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Monthly Archives: April 2014

No Relationship Between Benefit Sanctions And Food Banks, Say DWP

According to the Scottish National Party (SNP), the claim was made during a Scottish Welfare Reform Committee session, where Mr Couling was standing in for the conservative Employment Minister, Esther McVey MP.

Judge Refuses DWP Leave To Appeal Ruling On Universal Credit Reports

An information tribunal judge has unexpectedly refused consent for the Department of Work and Pensions to appeal his ruling that four reports on the Universal Credit programme be published.

423,000 Single Parents Face New Benefit Sanctions Threat

Gingerbread say the new rules 'focus too heavily on sanctions' in what the charity has described as a 'tick box exercise', rather than providing single parents with tailored support which would enable them 'to get work ready'.

Private Taxi Firms ‘Taking Advantage’ Of Disabled People – Petition

Petition calls on the Government to enact Section 165 of the Equality Act 2010 to stop Private Hire Operators taking financial advantage (overcharging) of wheelchair & disabled passengers.

Public Sector Job Cuts Blamed For £1,800 Drop In Annual Salaries

Factor in inflation, and average advertised salaries have fallen by £2,358 in real terms since March 2013, the jobs search engine Adzuna claim.
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Help To Work Or Unpaid Forced Labour? (Video)

Under the new scheme the long-term unemployed will be expected to take part in strict new requirements in order to continue receiving benefit.

Long-Term Unemployed Told To Work For Their Benefits In Launch Of New Government Scheme

The coalition governments 'Help To Work' scheme comes into effect from Monday 28 April 2014.
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Stephen’s Story – When Life Gives You Cancer (Video)

Terminally ill cancer sufferer, Stephen Sutton, has helped raise an inspirational £2.4 million for cancer research.

Thanks For Paying The ‘Bedroom Tax’ – Have A Free Crème Egg

Welsh Housing Association offered a FREE Cadbury's Creme Egg as a way of thanking tenants for paying the controversial 'Bedroom Tax'.

635,000 Sign New ‘JSA Claimant Commitment’ As Arbitrary Sanctions Continue To Hit Jobless

The new JSA Claimant Commitment has been partly blamed for a shocking rise in the number of jobseeker's having their benefits sanctions.

Amendment to care bill tabled to extend protection of Human Rights Act to people receiving state-funded care at home

New £2 Million Fund To Help Older People Stay Healthy In Their Homes

The coalition government has announced that a new £2 million fund will be made available to help community and volunteer-led projects provide extra support to older people next winter.

Record numbers of families have pleas for help rejected even though councils in England are failing to spend allocated cash.

David Cameron praises Christian charity after Iain Duncan Smith's department accuses it of 'manipulative publicity-seeking'

Benefit Sanctions Pushing Unemployed Further Away From The World Of Work

Minimum length benefit sanctions are 'setting people up to fail' and pushes unemployed people further away from the world of work, figures released by the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) suggest.

Disabled ‘Deeply Distrustful’ Of Any Labour Reform To ‘Fit For Work’ Tests

Labour should realise that disabled people are deeply distrustful of any Labour reform of a Work Capability Assessment system, which Labour introduced with the stated aim of removing 1 million claimants from the benefit system

Mental Health Service Users Publish Healthwatch Handbook

The handbook includes advice on conducting ‘enter and view’ visits to mental health services, effectively involving people with experience of mental health conditions.

Labour Pledges To Transform Controversial ‘Fit For Work’ Tests

Rather than scrap the WCA, which a growing number of critics have demanded, a Labour Government would pay hired contractors a sum based upon the accuracy of their assessments.

Stockton residents oppose filming by Love Productions, whose James Turner Street documentary won audiences of 5 million

Coronation Street Stars Support The Save Independent Living Fund Campaign

Stars of Britain’s longest running soap joined disabled people in their campaign to Save the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

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