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to worry that some people on benefits won't manage when payments are made monthly

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SuedeEffectPochette Tue 12-Feb-13 22:08:43

Of course, many people on benefits are doubtless great at managing a budget, but at the moment people are paid weekly, so if money runs out, it's only a day or so (still bad enough). But when payments are monthly, some people may have a couple of weeks of no money - what is going to happen to them? Also Housing Benefit won't be paid direct to landlords any more, which will lead to a massive increase in homelessness if that money is not passed on. If you have run out of money for food, you won't be paying any to your landlord will you? I think the government should stick to weekly payments.

Bogeyface Fri 15-Feb-13 00:25:59

On MN I think alot depends on the political leanings of the first member of "Royalty" to post! Sad but true.

I read your thread and though of The Handmaids Tale, not sure why!

Bogeyface Fri 15-Feb-13 00:26:39

thought

WishIdbeenatigermum Fri 15-Feb-13 08:26:42

There will be deaths. sad

IneedAsockamnesty Fri 15-Feb-13 10:24:55

People are going to die, muggers are going to have a field day. Dare I say it I predict a riot.

I've always wanted to have a legit reason to say that.

sashh Fri 15-Feb-13 13:08:07

define vulnerable? Those with special needs i.e. learning difficulties then yes but the DLA which covers the majority of their benefits is not changing.

DLA is being scrapped, it will become PIP, and DLA is not the majority benefit. SOmeone with Down's syndrome might get £35 a week.

JakeBullet Fri 15-Feb-13 13:28:45

Can confirm DLA is going..had a letter yesterday about DS' s DLA. It won't affect him initially as he is under 16 but will become PIP after this.

Even those who have lifetime awards of DLA will be reassessed ubder PIP.

motherinferior Fri 15-Feb-13 15:10:19

'there are agencies there to watch out for those situations wanna - social services, charities'...

Have you any idea - any idea - of just how many charities are folding every damn day? Of how many applications for funding cross the desks of grant-making agencies (my partner works for one of these) and have to be turned down because there just isn't the money, and/or because it's clear that'll just be throwing good money into a lost cause? Do you know the grim decisions facing social services, about what to cut and what to up the charges for?

TheBigJessie Fri 15-Feb-13 16:44:26

Monthly? Oh dear... I remember (back when I was a hostel resident) how many of my peers couldn't make their money last a fortnight!

This is going to be a disaster for the many vulnerable people on benefits.

scarlettsmummy2 Fri 15-Feb-13 21:26:27

There will be many people of low intelligence with poor levels of literacy and numeracy who will not be entitled to DLA, and most likely will not have much current involvement with social services. It is this group who will be harmed the most by monthly payments.

There will be many people of low intelligence with poor levels of literacy and numeracy who will not be entitled to DLA, and most likely will not have much current involvement with social services. It is this group who will be harmed the most by monthly payments.

I personally know someone who falls into this category. He did have DLA because of his epilepsy but its been taken off him now. He cannot even budget with the weekly payments he gets now. There is no support for him.

Sadly, if people looked at a snapshot of his life they would throw him into the "feckless" category. But they wouldnt see how he gets taken advantage off on a daily basis. How he gets beaten up by his "mates" for money. How they are all laughing at him behind his back but going to his house on a sat night and making him buy them drink while they sit there eating his food.

People like him are getting lost. Not together enough to function in society, but not on the radar of proper diagnoses and support.

We have already had to give him money for food and elec before now. I dread to think what will happen to him because we dont have the money to give. sad

TheBigJessie Sat 16-Feb-13 01:07:48

I remember some girls who had just left care at 16-18. They weren't even not bright",. But they had poor numeracy, poor education in general, poor impulse control with any budget over 50p. They blew their fortnightly job-seekers' payment within a few days. A lot like lots of university students! But they had no parents to support them and help them with it all. They ended up in debt, of course.

Those quickloan companies will make a mint out of this.

IneedAsockamnesty Sat 16-Feb-13 01:13:53

Wannabe.

I also know several people in the same position as the man you know.and I am extremely concerned for them monthly payments will make them a much bigger target for abuse

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