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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Welfare recipients in south-west Sydney first to be targeted by drug testing

New regime ‘all about love’, Malcolm Turnbull says as Canterbury-Bankstown named the first of three trial sites.

Disabled people take their fight against Tory cuts to the United Nations

Disabled people take complaints about UK Government’s disability rights record to the United Nations.

Philip Hammond urged to use budget to help low-income families

Rising inflation is exacerbating benefits cuts, says Child Poverty Action Group, making it harder for parents to make ends meet.

Health benefits from lone parents welfare to work policies unlikely, research shows

Improvements in health have been used to justify mandating employment for lone parents in receipt of social security benefits.

McDonalds staff to strike over pay and working conditions

McDonalds face their first ever strike in the UK, as workers at two restaurants demand a £10 an hour wage and an end to zero-hours contracts.

DWP announce plans to axe 800 jobs amid Jobcentre closures

PCS union condemned the "dreadful" announcement, adding the DWP should be recruiting more staff rather than axing jobs.

Mentally ill man found dead on beach after his sickness benefits were removed

"What's the point?": David Metcalf is said to have felt 'frustrated and upset' after being found 'fit for work' by the DWP.

Council leaders call for a ‘national renaissance’ in council house building

Council leaders call on the government to help local authorities build more 'genuinely affordable' homes.

Almost 90% of Universal Credit tenants are in rent arrears, warns Council

South Lanarkshire Council says tenants in receipt of universal credit have accrued rent arrears totaling more than half a million pounds.

‘Austerity causes a lot of suffering’: record number of food banks report stock shortage

Trussell Trust, Britain’s biggest food bank network, says supplies dwindling this summer as welfare sanctions bite.

Drug-testing welfare recipients won’t stop addiction, psychiatrists warn

Australia’s peak body for psychiatrists says Coalition’s plan ‘very simplistic’ and at odds with 50 years of evidence.

Labour launches its ‘national State Pension tour’

Party hopes to increase public awareness about how Tory plans will force 36.9 million people to work longer.

Universal Credit will leave single parents up to £3,100 a year worse off, say Labour

Labour calls on the UK Government to halt the roll-out of its flagship Universal Credit system.

8 in 10 unpaid carers feel ‘lonely or socially isolated’, research shows

Charities call on the government to provide more support for unpaid carers, including regular respite breaks from caring.

DWP tells woman with Dementia she can ‘care for herself’ and removes her benefits

Cruel decision comes despite the fact that she often forgets to turn off the gas after cooking.

State pension age rise to affect over 50,000 of Theresa May’s constituents

Theresa May's decision to bring forward changes to the state pension age may come back to haunt her.

Scotland could become the first country to ‘end period poverty’

Scottish Labour move to make access to sanitary products a basic human right.

Black workers in the UK are STILL paid less than their white counterparts

Findings fly in the face of Theresa May’s pledge to tackle "burning injustice" and build a Britain "that works to everyone".