

    #277631
    rob-boxall
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    Watch out for Wednesday when the “cut” or “temporary uplift” may well get reversed to take account of the sharp increase in fuel, food, etc. Just after we have gone through billing for the new year and sent out all the new year rents!

    #279935
    Mike Hughes
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    Never really clear where assertions about us having a generous benefits system come from. Full Fact suggests we’re not even the most generous in Europe. The growth of food banks is a somewhat obvious clue giving lie to the assertion.

    #279938
    John Boxall
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    AFAIK the UK system is reasonably ‘comprehensive’ in terms of coverage BUT the Insurance based systems in much of Europe are significantly more generous if you meet the much more limited criteria

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #279941
    Mike Hughes
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    If you give a pittance to everyone then you are technically “comprehensive”. The surge in food banks speaks for itself in that respect as does the fact we’ve long since hit the point where in-work poverty outstrips out of work poverty. Over the next few months we will see UC claimants whose entire monthly payment will be eaten by perhaps just one of three utility bills. Worth pausing and contemplating that.

    We are indeed anomalous in respect of NI based schemes. NI based benefits should outstrip means-tested and yet all we have seen is a massive reduction in the length of time for which they can be paid; the near abolition of backdating and the reduction of incentives to claim reduced to near zero.

    Doubtless questions will still arise about whether o/ps should be recoverable/are affordable.

    #279952
    John Boxall
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11177455/Police-prepare-tidal-wave-violent-crime-public-disorder-cost-living-bites.html

    The story is also covered in The Independent & The Times but you have to register or its behind a paywall

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #279969
    Mike Hughes
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    Can usually view 2 Times articles per week without registration nowadays. Not always. Depends on just how many cookies you have downloaded.

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