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Brexit and Social Security Benefits: Draft UK and EU agreements

Social security

The Withdrawal Agreement provides for rules on social security coordination in relation to the beneficiaries of the citizens’ part of the Withdrawal Agreement, and to other persons who at the end of the transition period are in a situation involving both the United Kingdom and a Member State from the social security cooperation perspective.

Those persons will maintain their right to healthcare, pensions and other social security benefits, and if they are entitled to a cash benefit from one country, they may be able to receive it even if they decide to live in another country. The social security provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement will address the rights of EU citizens and UK nationals in social security cross-border situations involving the UK and (at least) one Member State at the end of the transition period. Those provisions can be extended to cover “triangular” social security situations involving a Member State (or several Member States), the UK and an EFTA country (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). This will allow the rights of EU citizens, UK nationals as well as EFTA country citizens who are in that type of triangular situations to be protected. For this to be operational, three different agreements need to be applicable: an article in the Withdrawal Agreement protecting EFTA nationals, provisions protecting EU citizens in corresponding agreements between the UK and the EFTA countries, and provisions protecting UK nationals in corresponding agreements between the EU and the EFTA countries. Only if the two latter agreements are concluded and applicable, the article in the Withdrawal Agreement protecting EFTA nationals will be applicable as well. The decision on the applicability of this article will be taken by the Joint Committee created by the Withdrawal Agreement.”

#Universalcredit: DWP forced to release Universal Support contract, given to Citizens Advice

Background: #UniversalCredit: DWP deny release of its Citizens Advice blood-money contract for Universal Support

“Universal Support is not mandatory. Claimants are not sanctioned for
failing to attend Universal Support”
DWP FOI reply: ‘Universal Support: £39 million for Citizens Advice‘ – 8/11/18

Grants* (redacted)

FOI request and reply

*Worth £51 million and done without any competitive tenders. A request for unredacted grants has been made.

Report:

“The gap between the Department’s original vision for Universal Support, and the meagre offer it now funds, is vast. The Department envisaged providing ongoing help Universal Credit’s most vulnerable claimants, ensuring they can make the most of the new benefit. In reality it offers a single session of Personal Budgeting and Digital Support, restricted to the first three months of a claim. The current service is almost solely focused on getting new claims up and running. The new contract with Citizens Advice will not substantially diverge from this approach. This may help the Department progress with the roll out, but it is likely to fall far short on helping Universal Credit achieve its wider objectives. In its current form, Universal Support is far from “universal”, and all too often offers only very limited support both budgeting and digital skills.”
Source:  ‘The Universal Support Offer‘ – Work and Pensions Committee – 28 October 2018

 

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#UniversalCredit: DWP deny release of its Citizens Advice blood-money contract for Universal Support

[ Contract docs released ]

Despite widespread concern (public interest), today the DWP denies release of it’s Universal Support contract with Citizens Advice,  saying it needs more time to consider ‘commercial interests’. In the meantime the DWP continues to use Citizens Advice as it’s  ‘patsy‘ for the myriad of Universal Credit failures.

Follow @charlotteh71 and @RespectIsVital for real life testimony on Universal Credit.

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Named & Shamed: Workfare employers in Dundee and Edinburgh @boycottworkfare

[ Workfare: here and now ]

Today the DWP named and shamed the employers who have Jobcentre agreements to provide zero wage ‘work experience’ workfare placements, in Dundee and Edinburgh.

UK wide, London and Manchester workfare exploiters also recently named and shamed.

Activists and campaigners can make Freedom of Information Act requests to expose the employers who have such workfare placement agreements with local Jobcentres, I
am not aware of anyone obtaining this Jobcentre ‘work experience’ placements information prior to 2018.

Under Section 16 (3)(e) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012, work experience placements can be mandatory under Universal Credit, including the current Youth Obligation scheme.

Claimants can name and shame workfare exploiting employers, using this Boycott Workfare form.

Join Boycott Workfare‘s campaign against forced-unpaid-labour and sign up to Keep Volunteering Voluntary.

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London #workfare employers named and shamed. (16/10/18) @boycottworkfare

[ Workfare: here and now ]

The DWP has just named and shamed employers for it’s London Jobcentre districts that collaborate to provide unpaid workfare placements.

The names of employers with formal agreements to provide Jobcentres workfare (work experience) placements on a UK wide basis was recently released and similar information has been requested for Scotland. Details of 300+ workfare exploiters collaborating with Jobcentres in Manchester is also available.

Prior to 2018 there does not appear to have been successful FOI requests to the DWP for the names of employers who have agreed with Jobcentres to provide unpaid ‘work experience’ placements.

Under Section 16 (3)(e) of the Welfare Reform Act 2012, work experience placements can be mandatory under Universal Credit, including the current Youth Obligation scheme.

Claimants can name and shame workfare exploiting employers, using this Boycott Workfare form.

Join Boycott Workfare‘s campaign against forced-unpaid-labour and sign up to Keep Volunteering Voluntary.

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@UKlabour “could” #ScrapUniversalCredit

Labour could SCRAP Universal Credit entirely reveals welfare chief as she launches sweeping review of the benefits system
Mirror 23/9/18