Thousands of jobs to go in government shakeout of welfare to work sector

Funding to shrink by 75% from March when work programme is replaced by much smaller work and health programme.

SNP MP vows to keep fighting ‘brutal’ benefit sanctions regime

Mhairi Black has vowed to be “a thorn in the side” of the UK Government over the “horrific and unfair” benefit sanctions regime.

DWP deliberately blind to the failures of its cruel sanctions regime

Letters: The DWP's cruel benefit sanctions regime is leaving vulnerable people without the means to support themselves. So why isn't anyone listening?

DWP staff told to focus on sanctions rather than processing benefit appeals

SNP MP calls for benefit sanctions to be halted over the festive period.

SNP slam Jobcentre closures affecting 68,000 people in Scotland

DWP proposals would mean 8 of the 16 Job Centre offices across Glasgow will face closure.

Teenager took his own life after Jobcentre staff threatened to axe his benefits

David Brown, 18, took his own life after Jobcentre staff threatened to sanction his Jobseeker's Allowance, a coroner's inquest heard.

In-work sanctions are incompatible with ‘halving the disability employment gap’

The government have introduced in-work benefit sanctions for low paid and part-time workers.

Work is not a ‘health’ outcome

Some people’s work is undoubtedly a source of wellbeing, but that is not the same thing as being “good for health”.

Neoliberalism and inequality are strongly linked with increasing ill-health

Research suggests the health of the nation has been detrimentally affected by neoliberal economic and social policies.

67% of businesses ‘fearful’ of hiring disabled people

Experts are calling on employers to help create a more inclusive world for those living with a disability.

MPs to debate ‘cruel and damaging’ benefit sanctions regime

SNP MP Mhairi Black has urged MPs from all parties to back her Bill calling for a "fairer" benefit sanctions system.

No evidence welfare sanctions work, says National Audit Office

Government has failed to measure whether sanctions represent value for money, while application varies widely, find auditors.

Scotland wins battle to end voluntary work programme sanctions

Holyrood can exempt Scots taking part from having benefits stopped or cut thanks to newly devolved welfare powers.

Spike in food bank usage blamed on delays in benefit claims

MP Frank Field calls for five-day target to process applications, saying too many being left for too long without support.

Consultation: Have your say on making benefit sanctions ‘a little bit fairer’

SNP MP Mhairi Black's private members bill seeks to establish a 'code of conduct' for the UK Government's benefit sanctions regime.

‘Grave concerns’ over flagship Work and Health Programme

MPs cast serious doubt over the ability of new DWP programme to help more disabled people into work.

DWP face inquest into death of diabetic ex-soldier hit by cruel benefits sanction

Lawyers acting on behalf of the sister of a diabetic ex-soldier are calling for a Coroner's inquest into his "unnatural death".

Scottish Tories urged to ‘brush up’ on social security facts

Tory MSP Adam Tomkins caught out using discredited statistics to defend the UK Government's cruel benefit sanctions regime.

Half UK budget deficit ‘is down to job destruction in older industrial areas’

Report finds that legacy of hollowing-out of manufacturing in 1980s is far more people claiming incapacity benefits.

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