Saturday, February 24, 2018

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DWP quietly drop plans for a softer approach to benefit sanctions

Tories claim there isn't enough time in the parliamentary calendar for a change in legislation.

More than a million benefits sanctions imposed on disabled people since 2010

Groundbreaking Demos study reveals ‘culture of disbelief’ about disability among jobcentre staff leads to money being docked.

Disability benefit assessments must be recorded, says Work and Pensions Committee

Failures by private companies risk undermining the entire benefit assessment system, an influential group of MPs has warned.

DWP accused of ruining Valentines Day with crude PR stunt

DWP twitter account warned couples not to "ruin Valentine's Day by failing to declare your true circumstances".

DWP splash out more than £100m trying to deny disabled people vital benefits

A former Tory minister described the amount as "staggering", adding it "clearly indicates that something is seriously wrong with the system".

‘Substantial minority’ of disability claimants failed by system – MPs

Committee outlines assessment failings, including woman asked why she had not killed herself.

Tories reject calls to aid women hit by state pension age increase

Labour MP Jack Dromey claimed women are "suffering and losing out due to the acceleration of the state pension age and lack of proper notice".

Universal credit all-party report raises fears over workability of system

Findings flag up ‘considerable uncertainty about its costs and benefits’ seven years on.

Esther McVey quits Samaritans advisory board amid pressure from campaigners

New Work and Pensions Secretary once boasted that 300,000 disabled people would lose their benefits when reassessed for Personal Independence Payments.

Benefits freeze to remain in force for at least another year

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Debbie Abrahams MP, said the freeze "has had an extremely detrimental impact upon millions of people on low incomes".

Private firms pocket £824m from ‘brutal’ disability benefit assessments

DWP accused of "rewarding failure" after auditors brand some PIP assessments "unacceptable" and number of appeal victories hit new high.

Universal credit system faces landmark legal challenge

Lawyers for terminally ill man who say new system costs him almost £200 a month win right to judicial review.

Former DWP employee ‘sanctioned for going to a funeral’ in fear of eviction

Garreth Forrest saw his benefit payments slashed by more than £500 a month.

DWP refuse over half of emergency requests for ‘lifeline’ benefit payments

Labour MP Frank Field says the UK Government is creating "state-sponsored destitution", as new figures show a "gaping hole" in the welfare safety net.

Government to review 1.6m disability benefit claims after U-turn

Estimated 220,000 claimants will get backdated higher personal independence payments.

Universal credit to save taxpayers only 2% in spite of benefit cuts

Welfare scheme a ‘significant risk’ to public spending, warns Office for Budget Responsibility.

More than 220,000 people score ZERO points in disability benefit assessments

Tory disability benefit changes are causing "great distress" to thousands of sick and disabled people, says Labour MP.

Victory for campaigners as thousands could get higher disability benefits

Government decides not to appeal High Court judgement that changes to disability benefits discriminate against people with mental health problems.

Sickness benefit claimants left with not enough to live on, say campaigners

Major study finds the majority of people on sickness benefits are struggling to make ends meet, thanks to Tory cuts.

Tories accused of benefit fraud ‘witch hunt’ as 87% of public tip-offs lack any real evidence

Freedom of information request reveals 87% of benefit fraud allegations by members of the members are unsubstantiated.

1 in 3 Brits still don’t know what Universal Credit actually is

Researchers uncover continued uncertainty around Universal Credit, with some people believing the new benefits system is a UK mobile data plan.

Shocking 97% of eligible carers missing out on state pension boost

Scheme designed to help carers of disabled people build better state pension pots has failed to reach 97% of its target group.

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