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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Why The Work Programme Didn’t Get Sarah A Job

The government’s flagship welfare-to-work programme institutionalises bullying, interrupted only by undirected job searches.

Advertised Job Salaries Fall In Every Region Of The UK

If you're thinking about looking for a new job it may be wiser bet to stay in your current role, at least for the time-being.

Labour Considers Biggest Social Housebuilding Drive Since 70s

Shadow housing minister John Healey says government could build 100,000 council houses and housing association homes a year.

Owen Smith: I Won’t Let Iain Duncan Smith Play Politics With People’s Lives

Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, gives a speech to the Labour Party Annual Conference.

Tory Welfare Cuts Will Destroy Benefit Of New Living Wage, Research Shows

Rise of 50p an hour will not cover loss of benefits for 6.5 million people, says Resolution Foundation thinktank.

This Week On Welfare Weekly (26/09/2015)

Catch up with all of this weeks news from Welfare Weekly and others.

Social Services Unlawfully Deprived A Disabled Woman Of Her Liberty

Somerset Council social services unlawfully deprived a severely disabled adult of her right to a home life, a judge has ruled.

Soaring Debts Trapping Young People In Financial Difficulty, Charity Warns

The number of young people seeking help with debt issues has increased by more than a fifth in the last year.

Home Care Visits Should Last At Least Thirty Minutes, Says Watchdog

Home care visits for elderly and vulnerable people should last for at least half and hour, the health watchdog says.

Depressed Mum Died From A Heart Attack After Her Benefits Were Stopped

Ruby Urbacz died from a heart attack on 6th September 2015. after her benefits were stopped by officials from the DWP.

Scotland To Adopt ‘Fairer Approach To Disability And Carer Benefits’

A rule that penalises families whose disabled children are in hospital will be abolished, the Scottish Government has announced.

UK Tax And Benefit Changes Worsening Inequality, IFS Warns

Institute for Fiscal Studies says that in-work benefits help close the gap between rich and poor over a worker’s lifetime.

David Cameron Urged Not To Weaken Freedom Of Information Act

Campaigners have written to PM David Cameron expressing ‘serious concern’ at the government’s approach to the Freedom of Information Act.

Fit For Work Assessment Was ‘Trigger’ For Suicide, Coroner Says

Report into death of Michael O’Sullivan blames work capacity assessment and warns ‘risk future deaths will occur’ unless DWP takes action.

Social Care Cuts ‘Put Patients At Risk’

The care sector is calling on the UK Government to do more to tackle the 'crisis' in social care.

Hundreds Of Millions Could Be Trapped In Extreme Poverty By 2030

Hundreds of millions of people around the globe face becoming trapped unnecessarily in extreme poverty, warns Oxfam.

UK Government Urged To Promote REAL Living Wage

Scotland has the highest proportion of workers earning the 'real Living Wage' in the UK, according to new figures.

Labour Warns Children Would Go Hungry If Universal Free Meals Scrapped

Flagship policy of Nick Clegg to give free meals to all schoolchildren should not be canceled, says new shadow education secretary Lucy Powell.

NHS On Brink Of Collapse, Warns Former Health Minister

Norman Lamb predicts healthcare system will crash in two years and says Tories are being dishonest over crisis.

Disabled People Hit By Housing Crisis Are Told: ‘Your Life Is Too Expensive’

With councils too skint to fund adaptations and a serious lack of housebuilding, more disabled people are being trapped in inaccessible homes.

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