DWP Secret Survey To Blame Claimants For Living In Poverty.

It comes as no surprise to hear that the DWP are up to their old tricks again. Thanks to Benefits And Work for uncovering the details of a secret survey that is being carried out by the DWP. Rather than being a positive thing the DWP have decided to use this opportunity to further blame claimants for living in poverty. Whilst not putting the blame where it should go which would be the DWP and the government.

According to Benefits And Work the survey is being carried out by one of the UK’s leading polling companies on behalf of the DWP under the pretence of helping the DWP to better understand people’s financial situation and what support they may need.
The online survey asks a number of questions about claimants being in debt and kind of debts claimants have. It also questions what effect these debts have had on them and their daily lives.



This is the question that stands out from the rest. ‘What types of help or support, if any, would be most useful in helping you manage your finances?’ And to the unknowing bystander it looks fairly reasonable except it isn’t.

The list of survey answer options includes:

Help with working out what money they have left to spend each/day/week/month.Advice on how to manage spending so they don’t run out of money
Advice on how to reduce their spending
Advice on how to reduce their debts


What is missing completely are the very reasons why claimants are in debt in the first place. No mention is given as to the the real reasons why a person might find themselves forced into poverty and are then unable to live a debt free life.

As it stands the amount of social security payments are way below the rate of inflation and haven’t been increased as such, ignoring the facts that food and energy costs have already increased. Energy costs are also set to increase again in April. This will leave claimants unable to make a choice between heating and eating because they’ll be unable to do either. at a rate


The 5 week waiting time for Universal Credit claims to be processed immediately throws claimants into debt. Some can argue that claimants can apply for a loan to cover this whilst ignoring the fact that it doesn’t cover it and the loan has to be paid back. According to the DWP this loan has to go towards paying your rent costs which results in having no money for heating or eating.

It’s also pretty fair to say that hardly any claimants receive their full payment amounts due to the DWP and related organisations garnishing payments for debts such as social security debts, council tax and television licence debts and other related debts. It’s extremely hard, near impossible for claimants to reduce the amount of money garnished each week or month leaving them with much reduced payments in the first place.


There is also no option for questioning the extremely long delays for PIP assessments and WCAs. These long waiting periods throw disabled people into a never ending circle of debt and distress. They are entitled to these payments which go towards them being able to cover the hidden costs that disabled people face every day. Instead the government would rather not help them and instead choose to make their lives as difficult as possible.


With the absence of these answers the survey will no doubt give results saying that claimants who are in debt need to be able to manage their money more resulting them to be referred for budgeting advice. It’s impossible to budget more when claimants aren’t receiving enough social security payments to help them to survive. A caring government would rise payments in line with inflation because it’s the right thing to do.

As it stands this survey will allow the DWP to make the assertion some claimants are unable to eat or heat because they are failing to budget correctly, therefore fuelling the DWP and governments rhetoric that claimants are to blame for their own poverty.

This is very concerning because going off the DWPs track record they’ll share this survey as quickly as possible, after all theres nothing they like more than to punish claimants for reasons that are out of their control.

Benefits And Work have made a Freedom of Information request to find out when and if this report is going to be published.

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7 thoughts on “DWP Secret Survey To Blame Claimants For Living In Poverty.”

  1. I don’t know how you do it Charlotte, although in a way I do as we just have to don’t we? I was in the situation of JSA/ESA/housing benefit throughout my sixties until finally at 66 getting my pension last year. I cannot tell you what a difference it has made… even though in itself it is still a pittance. I was ready to have a complete breakdown the year leading up to my 66th birthday when my ESA was cancelled, but I managed to hang on. I too was furious when I heard about the survey a while ago and yes, like all govt surveys, they are designed to get the results they want. I can feel the stress building up in me now just thinking about it.
    I wish you well at this difficult time, and hope you are also getting better physically after being unwell for so long.

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    1. So much love to you ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️. I’m a lot better than I was not as fatigued and no pneumonia atm which is a result for me.
      It’s Joseph’s death anniversary on Monday and I’m dreading it xxx

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  2. The bloody cheek! I am not living in poverty because I don’t know how to budget, I am poor because my income is too low for anyone to reasonably live on. The Tories froze JSA for four years so that it didn’t even keep up with inflation, and the current increase due next month is also less than inflation. The rates of JSA are too low to begin with, a fact made clear by the Council of Europe as long ago as 2014.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jan/29/uk-benefits-inadequate-council-of-europe

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      1. Cheeky rich gits. Could they live on State Benefits? Of course not. And when you think of the Lords getting £340 per day cash in their hands just for turning up at the House of Lords and having a kip, whilst we are expected to live on peanuts, in my case 70 odd quid a week, compared to £340 PER DAY!!! And they’re all Millionaires/Billionaires to start with. Plus all the Millionaires in the Commons, Sunak and Rees Mogg et al, It makes my head spin.

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