Monthly Archives: November 2014
This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.
Holyrood allowed to vary key parts of housing elements of universal credit but not other elements after DWP intervention
David Cameron is attacking migrant workers but doing nothing to rein in employers who exploit cheap European labour to keep wages low, says Unite.
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'.
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 proposed by the Smith Commission "do not reflect the full wishes of the people of Scotland", says SNP.
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 more likely to receive welfare payments than council-funded services or support by carers
Speech from Labours Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves MP, on how the Conservatives have wasted billions on botched welfare reforms.
Amber Rudd appeals against plans to scrap funding for crisis schemes as cross-party opposition to £180m a year cut grows
Report calls for new charter of rights for people with learning disabilities after Winterbourne View scandal
The net value of Universal Credit is now estimated to be £14.5 billion - £1.7 billion lower than three years ago.
Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith says delivery of universal credit will not be completed until end of the decade
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.
Long delays in processing disability benefit claims are "forcing many sick and disabled people to rely on food banks to survive", say Labour.
Facebook reacted with astonishment yesterday after it was revealed that a 90+ year-old gran had been ordered to attend a jobcentre interview.
New research shows how under 25's and people in work are now more likely to be living in poverty than pensioners.
With a 36% increase in temporary agency workers since 2009, the Labour leader’s plan will crack down on exploitation
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.
Coalition under fire over pledge to get tough, while food bank boss says ministers must protect people ‘on the edge’