Monthly Archives: January 2015
This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from Welfare Weekly.
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.
Local welfare assistance schemes have helped a staggering 94,000 people at risk of becoming or remaining homeless.
Real terms benefits spending will be almost the same in 2015/16 as it was when the Tory-led coalition came to office.
All politicians should adopt radical welfare changes to restore public faith in the system, says the CAB.
"Removing more benefits from young people will only cause further misery and homelessness", warn charities.
The Scottish Parliament would not have no control over key areas of welfare spending, writes Pat Onions.
The prime minister says the benefit cap has forced people into work. Is this true?
Sarah Wollaston says she doesn’t support scrapping housing benefit for 18-to-21-year-olds
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.
Fifteen left-wing Labour rebels have signed a statement expressing concerns about key elements of Ed Miliband's policy agenda.
The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) says local authorities are best placed to determine the level of support needed by local residents
Single parents are being denied billions of pounds in unpaid child maintenance payments, which may never be collected.
This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.
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.
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
Party says leaflet’s suggestion that claimants should catch a bus to help ease congestion will not be part of its manifesto
Bosses accused of setting targets for sanctions, while unscrupulous staff targeted weak and vulnerable customers
Coalition’s claims under scrutiny after research shows only a fifth of 2m people find employment after losing jobseeker’s allowance
People with mental health problems are more likely to have their benefits stopped by sanctions than those suffering from other conditions.
59% of Scottish children in poverty are living in households with someone in employment.
If you tamper with the support disabled people rely on to work, being in the office with a personal assistant soon becomes being trapped at home, staring at the kitchen walls