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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Mental health professionals slam ‘vicious’ Tory attack on disabled benefit claimants

Tories determined to 'strip welfare provision to the absolute bone', say mental health professionals.

Children in UK’s poorest areas 10 times more likely to go into care

Study finds one in 60 children taken into care in most deprived areas compared with one in 660 in the wealthiest.

UK workers have ‘suffered one of the worst pay squeezes in the world’

TUC analysis found the UK ranks 103 out of 112 countries for real wage growth since the financial crisis.

Benefit sanctions have ‘increased rates of mental health problems’, experts warn

Tories cruel sanctions regime is damaging people's mental health and causing them to slip into poverty and destitution, experts claim.

May adviser regrets saying benefits should only go to ‘really disabled’ people

Tory policy chief George Freeman says he ‘hugely regrets’ remarks suggesting funds should not go to people with anxiety.

Thousands of cancer patients forced to borrow from ‘bank of mum and dad’

More than 70,000 people are vulnerable to the financial pressures caused by living with cancer, say Macmillan.

Opinion: Tories neglect the young and disabled at their peril

The young people of today will not forget what the Tories did to them and their families.

Disability benefits should only go to ‘the really disabled’, says Tory MP

Comments come after the government revealed it will rewrite the law to deny higher benefit payments for more than 150,000 disabled people.

Employers tricking workers out of sick pay, says Citizens Advice

The charity helped with 1800 problems related to sick pay and sick leave in February 2016.

LibDems move to ‘kill’ new Tory restrictions on disability benefits

Outrage after Tories rewrite the law to deny higher disability payments for more than 150,000 disabled people.

Housing benefit cuts for young people may be scaled back

Cameron-era policy under review after warnings of severe hardship if changes come into force in April.

MPs back ‘landmark legislation’ to combat violence against women

'Landmark' law passed its third reading in the Commons, despite an attempt by 'filibustering' Tory MP Philip Davies to wreck the Bill.

Tories ‘shifting the goal posts’ on disability benefit entitlements, say Labour

Government has rewritten the law to deny higher benefit payments for more than 150,000 disabled people.

Thousands of doctors trained in Europe ‘may quit UK after Brexit’

BMA warns of impending ‘disaster’ as its research shows 40% of doctors who qualified in EEA may leave because they feel less welcome.

DWP accused of misleading the public on benefit sanction numbers

Researcher claims the true number of sanctions imposed on unemployed people is double that reported by the government.

Welfare reform is killing people, but the Tory press don’t want you to know

Rising numbers of deaths all linked to the ongoing welfare reforms remain unreported.

SNP MP demands answers on Motability scheme changes

Thousands of disabled people have lost their Motability vehicles following disability benefit changes.

MPs launch official inquiry into universal credit as criticism grows

Investigation into benefits system comes amid mounting evidence that payment delays have left thousands facing eviction.

Disabled children in England ‘finding it increasingly hard to access council care’

Since 2004 the number of children with disabilities has risen by 50% but fewer appear to qualify for council help, according to National Children’s Bureau.

Man with learning difficulties beaten to death by thugs he thought were his friends

The assailants have been sentenced to life imprisonment by Leicester Crown Court.

Landmark research reveals the devastating impact of child poverty

Children who 'move into poverty' more likely to develop social, emotional, behavioural and mental health problems.

Government failure to act means gender pay gap will remain, say MPs

Women and equalities committee makes claim after ministers reject proposals aimed at helping women back into workforce.