Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Tories unveil plan to get more disabled people into work

Measures include widening ‘fit note’ certification, reforming statutory sick pay, and large-scale employment research pilots.

SNP call on Scottish Tory MPs to support WASPI women

Scottish Tories must stand by their election promise and support fair pensions for women, says SNP MP.

Theresa May ‘behaving like Scrooge’ over Universal Credit hardship

Thousands of families are "facing utter misery" over Christmas due to Universal Credit wait, says Unite.

Benefit freeze to stay for working people costing typical family £300 a year

Tories accused of using royal engagement to bury bad news as welfare freeze remains for another 12 months from April.

DWP accused of ignoring the plight of thousands of WASPI women

FOI request reveals the Department for Work and Pensions has received thousands of complaints related to state pension age changes.

Tories under pressure over Universal Credit ‘flaws and failings’

SNP to present a 'Ten Minute Rule Bill' at Westminster, aimed at improving the options available for Universal Credit claimants.

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.

Future of social housing in doubt as 250,000 homes could be lost by 2020

Government figures show 23,186 social rented properties were sold by councils in 2016-17 alone.

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".

Higher rate UK taxpayers gain most in budget changes

Rise in personal tax allowance benefits higher ratepayers by £340 a year with basic rate band £70 better off and universal credit recipients better by just 50p per week.

Universal credit wait reduced to five weeks

Tories welcome changes to hardship loans and housing benefit but Labour calls for welfare system rollout to be paused and fixed.

Jeremy Hunt accused of ‘astonishing failure’ after GP numbers fall by 1,190

NHS figures show drop of 1,193 family doctors in past year, despite pledge to increase numbers by 5,000 by 2020.

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

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

Labour attacks universal credit as ‘not fit for purpose’

Opposition calls for major changes, including cuts to the six-week period that claimants have to wait for payments.

Hammond’s ‘no unemployed’ gaffe fuels belief that Tories don’t care

The chancellor’s untimely slip carried echoes of Lamont’s remark that people out of work was a price worth paying.

Poorest hit hardest by years of Tory austerity, says human rights watchdog

Government urged to undertake a 'cumulative impact assessment' of all tax and social security policies.

Study links Tory cuts to 120,000 deaths

Landmark study strongly suggests that by 2020 austerity policies will have caused 120,000 excess deaths.

Ditch tax cuts to fund universal credit, says Iain Duncan Smith’s thinktank

Centre for Social Justice urges chancellor to row back on manifesto pledge to reduce income tax and invest in benefits instead.

Children’s Commissioners warn Tory welfare cuts are driving up child poverty

The Children’s Commissioners from all four UK nations call on Chancellor Philip Hammond to reverse years of social security cuts.

Six-week wait for universal credit set to be reduced

Government preparing to trim wait for new benefit after Tory backbenchers raised concerns about impact on constituents.

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.

Philip Hammond urged to reform universal credit to help younger voters

Chancellor should reverse cuts to universal credit and freezes to working age benefits to address millennials’ poor economic prospects, says thinktank.

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