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claret on my shirt 9:08 Wed Oct 6
Universal Credit Reduction
I just read this on the BBC, basically this women moves to Ireland without a job (that was n't to fucking bright ), goes on benefits and then expects to still be able to send her kid to grammar school and pay for piano and guitar lessons.

Deirdre McCausland was a secondary school teacher in England before moving to Northern Ireland. She thought she could get a job but "fell into the benefits trap".

Deirdre said the 20-a-week UC uplift made a "massive" difference to her. Her daughter may not have been able to go to grammar school without the extra cash.

"It got to the point where if I hadn't had the 20 extra, I was contemplating putting her into a school where perhaps it was closer and the uniform was cheaper," she said.

Deirdre's daughter needs to get the bus, but doesn't qualify for a weekly bus pass. "As you can imagine, the money [20] goes a long way," Deirdre says.

Her daughter wants to pursue a career in music, and the money is helping to pay for her piano and guitar lessons.

"That's what she wants to do in later life, and I may have to take something away from her. It will gall me to have to say to her: 'I need to make cutbacks'," Deirdre says. The reduction "will have a massive impact on my children", she adds.

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Moncurs Putting Iron 1:01 Sat Oct 9
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😉 Thanks Chaps x

cup of tea 12:55 Sat Oct 9
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MPI and the funky bunch?

Eerie Descent 12:54 Sat Oct 9
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It's Vanilla Ice, ain't it?

Moncurs Putting Iron 12:08 Sat Oct 9
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All,

Regretting citing a genuine friend as a case study to you.

You are, on the whole, a decent lot but he's a proper real life mate, who isn't lazy but followed his dream down a dead end.

Please do me a favour and give me a do over on this one yeah?

Hermit Road 11:55 Fri Oct 8
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Just to be clear, if he lives in London he could have shaped his talented rapping around driving an Uber. He would have earned upwards of £50k and had a captive audience.

Hermit Road 11:53 Fri Oct 8
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Moncurs Putting Iron 7:23 Fri Oct 8

Don’t know how old he is but it sounds like he has made a conscious decision to live ont he breadline and doesn’t sound like he’s paid enough tax to fund any public services.

Maybe that’s something he should think about before moaning about what slice of the pie he should receive from other people’s Labour.

collyrob 11:14 Fri Oct 8
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Or she could get one of her ex’s to.

Moncurs Putting Iron 11:08 Fri Oct 8
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Nurse,

Go ahead. Knock yourself out.

RoyalDocksGK 10:36 Fri Oct 8
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I reckon Deidrie smokes 20 b&h a day.

stepney hammer 10:16 Fri Oct 8
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I thought it was part and parcel for an artist to be starving.

bruuuno 9:42 Fri Oct 8
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Moncurs Putting Iron 9:06 Fri Oct 8
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:-)

Nurse Ratched 9:20 Fri Oct 8
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MPI, you have a 'friend' who is a 'rapper'?

Before I laugh, can you tell me if this is a cry for help, middle aged man having a crisis?

Moncurs Putting Iron 9:06 Fri Oct 8
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Bru,

You ever considered being less of sardonic Cunt?

Eerie Descent 8:56 Fri Oct 8
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Talented Artist

LOL

Westham67 8:28 Fri Oct 8
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All warehouse jobs interviews are 2 arms 2 legs your are in but it helps if you put some experience on a cv. You get trained regardless


https://www.resumehelp.com £20 a year

bruuuno 7:51 Fri Oct 8
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MPI has your lover, I mean friend considered getting a job, like what every other talented artist does?

bruuuno 7:47 Fri Oct 8
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mashed in maryland 6:29 Fri Oct 8
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Because they have no opposition

Mike Oxsaw 7:42 Fri Oct 8
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What's the difference between UBI and tax allowances/credits/benefit payments?

penners28 7:29 Fri Oct 8
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I should have clarified. I meant ubi for people who can work, not those physically disabled etc…

Moncurs Putting Iron 7:23 Fri Oct 8
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Penners

I here you, I beleive You have seen the underbelly a lot more than I. But as JAFKD says it isn't all.

North London friend of mine.

Talented artist (rapper)
Community Projects with Schools (Music and Arts)
Supplanted this with Football Stewarding

All of that went to shit over lockdown. All of it.
Got down to the £20 a week to live before the increase.

Now has no buffer finance 'to start back up again' for travel and other expenses and stay under the 15 hours a week

tried to move out of London to more affordable accommodation, but they want proof of a job first.

Talk to him weekly as he is in a dark place and feels forgotten.

Managed to get him one off gigs where his travel and subsistance were included in exchange for a reduced fee and that has helped a bit, but still not in a position where he can have a full time manual job during week and gigs at weekend and afford to live in London.

Even offered a spare room for 3 months rent free for him to move out of London and find work but he is scared of losing the bedsit in that time as the Council cannot wait to wash their hands and the landlord can get private in within hours.

It's still a trap for some fella and its a depressing one.

JustAFatKevinDavies 6:46 Fri Oct 8
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'what we need in this country is a univeral basic income. you get a guaranteed, say, £600 a mth whether you work or choose not to work. Nothing else.'

problem comes with those who don't fit into that category, you cant (morally imo) put someone who wants to work but is unable to on £600 a month for the rest of their life, especially with the associated care costs of some of these people/inability of others around them to work in order to provide care.

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