Sidestep into September!
Last month Ebenezer Cobb Morley (1831-1924), the first man to write down the rules of football, would of been celebrating his 187th birthday last month. As a tribute we are revisiting Football this month, it seems fitting as the Premier League has begun. We have a great football quiz, to test how much of a fanatic you really are and as always we have some articles on money and current affairs.
This month our local area will be completing the roll out of Universal Credit which has lead to some more investigations into how the benefit works and the issues that are arising.
Aside from the fact people are starting the claim, with up to eight weeks of rent arrears and many are struggling to adapt to the new monthly payment, Universal Credit pays 100% of the benefit award into the account of the head of the household. For a domestic violence survivor not only could this mean no money for them to leave or to get help, it also means that financial abuse will be easier for the abuser as all the funds will go directly to them, leaving the survivor having to ask for money to buy the essentials.
Are people being left in serious dangerous situations?
When researching the help that survivors of Domestic Violence can receive from the Department for Work and Pensions, the website states that proof will be required and written evidence will need to be provided to prove you are in domestic violence? In most cases people do not speak up due to fear and worries of people doubting them, is asking them to provide proof of the situation they are in or are wanting to flee just put people off speaking up?
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Banking on it.
Everyone has a bank account right?
Wrong, to open an account you need a fixed address and ID, to get ID you need a fixed address.
Which all points to the same thing, without an address you cannot have an account and without an account you cannot be paid benefits under the new Universal Credit scheme.
DCS C.I.C have been tweeting banks and building societies this week to get their view on the situation.
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