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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Welfare Weekly – Issue 16 (31/01/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from Welfare Weekly.

Reduced Benefit Cap Would ‘Force Large Families Out Of The South-East’

Tory plans to reduce benefit cap to £23,000 a year would leave large families on benefits unable to afford rent and facing relocation elsewhere in UK.

Cutting Local Welfare Schemes Would Make Tens Of Thousands Homeless

Local welfare assistance schemes have helped a staggering 94,000 people at risk of becoming or remaining homeless.

Benefits Spending Forecast To Be £220 Billion In 2015 – THE SAME AS 2010

Real terms benefits spending will be almost the same in 2015/16 as it was when the Tory-led coalition came to office.

Welfare System ‘Too Important To Be A Political Football’

All politicians should adopt radical welfare changes to restore public faith in the system, says the CAB.

Charities Slam Tory Pledge To Scrap Housing Benefit For Under 21’s

"Removing more benefits from young people will only cause further misery and homelessness", warn charities.

Letters: There Should Be No Illusion Over Devolved Welfare Powers

The Scottish Parliament would not have no control over key areas of welfare spending, writes Pat Onions.

Reality Check: Has The Benefit Cap Led To A ‘Rush To The Job Centre’?

The prime minister says the benefit cap has forced people into work. Is this true?

Conservative Health Chair Criticises David Cameron’s Welfare Cuts Plans

Sarah Wollaston says she doesn’t support scrapping housing benefit for 18-to-21-year-olds

33% Surge In Applications For Emergency Welfare Assistance

52,400 applications were made to the Scottish Welfare Fund between July to September 2014, an increase of 33% on the same quarter last year.

Labour Rebels Urge Ed Miliband To Reject Austerity

Fifteen left-wing Labour rebels have signed a statement expressing concerns about key elements of Ed Miliband's policy agenda.

Welfare Should Be Devolved To Local Authorities, Says Charity

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) says local authorities are best placed to determine the level of support needed by local residents

Single Parents Denied £2.9 BILLION In ‘Uncollectable’ Child Maintenance

Single parents are being denied billions of pounds in unpaid child maintenance payments, which may never be collected.

Welfare Weekly – Issue 15 (24/01/2015)

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

New Scottish Welfare Powers At A Glance

Scotland's First Minister and leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, welcomed the proposals but argued they had been "watered down" and do not go far enough.

Food Banks: MPs Call For Fresh Inquiry Into Scale Of UK Food Poverty

A cross-party group of MPs has called on government to commission research into the extent and causes of food insecurity and the growth in food banks

Ban Benefit Claimants From Driving, UKIP Candidate’s Leaflet Suggests

Party says leaflet’s suggestion that claimants should catch a bus to help ease congestion will not be part of its manifesto

Jobcentre ‘Hit Squads’ Set Up Benefit Claimants To Fail, Says Former Official

Bosses accused of setting targets for sanctions, while unscrupulous staff targeted weak and vulnerable customers

‘Jobs Revival’ In Spotlight As Most Of Those Who Lose Benefits Fail To Find Work

Coalition’s claims under scrutiny after research shows only a fifth of 2m people find employment after losing jobseeker’s allowance

100 Sickness Benefit Claimants With Mental Health Problems Sanctioned Every Day

People with mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits stopped by sanctions than those suffering from other conditions.

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