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Question for Universal Credit types
« on: December 31, 2020, 12:43:18 PM »
Scroungers etc.

Are you being told/forced to actively look for work during covid?

I'm trying to gauge what is normal. At the start of lockdown they closed the job centres and I've only had a couple of brief phone chats with my advisor (they have clearly been swamped with new claimants). I explained that as I had asthma I was reluctant to look for work and put my health at risk, would rather wait and see how things developed. This seemed to be fine until I spoke to some new advisor recently who had the opposite tone and was saying I need to be looking for work as normal or get a doctor's note.

I can see both sides of it to some extent, lots of people are working during the pandemic. But there are fuck all jobs to apply for at the moment anyway.

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Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2020, 02:46:54 PM »
Do these advisors actually advise what kind of jobs you could/should apply for or just blankly tell you to apply for anything? Obviously it depends on your work background etc. but with the normally enormous employment industries of retail and hospitality not only not expanding but frequently shrinking at a rapid rate there's not a fraction of the casual/temporary jobs there used to be. Maybe they'll advise people apply to become unemployment advisors.

Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2020, 03:21:12 PM »
I think for most people they steer you into very broad categories of potential work. They have very little to offer you either way, it's just about being seen to be actively looking whatever that means.

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Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2021, 07:37:18 PM »
Get off the benefits treadmill by selling drugs on the darknet.

Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2021, 07:44:08 PM »
Scroungers etc.

Are you being told/forced to actively look for work during covid?

I'm trying to gauge what is normal. At the start of lockdown they closed the job centres and I've only had a couple of brief phone chats with my advisor (they have clearly been swamped with new claimants). I explained that as I had asthma I was reluctant to look for work and put my health at risk, would rather wait and see how things developed. This seemed to be fine until I spoke to some new advisor recently who had the opposite tone and was saying I need to be looking for work as normal or get a doctor's note.

I can see both sides of it to some extent, lots of people are working during the pandemic. But there are fuck all jobs to apply for at the moment anyway.

Just lie and say you're applying for jobs. Don't try to be reasonable with such an oppressively bureaucratic system

Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2021, 03:27:39 PM »
Signed on in October I think. Had one conversation with an advisor who said he’d put me down for a zoom conference about interview techniques. Haven’t heard back from them since, which suits me just fine. On my Journal or Log or whatever it’s called, I put maybe three entries a month, sporadically (though usually I spread them out around just before I’m meant to get paid, just in case) that basically say “thought about getting a job” or “went for a walk, looked for help wanted signs”. Haven’t had any issues with getting my money thus far. Agree completely with the post above mine.

Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2021, 08:29:54 PM »
Just lie and say you're applying for jobs. Don't try to be reasonable with such an oppressively bureaucratic system

This is absolutely my new plan. It also happened to be my old pre-covid plan too.

Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2021, 11:16:11 PM »
I applied for it last November when I was made redundant. Didn’t expect fuck all from it since I had to do a joint application with my partner whose salary is tidy so was pleasantly surprised to get approved and paid with no notification from them. Even more surprising is they’ve not requested any proof I’m looking for work whatsoever. They’ve just been like “yeah mate have money” and that’s it. I expect they’re swamped and maybe I’ve slipped off their radar but I’m certainly not complaining.

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Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2021, 01:41:10 PM »
I wasnt from March til December but now I am. Unsure why really as its been even more barren for me than usual.

Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2021, 08:51:28 PM »

I was on Universal Credit for over two years (had a break and then re-claimed late last year) and it was absolutely fine. Not the kind of inhuman treatment as seen in I, Daniel Blake. Just look for work and keep the journal up to date. Hope you find a job you like. 

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Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2021, 09:52:25 PM »
The UC lot seem to be like "arsed, mate" lately with a lot of things. I feel like I had quite an easy ride compared to some people.

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Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2021, 03:09:19 PM »
Currently getting phone appointments every 2-3 weeks. During the first lockdown you didn't have to be looking for work which i didn't know until I had my phone appointment to do my commitments again. I was still looking anyway so even if I had known it wouldn't have made a difference.

Have my next appointment during the week so don't know what will be said. I had a fairly rough couple of months before Xmas and was told that if I wasn't able to do my job search due to issues or stress that I would need a doctor's note which is fair enough I suppose. I didn't get one though.

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Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2021, 03:35:42 PM »
Currently getting phone appointments every 2-3 weeks. During the first lockdown you didn't have to be looking for work which i didn't know until I had my phone appointment to do my commitments again. I was still looking anyway so even if I had known it wouldn't have made a difference.

Have my next appointment during the week so don't know what will be said. I had a fairly rough couple of months before Xmas and was told that if I wasn't able to do my job search due to issues or stress that I would need a doctor's note which is fair enough I suppose. I didn't get one though.

I had mine last week and he couldn't get me off the phone quick enough. Get the feeling they are a bit all over the place, so aren't arsed much.

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Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2021, 03:50:39 PM »
Half heard something on the news about a vote, I think tomorrow, to cut the extra from UC that has been going since last year. Knowing the tories it will be cut.

Edit - Apparently a one-off £500 payment is being considered but being shot down as a 'terrible idea' which it really is.

https://news.sky.com/story/replacing-universal-credit-increase-with-one-off-payment-of-500-a-terrible-idea-labour-says-12190548

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Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2021, 05:24:37 PM »
How the fuck did Starmer allow Labour to speak out against a shit Tory idea?

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Re: Question for Universal Credit types
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2021, 08:49:24 PM »
The cut was opposed with a majority vote of 278 to 0. Apparently non-binding though so doesn’t really mean anything from what I’ve read. So what was the point?


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