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in the winter edition of the Golden Lane Estate newsletter, courtesy of the City of London there is an article about the roll out of High Speed Broadband.

Avondale and Southwark Estate’s will get this first  “ as they are most impacted by the rollout of Full-Digital Universal Credit claims.

Also noted is the following from Frank Field MP in Parliament yesterday and as a letter in the Guardian.

Equally alarming is the welfare state’s newfound role as an active creator of destitution, in the form of universal credit, which social security was designed with the aim of abolishing."

Letter to the Guardian from Frank Field, MP: 'From my recent casework it seems as though the five pillars of the welfare state that Nicholas Timmins identifies are beginning to topple like dominoes, bringing down decent citizens. The first pillar to fall in each instance seems to be the NHS; in particular, the difficulties our poorest constituents face when trying to access an NHS specialist. The problems caused by the fall of this pillar lead to others – social security, housing and education – similarly collapsing.

One example is the length of time – anywhere between six months and a year – families must wait for an appointment with a paediatrician. For families with disabled children, this is their only chance of gaining an all-important note which then enables the right level of benefit, a place at a suitable school, and a home which fully accommodates their circumstances. Likewise, people who suffer with mental health difficulties find themselves on long waiting lists to see a mental health specialist. If they are assessed for disability benefits during this waiting period, they are unable to present a specialist’s note. It has been reported by Feeding Birkenhead that the absence of a note is being used against them in the assessment, resulting in a wrongly withdrawn or drastically reduced award.

We are seeing now a direct link between the strain on the NHS and restricted access to social security, schooling and housing – the “five giants” seem to be waking one another from their slumber. Equally alarming is the welfare state’s newfound role as an active creator of destitution, in the form of universal credit, which social security was designed with the aim of abolishing.
Frank Field MP
Labour, Birkenhead.'

I sincerely hope there is really good support for people moving to this way of getting social security.

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