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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Welfare Weekly – Issue 20 (28/02/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from Welfare Weekly.

Cold Homes Could Kill One Hundred Thousand By 2030, Warns Charity

A toxic combination of unaffordable energy prices, low incomes and poor quality housing have resulted in poorer households being unable to adequately heat their homes.

Unite Supports Protests Against Sickness Benefit Tests

Unite the union will be supporting a national day of action against Work Capability Assessments on 2 March 2015.

Benefit Cuts Blamed As Rough Sleeping Soars 55%

Rough sleeping in England has soared by a shocking 55% since David Cameron and the Tory-led coalition came to office, new figures show.

‘Perfect Storm’ Pushes 29% Of Young Adults Into Poverty

Research from the New Policy Institute (NPI) found that poverty among young adults has increased by 6 percentage points over the last decade.

Five Million Workers Paid Less Than The Living Wage

Analysis from the Trade Union Congress reveals that one in five jobs in Britain pays less than the Living Wage.

Coalition Sneaking Out Regulations To Speed Up NHS Privatisation, Labour Says

Shadow health secretary says rules forcing NHS contracts worth over £625,000 to be put out to tender were tabled on last day before parliamentary recess.

Nearly 700,000 On ‘Exploitative’ Zero-Hours Contracts

On average, people on zero-hours contracts work under 25 hours a week and earn £300 less than workers on more permanent contracts.

It’s Time To Consign Cruel Work Capability Assessments To The ‘Dustbin Of History’

Welfare Weekly has joined calls from disabled campaigners to scrap cruel Work Capability Assessments.

Universal Credit ‘Complicated And Expensive’, Say MPs

The Department for Work and Pensions has spent £700 million on Universal Credit since the programme began in 2010

Unemployed Are Less Considerate And Sympathetic, Says Study

Unemployment can cause significant psychological damage to an individuals personality, according to a new study.

Child Poverty Could Rise By More Than A Million By 2030 (External Link)

The number of UK children living in poverty could rise by more than a million by 2030, report warns.

Bedroom Tax: Struggling Scots Awarded £46 Million In Rent Support

More than 101,000 Scots received help with their housing costs between April to December 2014.
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Disabled Employment Rates By Region And Health Condition – Statistics

The latest DWP statistics on disabled persons employment rates by region and health condition.

SEVENTY Minimum Wage Offenders ‘Named And Shamed’

The Government has today 'named and shamed' a further 70 employers who failed to pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.

Low Pay Commission Recommends 3% Increase In National Minimum Wage

The announcement comes as the TUC warns that many households are struggling to get by on less than the 'living wage'.

Cameron’s Pledge To Protect Pensioner Benefits Will Hurt The Poor

"The working age poor will pay the price for the Conservative ring fence for the very wealthiest pensioners", say Lib Dems.

Jobless Man Heckled And Spat At As He Wore A Sandwich Board Asking For Work

Reece Enfield, 22, was targeted by hecklers and hate-filled members of the public as he handed out CV's in Birmingham City centre.

Union Condemns Universal Credit ‘Privatisation’

PCS has condemned the Government's decision to privatise part of the administration of Universal Credit.

Welfare Weekly – Issue 19 (21/02/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from Welfare Weekly.

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