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  1. At which point the Judge would have probably smiled? Ask any good litigation solicitor what is good evidence and they will tell you that what you leave out is just as important as what you put in. The trick is in finding out what the bits are that have been left out by both sides.
  2. If you were in receipt of either of those three benefits, and even if you worked as well, the maximum amount of money that you could have per week to be eligible for those benefits was calculated as being just enough to have a basic standard of living. You can't tell me that it would be right that those on those benefits would have enough spare cash each week to run and keep a motor vehicle on the road? Somebody on IB ESA of say £120 a week would have the available funds to run a car - no way.
  3. Even as recent as 2006/2009, the shinanigans continued to some greater or lesser extent. The core hours of work were from 10am to 3.30pm, with lunch between 12 noon and 2.30pm. If you had built up your time with 'unpaid' overtime, you only needed to work from 10am - 12noon then 2 1/2 hours in the pub until 2.30pm, leaving to go home at 3pm! On top of that 'breakfast' could be cooked and eaten up to 10.30am. Of course Civil Servants have always worked hard but as you should expect in exchange for that they played hard as well. Given the poor pay levels, something had to take its place. As an example: a fully qualified 25 year old solicitor would be in the salary range of £20 - £28K pa. In outside industry, in the city of London, the pay was anything up to £100K for doing the same exact job. As for criticising current Civil Servants, In my day you tried your level best to get the right result/answer first time as quickly as possible and we didn't shy away from the public being able to ring us up on our direct telephone number. We were directly accountable for what we did to the public. In fact if there was any outstanding post older than 7 days you had to explain why it was to your line manager writing to the member of public explaining why there was a delay.
  4. Seems that someone on here isn't too happy to hear about what the Civil Service was like in the 60'70's. looking at Workaholics' posts, they verge on the extreme where government policy is being discussed. I've met many of that ilk who cannot see beyond their own fixed opinion. Yes I agree with you, what we got up to in those days would certainly not be tolerated today - mind you it was good fun through!! Most Crown buildings had their own sick rooms for staff, most were occupied by those that had one too many. Canteen/restrooms - it certainly was a world away from what the public ever got to know about.
  5. I believe that this idea related to those on IS & income based JSA/ESA, and not tax credits?
  6. Now you are taking me back many years. Many times after a birthday bash in the pub at lunchtime the sickbay was full up with legless members of staff sleeping it off for the afternoon. I actually had to see members of the public one day due to staff shortages and really didn't know what time of day it was after having one too many Cherry B's! Yes looking back it was a brilliant time if you were young and single!!!
  7. What a radical idea. I question how on earth do those on means tested benefits manage to run and use a motor car in the first place? I accept that for those that are in receipt of the relevant benefit that entitles them to a Motability car do get preferential help. We don't receive any means tested benefits and manage to live off my husband's state pension only and we couldn't afford to put petrol in a car, never mind keep one on the road. What I do suggest is that the DWP could well look into how some benefit claimants on means tested benefits do manage to use and run a car. From memory, the latest figures are that the standing costs, excluding capital depreciation and finance, amount to approx. £22 a week before you put a pint of petrol in it.
  8. That's not quite right. Carers for a start need only care for 35 hours a week to gain the benefit. Yes they may well care for 60+ a week, but they can still find time to work and earn another £100 a week on top AND still get the benefit. As for the disabled not being able to work and earn, I'm sorry but I know many that are disabled and no matter what they work every week despite being completely worn out by the weekend. Being disabled doesn't mean that every disabled person is in a vegetative state. In my opinion far too many people in this country are now accustomed to living on benefits. I have a seriously disabled husband and my health isn't that great and we are both in our 60's. Yet we live on just his state pension!
  9. I see. You actually dealt with the offer of a suitable payment BEFORE you started to receive a benefit. That tells me everything. You were in a very strong position as you say, it was £1 or nothing. Being in receipt of a benefit does change it. They can start deductions at a rate that they want simply because they can take it from your benefit before it is paid to you. Being in that position, you are at the mercy of the DWP as to what they will accept is reasonable.
  10. As has been said, the Welfare budget includes, Housing Benefit, Tax Credits, pensioner payments leaving ESA/JSA and a few other nits and bobs such as IS/IIDB/CA. It was accepted that the Welfare budget had to be cut along with the Defence budget and a whole host of other departmental budgets. Looking at the Welfare budget, the CAP has been brought in (to be further reduced shortly) to cut back on Housing Benefit. Working & Child Tax Credits have been hit with reductions/income limits with further cuts relating to the number of eligible children & Universal Credit. Pensioner payments, no one in their right political minds would attempt to touch this as most pensioners are on fixed incomes with no option to increase them by working. What we need is to have a bigger stick as a deterrent to get more into some type of work. You must admit that there is a large number of people that abuse the ESA & JSA system simply because it is an easier way to get a guaranteed income, probably topped up with money out of the 'black economy'. In my honest opinion ESA/IB has been easy street for years. JSA was just the same by getting money for the least amount of activity that they could get away with. It may be a small part of the budget, but it must be tackled either by voluntary or compulsory means.
  11. And precisely where are those facts and statistics? You could well say that the early deaths of pensioners during the winter period is attributable to the level of the Winter Fuel Allowance. Should it be doubled to avoid those deaths?
  12. From the government's position, they have already hit HB with the CAP, they can't very well touch the pensioners as they have no means of increasing their income by working. That just leaves Tax Credits and ESA/JSA claimants. They have reduced the level at which TC is paid and are on course to make further attacks via UC. That just leaves ESA/JSA. What do you suggest they do? Where would you suggest that they reduce the costs of those two benefits?
  13. Easier said than done I believe. All they have to show is a copy of the file jacket that says that it was sent, copy of the letter or a print out from their admin database. I fear that trying to convince a Tribunal that the DWP are lying through their teeth will be difficult.
  14. As the other poster has said, tell them that that is all you can afford. I am extremely pleased for you that you did actually manage to negotiate such a low figure in the first place. They normally will demand and start to make deductions equal to 1/3rd of the total benefit payment. At best they would then consider, weeks down the line and after those deductions have been made, an absolute minimum payment of I think of about £3.50 a week. My husband had a debt with them and they would not budge from the 30% figure no matter what we told them.
  15. Thank you, I was a good girl in my life as a civil servant. Maybe that is why I was never really noticed and never was promoted.
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