Monthly Archives: April 2015
Commercial providers of out of hours GP care in England are associated with poorer experience of care, compared with NHS or not for profit providers.
Lib Dem chief secretary accuses Tories of ‘trying to con the British people’ by concealing until after the election plans for major reforms to child benefits and child tax credits.
Two-thirds of councils are failing in their legal obligation to make homes safe for disabled people, according to a new report.
Welfare cuts have pushed hundreds of thousands – including more than 300,000 children – below the poverty line since 2012, despite Tory claims to the contrary.
Plaid Cymru has promised to work with disabled people to ensure their rights are at the heart of a 'new welfare state'.
David Cameron says he will press on with welfare reforms after Miliband’s earlier claim Tories have plan for cuts to tax credits that would devastate family finances.
Millionaire landlords receiving housing benefit are stepping in where the council has failed, writes Rupert Chapman.
All school children under the age of 11 would be entitled to free school meals, under new plans announced by the Liberal Democrats.
Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of being too scared to defend his welfare policies, after failing to turn up to a hustings event in his own constituency.
An analysis by the IFS of the Conservatives’ sketchy £12bn welfare cuts plans shows they would take working-age social security spending back to Thatcher-era levels.
The Green Party has pledged to double Child Benefit and protect the Independent Living Fund from closure.
Buy-to-let private landlords raked in a staggering £9,296 billion in housing benefit payments in 2013/14 alone.
Bedroom Tax victim Mitchell Keenan was rushed to hospital after being discovered by family with frostbite.
The SNP has accused former PM Gordon Brown of misleading vulnerable Scots over a 'bogus' pledge for extra food bank funding.
A new report from the TUC shows that 820,000 workers are trapped on low-paid 'short-hours' contracts.
Forcing parents on the minimum wage to work more hours is removing their dignity.
This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from Welfare Weekly.
Figures detailing who is being awarded contracts to provide clinical services appear to undermine government’s claim 6% of NHS budget goes to private firms.
Fuel voucher for families who use prepayment meters will be available to those in crisis referred to food banks by welfare advice agencies, GPs and social workers.
Critics say refusal to reveal how £12bn of welfare cuts will be achieved makes party look shifty and afraid to confront voters with reality of where axe will fall.
Homecare workers are being increasingly asked to perform intimate procedures for which they have received little or no training.
Subjecting the NHS to another five years of 'efficiency savings' is reckless and potentially lethal, says NHA.