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Benefits and tax credits payment dates Christmas 2016

If you're in receipt of benefits or tax credits in the UK, you should be paid early over Christmas and New Year. Here are the dates you need.

Jobcentre worker brands mum of three ‘a scrounging bastard’ in answerphone rant

Jobcentre worker accidentally leaves answerphone message branding mum of three a "scrounging bastard that’s popping out kids like pigs"

Opinion: £30 Billion National Insurance Surplus A Kick In The Teeth For Starving Families

George Osborne is sitting on a £30 BILLION National Insurance surplus while struggling families turn to food banks to feed their children

‘Pensionless Pensioner’ Brands UK Government Most Brutal ‘Regime’ In Living Memory

Woman stripped of her right to state pension says the UK Government doesn't care whether vulnerable people live or die.
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Heckler Explains Why She Interrupted David Cameron During TV Debate

Audience member explains to SKY News why she confronted David Cameron over homelessness, benefit cuts and poverty.

Exclusive: DWP Admit Using Fake Claimant’s Comments In Benefit Sanctions Leaflet

DWP officials have admitted that claimants comments used in an official benefit sanctions information leaflet were "for illustrative purposes only".

DWP Gets Tough On Sickness Benefit Claimants

The Department for Work and Pensions has today announced a number of changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Work Capability Assessments.

Sanctioned Jobseekers With Mental Health Problems Are Not ‘Vulnerable’, Says DWP

Sanctioned JSA claimants with mental health illnesses are not considered 'vulnerable' enough by the DWP for immediate support.

Appeal Judgement Denies Disability Benefits For Mental Health Sufferers

Upper Tribunal decision means that mentally ill people who need to be accompanied outdoors could be denied Personal Independence Payment.

‘Radioactive’ Man Found Fit For Work

A 'radioactive' man, who has been told not to be in close proximity with other people, was found 'fit for work' by DWP officials.

Shocking Benefits Story Exposes Britain’s ‘Barbaric’ Welfare System

Vulnerable benefit claimant suffered severe mental health problems and weight loss, whilst battling to navigate a 'barbaric' benefits system.
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Disabled set-up to fail benefit assessments, says former DWP officer

Video: Ex DWP officer says claimants were encouraged to change answers "in a way that would drop themselves in it".

DVLA Website Lets Visitors Check On Neighbours Benefits

A new vehicle check service allows visitors to find out whether their neighbours are receiving the higher rate of the mobility component of DLA or either rate of the mobility component of PIP.

Iain Duncan Smith Hints At Welfare Privatisation

Iain Duncan Smith has hinted that the future of Britain's welfare system could rest in the arms of private insurance schemes.

Unemployed Lone Parents Could Be Forced Into Unpaid Work Placements

Unemployed lone parents could be forced into mandatory unpaid work placements as part of fresh changes to benefits coming into force from the 28th April 2014.

Part-Time Workers Face Benefit Sanctions Under Universal Credit

"In work conditionality" within the Universal Credit system could encourage the low-paid and part-time workers to seek additional hours, said Mr Duncan Smith.

House Of Lords ‘Fatal Motion’ Could ‘Kill’ Osborne’s Tax Credit Cuts

A rarely-used “fatal motion” could to be tabled in the House of Lords, potentially bringing an end to Tory tax credit cuts.

Universal Credit Adviser Ordered Not To Tell Claimants About Hardship Support

An undercover adviser, working for Channel 4 Dispatches, was told not to advise claimants about the existence of vital cash funds.

DWP Forced To Apologise After Terminally Ill Benefit Claimant Tried To Take His Own Life

The DWP has been forced to apologise, after wrongfully selecting a terminally ill benefit claimant to be reassessed for sickness benefit.

Diabetic man left too poor to eat after benefits cut forced to have leg amputated

David says he couldn't afford to manage his condition after being sanctioned for five months by the DWP.

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