Question for Chris Grayling

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  • #38209
    Anonymous
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    If you had the opportunity to put one question to Chris Grayling what would it be?

    The portfolio holder responsible for Revs and Bens here at Rochford has just given me this opportunity because he has a meeting scheduled with Mr G in mid-July. So many questions I know but I would be happy to go with a consensus if you are interested in making your views known.

    #107666
    Anonymous
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    Why, Mr Grayling, will you not accept that for UC, front/back offices and centralised call centres simply don’t work?

    #107669
    Anonymous
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    How can UC continue to be promoted as a more generous,all inclusive benefit with a single tapered rate of withdrawal of 65 pence in the £1 when it is abundantly clear that by having separately means tested local Council Tax support schemes,with tapers of at least the current level of 20 pence in the £1, that those in or entering low paid work will be hardly any better off, if at all?

    #107670
    Anonymous
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    How will the DWP, working remotely, be able to verify tenancies in the private sector?

    #107675
    John Boxall
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    Would you like to be the first Government to cause a Revolution/Civil War since Charles the First?

    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

    #107678
    Kevin D
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    [quote=MartinW]Why, Mr Grayling, will you not accept that for UC, front/back offices and centralised call centres simply don’t work?[/quote]

    Imagined reply: “We have vast experience over many years with many examples of extremely successful call centres manned by highly trained professional information rich providers who will provide a quality service for the public.”

    [quote=Peem]How can UC continue to be promoted as a more generous,all inclusive benefit with a single tapered rate of withdrawal of 65 pence in the £1 when it is abundantly clear that by having separately means tested local Council Tax support schemes,with tapers of at least the current level of 20 pence in the £1, that those in or entering low paid work will be hardly any better off, if at all?[/quote]

    Imagined reply: “I’m sorry, I can’t quite hear you – there appears to be some interference on the line…”, followed by a muttered “off-camera” comment “We need better salesmen….”.

    [quote=MartinW]The DWP/HMRC have a 100% failure record implementing IT systems. They are never on time and when the systems are implemented they don’t invariably work. Why will UC be any different?[/quote]

    Imagined reply: “Well, absolutely”. Er, that’s it. PS: Anyone care to design a spreadsheet for calculating benefits? Oh, I believe I did sometime ago. Within 30 minutes.

    #107680
    John Boxall
    Participant

    Dear Mr Grayling,

    Rather than mucking about with the Benefits System, what about
    1. Raising the Minimum Wage to a level that would float many ‘in work’ claimants off benefit
    2. A programme of building Social Housing, let at affordable rents, on the sort of scale we had in the 50’s & 60’s so we dont have the huge Housing Benefit bill we have at the moment.
    3. Trying to redirect and restart the economy so that it can create a large number of jobs paying wages that will support families

    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

    #107682
    Andreas
    Participant

    Wouldn’t the answer be along the lines of:

    1. Universal Credit will supplement the incomes of low-earners using a taper to reduce the credit as earnings increase.
    2. LHA reforms are encouraging private landlords to reduce their rents while LAs and RSLs are also subject to restrictions – based on LHA – and under-occupancy will be addressed to make ‘affordable’ low-rent properties available to those who most need them.
    3. The aim of UC is to make people realise they are better off in work and we are working with private industry to deliver this.

    Personally, I don’t believe any of it but you can hear the hum of the spin already.

    I would ask, which private company is winning the bid to re-instate work-houses for the poor!

    #107683
    michaelh
    Participant

    my question would be….

    Have you ever worked on the front line of benefits administration? If not, do you honestly beleive you can fully appreciate the task in hand, or what is being proposed, and do you fully understand the impact failure to impliment a sufficient system will have on the most vulnerable in our society?

    😉

    #107687
    Rob Hawes1
    Participant

    Why is it the poorest in society who appear to be bearing the brunt of reducing the deficit?

    #63172
    beth_daly
    Participant

    Could you explain just how you could live off £26,000 a year if you have 3 children?

    #107673
    Anonymous
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    The DWP/HMRC have a 100% failure record implementing IT systems. They are never on time and when the systems are implemented they invariably don’t work. Why will UC be any different?

    #107723
    peterdelamothe
    Keymaster

    Oh no, the answer will be “the DHP cure-all medicine will …” cont page 94.

    #107727
    michaelh
    Participant

    It’s like Robin Hood in reverse…..rob the poor, look after the rich

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