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Monthly Archives: October 2014

Number Of Low-Paid Workers Hits Record High Of Over Five Million

The number of people in low-paid work across Britain has increased by 250,000 to just over five million, according to a new report.

It’s Official: Maximus Awarded Work Capability Assessment Contract

Maximus Health and Human Services Ltd has been awarded the contract to undertake health-related assessments, DWP announced today

2,700 Disabled Ex-Remploy Workers STILL Looking For A Job

A new report from the GMB union found that over 2,700 disabled ex-Remploy workers are still looking for a job.

Sickness Benefit Cuts ‘Considered’ By Ministers

Ministers are considering making drastic cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), internal documents reveal.

Home Care Providers Cheating Workers Out Of The Minimum Wage

Half of all home care providers investigated by the HMRC cheated their workers out of the National Minimum Wage, damning new research reveals.

DWP To Award £500 Million ‘Fit For Work’ Contract To U.S Firm Maximus

DWP will award a benefit assessment contract worth £500 million to the private American firm Maximus, according to an anonymous source.

Social Care Funding Spiralling Into A £4.3 Billion ‘Black Hole’, Experts Warn

Social care funding for the elderly and disabled is facing a £4.3 billion shortfall by the end of the decade, experts are warning.

Mental Health Spending ‘Unacceptably Low’, Says Mind Charity

Research from the charity Mind found that local authority mental health spending is "unacceptable low", with some spending 'close to nothing'.
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UKIP Deputy Leader Calls For NHS Privatisation – Video

Footage has emerged of UKIP's deputy leader Paul Nuttal calling for "more free market [to be] introduced into the NHS".

Sports Direct Forced To Agree Major Changes For Zero-Hours Staff

Former employee Zahera Gabriel-Abraham brought a legal challenge against Sports Direct, aimed at securing better working rights for its 20,000 strong workforce.

Heart Attack Victim Told To Attend Back-To-Work Programme – As He Lay In A Hospital Bed

A4E contacted a heart attack victim to inform him that he must complete a back-to-work scheme, days after he suffered a major heart attack.

Leaked Universal Credit Memo Shows Jobcentre Staff Struggling With Rollout

Jobcentre whistleblower tells Dispatches that computerised benefits scheme is ‘unworkable, poorly designed and out of date’

Welfare Weekly – Issue Two (25/10/2014)

This weeks biggest welfare related news from the Welfare Weekly.

Ed Miliband Accused By Carers Of Failure To Back Pay Strike

Labour leader called on to make a public statement of his support for carers on strike in his constituency

Miliband Banned Lamont From Condemning Bedroom Tax

Ms Lamont resigned as Labour leader in Scotland on Saturday after accusing colleagues south of the border of trying to run Scotland like a "branch office of London"

Judicial Review Launched Against Disability Benefit Delays

Lawyers have launched legal action against the government over "unnecessary and unacceptable" disability benefit delays.

Letters: Privatisation Threatens Dementia Care In Cheshire

Concerns that privatisation, as an option to be considered by the Council, could lead to a watering down of the terms and conditions for the carers.

Britain Faces Future Divided By Rich And Poor, Poverty Commission Warns

Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report predicts number of households in absolute poverty will rise by one third this decade

Duncan Smith: Universal Credit Will Generate £7bn In Economic Benefits

Work and pensions secretary says scheme will bolster economy by allowing an extra 300,000 households to enter employment

100,000 Receive Help From Scottish Welfare Fund

Over 100,000 struggling households have received help from the Scottish Welfare Fund, shocking new figures reveal.

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