Universal Credit is designed so that it really does pay to break the law

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Most employment agencies now use umbrella companies to pay their employees. Umbrella companies are a scam and operate many illegal practices. One of those illegal practices is rolled-up holiday pay. HMRC turn a blind eye to this illegal practice. on Universal Credit it actually pays big to break the law by accepting rolled-up holiday pay. And here's how big.
You take a labouring job paying £9.00 per hour umbrella (£1.25 of which is rolled-up holiday pay) for a 40 hour week and the contract lasts 12 weeks. You don't get any UC because you earn too much, but you automatically remain on UC. You keep all your accrued holiday pay of about £300 pounds because you don't get any money from UC.
Alternatively, you do the right thing and chose not to break the law. You take a labouring job paying £7.50 per hour PAYE for a 40 hour week and the contract lasts 12 weeks. You don't get any UC because you earn too much, but you automatically remain on UC. On week 13 after the job has finished you to take your accrued holiday pay of around £300 pounds. Now, because you've played nicely and not broken the law the DWP and the lovely folks at Universal Credit Land count your PAYE accrued holiday pay as earnings - they take two-hundred of the three-hundred pounds off you. You loose, the DWP win.
Can the DWP provide all recorded information about how much better off employees are when they break the law by accepting rolled-up holiday pay while on UC, as opposed to accepting simple PAYE and not breaking the while on UC.

Yours faithfully

M Boyce

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Dear DWP Strategy Freedom of Information,

The situation I set above is actually far worse than I first thought.

If you take a holiday (say you go to Bradford for a week to catch some sun) since you've been working hard for many months while having your National Minimum Joke topped-up with Universal Credit (UC). Then not only will the lovely DWP take three quarters of that holiday pay off you, but you will be forced to come off UC for that week of rest. Then you will have to make a fresh claim for UC. And here's the quadruple whammy: The DWP take most of your holiday pay off you, you don't receive any UC for that week on holiday, then when you reclaim you have to serve 7 waiting days where you are not entitled to any money, and then you have a further 6 week wait on top of that to get your UC back up and running again.
When Emperor Cameron said he wanted to return to Victorian values, he meant the values of the work house and destitution for the many, not the few.

Yours sincerely,

M Boyce

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Universal Credit is designed so that it really does pay to break the law'.

You have completely ignored what I have said and what I have asked for. Please supply the information I asked for. In terms of approaching HMRC over illegal working practices - I have already done so and they have ignored the issue, as have the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/u...

Yours faithfully,

M Boyce

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