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Thousands Demand To Record Atos Sickness Benefit Tests

Between December 2012 and February 2014, a total of 4,060 audio-recorded face-to-face Work Capability Assessments (WCA) were requested.

Poor Face Higher Council Tax Bills, Warns LGA

Low-income working families and people in receipt of social security benefits may have to pay higher council tax bills.

Esther McVey Refuses To Explain Punitive Benefits Changes

Employment Minister has snubbed invites from the Scottish welfare reform committee on three occasions.

Benefit Cuts Forcing Parents To Send Kids To School Hungry

56% of teachers surveyed by Kelloggs said benefit cuts are forcing parents to send their kids to school hungry.

Government Urged To Suspend Benefit Sanctions Regime

MPs hear that the sanctions regime has changed to create a punitive culture of fear – especially amongst the disabled

Welfare Weekly – Issue 13 (10/01/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.

Wales ‘Hardest Hit’ By Hated Bedroom Tax, Says Watchdog

Social housing tenants living in Wales have been disproportionately affected by the Government's hated 'bedroom tax', new research reveals.
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Work And Pensions Committee Takes Evidence On Benefit Sanctions (Video)

On the 7 January, the Work and Pensions Committee took their first evidence session on the controversial use of benefit sanctions.

Letters: Failure Of The Work And Pensions Select Committee

Benefit claimant 'stitching-up' needs to recognized as a criminally indictable offense, writes Samuel Miller.

Extra £1.5 Million For Scotland’s Welfare Reform Advice Fund

Extra cash to help Citizens Advice Scotland assist poverty-stricken Scots affected by Westminster welfare reforms.

Iain Duncan Smith’s Directory Of Death

More than 60 people have tragically lost their lives after having benefits docked or removed, say campaigners.

DWP To ‘Blitz’ Unemployed People Into Unpaid Work

DWP say an 'army' of government 'jobs experts' will target unemployed people at a number of 'unusual locations'.

Atos Ordered DEAD Disabled Man To Attend Benefit Assessment

Bungling Atos ordered a disabled man to attend a disability benefit assessment - two months after he had DIED.

Committee To Examine Impact Of Welfare Reforms On Scottish Households

New research on the impact of welfare reform on Scottish households has been commissioned by a Scottish Parliament committee.

Call For Publication Of Review Into Man Who Killed Himself After Benefits Cut

UK government asked to publish review into case of Tim Salter, one of 60 investigations into suicides linked to benefit changes

Welfare Weekly – Issue 12 (03/01/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from the Welfare Weekly.

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

Austerity Cuts Will Bite Even Harder In 2015 – Another £12bn Will Go

During five years of austerity, Britain has not experienced the wave of protest seen in other countries. That could change – this is a pivotal year in the race to reshape the nature of the state.

Housing associations warn Conservative policy would also prevent them from building new homes as funding dries up

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.

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