DWP To Apologise To Woman Whose Brother Killed Himself After His Benefits Were Cut

Health service ombudsman partially upholds Linda Cooksey’s complaint over case of her late brother Tim Salter.

Tories must do more to support sick and disabled people into work, says Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice is calling on the government to ensure better support for sick and disabled people to stay in work or find a job.

Mental Health Workers Protest At Move To Integrate Clinic With Jobcentre

Critics say plans for London clinic come dangerously close to government proposal to give psychological treatments to the unemployed.

Care Worker Scheme Axed After George Osborne Withdraws Funding

Scheme to develop role of care practitioners and address shortages is scrapped along with projects designed to boost opportunities for women.

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.

‘Excess Winter Mortality’ Soars 151% As Millions Struggle To Stay Warm

ONS figures show a 151% rise in 'excess winter deaths' in England and Wales in 2014/15, which represents the biggest yearly increase since 1999/00.

Union Slams ‘Appalling Case Of Intimidation’ By NHS Employer As Workers Plan Protest

78 NHS workers were shut out by their employer on June 26, in a move described by Unite as a blatant attempt to 'starve' the workers into accepting inferior contract terms.

NHA welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to ‘renationalise’ the NHS

National Health Action Party have welcomed a pledge from the Labour leader to 'renationalise' the NHS, but warn there may be little left to be renationalised.

Mentally Ill Man Took His Own Life After Disability Benefits Axed

The case of a 50-year old man who took his own life after his disability benefits were axed has been described by a coroner's inquest as "truly tragic".

Welfare Weekly – Issue 30 (09/05/2015)

This weeks biggest welfare related news stories from Welfare Weekly.

‘Flying Care’ Visits Leave Elderly And Disabled With ‘Impossible Choices’

A Freedom of Information Request reveals how three quarters of councils in England are providing just 15 minutes of care for vulnerable people.

Jeremy Hunt accused of watering down four-hour A&E waiting target

Health secretary tells MPs only people with urgent health problems should be expected to be seen within that period.

Meals On Wheels For Vulnerable Adults Down 63%, Says Labour

220,000 fewer meals were delivered to pensioners and vulnerable adults over the last five years, says Labour.

Tory Tax Merger Could See The End Of National Insurance

A future Conservative government would merge National Insurance with Income Tax, in a move designed to simplify the UK's taxation system

Andy Burnham Puts Nigel Farage On The Spot Over NHS Privatisation

Labour's Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham MP has written to Nigel Farage over mounting evidence that UKIP seek to privatise the NHS.

Fewer People Die In Hospital At Weekends, Study Finds

Weekend death rate problem, used by Jeremy Hunt to justify imposing new doctors’ contract, ‘does not exist’.

‘The Future For Adult Social Care Looks Bleak’ Under Tories, Warns Think Tank

The UK is heading towards the bottom of the OECD league table for spending on adult social care, a leading think tank has warned.

NHS Pathologists Banned From Work For Exercising Legal Right To Strike, Say Unite

Unite has branded Northampton General Hospital’s banning of 78 biomedical scientists from the workplace a ‘disgraceful abuse of power’ and has vowed to do what it takes to settle the dispute.

Care home rooms now cost more than £30,000 a year

Government accused of having no strategy as figures show average pensioner’s income would not even cover six months of care.

Chancellor urged to use £2.4bn ‘surplus’ to ease social care crisis

Unison says an expected £2.4 billion 'surplus' in business taxes should be used to help ease the adult social care crisis in England.

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