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    Just a suggestion, but it may be worth mentioning that the policy is being implemented in concert with minimum wage increases and a rising personal allowance. It helps to contextualise a policy that is designed to both encourage people into work and ensure the private sector remunerates them appropriately. Overall, a great theory, but questionable implementation!

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      Hi Tom, agreed that should also be added for extra context. Would you like to add a line in? If not I am more than happy to.

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    Hi Lydia, thanks. I will research how it works exactly and get back to you. It IS on an “arrears” basis, as far as I know, but – again – let me confirm that to you with the relevant source included. I think that, as far as writing help goes, your idea is perfect. What I’d like to do, if that’s ok, is also to do my own research and sketches in the meantime (and write as much as I can in my own draft on my own computer, first), and then we can agree together what goes into the final article and what doesn’t. Hope that’s ok – let me know, of course, if not or if you suggest anything different. In the meantime, I’ll get on with the research 🙂

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    Please let me know if there’s anything I can help with. I think that would be better than me volunteering to write any sections myself. I would have started the story off myself, but am chronically lacking in time at the moment, sadly. That said, I am happy to research this, provide research material, etc., and help in any other way you want me to, including writing, of course. I’d just rather not commit myself, by my own doing as it were, to writing any of it for sure when my schedule is topsy-turvy 🙁 – unless you ask me to write any of it, in which case I’ll find the time! Thanks 🙂

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    *Moving conversation from Daily News Agenda* Hi Vlad, yes I think we can show what the media thinks in a balanced way and note the paper’s stances/biases. Let me know if there are any sections you’d like to write – I have added subheadings to give an idea of structure.

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    Universal Credit – what it is: https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

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    Hi Vlad, no worries that you are busy – that’s what I’m here for! It would be awesome if you had any research on the payment system – exactly how it operates. I know people are paid up to six weeks after signing up, and then monthly, but it is on an “arrears” basis. So if you had some documents or links on that, or any other elements you’ve found to be particularly interesting, that would be great. As for writing help – I will get most of it down and then you can have a look over before it’s published?

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    Hi Lydia. For the human angle (and perhaps more), maybe these stories would be of interest to you as you shape this story? Hope it’s ok to link to them here: thanks! http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-10-24/man-died-while-waiting-for-universal-credit-days-after-itv-interview/ http://www.itv.com/news/2017-10-23/ian-duncan-smith-calls-for-universal-credit-waiting-time-to-be-slashed/ http://www.itv.com/news/2017-10-22/archbishop-of-york-urges-cut-to-grotesquely-ignorant-universal-credit-waiting-time/ http://www.itv.com/news/2017-10-21/ministers-could-reduce-universal-credit-waiting-time-after-outcry/ Sorry for the “in bulk” “reading material”, haha. Just thought these might help? Again, I’m 100% happy to contribute and help in any way you see fit – and tell me if I’m being too much, haha! Thanks for your patience 🙂

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    Thanks Lydia – phenomenal job, in my view – hats off to you. I’ve just had a quick look and added in the arrears payment process detail as a small, “aside” comment, in brackets. I’ve also taken the liberty of capitalising Universal Credit throughout – do please correct me if I’m wrong on this one, and on anything else, in fact. I may have another quick look in the morning, but this looks brilliant to me right now. Thanks again!

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    Back to you, Vlad. Please take a look when you get a chance to see if anything is missing then we can file it to an editor tomorrow. I haven’t added in the arrears payment process, but see if it needs it? Thanks again!

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    PS – We don’t need to use the sources box for links to websites/articles. Only use when you quote a book/significant body of text/huge study that you can’t link to in the piece. Otherwise something that requires a specific reference.

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