As the SKWAWKBOX covered yesterday, Treasury Secretary Liz Truss floundered incompetently and dodged the question when she was challenged by the BBC’s Daily Politics programme about the fact that Universal Credit (UC) claimants – many of whom are in absolutely desperate straits – are charged 55p per minute to call the DWP to try to sort out their claim.
A woman broke down on in a BBC interview yesterday as she told of the impact on her life of an eight-month delay in her payments – and 45% of UC claimants have experienced delays, often resulting in serious hardship. According to Jeremy Corbyn in yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, campaigners expect UC to push 200,000 more children into poverty.
However, not everyone is forced to pay through the nose to contact the government about their financial affairs.
In fact, some don’t pay at all.
‘0300’ numbers, according to area-codes.org.uk, are charged…
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