What are 'essentials'
Just nosing on one of the government websites about sanctions- I remembered about the I Daniel Blake film and it brought this up.
Help if your payment is stopped or reduced
You can ask for a hardship payment if you can’t pay for rent, heating, food or hygiene needs because you got a sanction. You’ll repay it through your Universal Credit payments - they’ll be lower until you pay it back.
You must be 18 or over.
You’ll have to show that you’ve tried to:
- find the money from somewhere else
- only spend money on essentials
It doesn't say what essentials actually are does it, but isn't it a tad insulting if they cut your money and then dictate where you spend it?
The money somewhere else, begging off friends or family I presume.
And because its linked to the rent element, stopping it might effectively stops your rent. Hasn't anyone high up not thought that's a really **** idea! If there is one thing I think is a bad idea about UC, it's that.
I've turned off the heating because what I get now to live on it needs to be only when its 'essential'. But according to this they will give you a hardship payment. So how many of us live in hardship already.
Pointless thread. Can't sleep.