Solutions for Britain’s 12.4 billion pounds’ worth of unclaimed benefits

And what do we do about that? (See this for more info.)

I don’t know. British government is utterly useless in this respect. Everybody knows that.

Could local government be better? Instead of city councils sending out e-mails that encourage people to buy lottery tickets (!!), could they include a list of potential benefits people may qualify for? It might even stop those people from getting into arrears with their council tax, for example.

Other than that, I have no solutions. Anyone?


I got that in response to this:

Ladies, gentlemen,

Some time ago, the tone of your council tax payment reminders changed considerably. The letters can now be seen as condescending toward socioeconomic minorities.

Most people do not choose to ignore their council tax bills, after all. They are forced to.

You know as well as I do that people who are on any kind of benefit to do with the DWP often suffer from delays, sanctions and errors in their payments. Their income is not such that it can bridge those income gaps and the income gaps usually mean that people are not able to carry out bill payments.

This situation is going to get worse as a result of the roll-out of the universal credit system which currently results in payment gaps of 6 to 8 weeks.

May I suggest that instead of chiding people for being of the wrong class, you offer support and solutions?

One solution for bridging income gaps caused by the DWP could be to set up small local networks that offer peer-to-peer interest-free lending. Each individual might for example lend £5 or £10 to the person left in the lurch by the DWP, which would limit each individual’s risk. This could enable people to continue paying their bills instead of getting in arrears. When the delayed DWP payment finally arrives, they would have to return the loaned money. If they don’t, they’d be kicked out of the network. Any new delays would have to be covered through a new loan.

I know that Britain distinguishes between lesser and higher human beings, but that is against the law, even in Britain, and your letters could be perceived as discriminatory in nature.

Thank you for your consideration.

Kind regards,

Angelina Souren

Of course, the above also holds for other situations, such as cleaners whose get their wages late or whose paid wage amount was incorrect. Benefit payments have been in the news a lot lately, however.

One thought on “Solutions for Britain’s 12.4 billion pounds’ worth of unclaimed benefits

  1. With regard to bridging DWP gaps, if you use text or WhatsApp messaging in combination with PayPal, you don’t even need a special app for it.

    You could set up the networks such that they contain, say, 10 people on benefits and 10 people who have a decent income or of 20 people on benefits. In the first case, a network can probably also still suffice when several people suffer an income gap. In the latter case, there is less of a power imbalance, but also less interaction between different layers of society.

    Local networks would probably have to interface to avoid abuse (avoiding that someone who gets kicked out of a network moves on to the next and the next).

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