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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Sick pay and work assessments to be reviewed, Jeremy Hunt reveals

Consultation to be carried out as cost of treating long-term health conditions that prevent people from working reaches £7bn.

DWP to overhaul hated ‘fitness for work’ tests

Work and Pensions Secretary Damien Green will announce a consultation on changes to the Work Capability Assessment.

Iain Duncan Smith to challenge Theresa May on universal credit cuts

Former work and pensions secretary will tell PM to invest in in-work benefits to help those who are ‘just about managing’.

‘I’m not unemployable, I’m autistic’

New research has found that the proportion of autistic people in full-time paid work has stagnated since 2007, at just under 16%.

Older private tenants living in ‘squalor and distress’, says Age UK

Report says older tenants are being left to live in 'appalling conditions', due to negligent landlords and letting agents.

Benefit sanctions forcing people to use food banks, study confirms

Oxford University research shows link between sanctions and use of charity parcels, a pattern ministers refuse to accept.

MP’s to explore the pros and cons of ‘citizen’s income’

A 'citizen's income', or 'universal basic income', would be a radical alternative to the current social security system.

‘Widespread and systematic underfunding of homecare services’

Half a million older people at risk from £513 million UK homecare deficit.

MP’s push to extend homeless safeguards gets cross-party support

Bob Blackman’s bill aims to prevent people without children from being told by councils to fend for themselves.

Breadline Britain: Social housing tenants forced to cut back on food and heating

A damning new survey from 'Quids in!' magazine reveals ongoing financial hardship among social housing tenants.

Tories turn their back on 45,000 disabled jobseekers

New 'Work and Health Programme' will help 45,000 fewer disabled people each year than the schemes it's replacing, report shows.

Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits

Backbenchers ‘girding themselves’ for campaign to make new system of universal credit fairer before chancellor’s autumn statement.

‘Nudge Unit’ u-turn on benefit sanctions could herald even more state intervention

The idea of increasing welfare conditionality originated from the behavioural economics theories of the 'Nudge Unit' in the first place.

EHRC staff vote to strike over budget cuts and compulsory redundancies

The first strike will be on Wednesday 26 October, followed by an initial phase of industrial action short of a strike.

I, Daniel Blake: Ken Loach and Dave Johns interview (video)

I, Daniel Blake, the story of a disabled man's battle with the welfare system, will be released in UK cinemas on 21 October.

Homeless people ‘told to sleep rough’ to access support services

Homelessness charity St Mungo’s has revealed that 129 rough sleepers died in London since 2010.

More than £1bn for troubled families ‘has had little impact’

Study of government’s flagship social policy from 2012 suggests ‘very small number of positive or negative results’ in tackling addiction and truancy.

Self-employed earn less than in 2001 – and will be hit by welfare cuts

Number of people working for themselves up by half in 15 years but their average pay down £60 a week, thinktanks say.

Nurse shortage ‘the single biggest issue’ facing the care sector

Sector desperately needs more nurses to protect the quality of care, says recruitment firm.

Concentrix accused of ‘reign of terror’ against tax credits claimants

A US outsourcing company has been accused of exercising a “reign of terror” over people who claim tax credits.

Benefit claimants to help design Scotland’s ‘first ever social security system’

A least 2,000 Scots with direct experience of receiving benefits will be asked to help design 'Scotland's first ever social security system'.

Call for carers to be made exempt from hospital car parking charges

New research reveals that one in three hospital trusts in England have increased car parking charges in the last year.