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DWP Figures Reveal Shocking Delays In Sickness Benefit Decisions

Government figures released today show that 40% of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claims between October 2013 and December 2013 were still undergoing assessment.

NHS Could Take Over Atos ‘Fit For Work’ Tests, Says MP

The NHS could take over controversial Work Capability Assessments when disgraced private firm Atos stop performing the hated tests next year, a Liberal Democrat MP has suggested. MP David Laws admitted that Atos 'fit-for-work' tests had been “unacceptable” and criticised the way sick and disabled...

Labour Pledge To Give Carers Two Weeks Emergency Leave

Some family carers, and others, argue that they should be paid an actual 'wage' or salary for the crucial service they provide society.

The Tories’ cack-handed attempts at benefit reform have united long-term sick and disabled claimants against them

Sick And Disabled People To Be Forced To Wait Seven Days To Claim Benefits

The Government has rejected a recommendation from the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) to exempt vulnerable and disabled people from a new seven-day wait for benefits.

Critics brand eBay-style system auctionyourgranny.com while company says it is changing behaviour in a 'too fluffy' market

Rethink Apologises For Offensive ‘Disease Burden’ Email – But Then Defend It

Rethink has issued an apology in response to concerns about an email which appeared to suggest that people with mental health problems are a"disease burden" on the NHS.

Fury As Charity Claims People With Mental Health Problems Are A ‘Disease Burden’

Campaigners have reacted angrily to an email from the charity Rethink, which appears to suggest that people with mental health problems are a “disease burden” on the NHS.

‘Fit For Work’ Tests ‘Far From Satisfactory’, Says Think Tank

The highly controversial 'fit for work' test is “far from satisfactory” for people with mental health problems, a damning new report has found.

Disabled Hit By Benefit Sanctions Lottery (Graph)

Sick and disabled people across Britain are being forced to play the benefit sanctions lottery, the Welfare News Service can reveal. DWP figures show that the likelihood of having Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) payments docked can depend upon where sick and disabled people...

Labour Branded A ‘Disgrace’ Over Backing Tory Welfare Cuts In Scotland

The SNP has condemned Labour MSPs for failing to vote against Tory welfare cuts at the Scottish Parliament.

Rachel Reeves’ Speech On The Future Of Social Security Under A Labour Government

Speech from Labour's Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves MP, on the future of social security.

Bedroom Tax Appeal Victory Could Set Legal Precedent

A woman, who suffers from severe asthma and eczema, argued that she needed a spare bedroom so that a carer could sleep overnight, when needed.

Benefit Reform “Shambles” Pushing Disabled People To Suicide, Says Whistleblower

Sick and disabled claimants are experiencing severe distress and some are even close to suicide due to botched disability benefit reform, an insider has revealed.

Letters: Atos Discriminates Against Disabled People – And the DWP Allow It

"My immediate concern is the fact that DWP allowed Atos to blatantly discriminate against disabled people and yet refused to acknowledge this, let alone actually do anything about it!" - John Lockett

Labour Should Commit To Scrapping ‘Fit For Work’ Tests, Say Campaigners

Campaigners argue that simply making "improvements" to the ESA assessment system "would not make the WCA any less wrong or any more useful".

Select committee finds that eligibility tests for benefits are inaccurate and system fails to help claimants back into work

Disability Benefit Reforms ‘Legal’, Says Judge

Although the court was highly critical of the government's decision process the judge ruled that the new qualifying criteria for PIP is "legal".

Remploy Employment Services To Be Privatised

Remploy once ran factories dedicated to employing thousands of disabled people, but sold the remainder of its factories in 2013 following the Sayce review.

Statistics: Incapacity Benefit Deaths 2005-2012

These statistics cover all incapacity benefit cases of Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance where a date of death is recorded at the same time of the benefit 'off-flow'.

Benefit Sanctions Rocket By As Much As 563%, Shocking Figures Reveal

Scottish National Party (SNP) Media Release: New figures obtained by the SNP have found a staggering increase in the number of people being hit by benefit sanctions at the hands of Westminster welfare reforms, further highlighting the need for a Yes vote and the full...
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Danny Alexander: ‘I’m Sorry’ About ‘Bedroom Tax’ (Video)

Lib Dem Danny Alexander has apologised to disabled social housing tenants who have been evicted from their homes as a result of the controversial 'bedroom tax'.

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