Thursday, December 14, 2017

Press Releases

Tories forced to release Universal Credit assessment reports

DWP forced to hand internal assessment reports to the work and pensions committee, but MPs say the public should also be allowed access.

Minimum wage ‘downgrade’ to cost low-paid over £500 a year

'National Living Wage' expected to fall short of the £9.10 an hour by 2021, promised by George Osborne.

Britain on course for the longest fall in living standards since records began

Resolution Foundation says Brits face the "longest period of continuous falls in disposable incomes in over 60 years".

Hammond urged to give public sector workers a ‘generous’ pay rise

Public sector workers have been battered by pay austerity since 2010, says Unite.

Benefits freeze reduces family incomes by £1.7bn more than planned

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to use his Autumn Budget to reverse benefit cuts and boost incomes.

‘It’s time for the Tories to get real over the living wage’

SNP call for Tories to embrace the 'real living wage'.

Lower benefit cap putting thousands at risk of poverty and homelessness

Chancellor Philip Hammond urged to use the upcoming budget to scrap the lower benefit cap.

Universal credit becoming Theresa May’s ‘poll tax moment’, says MP

PM 'burying her head in the sand' over the devastating impact of 'botched' Universal Credit roll-out, says SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP.

Housing benefit cap U-turn ‘ends undue stress and anxiety’

SNP welcome climbdown but say a the delay in changes to the policy has caused ‘undue stress and anxiety to the supported housing sector.’

Tory MP who chose football over universal credit debate ‘should donate earnings to food bank’

SNP say Tory MP Douglas Ross let down his constituents and should donate his nights earnings from refereeing to his local food bank.

PM invited to Scotland summit to hear ‘horrifying stories’ on universal credit

SNP MP Drew Hendry says Tories know flagship reform isn't working and should halt its roll-out.

Councils warn of a ‘ticking time bomb’ in number of older homeless people

Local Government Association reveals a 130% rise in older homelessness over the last eight years.

Mental health cuts ‘leave staff facing violence and aggression’

Unison report reveals that more than two in five mental health workers have been attacked in the last year.

Single homeless people ‘trapped in a cycle of homelessness’, report says

Report by Crisis finds that many single homeless people are being denied access to social housing.

‘Broken’ PIP assessment system isn’t working for people living with MS

North Staffs Green Party condemns 'hugely damaging' disability benefit assessments.

Disability benefit assessments making people’s health worse, says damning report

Research warns that Personal Independence Payment assessments worsen people's health worse due to stress and anxiety.

Benefit deductions risk pushing people further into debt, says charity

StepChange charity says the practice is making it more difficult for families to pay for essentials and is forcing many to borrow money to pay bills.

Brexit ‘could spell further trouble’ for the care home sector, experts warn

Recruitment experts warn Brexit poses a threat to the availability of skilled care workers, at a time when the sector is already struggling to retain staff.

Bishops call for £5 child benefit top-up

Scottish bishops back campaign to lift 30,000 children in Scotland out of poverty by increasing child benefit by £5 a week.

Disabled people take their fight against Tory cuts to the United Nations

Disabled people take complaints about UK Government’s disability rights record to the United Nations.

Health benefits from lone parents welfare to work policies unlikely, research shows

Improvements in health have been used to justify mandating employment for lone parents in receipt of social security benefits.

Tories accused of ‘absolutely disgusting’ treatment of disabled people

SNP call for a review of the Personal Independence Payment system and demand a reversal of cuts to Employment Support Allowance.

Tories have ‘sunk to a new low’ with ‘hidden’ disability benefit cuts

Tories should be 'ashamed' about a raft of 'hidden' social security cuts set to hit even more disabled people, says SNP spokesperson.

SNP Conference: Jobcentre closures will harm society’s most vulnerable

The SNP conference has strongly condemned UK government plans to close Jobcentres in Scotland.

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