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Welfare Weekly – Issue Seven (29/11/2014)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.

Iain Duncan Smith Vetoed Greater Scottish Powers Over Universal Credit

Holyrood allowed to vary key parts of housing elements of universal credit but not other elements after DWP intervention

David Cameron Attacking Migrant Workers As Bosses Exploit Cheap EU Labour

David Cameron is attacking migrant workers but doing nothing to rein in employers who exploit cheap European labour to keep wages low, says Unite.

‘Name And Shame’ Councils Failing To Help Disabled People Hit By Bedroom Tax, Says Tory MP

The Tories are to name and shame councils who fail to use Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) to help disabled people hit by the hated 'bedroom tax'.

DWP Gets Tough On Sickness Benefit Claimants

The Department for Work and Pensions has today announced a number of changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Work Capability Assessments.

New Tax And Welfare Powers ‘Fall Short Of Vow’, Says SNP

New tax and welfare powers proposed by the Smith Commission "do not reflect the full wishes of the people of Scotland", says SNP.

Named And Shamed: Employers Flouting Minimum Wage Legislation

Employers who owe their workers thousands of pounds for failing to pay them the National Minimum Wage (NMW) have been named by Business Minister Jo Swinson.

Older People Rely On Disability Benefits, Study Finds

Older people more likely to receive welfare payments than council-funded services or support by carers

Rachel Reeves: ‘We Have A Growing Problem Of Tory Welfare Waste’ – Speech

Speech from Labours Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves MP, on how the Conservatives have wasted billions on botched welfare reforms.

Tory Minister Joins Calls For U-Turn On Local Welfare Cuts

Amber Rudd appeals against plans to scrap funding for crisis schemes as cross-party opposition to £180m a year cut grows

Fines From Bank Libor Rigging May Be Used To Close Hospital Disability Units

Report calls for new charter of rights for people with learning disabilities after Winterbourne View scandal

Universal Credit May Not Deliver ‘Value For Money’, Says NAO

The net value of Universal Credit is now estimated to be £14.5 billion - £1.7 billion lower than three years ago.

Labour Attacks ‘Glacial Pace’ Of Welfare Reform

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith says delivery of universal credit will not be completed until end of the decade

Universal Credit Opened Up To Families In North-West Of England

The government's flagship Universal Credit scheme is to be opened up to families and lone parents in parts of the North-West of England.

900,000 Sick And Disabled People Face ‘Huge’ Benefits Delays, Says Labour

Long delays in processing disability benefit claims are "forcing many sick and disabled people to rely on food banks to survive", say Labour.

90+ Year-Old Gran Ordered To Attend Jobcentre Interview

Facebook reacted with astonishment yesterday after it was revealed that a 90+ year-old gran had been ordered to attend a jobcentre interview.

Sharp Rise In Number Of Under 25’s Living In Poverty

New research shows how under 25's and people in work are now more likely to be living in poverty than pensioners.

Ed Miliband Announces New Measures To Tackle Rogue Employment Agencies

With a 36% increase in temporary agency workers since 2009, the Labour leader’s plan will crack down on exploitation

Families With Disabled Children Forced To Go Without Food And Heating

Benefit cuts and the rising cost of living mean families with disabled children are having to cut back on the essentials many of us take for granted.

Firms Flouting The Minimum Wage Not Prosecuted In The Past Year

Coalition under fire over pledge to get tough, while food bank boss says ministers must protect people ‘on the edge’

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